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Healthy Community Healthy You – Crying – It Isn’t Always For Babies

By   /  August 7, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Dr Megan Johnson McCullough – Shedding tears. Weeping. Wailing. The act of crying results from an emotional state which could be pain, sadness, anger, or happiness. There is a connection between the neurons and the tear duct (lacrimal gland) which comes from the current emotion. When we were babies, we cried to communicate, but as […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Hitting snooze – Is it worth it??

By   /  July 23, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Dr Megan Johnson McCullough — Everyone has done it. Hear the alarm, find the alarm, turn it off or hit “snooze”. Just a few more minutes. Delaying the getting up process. Waiting to have to start the day. Avoiding what lies ahead. Most of us do feel anxious when the alarm goes off. Some might […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Overeaters Anonymous

By   /  June 19, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough– Eating problem help Food is a battle many face on their fitness journeys, mainly because we have to eat to live. Unlike other aspects of our lives that we can work to eliminate that could be causing us problems, food is not a factor we can just get rid of. Overeaters […]

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By   /  June 8, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Karl: Can you really gain weight from lack of sleep?  Megan: It’s not that lack of sleep equates to weight gain, rather, it’s the behaviors that result from the lack of sleep. Your brain actually responds differently to hunger cues and desires junk food.  A sleepy brain also lacks the ability to reign in on impulses […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Chia Seeds – Not Just A Silly Plant To Grow

By   /  June 5, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough –Cha-cha-cha-chia…. you remember the Chia Pet?? Now, health food stores are making claims that these tiny seeds are packed with nutrients and can help curb hunger. Chia is a type of seed that come from the Mexican desert plant called Salvia hispanica. “Chia” actually means strength. The ancient Mayan and Aztec […]

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By   /  June 1, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Marge: I’ve lost a lot of weight recently but I’m also losing hair. Are the two related?  Megan: The two can be related depending upon a couple reasons. Sometimes dieting, particularly fad or crash diets, can lack nutrients your body needs for many bodily functions. The body does need whole foods including protein, carbohydrates, and fats. […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Eucalyptus Oil – 13 Home Remedies

By   /  May 14, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough —  Evergreen trees produce eucalyptus leaves and oil. The prime source for these trees is in Australia. They are also called fever trees, Tasmanian blue gum trees, or stringy bark trees. This product is a popular home remedy for many situations, although none of its affects have been scientifically proven. The […]

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By   /  May 11, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Scott: My trainer loves burpees and tells me they’re worth the effort. Why are burpees so effective? Megan: Burpees are a total body calisthenics exercise that hits the upper and lower body simultaneously. It is a high calorie burn that also involves the cardiovascular system. The core even works to stabilize the body during the […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Iron – An Essential Mineral

By   /  May 7, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough – Iron is found in every single cell in our body. This essential mineral’s primary role is to create hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our body. Our muscles need hemoglobin in order to store and use oxygen. Iron is also an […]

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By   /  May 4, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Fran: I’ve heard cooking vegetables is less healthy than eating them raw. Is that true and why would that be?? Megan: I would say that a variety of cooked and raw is a good choice. Some say cooking vegetables strips some of the enzymes, nutrients, and vitamins. Others say cooked vegetables are better for digestion and […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Cigars vs Cigarettes

By   /  May 1, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Which is the lesser of two cancer causing evils?? While both cigars and cigarettes contain tobacco, there are some differences between these two forms of smoking. The obvious, visible difference is that a cigar is wrapped in leaf tobacco, while a cigarette is wrapped in paper that does not contain tobacco. In general, cigars are […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Bone Spurs- Go Away Extra Bone

By   /  April 23, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Megan Johnson McCullough –Extra bone that forms on the end of a bone is called a bone spur. They typically can be found near the joints which is where bones meet end to end. Bone spurs are also called osteophytes and are smooth in texture but hard bone. The most common areas these are found […]

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By   /  April 20, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Clark: I feel like I sweat way more than most people. It can even be embarrassing. Is it actually possible to sweat too much?? Megan: There are several factors when it comes to how much you sweat. The main purpose is to cool your body down. However, genetics, gender, and what you are doing also come […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Antibiotics – The Bacterial Killers

By   /  April 16, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Megan Johnson McCullough– Most people at some point of their life have been prescribed antibiotics by their doctor. This medicine helps fight against bacterial infections. They function to either kill or keep bacteria from reproducing. For best results, one should continue the use of antibiotics until the cycle is complete, even if they are feeling […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Carnivore Diet -Meat, Meat, Meat

By   /  April 10, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Megan Johnson McCullough –The meat eaters dream come true. This is a meat only lifestyle and it is one of the new diet trends. Those who have found the standard nutritional advice to not work, have sought after a new approach. Those who have done it have attributed their relief from depression, fatigue, and immune […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – You Have to Eat to Lose

By   /  April 3, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Megan Johnson McCullough — Contrary to popular belief, eating less doesn’t necessarily equate to losing more weight. Skipping meals can happen due to the demands of life, however intentionally skipping breakfast or meals may not be beneficial to your physique. The “Operation Starvation” plan is almost the complete opposite of eating more leading to gaining […]

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By   /  March 30, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Marcus: I tried explaining to a friend that the exercise I enjoy most is walking. He claims it doesn’t do anything and doesn’t even use that many muscles. I get something out of it. What muscles does walking work?  Megan: Walking is a good workout that targets the cardiovascular system as well as the muscles of […]

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By   /  March 26, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

PTSD: Movement is medicine Post-traumatic stress disorder can happen to anyone who has experienced a dangerous, shocking, or scary event. The person can feel afraid and triggered by certain situations. In a split second, the person can enter the “flight or fight” mode. They feel they must protect themselves from harm. Some people can naturally […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Soy – Pros & Cons 

By   /  March 20, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Megan Johnson McCullough — Soybeans produce soy which can be processed into a protein that can used in powder or in the form of milk. It comes from an Asian plant and is enjoyed by many in the form of tofu, miso, or protein powder. It is found on many nutrition labels as an ingredient. […]

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By   /  March 16, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Barb: I’m diabetic but I do like fruit. I shouldn’t have much sugar so which fruits should I avoid? Megan: Fruit does have natural sugar but your body recognizes sugar all the same. Therefore, steer clear of mangoes, grapes, cherries, pears, watermelon, figs, and bananas. Stick to avocados, raspberries, cantaloupe, papaya, and strawberries if you […]

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