In 2005, there were 89 reported cases of Lyme disease in Iowa, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of those 89 was my husband, Wayne. Finding a doctor who knew how to diagnose and treat Lyme disease proved challenging. In fact, we drove six hours round trip to see a
“It’s just heartburn.” If you suffer from GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), those are the last words you want to hear. This chronic digestive disorder can be exceedingly frustrating for people who suffer from it. Constant chest pain. Constant meal planning. What to eat; what not to eat. Worry about the drugs you’re taking—the long-term impact,
As April begins to unfold, spring cleaning is on many people’s mind. “Oh I need to clean out our closets.” I suggest this year, each person start with their kitchen first. Look in your cupboards. Yes, wipe down the inside of the cabinets and refrigerator, but also look at expiration dates on each food item.
Consider the foods we eat to support the brain. I encourage you to: Eat protein. Choose high-protein foods, such as meat, fish, and beans, to help balance your blood sugar and send a steady supply of glucose to your brain. For example, Tyrosine, an amino acid in protein foods, such as meat and fish is
Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring. Lilly Pulitzer, American socialite and fashion designer I’ve lived in Iowa long enough to know that even though it’s 77 degrees today, it might actually feel like winter by the time you read this. But for today, I’m going to enjoy “spring,” even though it doesn’t officially arrive
During February, the month of romance, the heart takes center stage. Our minds and, well, our hearts are focused on love. On Valentine’s Day, many express their feelings for others with cards and gifts of candy, flowers and the like. I’m all for this external expression of love, but I hope we also make time
Are you starting off the New Year feeling sluggish, stiff and even in pain? Unfortunately, all that overindulging we’re prone to do over the holidays can do more than just impact our waistlines. Here’s why: During the holiday season, we’re more likely to eat more carbs and more sugar, consume more calories, drink less water,
Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same. John Denver This
Dreading Holidays with Your Family? Try these 10 Tips to Help You Cope.
It is the summer’s great last heat, It is the fall’s first chill: They meet. –Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt The autumnal equinox arrived Sept. 22, officially marking the beginning of fall with its cooler temperatures and shorter days. For some people the beauty of this colorful season is marred by the grayness they see, not