Benefits of Culinary Herbs
by Suzanne Madron
During the winter months more often than not two things have happened. We’ll have been huddled over a bowl of steaming soup or a steaming cup of tea. When the winter chill gives way to the spring, some things change. Others stay the same, such as our love of herbs, be it in those soups or teas.
Not only do herbs enhance the flavor of our food, but they provide health benefits as well. For example, that calming chamomile tea not only soothes nerves and helps you relax, but it also can be used as a hair rinse, skin toner, (let it cool before applying) and to calm a stomach upset. Fennel is also an excellent stomach soother, but may not be appealing to those who are not fans of the taste of black licorice.
Some other ingredients for herbal teas include mint and lemon balm, which are both mints and both helpful for stomach upset and calming the nerves. Lemon balm can also be used dried in a sleep pillow (a sachet of herbs) with lavender and hops to help you catch… continue reading the Spring 2018 issue
Post-Partum Congestive Heart Failure
by Emerian Rich
For most women, pregnancy is a joyous, healthy time. For others, it can be nine months of discomfort and anxiety. Don’t worry, if you are one of those women who haven’t had it easy. I’m here to tell you, you are not alone.
The doctors had told us we wouldn’t be able to conceive. We had tried for years, but it just wasn’t happening. When I found out I was pregnant, I was overjoyed. The baby was a gift I’d longed for. I had the normal baby-momma fears. Something would go wrong with the baby. I would die and my husband would have to raise our child alone. The baby would die, and I wouldn’t be able to handle it.
As the pregnancy progressed, issues started to crop up like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, high blood pressure, anemia‒the list was depressing. With each diagnosis, my worries increased. As we neared the due date… continue reading the Winter 2017.
Lyme Disease Myths
by Kristin Battestella
We’re told how to prevent tick bites—wear light colored clothing with complete coverage and use bug spray in a wooded area. However, the general knowledge on how, when, and where one gets Lyme Disease, how the illness is diagnosed, and how to treat patients is rife with misinformation and controversy.
Misnomer 1: You can only get Lyme Disease in the Northeastern United States in the Summer.
According to the CDC, the 300,000 Lyme Disease cases in America each year is growing six times faster than HIV/AIDS with cases nationwide and year round. Many citizens are still in the dark about Lyme Disease simply because they think it can’t happen to them where they live or that this is an easily treated rarity and thus “no big deal.”
Misnomer 2: You can only get Lyme Disease from one type of tick, and a blood test can confirm it.
In truth, there are potentially multiple strains of Lyme Disease contracted from different types of ticks, and various… continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Cataract Surgery, Close to a Miracle
By Larion Wills
During a routine eye examine years ago, my ophthalmologist discovered a small cataract in one eye. At that time it was too small to worry over, but something I did keep in mind when during the last year or so I became aware of a difference in my vision. Things close were clear enough, but everything out at a distance looked smoky, and reading was becoming more and more difficult. Colors were harder to see, especially in traffic lights and on TV, bright lights hurt my eyes, and forget night driving.
If any of those things are bothering you, don’t cross them off as “getting older” and simply accept them. Go to an ophthalmologist, not an optometrist. An optometrist examines your eyes, prescribes and supplies spectacles and contact lenses. An ophthalmologist is a medical practitioner specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.
For me, understanding what a cataract is and getting information on the procedures helped to lessen the instinctive fear of knowing someone would be cutting into my eye. A nice clinical description is ‘A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye leading to a decrease in vision, the cause of half of the blindness and…read more in the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.
Kick the Winter Blahs
Embrace Your Inner Hibernation Instinct
by Dianna Kersey
Have you ever wondered “why” we get the winter blues? “What” causes us to feel blah? I’m sure you’ve read tons of articles about SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder, but that is not what we’re going to talk about today. Have you ever considered maybe we’re supposed to slow down and reflect during this time of year, and that it’s totally okay?
Our bodies have a natural circadian rhythm for day and night to help us go to sleep and wake up in the morning. This same concept applies to the seasons of the year. Since the dawn of humanity, we have awakened in the spring ready to plant crops, welcome in newborn animals, and prepare for the long, hot growing days of summer. Soon more hard work flies in with harvesting all your efforts in preparation to survive during winter. Once the colder months arrive that’s when your body says—hey, it’s time to slow down and enjoy the fruits of your labors. It’s time for reflection on the past year and planning for the new year.
How Did We Get So Busy In The Winter?
It wasn’t until the inventions of electricity and economical ways to transport ourselves that we began extending the bustling activities of the warmer months into winter. New sports games were adapted, and every year we’re pushed…continue reading.
Find Your Zen During the Holidays…and beyond
By Ron Vitale
Photo by Heidi Kaden
“The holidays are filled with fun, family, and lots of frenetic energy, but they can also be a major source of stress. Crazy work schedules, family obligations, gift shopping, party planning, and all sorts of activities can leave you shell-shocked. When everyone else is enjoying themselves, you might be ready to curl up in a ball and want to give up on having fun.
If you’ve felt stress in the past around the holidays or afterward, here are some solid tips to help you enjoy the season...” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Winter Issue.
Packed with features to inspire and enrich your life, our publication includes:
- Finding Your Zen During the Holidays
- Discovering Family Connections
- Holiday Music
- 5 Books to Read this Holiday
- Geek Out for the Holidays
- A Seattle Progressive Dinner
- Recipe: Forgotten Cookies
- How NOT to Make Fruitcake
- Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate
- 5 Holiday Tips for Parents with Autistic Kids
- Fighting Holiday Stress One Bath at a Time
- How to: Make Fuse-bead Snowflake Ornaments
- City Spotlight: San Francisco
- Bay Area attractions: Charles Dickens Christmas Fair
- Lighter side: Santa, Seniors, and a Goat
- And much more…
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Running the Golden Gate
by Ron Vitale
“Ever thought about running across the Golden Gate Bridge? I never thought I would have the opportunity, but I had several hours open during a business trip and took advantage. I was training for a marathon and needed to squeeze in a 13 mile training run anyway. A simple Google search helped plan a route.
On the day I ran, the sun was hot, and it was a clear day, no fog, and I could see for miles. I run with a Garmin watch to track my miles. I’ll admit I was scared. I had never run the course before and wasn’t familiar with the terrain, but I felt the sun on my face, took a deep breath, and headed off.
I looked out at the bay and couldn’t see the Golden Gate Bridge. That’s how far away it was. The first part of the course was the most challenging. I needed to weave in and out of groups of people on the crowded Embarcadero where tents were set up for a craft show. Through Fisherman’s Wharf, I had to run in the street, zoom around buses and throngs of people. Once I cleared that area, I ran past the aquarium, could see Alcatraz, and far, far off in the distance my goal. Like a toy on a train set, the Golden Gate Bridge stretched across the horizon. I kept my pace steady, and when I entered Golden Gate Park, I fought against the steep hills. To give myself a break, I stopped for a bit, took some pictures of Alcatraz and watched the sailboats on the bay...” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Fall Issue.