Wellness Articles

Tincture time

Tincture time

It wasn't long ago that herbs — the leaves, roots, berries and bark of plants — supplied the medicines of the world, gathered throughout history, usually by women, to treat just about anything you can name.

Riding the waves

from wireless to hard-wired phones and computers, swapping fluorescent lights for incandescent, installing analog utility meters rather than RF, turning off breakers in the bedroom at night and always using a headset with cellphones.
Alternatives for athletes

Alternatives for athletes

You've had a tough workout at the gym, and you're sore. You pop an aspirin or ibuprofen for relief.
Body awareness

Body awareness

The Feldenkrais Method was developed more than a half-century ago by Moshe Feldenkrais, an engineer and physicist who also practiced martial arts, so it is not surprising that the discipline emphasizes learning about body structure and movement.
Healing old scars

Healing old scars

For 13 years, Rhonda Taylor suffered from pain and a shrinking range of motion in her shoulder and neck.
Wanted:  hospice canines

Wanted: hospice canines

The stroke Barbara Chen recently suffered has kept her apart from her three beloved dogs as she undergoes rehab at Providence Medford Medical Center.
The  natural pharmacist

The natural pharmacist

Some pills can be helpful in maintaining health. But long-term use of pharmaceutical drugs, including oral contraceptives, can lead to nutritional deficiencies with big fallout for heart health, depression, sexuality and other areas of life, according to Ashland pharmacist, author and health educator Ross Pelton in his new book, "The Pill Problem."
Breaking free

Breaking free

The pain Shara Baack experiences every day defies description as a headache.
TRANSFUSION SOLUTION

TRANSFUSION SOLUTION

The days of a heart-surgery patient leaving the hospital pumped full of someone else's blood are over at Rogue Regional Medical Center.
Bodies in balance

Bodies in balance

At 70 years old, Ashland resident Angie Thusius is her own best example of the benefits of Kentro Body Balance, a system of movements she developed for the most practical of reasons: to heal herself and improve her own quality of life.
For the love of eating

For the love of eating

Natural-foods chef and nutrition counselor Roanne Lewis confesses that she loves to eat. And who doesn't?
Benefits of a daytime  shutdown

Benefits of a daytime shutdown

It's cool to nap.
'One Hot Mama'

'One Hot Mama'

Motherhood for Erin Cox began on a California military base 40 miles from the nearest Mojave Desert town.
Staying fit heavily weighted at health fair

Staying fit heavily weighted at health fair

Edie Gilder stepped onto a medical scale and promptly smacked her head into a height rod in the "Body Fat Analysis" booth at Saturday's Rogue Valley Health Fair.
Tale of the tape

Tale of the tape

Viewers of the London Olympic Games got used to seeing brightly colored Kinesio tape on the legs, arms and shoulders of elite athletes. This versatile medical tape, however, is used right here in Southern Oregon for people who are unlikely to make the Olympic team.
Flu Fighters

Flu Fighters

Ah, January, the time when you pack away the holiday lights, put away the presents — and get ready for the flu season.

Toss those negative thoughts and emotions

There are plenty of negative, bitter thoughts to go around — even, or maybe especially, during the holidays.
Laughing matter

Laughing matter

Going to regular sessions of Laugh Yoga may sound ridiculous, even laughable. But that's the whole idea: Participants get in a circle, maintain eye contact, become playful and childlike — and through a series of goofy, nonsensical games, they at first force themselves to laugh, and soon they are laughing for real.
Breast cancer survivors find comfort in surgery

Breast cancer survivors find comfort in surgery

When you think of plastic surgeons, images of wealthy Beverly Hills yuppies receiving high-dollar facelifts and tummy tucks spring to mind.
Growing food on a mountain

Growing food on a mountain

Near the Greensprings summit, in the shadow of Hobart Bluff, an experiment called TerraVita Springs is taking shape. The evidence is everywhere: a geodesic greenhouse, fresh wood chips covering a series of footpaths; a terraced slope with artfully arranged rocks and medicinal plants; criss-crossing stacks of oak logs inoculated with mushroom spores. And around it, one ambitious deer fence, all 4,700 feet of it tied together with cedar posts harvested from the land itself.
Eating  from the garden

Eating from the garden

It took just a chance encounter in a local grocery store to dramatically change Kathy Offutt's shopping, cooking, eating and overall health.

Wine Walk for Women's Health kicks off next weekend

Local Soroptimists say it's time to lace up your tennies, grab your wine glass and sign up for the sixth annual Soroptimist Wine Walk for Women's Health.
Not doctors' orders

Not doctors' orders

When Ashley Rejcek and Barbara Houck mount their bicycles next Saturday in Monmouth for a 103-mile ride to Silver Falls State Park — followed by a 55-miler Sunday — they won't be following doctors' orders.
Challenge on the peak

Challenge on the peak

A new outdoor obstacle course on Medford's Roxy Ann Peak isn't just another way for thrill-seekers to tackle a physical challenge.
Exercising for control

Exercising for control

It's an affliction not just of the elderly, infirm and women weathering postpartum complications.
Body, heart, mind

Body, heart, mind

Practiced regularly, any yoga will tone muscles, increase flexibility, promote inner peace and provide a "feeling of being put together." Anna K. Rose tries to take it further with Triadic Heart Yoga, an ancient mode that blends the physical with the contemplative to "open powerful energy in the heart."
Taking  a stand

Taking a stand

It didn't take a chiropractor to convince Christy Taylor that sitting all day is bad for her health. She could feel it in every creak of her neck and cramp in her shoulders.
Get back in action

Get back in action

We humans are fragile creatures, and no part of our anatomy bespeaks our frailty quite like the lower back.
Your next   50 years

Your next 50 years

Adults planning for their next 50 years typically think in terms of financial investments. Author and yoga instructor Max Strom preaches a different kind of investment — in one's health and longevity. His plan calls for learning to breathe mindfully, following up with balance and then integrating the two for at least 10 minutes a day.
A foot up on  health

A foot up on health

Erin Daugherty walks all over her clients, but they keep coming back.
Acupuncture for all

Acupuncture for all

Acupuncture treatments often cost in the neighborhood of $100 for the first visit and $60 to $70 after that, which might not seem like much if you have a good health-insurance plan that covers it.
The Zen of bees

The Zen of bees

The fruits of honeybees' labors add to a wholesome human diet and augment our natural pharmacopeia.
Seasonal cleansing

Seasonal cleansing

Dietary change is an age-old technique for purifying the body. Add nutritional supplements, elimination methods and mental imagery, and you have a powerful combination for detoxification.
Be real

Be real

So, you've made a New Year's resolution to get healthy. No doubt you've banished all cookies and chips from the house and have been hitting the gym every single day since Sunday.

Apple a day? Feed a cold, starve a fever?

Maybe you had a granny whose raspy voice you still hear rattling around your head every time you feel a cold coming on. "Feed a cold, starve a fever." Or, wait, is it the other way around?
Asanas  and verse

Asanas and verse

The yoga poses that Mona Therese Winston displays on her new 2012 calendar — interspersed with the poetry of Sylvia Chatroux — are keys to a toned and vibrant body, as well as a place to find inner peace and happiness.
Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle

ASTORIA — When Elsa Nethercot first stepped through the entrance of Jesse Smith's Colorado ranch last winter, she wasn't sure what to expect. Self-confidence wasn't her strong suit, and she was about to start five weeks of intensive classes in saddle-making — a difficult, technical craft requiring steady hands, patience and a willingness to fail.
A  long road back

A long road back

Until she had a horrendous bicycle crash six years ago, Kelly Cruser of Ashland was an orthodontist and No. 2 in Oregon bike racing for women older than 35.
Best of intentions

Best of intentions

During meditation one night, Dr. Leonard Laskow had a vision that love is the key to healing.
Touch and go

Touch and go

In a perfect world, we'd all be in shape and stay there. But working out too hard can be almost as hurtful as being the couch potato who gets exercise by walking to the fridge.
Open for business

Open for business

The first modern-day cooperative grocery store in Medford isn't just a boon to local shoppers. It's part of a nationwide resurgence in co-ops that looks to keep growing.
Cool  wardrobe

Cool wardrobe

Conventional wisdom used to be that rubbing sunblock on exposed skin offers protection from ultraviolet radiation. Clothing, on the other hand, only partially blocks sunlight, leaving a lot of skin at risk.
The hills are alive

The hills are alive

Like many newcomers to Southern Oregon, Cathy Edwards couldn’t wait to spend days hiking around the Greensprings uncovering the Cascade foothills’ secluded wonders.
Soothing    Music

Soothing Music

Professional musicians play to impress audiences and build a fan base, but not harpists Elizabeth Markell and James Excell.
Leave only footprints

Leave only footprints

When people head into the Oregon outback looking for pristine natural beauty, they are often surprised at how much evidence remains from previous visitors.