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By   /  December 3, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Why in the world do our pets and many land animals have tails? Some are cute, some are curly, and some owners even remove tails. There are actually several reasons why animals have tails. From personal experience, I can say my pug displays feelings through his tail. When upset or not really happy about a […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Butter vs Margarine: Who Wins??

By   /  November 20, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough – When it comes to your health, margarine comes out on top as the winner versus butter. The key reason is because margarine is made from vegetable oil while butter is made from animal fat. Because of this, margarine contains the good type of unsaturated fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated) that lower […]

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By   /  November 15, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Lynda: I always feel gross after the holidays from the eating and drinking. I’m sure I gain weight but how common is it to gain holiday weight? Megan: Eating, entertaining and celebrating do bring added calories for many. According to the New England Journal of Medicine most people can manage to stay within 1 pound […]

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

Sondra: What’s the best non-meat protein source because I typically prefer a vegan type diet? Megan: It is very important our body gets enough protein which is between 0.36 and 0.86 grams per pound body weight. If one were not to eat meat, other higher sources would be tofu, tempeh, edamame, soy milk, and soy […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Work life – Jobs That Cause Weight Gain

By   /  November 6, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough-A career life and the adulthood that goes along with making a living, can correlate with lots of time spent sitting. the hours of being sedentary increase with age and eventually, less time is spent being active and making healthy choices. Between office lunches, entertaining clients and customers, the spread in the […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You – Airplane Germs – Flying High With Bacteria

By   /  October 29, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough –The thought of sitting in a plane for many hours, just screams germs. Everyone is sitting in an enclosed spaced, breathing recycled air, and then there are people who cough and sneeze in this air. Traveling during the holidays also is the time of year for colds and the flu season. […]

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Healthy Community Healthy You: Varicose Veins- Twisted Blue Cords Under The Skin

By   /  October 23, 2022  /  Local  /  No Comments

Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough — Varicose veins are the bluish cords just below the surface of the skin, usually on the legs and feet. These all twisted up veins are usually harmless. Although ever present, they are not a threat but can be painful and become swollen from time to time.  They might be tender, […]

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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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