Holiday Mindfulness

by Dr. von Gruenigen December 16, 2014
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I have written prior Christmas blogs about holiday chaos and gratitude. I enjoy humor and telling stories of lost Christmas gifts and how I hoard my teenagers. Nevertheless, as I reflect on the coming month I am aware of the inevitability of life’s changes and my attempt of mindfulness.  My father has progressive dementia. Startling […]

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How to be safe when ‘decking your halls’

by Summa Flourish December 9, 2014
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It’s that time of year when we get our home all “decked out” in holiday décor. But, with all the excitement it can be very easy to lose sight of how to safely hang a wreath or safeguard a string of lights on the tree.  Here are a few tips from Summa Health System that […]

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Do you REALLY need another pair of shoes?

by Dr. von Gruenigen December 1, 2014
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As much as we all look forward to the holidays, even the most enthusiastic shoppers can get burned out by the overabundant ads that fill our radios, TVs and inboxes as Black Friday, the so-called “first” day of the shopping season approaches. Don’t get me wrong, I love to shop and always want to make […]

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‘Natural Time’ and ‘Technology Time’

by Guest Blogger November 25, 2014
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Nearly 20 years after the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, I visited the national park and was surprised to see continued signs of destruction. While the geological scars were clearly evident, recovery and growth were also obvious. Small trees and wildflowers dotted the landscape. However, the park’s terrain seemed sparse compared with its forest-covered […]

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Are you making the right food choices?

by Summa Flourish November 18, 2014
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What types of foods are part of a healthy diet? Are they part of your family’s diet? Often, eating healthy can be a mystery. Summa Health System’s Registered Dieticians Tess Lockhart and Laura Ilg have a few helpful tips about what you and your family should eat and why. The goal is to eat a […]

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Leaks – let’s talk about it

by Guest Blogger November 11, 2014
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As I sit across the table from the middle-aged woman nodding in agreement with the symptoms of the little “leaks” when she coughs or runs, and the feeling of having to “go” all the time with nothing really “coming out”, she exclaims “yes!” in astonishment . “I have been having these things happen to me […]

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Girl Rising

by Dr. von Gruenigen November 6, 2014
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It is not often that I am emotionally moved by a movie. Yet, Girl Rising elicited several emotions and not all of them are good.    Girl Rising is a documentary seeking educational equality for underprivileged girls across the globe. Director Richard Robbins tells the moving stories of several girls, with the help of actresses Meryl […]

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Surfing through Seasonal Affective Disorder

by Guest Blogger November 4, 2014
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On July 30th, I noticed the daylight diminishing. Then, four weeks ago, the green of the leaves began to dull as summer ended. For those of us who struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), these are signs rough waters may be ahead. Energy, interest, and enjoyment seem to drop off a cliff. For me, there […]

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A letter to my Cadaver

by Guest Blogger October 30, 2014
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The first day of medical school, I was introduced to my cadaver. This lab was perhaps my least favorite aspect of being a medical student; maybe because I have end of life issues, maybe because of the smell or maybe because we were thrown in a room with our own expectation that we would perform […]

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