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Restless legs syndrome

If you’ve never heard of this semi-maddening, sleep-altering issue, count yourself and your loved ones as blessed! Sadly, a full 10% of the adult population in the U.S. is afflicted by this condition which seriously should be called “rest-less” leg syndrome. Here’s why: Restless legs syndrome, or RLS, is characterized…

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Mining for melatonin

I think of melatonin as “sleep gold”. This slumber-enhancing hormone is a key element in the regulation of your body’s wake-sleep cycle. Not only does it act to make you drowsy so that you can fall asleep, but it also helps to “maintain” your sleep throughout the night. Melatonin production is triggered, in great part,…

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Free Well Woman Exams

  Thanks to a grant from the United Way Covenant Medical Center is able to provide Free Well Woman Exams to those without insurance and others who may qualify.   At your exam a female doctor will: • Review your health history • Give you a physical exam, including a breast exam • Look at your pelvic area for signs of…

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Treat yourself with a little kindness today

Confession: “I’m not taking off weight fast enough!” After all it seemed like I gained it overnight. One day I woke up and was 30 lbs heavier than I was the last time I weighed. Talk about a bombshell…that I saw between my toes. Have you ever thought…you have been doing the work, watching the calories,…

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Reducing Allergens When Spring Cleaning

  I’m all about working smarter not harder.  So when it comes to spring cleaning if there are some things I can do to not only clean but reduce allergies I’m all for it! Our thanks to Dr. Filipe Javier from Covenant Clinic in Waterloo for joining us on the show to share two of his favorite tips. Tips for Reducing Allergens…

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The facts about flax

Okay, so had anyone even heard of flax seeds half a dozen years ago? These little seeds lived out their lives in relative obscurity likely because they resemble burnt sesame seeds or a part of the birdseed mix we fill our feeders with. But all that changed the day someone discovered they had a highly redeeming value—and flavor wasn’t…

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Caffeine—Should We Wean?

The two times in my day that I truly savor are when I get my hands around a steaming mug of lightened and agave-sweetened black (caffeinated) tea. Sipping that wonderful elixir seems to just ease my soul…It must be a drug! Well, in fact, it is. Not my tea specifically, but the caffeine which can be found “floating around”…

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What to do after a flood

Sure, things are replaceable.  Still it’s heartbreaking to come home to find water in a basement or other living area. North Liberty.  8.28 inches of rain water.  Dubuque.  3.8 inches.  Cedar Rapids.  4.2 inches.  What a mess. My wife Sarah and I recently discovered the Cedar Rapids NewBo District and have…

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