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#fatkini Love Your Body

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
Fashion blogger Gabi Gregg made up the word fatkini in 2012. She wanted to encourage ladies of size to love their bodies, take the plunge and share a photo of themselves in their bikinis. I love that larger women are encouraged to love their bodies. I love that they’re encouraged …
MICHAEL NOONAN
Dr. Michael Noonan

Crack, pop: Is chiropractic treatment of the neck safe?

By Dr. Michael Noonan on Aug. 14, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
Here we go again. A medical association has seen the need to warn the public about the risks of chiropractic care. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association just released a “scientific statement” that chiropractic treatment is associated with stroke. So what are the risks? First, a little background. …
VITAL SIGNS (blog)

Vital Signs: Maine records spike in tick-borne diseases

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
Many Mainers know about Lyme disease. But the deer tick that spreads the increasingly prevalent infection can also harbor several other diseases in its tiny eight-legged body. Maine has confirmed 103 cases of the bacterial infection anaplasmosis this year, already exceeding the 94 cases recorded in all of 2013. Anaplasmosis can lead to similar long-term effects as …
PHILIP CAPER
Dr. Philip Caper

The costs of complexity in health reform just keep rising

By Dr. Philip Caper on Aug. 14, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
As I’ve written before, the costs of unnecessary complexity in health care reform are very high, and they are rising. There are at least three recent examples. One is the flap over whether people who have received health insurance through the exchanges run by the federal government are eligible to …
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Finally! Here’s how to lose weight and keep it off!

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 5:48 a.m.
Think this: It’s within my power to eat what I love, maintain my weight, and do both with just little changes in my habits and lifestyle……. Get this: I reached and am maintaining a healthy weight for me and it feels (and tastes!) good! We trap ourselves and stop our progress …
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Behind Every Human Action there is a Positive Intent – Even Suicide

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 6:29 a.m.
The nation is shocked and saddened by the apparent suicide death of comic genius, Robin Williams. Many people are asking, “why?” I don’t know the particulars, but I know why. Dying either gave Williams something he wanted and needed or it enabled him to escape an unbearable pain. Whatever prompted …
VITAL SIGNS (blog)

Robin Williams’ death highlights sharp rise in suicides among baby boomers

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
Robin Williams’ death from an apparent suicide has the nation talking about a public health problem we often avoid. Suicide now claims more American lives each year than car crashes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 100 people die from suicide every day in …
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Let Go of Perfection and Make Real Progress with Weight Loss!

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 6:33 a.m.
Perfectionism and weight loss don’t mix. Humans are rarely perfect. The only perfect person I know is not somebody whose company I enjoy. I avoid her! She’s annoyingly, hair-pullingly, obnoxiously perfect! I’m okay with “great” and “excellent” but perfect – ugh! No! Some things simply aren’t meant to be done …
ON THE PLUS SIDE (blog)

Working from Home Isn’t for Everyone

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 12:18 p.m.
Someone recently asked what it's like to work from home. Let me tell you.
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What do you need for weight loss support?

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 7:37 a.m.
I wrote a blog called “Can Weight Loss Can Be Depressing?” I experienced moments of frustration and disappointment. I was confused sometimes about why when I did very well adhering to the food plan, I gained instead of lost. I was never what could be described as “depressed” because so far …
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5 Tips For Lasting Weight Loss!

on Aug. 10, 2014, at 7:31 a.m.
1) Start with a reasonable goal – 5 to 10% of your starting weight. Choosing a weight goal is usually not too scientific. It might be a weight from our past or just a number that a chart says it right for us based on age, gender, and height. Although …
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Can Losing Weight Be Depressing?

on Aug. 09, 2014, at 8:08 a.m.
Can losing weight be depressing? I know that my moods were tied to the scale and yes, when the scale didn’t reveal what I wanted to see, it was depressing. The depression didn’t last long because after I stepped on the scale I waited for my Weight Watchers meeting to …
ERIN DONOVAN
Erin Donovan

Ebola-mania

By Erin Donovan on Aug. 08, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
People have been slinging jokes about the Ebola virus since I was a kid. It was “the” disease to reference if you were forced to share a Gatorade with a kid in your carpool or if you had to go somewhere really unsavory, like the mall at holiday times. Little …
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Can Sleep Deprivation Be a Factor in Obesity?

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
Yesterday I wrote about working conditions that may contribute to the obesity rate seen in people engaged in the nursing profession. It created a flurry of replies that discounted the notion that shift work has any effect on body weight. Some readers said that shift work was not a valid …
MICHAEL NOONAN
Dr. Michael Noonan

Natural alternatives for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By Dr. Michael Noonan on Aug. 07, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common digestive problem that is a combination of abdominal pain and changes in the normal function of the bowel. Along with the pain, there may be diarrhea, constipation or both. It is considered a “functional” problem because the symptoms are so variable, and there is …
VITAL SIGNS (blog)

Vital Signs: EMHS in talks to add Ellsworth hospital

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 10:04 a.m.
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems is again expanding its footprint, less than a year after adding Portland’s Mercy Health System of Maine to its collection of hospitals. Now, the Brewer-based health system is in talks to bring Maine Coast Memorial Hospital into the fold, a move that would mark the end of the …
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Why are so many nurses so fat?

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 9:49 a.m.
If you have visited a hospital lately as a patient or a guest of a patient you might have noticed there are a lot of fat nurses. One study found that 55% of nurses are overweight or obese. It’s also been discovered through research that nurses who work night shifts …
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Your Body IS NOT a Fashion Accessory!

on Aug. 05, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
While much wailing and gnashing of teeth and anger and bad decisions are made in regards to fighting obesity and childhood obesity in particular, is anybody paying attention to what may be the biggest contributing factor? You’d think the obesity problem is because our nation is a bunch of fat slobs …
VITAL SIGNS (blog)

Don’t panic about Ebola patients stopping in Bangor

on Aug. 05, 2014, at 9:06 a.m.
A second American aid worker who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa landed at Bangor International Airport this morning, aboard a medical transport plane stopping to refuel.  Missionary Nancy Writebol, 59, the expected passenger, was on her way from Liberia to be treated by infectious disease specialists in a special isolation …
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I didn’t get to where I am alone!

on Aug. 04, 2014, at 7:27 a.m.
I’ve been maintaining my weight for roughly 23 years. It hasn’t been right on the money all that time. There were ups, but the ups have stayed within the healthy range. Learning to manage my weight is a process I started about 3 months after I returned to Weight Watchers as …
 
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