The importance of sleep in healthy aging

When I was a child, my then 26-year old aunt died, unexpectedly and suddenly.  She simply felt tired, lay down and never got up again.  My family was quite disbelieving that foul play hadn’t happened and so we did something most families don’t’ do when someone dies.  We had an autopsy performed.  When that didn’t…

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Happy Father's Day

We have Father’s Day thanks to a Spokane woman.  Sanora Dodd wanted a day to honor her father, a widower who had raised six children.  That was over a hundred years ago but unlike Mother’s Day, Father’s Day took a while to catch on.  It didn’t become a nationally recognized celebration until 1966 and that…

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Is a direct pay physician in your future?

  A Portland Maine family physician quit accepting all forms of health insurance in April of this year.  “Now I work for patients.  I don’t work for the government and I don’t work for insurance companies.  To be honest, if more people did this we’d see the price of healthcare go down, not up,” said…

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