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Q: I planted four types of tomatoes this spring. They are growing nicely except for my ‘Early Girls.’ The bottoms of those are puckered and callused instead of smooth. Any idea what’s wrong with them?  

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Everyone needs a mini-vacation to escape the confines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month I planned a road trip to Central Oregon along the McKenzie River Highway 126 and up and over McKenzie Pass on Highway 242 ending in Sisters, Oregon.  My goal was to get away and enjoy the journey!

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Many people are feeling burned out, exhausted and overwhelmed. We are going on over four months since the world had to shut down due to the new coronavirus. Chronic stress can take a toll on adrenal health, the organs responsible for releasing stress hormones. You can think of cortisol and a…

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Millions of people are still trying to navigate the "new normal" amid COVID-19. From adjusting to online schooling and working from home, many are trying to keep their routines intact to maintain a sense of normalcy. With this in mind, and as an active psychotherapist at Pacific Medical Cent…

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I asked my 84-year old grandmother if she was going to start composting again at her new house. She stared back at me as if I was speaking another language. You see, it wasn't that my grandma didn't know what composting was, she just didn't use that term.

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Today, we are at a point where Washington legislators need to reexamine their financial practices and consider the consequences of their actions that have led some to consider establishing a state income tax.

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We are all guilty of trying to please others. It begins as we are growing up, and then it gets carried into adulthood. As a child, this behavior does serve you well because you learn your parents' expectations of you. As you grow older, this behavior is best left behind.

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It is that time of year again when the itchy eyes, scratchy throat, runny nose and sinus headaches begin. The flowers look so beautiful when they bloom but when your immune system’s white blood cells release histamine in response to the allergens, it can create a massive overload of symptoms…

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Why is it so hard to change a habit? The reason is because these habits are like ingrained behaviors that you have been doing for a long period of time. Habits are the coping mechanisms you use when stressed, and the behaviors performed on a regular basis in response to daily life. Habits ca…

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EvergreenHealth recently launched an initiative that, with community support, will strengthen and expand the health system’s Kirkland medical center to help meet the growing health care needs of the community. The initiative, “EverHealthy,” is part of the health system’s 10-year Master Facil…

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The New Year is here, but why do many people still feel down and depressed in the winter season? The gray rainy weather can cause us to stay inside for longer periods of time, socialize less, and eat more. There are some ways to kick-start your brain and body into feeling more energetic and …

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I hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July, the summer is flying right on by. This warm weather makes me think of wonderful, healthy meals using fresh ingredients so I’m focusing on that for this column.

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Summer is upon us and it is a great time to enjoy all of the activities available to us in the Pacific Northwest. I encourage you to get outside and exercise to your full potential. It is always good to talk with a doctor to find out what kind of exercise is safe and healthy for your heart a…

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Now that the warm weather has returned many of you may be jump starting your exercise routines. This may trigger aches and pains in your body. This can be mild, moderate or even severe pain in which the body remains in an activated state for months or even years without significant relief. H…

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The beginning of the school year is a good time to get children’s eyes checked. Children face unique eye health challenges, including injury, infection, reading difficulties and nearsightedness.

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Just as a reduction in resistance training can make us weaker and fewer miles on the treadmill can reduce our cardiovascular fitness levels, maintaining good balance as you age requires a continued effort, says physical therapist Andy Lodato, MPT, of PhysioCare Physical Therapy in Woodinvill…

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When a demanding holiday season leaves you twisted in knots from the stresses of commitments, crowds, shopping and entertaining, physical therapist Andy Lodato, MPT, has a suggestion: sweat away that stress by making exercise a part of your holiday routine.

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We are all busy during the holiday season — too busy for an emergency visit for eye pain or broken glasses. Here are some tips for keeping your holidays happy.

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If asked, most of us would list vision as something for which we are truly thankful.

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Overscheduling. We are all guilty of that one way or another. Some of us rush around like a Chihuahua on speed, or a headless chicken with feet to spare. We are driven by jobs, by family, by expectations both met and unmet. We feel guilty if we slow down just an iota. Who has time to stop an…

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Fall is here and the beautiful reds, golds and oranges of autumn are wonderful to see! People in your life who are color blind might not be as impressed, however. The most common form of color blindness causes confusion between red and green which means a reduced appreciation for the turning…

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Flu season is just around the corner, and the sooner you get your flu shot, the better. It can take up to two weeks for immunization to become effective, and by that time we may already begin to experience flu outbreaks in our area.

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It has been estimated that in children 80 percent of learning occurs through the eyes. In school, children use books, computers, white boards and smart boards. Children also use their eyes during play. If vision is not optimal it can affect performance both in academics and sports.

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Epilepsy. What do you immediately think of? Your first thought probably isn’t that it takes as many lives as breast cancer. Nor is it that the number of Americans epilepsy affects is more than multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy combined. However, t…

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Summer sunshine is here…and is it bright! For summer, sun polarized lenses are the ticket. Polarized lenses selectively filter out glare from water or car bumpers. Boaters, bike riders, beach lovers and commuters benefit equally from this type of lens. Because they are not pitch-black, polar…

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The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan.

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In a continued goal to provide the community with important tools, we will be printing and reprinting resources that we feel important for the health of our community.

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While more Washington teens consider alcohol use risky, fewer teens consider marijuana use to be risky, according to recent results from the state Healthy Youth Survey. State leaders are concerned because research shows that when the perceived risk from using substances goes down, substance …

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Spring is upon us, and if you have seasonal allergies, you may be less excited about that than most. After all, what fun is finally freeing your face from that scarf if you’re just going to bury it in a tissue? It’s no fun at all, but allergies don’t have to make you miserable.

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Snoring isn’t pleasant for anyone - not the partner who has to sleep beside the snorer, nor the snorer whose breathing may pause repeatedly throughout the night. But did you know that loud, excessive snoring is often a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that - if left untreated - c…

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