Health

Register Now for MaineShare's Hike and Bike

Going for a hike or a bike ride this summer can help make Maine a better place to live. MaineShare's annual Hike and Bike event will take place now through Labor Day. This "Smaller Footprint" event allows participants to choose their own hike, bike ride, or walk from anywhere while raising money for MaineShare. The "Virtual Hike and Bike" works like any other event. You collect pledges, go out and hike or bike on the day that is convenient and send in your donations. The virtual format saves time, paper, and precious fuel while offering more flexibility for participants. With no expenses involved every dollar raised goes to MaineShare.

MaineShare raises funds for 38 statewide groups working for clean air, safe food and water, and equal rights for all the people of Maine. To find out more about MaineShare and to register for the Hike and Bike event visit: www.maineshare.org.

How to Eliminate Back Pain from Gardening or Yard Work

How to Eliminate Back Pain from Gardening or Yard Work

Summer yard work and gardening are great ways to spruce up your home, grow your own food, and spend time outdoors. The trouble is, while gardening or working in the yard, we usually work in bent over, unusual positions for prolonged periods of time and can wind up with back, neck, and shoulder pain when we are done. Dr. MacArthur and Dr. McNally of Portland Chiropractic Neurology offer these tips to help keep your body safe before planting and pulling weeds:

  • Stretch your muscles.

Appeal for Blood Donors - Find a Blood Drive Near You

Appeal for Blood Donors - Find a Blood Drive Near You

Maine Red Cross Blood Supply Drops to Critically Low Levels

Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make and keep appointments

The American Red Cross Northern New England has issued an appeal for blood donors of all types due to a critical blood shortage across our nation.   While demand for blood products remains steady, donations to the Red Cross this summer are the lowest the Red Cross has seen in over a decade.  All types are needed, but especially O negative, which can be used to treat any patient.  There are many contributing factors that make collecting blood difficult in the summer months.  Many donors are busy or traveling and school is out of session.  

“We urge eligible blood donors and first time donors to help reverse this trend and give blood to help us recover from the shortage, stated Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Communications, American Red Cross – Northeast Division.

Mid Coast Hospital Cycling Team Raises $12,000 for American Lung Association

Mid Coast Hospital Cycling Team Raises $12,000 for American Lung Association

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Eighteen riders on Mid Coast Hospital’s cycling team completed the American Lung Association’s three-day, 180-mile Trek Across Maine over the Father’s Day weekend, raising more than $12,000 in the process for the association.

In all, the 27th annual event raised more than $1.8 million for pulmonary research and clean air projects.

Polarity Therapy Part II

Polarity Therapy Part II

 

"The exceptional patient is the person who, despite their diagnosis, takes charge of their health and decides to be responsible to their illness or their condition and not necessarily feel responsible for it. One stance is drenched in blame and the other is full of power."— Christiane Northrup, MD

As a teacher and practitioner of Polarity Therapy, I am always reminding my students and myself that you must form a partnership with your clients.  The polarity practitioner holds a strong, safe container for their clients to explore what is in the way of well being.  And although we are very skilled in what we do, true healing for our clients cannot occur without commitment and a willingness to explore the root causes of tension, stress, dis-ease, being stuck, or lack of life-force (feeling like "ourselves").

TALK TO A NURSE ABOUT NURSING IN THE PAST AT THE FALMOUTH HERITAGE MUSEUM

TALK TO A NURSE ABOUT NURSING IN THE PAST AT THE FALMOUTH HERITAGE MUSEUM

 

What was nursing like in the days gone by? Do you know what it was like to ‘attend’ a mail order school of nursing?

The answers to these questions can be found at the Falmouth Heritage Museum display of nursing memorabilia including clothing, invalid feeders, bed pans and many other items used by the nurses of old. 

The Museum is located at 60 Wood Road in Falmouth past the Falmouth Police Department. It is open every Saturday in July and August from 10 am to 3 pm.

CHANS Home Health Care Offering Free Monthly Blood Pressure Clinics to the Public

 

CHANS Home Health Care is pleased to offer free community-based blood pressure clinics. The clinics will be held at the following times and locations:

  • July 20th, 10:30 a.m. – Noon, at Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, 84A Union Street, Brunswick
  • July 21st, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at People Plus, 35 Union Street, Brunswick
  • July 22nd, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., at Pejepscot Terrace, 36 Pejepscot Terrace, Brunswick

The National Institutes of Health recommends screening adults for high blood pressure every two years for anyone with blood pressure of 120/80 mmHg or less.