Coach Tom’s Corner

Number one priority: Get your sleep

When I consider the hierarchy of self-care protocols with respect to effort level versus conveyed benefits—in other words, what is the best thing I can do for myself with the minimum amount of work— sleep is number one on my list. I am borderline obsessive in my sleep routine. Things do not always go to plan and I occasionally come […]

Best approach to wearing masks; Pesco-Mediterranean diet proves beneficial

Q: What’s your take on whether or not it makes a difference if we wear masks — indoors, outdoors, with friends and/or strangers? — Jessie G., Plano, Texas A: We’re certain masks are an incredibly helpful way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. They’re needed whether you’re indoors or outside, visiting with family or friends, or having dinner at a […]

Turn in old medications in Hibbing and Virginia October 24

ST. LOUIS COUNTY — In order to prevent adverse effects of drug misuse, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office holds a biannual Drug Take Back Day event. This year it will be held on Saturday, October 24 in Duluth, Virginia, and Hibbing. This collection process is an important step in reducing substance use and misuse. Removing old prescriptions from a […]

Monitoring your ongoing treatments; making the Mediterranean diet work for you

Q: I’m 68 and have been on metformin for almost 25 years. I also have been taking a sulfonylurea for eight years. Recently I have had two scary incidents of low blood sugar. I used to be able to keep everything on a pretty even keel. What’s changed?—Janie P., Lansing, Michigan A: Time may be the great healer, but it […]

Improve health to quell Type 2 diabetes; exploring the benefits of curcumin/turmeric

Q: Everyone in my family has Type 2 diabetes. I’m 26 and don’t want to get it. What can help me beat this family curse? — Jeannie G., Dayton, Ohio A: Type 2 diabetes runs in families and there’s often a genetic component that makes people susceptible to it, but rarely are genetics the only determining factor and they don’t […]

What are neuromas of the foot?

A neuroma is a benign, non-cancerous growth on a nerve. In the foot, they are most commonly found between the third and fourth toes. In which case, the neuroma is called a Morton’s neuroma. Neuromas cause pain and often a feeling of fullness or swelling under the ball of the foot and into the toes when walking. A common description […]

Coach Tom’s Corner

We are all training for something

The very first Coach Tom’s Corner column was titled “Train for Your Sport,” which included my observations on the frequency of counterproductive training regimens. Primarily aimed at competitive athletes, I have submitted some variation on that theme at least twice a year since then, usually mid-summer to catch the fall sports athletes in preseason and Novemberish for the winter sports […]

Free COVID-19 testing offered in Ely

ELY — The Minnesota Department of Health and St. Louis County Public Health are partnering to offer free COVID-19 tests in Ely. The one-day, drive-through testing event will be held at the St. Louis County/Ely Public Works Facility, 2210 E. Sheridan St., on Tuesday, October 6, from 12 – 6 p.m. Anyone who wants to be tested is encouraged to […]

What is leaky gut; and how to dodge BPA exposure

Q: I don’t have diabetes, but I’m having trouble getting my glucose levels to go low and stay low. My doctor suggested that I might have leaky gut, and I should make dietary changes to improve the situation. What is leaky gut, and what does it have to do with glucose levels? — Greg T., Salt Lake City A: Stabilizing […]


How to avoid seasonal weight gain

Daytime high temps have been in the 70s this week as autumn officially arrived. Lots of fall color throughout the neighborhood. It is a great time to get out and enjoy nature. Today’s column is a preemptive strike against seasonal weight gain. On balance, people fluctuate (gain) only a pound or two with the changing seasons. However, there are those […]

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