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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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Weight and self-worth

“Dear Mr. Scale, can I be honest with you for a moment? Our together times really don’t do much for me. I actually dread our appointments. And when you bring your friend Miss tape measure, well she really does a number on me.” I.hate.this. Have you ever had a conversation with your bathroom scale? Maybe I am a tad…

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How’s your balance?

Life is a continual balancing act. Whenever your equilibrium is disturbed, say between “have–to’s” and “want-to’s”, you feel the discomfort of being off-kilter right away. Not so with your physical balance. Nearly every patient whose balance I test and find lacking is thoroughly surprised. Young and old alike,…

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Will “gluten-free” work for me?

Wow, for such a small protein, gluten has really made it to the big time—with a number of trademarked, “G-Free” dietary products to show for itself! And all a diet plan needs to capture the attention of the masses is to gain a few celebrity endorsements. Enter Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow Gluten, which is found in wheat, rye and…

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Stretching – more harm than good?

As a high school athlete I was well-versed in the pre-workout stretching concept. As Captain of the Spring Track team, my job was to lead my teammates in a pretty grueling flexibility routine at the beginning of every practice. The more limber we made our bodies (we were told) the more protected we would be against injury. Well, fast…

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In the last days of winter, cabin fever is setting in around Eastern Iowa. A few new ideas for fun will make the rest of winter a little easier.

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