Jul/Aug
2017

Yeast Infections: A quick guide to caring for yourself

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Written by Caitlin Summers

Women are becoming more comfortable talking about subjects that used to have a great deal of stigma behind them, such as periods and sex. However, there are still some topics we women would prefer not to talk about. 

Let’s discuss yeast infections. Don’t blush yet because it’s something an estimated 75 percent of women will have at least once. It may be that we are uncomfortable to talk about it because yeast infections are uncomfortable. I’ve had some painful cramps, but having an itch that we wouldn’t want people to see us scratch in public could be worse. Yeast infections happen, and there are ways that you can treat them right away and even prevent them. 

WHAT IS A YEAST INFECTION?

Yeast infections aren’t an STI. According to Judith Devorak, APRN, CNP of Olmsted Medical Center, “The yeast that causes it is a fungus named candida. This fungus normally lives in the gastrointestinal tract and sometimes in the vagina.” When bacterial changes happen, an overgrowth of the yeast can occur causing what’s known as a yeast infection. 

 

Jul/Aug
2017

Rowing: Girls growing in all areas of life

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Written by Holly Galbus

High school girls are discovering opportunities for physical, mental, social, and academic growth in the sport of rowing through the program at Rochester Rowing Club of Minnesota (RRCMN).

ROWING IN ROCHESTER

Founded in 1990, the RRCMN was originally a program for adults but has grown and expanded over the years, and in 2001, they added a Juniors program. During the last season, there were 10 high school girls on the team. Although their numbers are small, they have a fierce devotion to the sport of rowing and say the academic and personal growth opportunities have made it their sport of choice.

 

Access to natural healing techniques such as meditation, hypnotherapy, energy healing and reiki is on the rise. Here are highlights of a few local establishments available for holistic healing services.

A BEAUTIFUL SOUL

A Beautiful Soul is a healing center, complete with healing boutique, created and owned by Brinn McManus. For the past two years in the Design District at Cooke Park neighborhood of Rochester, McManus has amassed a broad range of clientele. “We have seen such a diverse population,” McManus begins, “from clinic visitors looking for additional healing to children learning about crystals.”

 

Whether you’re wearing sparkling glass slippers, designer flats or walking sneakers, a proper shoe fit can alleviate or prevent many foot problems. Several factors play a role in how comfortable a shoe will be. 

According to local experts, important considerations for women are that their shoes or shoe products fit properly and provide appropriate arch support. Their knowledge and services can be your “bibbidi- bobbidi-boo” to having healthy, happy—and sometimes bare—feet.

PODIATRIC CARE

Why are supportive shoes and products so important? “Supportive shoes will appropriately distribute the weight and pressure created by your body over the entire plantar, or bottom of your foot,” says Loring Stead, DPM, an expert in podiatric medicine and surgery at Olmsted Medical Center. “Without appropriate support, many people may develop foot pain.”

 

Jul/Aug
2017

Women Veterans: Community Events Honor and Support

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Written by Brittney Marschall

Women are an essential part of our armed forces and our community of veterans. Throughout history, women have served in various capacities in the military. The first American female soldier, Deborah Sampson from Massachusetts, cross-dressed as a man, disguising herself in order to fight alongside men.

PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE 

Women have served in America’s conflicts and wars throughout history, including America’s War of Independence, also known as the American Revolution. Wives, mothers and daughters followed their male loved ones into battle serving as cooks, seamstresses, launderers and nurses. 

 

LORI FELTIS WAS DESTINED TO BE A RUG WEAVER. HER FAMILY STEMS FROM A LONG LINE OF RUG MAKERS ORIGINATING IN PRAGUE, Czech Republic, INCLUDING HER GREAT-GRANDFATHER WHO RAISED HIS ENTIRE FAMILY ON HIS RUG MAKING ALONE.

She grew up watching her grandmother make rugs, and now Lori owns her grandmother’s loom as well as her great-grandfather’s loom. Lori is the chosen one in her family to carry on the rug making tradition. 

“I am proud of my heritage, proud of my rugs and proud to be a farmer,” she says.

 

PERSONAL MEMORY RUGS

Besides her rug making business, Lori is the owner-operator of Feltis Farms in Stewartville. She grows corn, soybeans, alfalfa, oats and wheat—not to mention she has French Charolais cattle, chickens, peacocks, ducks, pheasants and geese. She also runs a CSA that provides eggs, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, asparagus, tomatoes, rhubarb and nine different herbs for her customers. “We are a working farm, not just a hobby farm,” Lori says. “Martha Stewart doesn’t live here.” 

 

If you’re on social media, you’ve seen it: a single piece of furniture, surrounded by shiny white walls, with nothing else in the room but a perfectly placed lamp and fur throw—free of clutter and distractions. This phenomenon taking over your news feed is what some people refer to as “minimalism.” When put into tiny little pictures sprinkled across your screen, it looks attainable, even simple. That’s what I thought anyway, and I couldn’t have been more wrong.

TEENAGE SCHEME 

Before I share my minimalism journey, I suppose I should start from what I consider to be the reason I’ve gotten myself into this situation. I was in eighth grade and out with my parents, when we ran into my best friend’s mom. After a bit of small talk, she said, “So did you hear what our daughters have been scheming?” Fear filled my eyes. What was she going to say? 

 

Every year for Mother’s Day and my birthday in October, I get to pick what we are going to do as a family. For a few years, in both the spring and the fall, I took my kids biking in Lanesboro. We’ve gone to Duluth to visit my mom and grandma and, one year, stayed at The Edge waterpark. We’ve also gone to the Mall of America. Last year, I took my sons to a Twins game. Spending time in the car with my older son is rare since he got his driver’s license. At the baseball game, we had fun food for lunch, and both of my boys bought souvenirs. It was a fun way to spend the day together. 

This year for Mother’s Day, I’m going to take my boys on a date night and help them learn how to dance. My older son is graduating from high school this spring, and I think it’s my responsibility to help him learn how to lead a dance partner. I’ve arranged for Eric Hoyer, owner of Med City Dance Center, now located at 1115 7th Street NW, to teach a mother and son dance class for boys ages 10-18 on Friday, May 12 at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. If you would like to join me, along with Emily Watkins, owner of Empowered Wellness, and her two sons for an hour of rumba, waltz and swing, please contact me via email or RSVP on Facebook. Its only $30 per mother and son pair, plus $10 for each additional son. Make it a night out, and take them out to eat afterwards or pick up a $5 Pizza.

 

May/Jun
2017

Health, Wealth and Happiness: What is Happiness?

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Written by Emily Watkins

I vividly remember a moment, driving home from a date with my high school boyfriend, when I felt a physical wave of happiness sweep over me. That's an elusive feeling, one that is reserved for only the really special moments in life: walking down the aisle toward my love and holding my newborn sons, ranking the highest of those moments.

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

Things that make me happy: naps, reading good books, red wine, fluffy TV shows, watching my kids play sports, dates with my husband. But not many things bring that visceral feeling of happiness. 

Friends say happiness is family, children, God, being a source of healing for others, being a mom and wife, being part of a church community. Others say that keeping their minds and bodies engaged in meaningful pursuits and being able to control their own activities and change their minds are what make them happy. 

 

May/Jun
2017

Did You Say Something? Dementia or Hearing Loss

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Written by Dr. Amy Swain, Audiologist

Summertime brings family members together for reunions, weddings and graduation parties. During these events, we might notice our parents aging and sense some changes in their cognition or memory. You may begin to wonder if they have a memory issue. Researchers are now saying we should not assume it is a memory issue because it is possible they just didn’t hear the whole conversation.

LINK BETWEEN ALZHEIMER’S AND HEARING LOSS

Many studies show a link between Alzheimer’s disease and hearing loss. The reality is that hearing loss has a bigger impact on our health than we realize.

Frank Lin, otolaryngologist and epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has completed multiple studies that reveal the link between cognitive decline and hearing loss. In his 2011 study, results showed that seniors with hearing loss were significantly more likely to develop dementia than their counterparts who had normal hearing. The reason for the link is unknown, but researchers have suggested that dementia and hearing loss might have a common underlying pathology. Dementia may be exacerbated for seniors with hearing loss because it takes more effort for that individual to hear and understand conversations, putting more stress on the brain.  

 

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