Weighing the pros and cons of keto

I’ve had the topic of the Keto Diet come up in weight-loss related conversation more frequently of late. This approach tends to pop in and out of favor and seems to be gaining in popularity again. The Keto (short for Ketogenic) Diet is a high fat – adequate protein – low carbohydrate diet that was originally explored (and eventually established) […]

VSO makes donation to VA hospital

Essentia Health-Virginia received a donation in the amount of $9,362 from the Volunteer Service Organization (VSO) to purchase patient transport chairs to be used across their facility. Pictured (front, l. to r.) are Laura Mathieu, VSO vice president; and Jan McKeon, VSO volunteer. Back: Deb Horning, supervisor patient access; Bridget Burr, patient access representative; and Nancy Kearney, VSO volunteer coordinator. […]

Treatment for benign enlargement of the prostate now offered at Essentia

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an age-associated enlargement of the prostate gland that can cause difficulty urinating. It affects more than 3 million men in the U.S. each year. Essentia Health now offers patients suffering from BPH a new procedure called UroLift. “The most common complaints I hear from men suffering from BPH is it taking a long time to […]

Essentia Health-Virginia honors clinical assistant for upholding values

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Values Committee at Essentia Health-Virginia recently took nominations for the staff member who lives out the value of hospitality—one of Essentia’s seven core values. The recipient was clinical assistant Sheila Winters, who works in the obstetrics and gynecology clinic. Winters’ colleagues praised her work performance. One of the nominations read: “She is an outstanding worker and […]

Essentia Health-Int’l Falls Clinic welcomes family medicine physician

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Dr. Jacelyn Davidson, a family medicine physician, has joined the Essentia Health-International Falls Clinic in International Falls. In addition to caring for patients of all ages, Dr. Davidson will also provide prenatal care for pregnant women. Originally from Ohio, Dr. Davidson is thrilled to be settling in International Falls with her family. “I wanted to find a […]

Choice increases odds of later cigarette smoking

Kids pick e-cigarettes for first tobacco use, new study finds

 E-cigarettes are a popular choice for kids when first trying tobacco and using e-cigarettes as their first tobacco product increases the likelihood that young people start smoking traditional cigarettes, according to a new study published in JA… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password


Make your conditioning plan specific

 Today’s column is broadly about conditioning. I say broadly because there is no perfect exercise program. Everyone is different. We each have different objectives, challenges and capabilities, and no fixed program can accommodate all of these f… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Cut back on drinking to quit smoking; use caution in the use of Cipro anitbiotic

 Q: My friend said she had to quit drinking so she could quit smoking. I don’t understand what she’s talking about. Is there science there, or is it all in her head? — Beth C., Armonk, New York A: Yup, there’s a scientific link between alcohol… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is real; several factors can lead to sleep disorders

 Q: My sister may have chronic fatigue syndrome, if that’s a real thing. She’s been complaining that she’s always tired, nervous and has trouble thinking clearly. She’s only 35. Is there any way to find out what’s really going on? — Rachel M., … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


Set and attain goals for fat loss

 January finds many of us seeking healthy new beginnings. “Lose weight and get fit” is an often-cited New Year’s resolution combo. Both are worthy goals. However, I find that, in most instances, one makes the other more difficult. Each goal, whe… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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