Fancy Flavors for the Frugal

A gift of overripe strawberries on a day too hot for canning opened Lisa Frey to a new method of preserving. The resulting elixir was worthy of bestowing and serving on special occasions. Shrubs, also known as drinking vinegars, can make for gourmet gifts that cost just pennies to produce...
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Fancy Flavors for the Frugal

Where’s the beef?

With all the buzz over plant- or soy-based burgers like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger, are they actually healthy for you? Julie Kokinakes, a registered dietitian and Medical Nutrition Therapy practitioner in Medford, says, “These meat alternative ‘burgers’ are particularly helpful for people who like the taste, consistency and...
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Where’s the beef?

Taste Test: Meatless Burgers on the Grill

Having spent about two-thirds of my life around a barbecue grill I decided to see how the two most popular “non-meat” burgers would cook up and taste alongside everyday, 80-20 hamburger meat. The Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger were easy to locate for this test. I discovered plant-based "beef" costs...
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Taste Test: Meatless Burgers on the Grill

Get Back in the Game

Organized sports have taken a hit during the new coronavirus pandemic. Keeping kids moving is good for overall physical and mental health as well as avoiding childhood obesity. But student athletes who are seeking a higher level of performance may be struggling without the coaches, trainers and equipment they usually...
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Get Back in the Game

Before Taking the Phone Away

Scientists, doctors and parents have a growing awareness of links between mental health and social media in the form of cyberbullying and more. But what’s surprising is that taking away cellphones from teens can also trigger suicidal thinking or attempts. Dr. Kyle Johnson, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at OHSU...
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Before Taking the Phone Away

7 Ways to Be a Food Allergy Friend

When she tried scrambled egg for the first time, my daughter’s face broke out in huge hives. When she went trick-or-treating the first time at 2 years old, she got hives all over her body. By then, we knew; we have a food-allergic child. We were extremely lucky that those...
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7 Ways to Be a Food Allergy Friend

Herbal Essence

Tinctures are an essential element of traditional herbal medicine. By soaking the bark, berries, leaves or roots of certain medicinal plants in grain alcohol, vinegar or glycerin, the active ingredients of the plant are drawn out into a concentrated liquid which may have medicinal and other health benefits. Ann Zimmerman,...
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Herbal Essence

Mixing Things Up

Have you ever hit a roadblock with your medication? Maybe your child needs a smaller dose of a medication which is not commercially available, or you would have an easier time taking your daily pill if it came in liquid form. If you do not want to settle when it...
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Mixing Things Up

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Compounding pharmacists concoct medications formulated specifically for you
Have you ever hit a roadblock with your medication? Maybe your child needs a smaller dose of a medication which is not commercially available,
Learn about the various imaging tests
Your annual mammogram comes back with the report that a small area of one breast needs a closer look. You’re not worried yet, but

Natural Alternatives

Tinctures as natural remedies
Tinctures are an essential element of traditional herbal medicine. By soaking the bark, berries, leaves or roots of certain medicinal plants in grain alcohol,
How KT tape works with the body to offer support and lessen pain
If you have watched a volleyball game, bicycle race or other competitive sport, you’ve probably seen strips of tape covering athletes’ knees, backs and

Healthy Aging

Compounding pharmacists concoct medications formulated specifically for you
Have you ever hit a roadblock with your medication? Maybe your child needs a smaller dose of a medication which is not commercially available,
Studies reveal that tooth loss can significantly reduce nutritional health by influencing food selection.
Your oral health is a vital part of your total health. The following information was compiled in cooperation with the American Dental Association and

Fitness

Preparing youth athletes for a return to sport
Organized sports have taken a hit during the new coronavirus pandemic. Keeping kids moving is good for overall physical and mental health as well
For some paddling fun
If the new coronavirus pandemic has kept you trapped inside your home more than normal this year, you’re not to blame for feeling the

Food & Recipes

DIY food gifts include easy, inexpensive vinegars, shrubs
A gift of overripe strawberries on a day too hot for canning opened Lisa Frey to a new method of preserving. The resulting elixir
Plant-based alternatives are a mixed bag
With all the buzz over plant- or soy-based burgers like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger, are they actually healthy for you? Julie Kokinakes,

Gardening

DIY food gifts include easy, inexpensive vinegars, shrubs
A gift of overripe strawberries on a day too hot for canning opened Lisa Frey to a new method of preserving. The resulting elixir

Pets

Some essential oils are hazardous for animals
If you enjoy using a diffuser to disperse essential oils in your home, you may not have considered the effect on your pet. Though

Specials

Working farms are the latest trend in ‘working’ vacations
The best vacations for Annie Besser reward her family with plenty of time in nature. And because her kids are “real animal lovers,” a
Safely sharing space with wildlife
From bear cubs in the drugstore to cougars napping on sofas, some incidents in recent years around Southern Oregon remind us that wildlife is

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