Screening for Breast Cancer

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 your doctor wants you to schedule another mammogram and an ultrasound. You get rescreened and are told that the spot in question needs to be biopsied....
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Screening for Breast Cancer

Tips for Handling Ash in the Garden

Wildfire ash is composed of organic matter, so it acts as a soil fertilizer wherever wind and gravity disperse the ashes and they settle to the ground. However, ashes from burned houses and human-made materials present a different scenario. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality cautions that ashes from house...
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Tips for Handling Ash in the Garden

Zombies and Earthquakes and Fires, Oh My!

A longer version of this article was originally published in October 2014. According to many news reports, we are ever at risk from disaster of one kind or another that could interrupt lief as we know it. From power outages to zombie invasions, how well prepared are you and your...
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Zombies and Earthquakes and Fires, Oh My!

Canning Salsa Safely

I’ve spent some exasperating moments on the phone with readers who want me to send them some different recipes for canning salsa. For most, the frustration is that none of the safe-for-canning recipes they try are “zippy enough.” My frustration with them is that I know they are tuning out...
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Canning Salsa Safely

Chile-spiked Simple Syrup

This time of year, I eat a jalapeno almost every day: on pizza, in tacos, topping my favorite Asian-style noodles and substituted for red pepper flakes in all-seasons pasta dishes. But even that rate of consumption can’t keep pace with the all the jalapenos ready to pick from a single...
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Chile-spiked Simple Syrup

Fall and Winter Lettuce

“I gave the barrow-girl two quid for it, a frisée lettuce, a wild intricate wheel, nature’s very own bright-green mandala. A lot of money but I paid up gladly” — Maurice Riordan, “The Lettuce,” 2000 Frisée, which is known in the U.S. as curly endive for narrow-leaved varieties and escarole...
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Fall and Winter Lettuce

Diffuser Danger for Pets

If you enjoy using a diffuser to disperse essential oils in your home, you may not have considered the effect on your pet. Though you may enjoy the aromas, cats and dogs have an enhanced sense of smell, so scents could become overwhelming to them. Some essential oils can even...
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Diffuser Danger for Pets

Starter Metabolism Boost for Midlife

Dr. Laura Robin of Rosa Transformational Health in Medford and Dr. Ajana Miki of Ashland Natural Medicine in Ashland suggested these tips to kick start a sluggish metabolism in midlife. Intermittent fasting: Giving the digestion system a break helps the body regulate blood sugar. There are several strategies for intermittent...
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Starter Metabolism Boost for Midlife

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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

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
Craniosacral therapy relaxes body and mind
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a type of bodywork reputed to relieve compression in the head, neck and back. By applying gentle pressure to the

Healthy Aging

Hormone changes and weight gain during menopause
The day you can’t button your favorite pants is a sad wake-up call. It seems like you are eating and doing the same things
Telehealth, Technology and MyCharts, oh my!
Here’s the scene. You’re sitting in your health provider’s office — wait, make that sitting in front of your computer waiting for your doctor

Fitness

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
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

Food & Recipes

I’ve spent some exasperating moments on the phone with readers who want me to send them some different recipes for canning salsa. For most,
Give cool drinks a kick
This time of year, I eat a jalapeno almost every day: on pizza, in tacos, topping my favorite Asian-style noodles and substituted for red

Gardening

Food for the gods and us mortals
“I gave the barrow-girl two quid for it, a frisée lettuce, a wild intricate wheel, nature’s very own bright-green mandala. A lot of money
Saving seeds
“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To

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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