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The health magazine for Body, Mind & Motivation Volume 3 – Issue 2 – Summer 2011

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Oregon native Kevin Gaboury covers Asotin County and the city of Clarkston for the Tribune. He stays active by running, hiking, snowboarding, biking and backpacking.

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Peggy has worked at the Lewiston Tribune for four years. She lives in Lewiston with her husband and dog, Chrissy. Peggy enjoys baking doggie treats for Tribune pups as well as making human treats for her friends and family.


Summer has arrived following the wettest spring on record in our region.

Sarah covered the city of Pullman and Whitman County. When she has time, Sarah enjoys skiing, hiking, running, backpacking and most other outdoor activities.

To shake off the dampness of the past season, many Balance readers are looking for ways to get fit, get outdoors and get into one of the most physically active times of the year.


With that in mind, we are happy to bring you a number of timely stories designed to make this summer a season to remember.

Joel Mills lives with his family in Moscow. He’s currently enjoying the growing abundance of fresh, local foods available on the Palouse, and turning them (with some success) into good, healthy meals.

Lewiston Tribune reporter Kevin Gaboury not only did the research for this issue’s cover story on a Clarkston resident who offers a user-friendly “boot camp” workout regimen, he personally took part to ensure it delivers as promised.


We also look at some of this area’s best places to hike and the groups that help organize both physically and visually pleasing adventures.

Kelcie has worked for the Daily News since March in the news department, including section editor for Slice of Life. She is a recent journalism graduate of the University of Idaho, and is planning to attend graduate school in the fall for public administration

While taking those hikes, or just being outdoors, summer for some means the onset of seasonal allergies. Many find relief in over-the-counter medications, but there are also a number of options that take a more natural approach.


Other stories in this edition include the importance of wearing a helmet and other gear when biking or skateboarding, how health care professionals are addressing the onslaught of aging baby boomers, and whether chiropractors should work on young patients.

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Lewiston Tribune staff writer

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Lewiston Tribune staff writer

Elaine started reporting at the Tribune in 1991 and has covered the business beat since 2000. She’s an aspiring distance runner who completed her first half marathon last year.

VIRGINIA SOLAN Freelance writer

Virginia Solan is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in local, regional and national publications since 1979. She lives in Moscow with her husband and two cats, who are very kind masters. Her radio show, The Virginia Monologues, is on KRFP 92.5 FM on Thursday evenings.

JESSE HUGHES Graphic designer

Jesse has worked for the Daily News and Lewiston Tribune since 2008 in the advertising department. He and his wife try to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and stay active by walking, hiking, and being kept on their toes by two boys.

As always, we look for your feedback and new story ideas for this combined effort of the Lewiston Tribune and Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Your input is vital to the continued health of this health magazine for body, mind and motivation. Don’t hesitate to call me at (208) 848-2294 or by email at

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Wearing the proper protection while skating can keep you safe and out of the hospital. TRIBUNE/KYLE MILLS





rew Kimberling hopped off his scooter after just barely completing a jump over an orange cone at Lewiston’s skateboard park. His helmet gives him the needed courage to fly more than 4 feet into the air, said Drew, 13, of Lewiston. “You just get used to it. You feel like it’s not there. When you hit your head, you’re glad your helmet was there.” Kimberling may be in the minority. Early on a Sunday afternoon, only four of more than 20 on skateboards, trick bikes and scooters were clad in helmets. Those with bare heads included boys, girls and even a child riding a bicycle with training wheels. On a weekday afternoon while school was still in session, two thrill seekers were smoking cigarettes, more than the number of people with helmets. The lack of popularity of helmets hasn’t yet translated into an uptick in hospital visits, said Dr. Jay Hunter, an emergency room physician at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Still, those who shun safety gear run a higher risk of getting concussions, Hunter said. Doctors can treat the symptoms of concussions with pain relievers, but only time repairs the damage, in some instances more readily than others, Hunter said. “Helmets really do save your brain.” That goes just as much for adults as it does youngsters, Hunter said, noting “Everybody is susceptible to head injuries.” A child who is the victim of the same kind of brain trauma as an adult will likely fare better. “Kids have a much higher capacity to recover from a head injury in the long term,” Hunter said. What Hunter and other experts know about head injuries hasn’t reached many of those who frequent the skate park.

Austin Bell, 21, a Lewiston skateboarder with a decade of experience, prefers the feel of the wind blowing across his head to the confinement of a helmet. His stance has been solidified by how his head has escaped harm in accidents that broke at least one arm and a rib. Mastering a technique in skateboarding where one slides into a fall rather than coming to a quick stop prevents many disasters, Bell said. Jacobi Enriquez, 16, of Lewiston, has a similar opinion. He’s never worn a helmet in his eight years of skateboarding and he said he’s never suffered a head injury. “I don’t like the way they look and they throw me off balance. I don’t have to worry about it because I’ve never been hurt before.” Steve Dietz, manager of Follet’s Mountain Sports in Lewiston, is among those who would like to change the minds of Austin, Jacobi and the public. One myth about helmets is they’re expensive, said Dietz, whose store sells good-quality helmets for $25. Kids are going to be attempting the same tricks as the professionals now that the skate park gives them a venue where such stunts are possible. Inevitably there will be plenty of bumps and bruises along the way, but that doesn’t have to equate to serious injuries. “We want these kids to be customers for a long time and they can’t be customers if they’re drooling on themselves in a wheelchair,” Dietz said. The sale’s pitch might not be as tough as it might appear if Drew and Jake Oldfield, 14, of Clarkston, are any measure. Both said their parents helped convince them to wear helmets. “I’ve hit my head a few times and it didn’t feel good,” Jake said. Drew’s dad purchased his helmet for him. “My mom was super afraid I was going to bust my head open,” he said.

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“everything except for the shoes,” Nadeau said. Nature conservation groups such as the Idaho Native Plant Society, Palouse Prairie Foundation and the Idaho Conservation By Sarah Mason League also host regional and statewide nature walks and hikes. etween the buttes of the Palouse David Hall, president of the Palouse and the steep grades of the LewisPrairie Foundation, said nature walks and ton-Clarkston Valley, nature and hikes give visitors and residents the chance outdoor enthusiasts say there’s no shortage to cherish something that is slowly disapof scenery to be explored in the region. pearing from the region — natural habitat. “Some people definitely are surprised by “Palouse Prairie is the grassland/flower the amount of stuff that we offer,” said Dan ... ecosystem that used to be widespread Nadeau, an adventure facilitator — or trip here,” Hall wrote in an email. “For the most guide — at Washington State University’s part, what remains is small patches in areas Outdoor Recreation Center. “We live in a that were too difficult to plow and farm, pretty outdoor-rich environment, I’d say.” often on the shallower and rockier porNadeau is one of many guides who tions of its former range ... If people are not lead 20-plus hikes a year with WSU. The aware that there are extremely rare prairie university hosts camping tours at regional patches on their property, they will likely destinations such as Mount Rainier, as well not actively preserve it. And that would be as “spot clean” trips on trails where they a shame.” pick up garbage as they hike. Costs vary for Hall said the Palouse Prairie Foundation each excursion, but anyone is invited to at- hosts hikes several times a year throughout tend university-hosted trips, Nadeau said. the Palouse on public and private land. The university isn’t the only trip orgaSome hikes are limited to foundation nizer in the region. University of Idaho also members. hosts backpacking and hiking trips both Suki Molina, the deputy director of the locally and across the Northwest. Both uni- Idaho Conservation League, said the league versities also rent most of the equipment hosts hikes for the same reason as the needed for hiking and backpacking trips, Palouse Prairie Foundation.


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“Our primary goal is to get people to see the places we’re trying to protect,” she said. “It really gives people a chance to get out there and see why (these lands) are important, why it should be protected.” The league hosts hikes throughout Idaho. The tours are hosted by the group’s three branch offices in Sandpoint, Ketchum and Boise. Previous hikes have included the Selkirk Mountains and Pioneer Mountains. Other agencies focus on getting hikers started at an early age. Pullman Parks and Recreation offers a “hikes and bikes and other fun” class in town for children that focuses on outdoor Palouse adventures. Whitman County Parks and Recreation also takes school children between kindergarten and third grade out onto area hiking trails such as Kamiak Butte. “For a lot of them it’s the first time they’ve been on a hike of that size,” said Tim Myers, director of Whitman County Parks and Recreation. “So we want to encourage them to be interested in the outdoors.”

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Finding relief from seasonal allergies Local specialists talk homeopathic options

associate a plant akin to poison ivy with formulas and products are benign, but that allergy relief, but says Kelly Uusitalo, a people should be careful to not believe evmercantile buyer at the Co-op who has erything they read, as that industry is not worked in the health industry for 17 years, as well regulated as pharmaceuticals. By Kelcie Moseley they can be quite effective. The nettles act “The Internet is not a good place to get as an anti-inflammatory agent, and the valid information, you’ve got to be very o you’ve given up. Over-the-counter quercetin can be helpful in blocking the careful,” Garges said. allergy medications work for you, release of histamine Stephanie Mattson, “The Internet is not a good but only temporarily, decreasing in from cells, she said. a registered nurse place to get valid information, who works at Palouse effectiveness after multiple uses. The brand available you’ve got to be very careful.” You finally decide you have to settle and at the Co-op includes Ear, Nose & Throat Dr. Lawrence Garges get used to being stuffy and miserable all freeze-dried leaves, in Pullman, said the allergy specialist at Tri-State Memorial summer. which prevents the Palouse has a great Hospital in Clarkston But the options — short of a visit to an leaves from oxidizing variety of allergens allergy specialist — don’t end at the drugand increases their effectiveness, she said. that affect residents year-round. store shelves. Natural options are available, Uusitalo said some people prefer hoAlthough the grasses haven’t gotten a including sustainable products that can meopathic formulas because they are free chance to grow enough to be a problem provide relief. of drugs such as pseudoephedrine, which yet, the trees have started to pollinate and Moscow Food Co-op offers plenty of can cause undesirable side effects. mold has been an issue in the outdoors. alternatives, including Nettle Quercetin Dr. Lawrence Garges, an allergy Indoors, dust mites give people the most — capsules with crushed and freeze-dried specialist at Tri-State Memorial Hospital RELIEF – see page 21 leaves of stinging nettles. It seems odd to in Clarkston, said many homeopathic


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PESTS BEWARE A growing number of weapons available to fight off bugs and other intruders BY JOEL MILLS


nwanted backyard critters had better beware: Homeowners have more weapons than ever in an arsenal of powders, sprays, oils, gadgets and plants that can be used to keep pests at bay. Moscow Building Supply lawn and garden specialist Lauren Glasgow said several new products have hit shelves this year, and many of them are environmentally



friendly and pet-safe. One example is a newly formulated trap that uses a chemical that attracts ants and only ants, not other insects that might be desirable. Another is a floating “doughnut” for standing water — like horse troughs — that kill mosquito larvae but won’t harm other animals. Glasgow’s favorite “green” pest-busting product is diatomaceous earth. Made from a fossilized species of algae called diatoms, the powder is an effective, non-toxic insecticide. “It dehydrates and kills almost all bugs,” including garden slugs, she said. As a bonus, the diatomaceous earth is good for soil. It sells for about $10 for a four-pound bag. Those wary of traditional wasp sprays have a new alternative this year. The Bee Free Natural

Wasp Deterrent completely avoids the use of chemicals by taking the scarecrow approach and preying on the insect’s own instincts. “Wasps are pretty territorial, and they won’t build next to another nest,” Glasgow said. The Bee Free, which looks like a paper lantern, convinces wasps that another colony has taken up residence. And since it is just a decoy, it won’t harm bees like some traps can. Glasgow said she was unsure of how large an area could be protected by the Bee Free. “I guess it depends on how smart your wasps are.” It sells for about $10. And speaking of performance, Glasgow said some environmentally friendly products do sacrifice effectiveness. For instance, the diatomaceous earth has to be reapplied every time it rains. But one product is a sure thing for many of her customers with mole and Tribune/Barry Kough vole problems. The Solar Power Sonic Lauren Glasgow at Moscow Building Supply has several organic bug control products. Spike emits a tapping sound that mimics the burrowers’ danger signal, scaring them away from yards and vulnerable her family’s lakeside cabin, and it effecHome Depot no longer stocks the Mosplant and tree roots. tively keeps the deck insect-free. quito Magnet, Bishop said. But he can “People say they are really effective,” Those who need a bigger, better order them from for Glasgow said, noting that moles and voles weapon against mosquitoes might want delivery to store or home. are common problems on the Palouse to try the Mosquito Magnet. Looking If a gas-fired, mosquito-vacuuming where residential neighborhoods abut something like a gas grill, the propanegizmo is a bit too aggressive for one’s farmland. fueled trap clears an acre or more over taste, Glasgow said there are plants availThe Sonic Spike the course of about able that can repel bugs with more sub“Wasps are pretty territorial, gets its energy a week, said Mike tlety. A good example is a new geranium and they won’t build next to from a small solar Bishop, a manager variety that emits the odor of citronella. another nest.” cell, so no wiring at Home Depot in Not surprisingly named the citronella Lauren Glasgow is required. It costs Lewiston. geranium, the plant’s blooms aren’t as Moscow Building Supply about $20. Mosquito Magimpressive as traditional geraniums, but lawn and garden specialist Mosquitoes nets burn gas to can provide an all-natural way to beat the and other biting insects command a big emit heat, moisture and carbon dioxide, bugs. corner of the bug abatement market, and emulating a human body. Once attracted, And most garden centers carry marisprays that usually contain the repellent the mosquitoes are sucked into the trap golds, which also emit an odor offensive Deet are always popular. Other opby a vacuum, Bishop said. to insects, Glasgow said. tions like citronella oil products are still The traps are expensive, running from If nothing works to a customer’s satisavailable, but the mode of delivery has about $300 to $700. But Bishop said they faction, Bishop said there is one consolachanged. were practically flying out of the store tion: In addition to the traditional candle, during the outbreak of West Nile Virus in “It doesn’t seem like we have a real big stores now carry citronella “firepots” that 2006. mosquito problem here,” he said. “Most burn a gel. Glasgow said she uses one at The virus scare has since waned, and people just seem to deal with it.”

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Chiropractic for children’s pains Parent and practitioner discuss the issues

Stolle, started having seizures a month before she turned 1 year old, the last thing on Sutter’s mind was chiropractic. The Pullman mom said it’s frightening when By Virginia Solan the seizures strike. “She’ll stare out into space, go unconhen she was in elementary scious and fall down,” Sutter said. “Her lips school, a hard fall from a pogo go blue and her eyes roll back. She’ll just stick onto a hardwood floor sent stare out and have a body jolt.” Lacy Sutter of Pullman into episodes of Physicians diagnosed Stolle with a form excruciating pain. of chronic mild seizures. “I completely blacked out and was hyAfter a year of struggling with the todperventilating and going into shock,” Sutter dler’s episodes, and considering her own said. “I had a concussion. It seemed like experience with chiropractic as a child, everything was OK for a few weeks afterSutter decided to take her daughter to ward, but then I was in such horrible pain I Kevin Smith, a doctor of chiropractic and couldn’t bend over and pick up a pencil.” upper cervical practitioner in Moscow. The Her parents took her to a chiropractor, first visit didn’t yield any visible results. who “made it so I could actually function “The second time he saw her I felt like and not have excruciating pain and bad there was a big change,” Sutter said. “It’s headaches.” hard to say long term, but all I can say is When Sutter’s daughter, Harmony it definitely helped, and she’s feeling a lot



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better.” Stolle joined the nearly 3 percent or 30 million children in the United States who are being treated with chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, according to the government’s National Health Statistics Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2007 report listed chiropractic for children as the secondmost common form of complementary or alternative medicine for children, behind natural products such as herbs and fish oil. Chiropractic care for children has been on the rise for years. Since 1991, according to survey data released by the American Chiropractic Association, the number of chiropractic patients 16 years of age and younger has risen 8.5 percent. Using chiropractic to treat sports-related injuries is gaining in popularity, in combination with traditional methods and massage. Unlike the scrutiny given to pharmaceutical drugs, no one has studied the question of chiropractic care long term. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine was created to provide the research to answer these questions, but it has yet to publish a comprehensive report on the issue. A 2007 safety review connected with the CDC that listed a few serious injuries in children, including one death from a brain bleed and one case of paralysis, does not mean anything definitive, said Sunita Yobra of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, a researcher hoping to document data on chiropractic care for children. She told a USA Today reporter that there was no proof spinal manipulation caused the injuries, plus there isn’t a mechanism in place to track how common injuries might be. Still, Harmony Stolle’s chiropractor hopes parents don’t wait for a study to get their child examined by a chiropractor. He thinks the 3 percent number is frustrating. “I’ve treated about a hundred children, and in my opinion that number is negli-

gent and low,” Smith said. Smith asks parents to consider the vulnerable nature of their children’s neck and spine. “The first opportunity we have to injure the neck is at birth,” Smith said. “Having the neck out of alignment at such a young age could lead to developmental issues down the road. Chiropractic works on the principle that everything affected and controlled by the central nervous system can be affected by problems with the spine and neck. “ADD, asthma, sleep disturbances, headaches, impaired immune system, the list goes on and on,” Smith said. “When there is a misalignment where the skull meets the spine it directly affects the nervous system. A misalignment is when the joints are not lined up as they should be.” Sutter and Smith said they think studies are great, and welcome them. “I wish they knew how traditional drugs

affect children,” Sutter said. Studies on drugs regularly given to children for problems such as ADHD and seizures haven’t been done because they’re ethically problematic. She urges parents to do their homework and then make an educated choice. “Explore, talk to other parents and find out what chiropractors they’ve had success with for what problems,” she said. “I found from talking with parents that chiropractic really helps with infants having trouble with nursing.” “Kids respond so amazingly well, they usually need just a couple of visits,” Smith said. “My whole focus – and that of other chiropractors I know – is fix it and get them out of there. I take pride in how little I adjust people.” There also has been a traditional general mistrust of chiropractors by some medical doctors. The trend for Americans, though, according to the American Chiropractic

Association, is toward a holistic approach to health care that pairs traditional medicine with chiropractic and other alternative methods. “If the chiropractor seems too harsh for you it’s OK to change,” Sutter said. “I know of some chiropractors I really don’t like because of how harsh they are. It’s like anything else – including medical doctors – there are some you like and some you don’t.” Sutter hopes people trust their parental instincts as well as their medical doctor’s advice. For now, Sutter is going to wait and see how Harmony responds. “You can preclude a lot of pain and suffering down the road by addressing the root cause,” Smith said. “Children haven’t had the weight of the world visited upon them yet, so it’s easy. I’m not trying to undo 40 years of hard living and poor nutrition at that point.”

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FITNESS the boot camp way Clarkston workout expert Russ Craber takes the dread out of getting fit


dread your next meeting with him. No, the 35-year-old Clarkston resident and certified strength and condiRuss Craber isn’t your average pertioning specialist is quite the opposite. sonal trainer. People attend his summer fitness boot He doesn’t absently count off reps camps in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley while you strain under obscene amounts because he makes them want to come of weight or push you to the point of back. puking. He doesn’t charge outrageous “I’m honest with people,” Craber hourly rates or guarantee outlandish said. “I say, ‘I’m gonna make it fun and results. Basically, he doesn’t make you I’m gonna make you really tired and



really sore, but you’ll have lots of bragging rights and you’ll want to pay me more money next time to do it again.’ If I make it so tough and so no-fun that nobody’s coming, then I’ll put myself out of a job real fast.” Craber, who holds a degree in sports science from the University of Idaho, began offering his boot camps in the fall of 2009 at Kiwanis Park in Lewiston as a way to keep himself sharp and current

on exercise. He also holds a master’s in business administration, and when he’s not helping people get in shape, he operates Sun Pest Management in Clarkston. “I don’t really need to do it financially,” he said. “It’s getting to be more and more popular all the time, so I thought this was the time to capitalize on it. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to do.” Before moving back to Clarkston a

few years ago, he was employed in the corporate wellness field and designed fitness programs for Boeing employees in Seattle. He’s also a Type-1 diabetic, so physical activity is essential to maintain his health. Although the workouts are pretty intense, they’re not so intense that you won’t want to come back, he added. “It’s a quick and easy way to do a really intense workout and get a huge

amount of bang for your buck,” he said. “It’s hard enough so you feel like you’ve really done something.” Craber’s boot camps have two unique selling points. First off, they only last 30 minutes, making them ideal for people on the go. “Half an hour is more than enough to get done what you need to get done,” BOOTCAMP – see PAGE 20

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(Above) With the help of a picnic table Russ Craber does a set of shrugs during a boot camp workout. (Right) Boot camps have made it main stream into everyday people’s workout.

vised. “It can create tiny tears that cause Craber said. “By the end of a half an injury.” hour, you’re ready to be done anyway.” With this nugget of wisdom echoing Second, Craber only charges $8 up in my head, we got started. front for each boot camp instead of a The boot camp began with a jog monthly rate. This is nice if you’re not around the park, then, due to the chilly sure you’ll be able to make it to every rain, Craber directed us to a shelter full class and doesn’t leave you high and dry of picnic tables. He said he tries to be if you miss one or two. At four camps per creative when leading boot camps and week, it’s much easier on the pocketbook utilize everything the terrain has to ofthan the $40 to fer. When it’s nice “You share me with a few other $50 per hour price outside, he turns people, but you also get to share the the play equipment of a one-on-one pain. It’s easier to endure the pain personal trainer. at the park into a when you’re with a bunch of other “You share me personal gym. people — just like a real boot camp.” with a few other The picnic Russ Craber people, but you tables took on this Clarkston resident and certified strength also get to share the role, as we used and conditioning specialist pain,” he said. “It’s them for inclined easier to endure the pain when you’re push-ups, shoulder shrugs, dips and biwith a bunch of other people — just like cep curls. For someone of average fitness, a real boot camp.” the preview camp got my blood pumping On a drizzly spring day, four brave and I could definitely feel the burn, but souls, including myself, met at Kiwanis the 15-minute time period left me wantPark at 6:30 a.m. for a 15-minute boot ing more. Thirty minutes at that level camp preview/photo shoot for Balance. would be perfect, I decided. Craber said Being the amateur of the group, I started he designs the camps so people of any stretching out my hamstring before we fitness level can participate. got started — a big no-no, Craber said. “Unless you’re a recent heart patient “Never stretch a cold muscle,” he ador have had recent surgery, I structure it BOOTCAMP – from page 19

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so you can come in at any fitness level,” he said. “It’s really beneficial to show people you don’t have to spend and hour, an hour and a half in the gym. If the intensity is right, you can do it in a half an hour.” He also offers diet plans, which are customized around what people absolutely hate to eat and what they eat on a regular basis, he said. The plan basically lists how many carbs you’re getting, how much protein you need to eat and what fruits and vegetables you should eat. “I’ve created a simplified version where anybody can look at what they’re eating and look at a chart that I’ve designed for them and know how much of whatever it is they’re eating that they can eat,” he said. “It comes with a shopping list and recommended recipes and other ideas.” Diet is a “huge” component of overall wellness, he added. “If you work on your diet at the same time you start a new workout program, you’ll see results a lot faster in the mirror,” he said. “You’ll shed fat a lot faster.” For more information on Craber’s boot camps and how to sign up, visit his website at

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trouble. Allergens can cause itchy, watery eyes, congestion and difficulty breathing, making for a potentially miserable summer for those affected by them. “The Palouse always has something going on for allergies, whether it’s the molds, the grains or the wheat pollen out in the fields,” Mattson said. “... We’ve just got a little of everything here with our wind stream that we’ve got all the time, so there’s really not a lot of respite for people with allergies.” One of the more effective natural remedies for allergies is the use of a neti pot, an old Himalayan technique for irrigating the sinuses. Several varieties with accompanying salts or oils are available at the Co-op. “(A neti pot) sounds really gross, and it probably feels really gross ... but I tell you, people that do it, they get so much relief,” Mattson said. “It rinses the pollens and

“The Palouse always has something going on for allergies, whether it’s the molds, the grains or the wheat pollen out in the fields.” Stephanie Mattson

of them. Uusitalo said products the Co-op sells won’t mask symptoms, so “they’ll either help or they won’t help.” It’s also possible to clean air in a living space using air purifying machines. They work much the same way as humidifiers, cleansing the air of antigens and pollens. If they are used, Mattson recommended using distilled water and purchasing one that has a washable filter rather than one with replacement filters because people forget

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Experts say the health care industry will need to change for aging baby boomers By Peggy Hayden


s baby boomers crawl toward the age of 65 health care professionals prepare to care for the largest generation. But what will that health care look like? The directors of two Lewiston care centers have an idea. “As a baby boomer, I, and I believe my generation will dig in our heels to stay at home,” said Theresa Wessels, executive director of Juniper Meadows in Lewiston. She thinks it will be easier to reach that goal because of technology. Cameras can be installed to monitor the elderly,

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and alert bracelets/necklaces, cellphones, She noted rehabilitation and assistedcomputerized monitoring and medicaliving centers will need to change the tion alerts are just some of the things that way they operate and how they look for will make it easier for them to be at home baby boomers. They will need to have longer. wireless Internet, “As a baby boomer, I, and I Wessels said one of espresso coffees and believe my generation will dig in different types of the changes needed our heels to stay at home.” in preparation for foods will have to be Theresa Wessels baby boomers is the served — not on a set executive director of availability of more schedule but on more Juniper Meadows in Lewiston in-home caregivers of a restaurant-type — it costs less and also allows the elderly schedule so residents can eat when they to remain at home longer. She added want. that she sees her generation being more And activities will need to be different independent and more likely to downsize to retirement or independent living-type communities rather than nursing homes. Such places don’t generally provide nursing or other health care services.

Retirement realities

The baby boomer generation, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as people born between 1946 and 1964, is reading the handwriting on the wall and confronting some daunting numbers.


On Jan. 1, 2011, the baby boomer generation began turning 65. By 2030, there will be 72 million people in the United States who are 65 and older. Between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2030, more than 10,000 people will turn 65 years old each day. Think they will have to work past retirement age to survive.

— Bingo won’t do, she said. Wessels said partnerships with hospice and other such services will become more important for nursing homes, because such centers and assisted-living facilities won’t have the staff to care for the growing number of patients. Debbie Freeze, executive director at Lewiston Rehabilitation and Care Center, also believes rehabilitation and nursing facilities will need to make some changes for the baby boomers like additional computers and making activities more patient-oriented instead of group. “They will need to get used to shorter stays in facilities like this. Twenty years ago when I started in this field there was a five- to 10-year average stay, now it’s a 45-day average, which increases the work load for us,” Freeze said of one of the changes she has already seen take place. Freeze explained that the increased work load comes from the paperwork required for each new admission when patient turnover increases because of shorter stays so does the work. She said baby boomers overall seem to be in better physical shape, which will help with the rehabilitation part of treatment and the shorter stays. Like Wessels and Freeze, Debbie Lemon, associate professor in the division of nursing and health sciences at Lewis-


Clark State College in Lewiston, has been in the health care field for at least 20 years. Contrary to Freeze, Lemon sees medical issues such as obesity, an increased

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Students practice reaching using the Feldenkrais method

Learning to move without pain Feldenkrais method emphasizes the ‘how,’ not the goal BY VIRGINIA SOLAN


ifteen years ago, Tom Bode’s doctor told him he might as well sell his golf clubs and say goodbye to all the physical activities he loved. “It had become very difficult to move,” said Bode. Then, by chance, he happened upon the Feldenkrais method. “For the first time I felt possibility,” he says, “after this very depressing man told me I was to have no fun anymore.”



Now Bode can’t wait for the warm students into greater awareness of and conweather to finally arrive on the Palouse. It trol over their bodies from their Moscow seems he didn’t sell those golf clubs. studio. Berlinger made the four-year, 800After the method gave him his life back, hour training commitment, earning her Bode was so enthuguild certification, “I found that movement is siastic about Feldenafter witnessing the learned and you can learn to move transformation in krais he decided to become a guild-cer- differently” he said. “If you do, you Bode. can improve your life. I wanted to tified Feldenkrais “We help our share that.” practitioner. students learn to use Tom Bode “I found that all of their bodies guild-certified Feldenkrais movement is for a movement,” practitioner living on the Palouse learned and you can Berlinger said. “It’s learn to move differently,” he said. “If you all about proportional distribution.” do, you can improve your life. I wanted to “We get people to be more attentive share that.” to how they’re doing what they’re doing,” For more than a decade, Bode and his added Bode. “If provided a better possibilpartner, Elisabeth Berlinger, have guided ity, the body will take it.”

muscles. Feldenkrais is about efficiency rather than strength. It’s not like chiropractic. Practitioners do not adjust or manipulate the bones into place. Feldenkrais is more about movement than yoga or Alexander Technique, less about position or posture. Like tai chi, the method is about moving with the Feldenkrais is about efficiency rather than strength. whole self, but provides creative methods for doing so. Like Pilates, Feldenkrais is Bode said the toughest challenge facing concerned with coordination but is less students is just letting go of old habits that strength-based and more efficiency-based. have been with us for decades. There isn’t any published research that “We learn to move when we are bashows harm from Feldenkrais. A 2006 bies, through trial and error,” Bode said. California State University study examin“Feldenkrais figured out we can learn ing the effects of Feldenkrais on low back to move differently ... . People often are pain found the method to be effective in amazed at how simple and gentle the meth- reducing pain perception and in decreasing od is. They call what happens for them a disability. miracle. But really, it’s just logical.”

A merging of sciences Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, a Russian-born physicist, judo expert, mechanical engineer, multi-patented sonar inventor and educator, developed the method in the late 1940s after crippling knee injuries left him incapacitated. He incorporated principles of biology, perinatal development, cybernetics, neurophysiology, linguistics, and systems theory with a lot of experimenting with his own body. Simply put: He taught himself to walk again. “It works for someone who’s suffering from chronic pain or the world-class athlete,” Bode said. “It’s about refinement. “You can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for efficient movement. ... You can learn new movements that work for you when the old ones – ones that are a habit that developed because it was a biological necessity – aren’t working.” It’s not physical therapy. Feldenkrais Institute says the method looks at the transmission of movement through the whole person, whereas physical therapy tends to isolate and focus on strengthening specific

practioner’s job is to search out, then gently hone in on where the problem areas are. “We’re movement detectives,” Berlinger said. “Each situation is as unique as the person.” Students can attend either group classes or individual sessions. Some people come a few times; others are ongoing students. He compared the method’s philosophy to the painter: “An artist is judged by how he paints, not what he paints. We are focused on the how.” That’s why the Feldenkrais method can be thought of as an ongoing experience. “If you learn an instrument you don’t do the same piece every time,” said Berlinger. “You keep challenging yourself, learning more and more. It never stops.”

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Regulators look at new jewelry implants By JACKSON HOLTZ The Daily Herald

EVERETT, Wash. — Five gems just below Lisa Deshazer’s chin form a connect-the-dots line to her cleavage. Some people think the small circles are stick-on ornaments. They’re not. “They’re different,” Deshazer, 35, said. They’re single-point, surface or microdermal anchors, tiny pieces of metal jewelry slipped under the skin. “A lot of people question how (the piercings) are done,” said Deshazer, who was taking a break from making lattes and other coffee drinks at 13 Buffalos, a drive-through espresso stand on Rucker Avenue in downtown Everett. It’s so new that state officials are still Associated PRESS /The Herald, Dan Bates taking a look at the practice. And at least Kris (Gumby) Kaeser, 27, installs a surgical grade titanium micro-dermal anchor in the skin on the one state has banned it until new regulaback of Shanna Jones’ neck while she does her best to relax June 7, 2011, at Enemy Tattoo in Everett, Wash. tions can be written. Jones said she trusts Gumby, and she was pleased with the result, her fourth piercing. For Deshazer, the piercings are a bit painful and mostly permanent. If she ever wants to have her anchors removed, people’s skin. Today he’s practicing his ago. she’ll have to go to a professional. profession at Enemy Tattoo in south But until recently piercers either She’s not worried about it. Everett. needed an in-and-out point — think “I like them right now,” she said. The jewelry plates, about 6 millimestuds through the ear lobe, tongue, lip, The piercings are a new and increasters in size, have holes to allow the flesh eyebrow and so on — or they resorted to ingly popular type of body art. to heal and hold it in place. Little posts difficult, painful transdermal implants For less than stick through the to get metal to stay in less penetrable “We are continually working with skin. That’s where parts of the body. $100 for the first the industry on new practices that stud, professional people attach a Body piercings either needed to piercing salons will come along, especially in relation to small piece of puncture the skin twice, threaded public safety. As I understand it, the jewelry. install the jewelry through the flesh, or they were screwed under people’s skin microdermal piercing is a relatively An advantage of in. Not surprisingly, the body often renew practice and one we will be and onto their the surface plates jected these kinds of adornments, which taking a look at.” sternums, hips, is that the jewfailed nearly half the time, Kaeser said. Christine Anthony face, neck, back elry easily can be Kaeser claims the microdermal piercspokeswoman for the state — wherever there changed, people ings are safer and pose less of a health Department of Licensing. is about a centimesay. Different colrisk than other surface piercings. Only ter of flesh. ors and shapes can be swapped out. about 2 percent of microdermal pierc“You can put them almost anywhere Inserting metal objects into people’s ings are rejected. on the body,” said Kris (Gumby) Kaeser, bodies certainly isn’t new. The practice Officials with the Association of Pro27. He’s worked for nine years piercing harks back to pagan times, centuries fessional Piercers, a national nonprofit

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Summer tips for keeping kids cavity free BOISE — Freedom, family and fun are what summer is all about, but too much of a good thing can put kids at greater risk of tooth decay, according to Idaho’s dentists. Regular routines like brushing teeth and watching the diet can go out the window when school doors swing shut and summer vacation rolls in. “No one wants to be the Grinch about summer vacation,” says Dr. Jack Fullwiler, president of the Idaho State Dental Association, “but kids are generally more on their own, families travel, and diets can shift towards sweet drinks, ice cream and other sugar treats where moderation is important.” Studies show that sugary substances attack teeth within 20 minutes after eating

and this can lead to tooth decay. The ISDA offers parents the following tips: 1. Stick with brushing routines — at least twice a day. Yes, that means whether you are backpacking the Sawtooths or driving across country to visit relatives. Treat your child to a compact “travelers toothbrush” and fluoride toothpaste they can take with them wherever they go. 2. Keep the sugar down. Special occasions like Fourth of July cupcakes are all right, but avoid a general shift toward sweets, sugary drinks, ice cream, and other treats that are especially popular in the summer.

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3. Provide healthy snacks as an alternative. “Bad” snacks like most candy are real cavity causers. Keep healthy options on hand, like vegetables, lowfat cheeses, and cut up fruits. Frozen juice bars are good when made with low-sugar liquids. 4. Provide a good breakfast. Studies show that children who eat a good breakfast are less likely to indulge in sugary snacks during the day. 5. Never let small children go to bed with a bottle. Any fluids with sugar can cause tooth decay very fast as it reacts on teeth through the night. 6. Encourage drinking water. The combination of high temperatures and activity creates thirst — don’t let this turn into overindulgence in sodas and sugary drinks. Hydration is important and studies show that kids do drink more when flavors are involved. Check content labels and keep sugar intake low. 7. Stick with regular check-ups. Summer is a good time for routine dental check-ups because it won’t interfere with school activities. 8. Be a good role model. Don’t offer your child a glass of water while you sip sodas. Make oral health a family goal.

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Ground help complete Oregon eye flights By ALICE CAMPBELL The World COOS BAY, Ore. — The call comes at any time. When it does, the man heads to Coos Aviation, where he picks up a box from a pilot and takes it to Bay Area Hospital. Who receives the box is unknown. All Coos Bay Lion Club Secretary Phil Marler knows is someone’s sight will improve after having surgery with the tissue from the Lions Eye Bank of Oregon, located in Portland. He’s no special agent; no theme music plays in the background while he drives. The feeling of helping is payment enough for his participation in the Lions Club International Earth Angels program. Marler says he’s “just an everyday guy that does something to help his fellow man.” He’s made the trip twice, but had never thought about how long it took to get to the

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hospital from the airport before the first to see and wear contact lenses. (The cornea trip, he said. It’s a pretty short trip. is the clear layer of the eye that covers the “But I sure don’t need to have an aciris and pupil.) A corneal transplant would cident,” he remembered thinking the first help Smith see better, or she could continue time. to see blurs, which with a 6-year-old son, “If you stop to think about it, it’s a little made life especially difficult. nerve wracking.” The decision wasn’t easy, and Smith said Helping others who can’t see is worth she was frightened of having surgery, but it making the trip, he was the best choice. “I don’t know how to put it into said. “‘I opted for the words, except that it’s just a real “I can’t imagine transplant. I wanted blessing to be able to see better.” my world withto see.” Deborah Smith out sight,” he said, In February, she eye tissue recipient and North Bend, Ore., resident adding things he received eye tissue takes for granted seeing would have to be from Portland that Marler took to the described to him by others. Yet, people deal hospital here. Although she hasn’t healed with poor or no eyesight every day. completely, things like reading are already “Those are brave people.” easier to do. Instead of holding the book up Deborah Smith has dealt with keracto her nose, she can read normally — and toconus for years. The disease gradually her son can see the pictures. made the North Bend woman’s corneas “Now he can sit beside me,” she said. into the shape of cones, making it difficult “‘I don’t know how to put it into words,

after surgery varies, most see improvement. Rejection levels are low because no arteries are involved, she added. Marler was quick to deflect credit or praise for his role in Earth Angels and helping people like Smith. “The pilots are the real heroes,” he said. Information from: The World,

Phil Marler poses in front of an airplane on April 8, 2011, in Coos Bay, Ore. Marler volunteers with the Earth Angel program and is on call to transport eye tissue to Bay Area Hospital, in Coos Bay after it arrives from Portland via airplane. AP Photo/The World, Benjamin Brayfield

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except that it’s just a real blessing to be able to see better.” The Earth Angels program is the ground version of the Angel Flight West program. Pilots volunteer their time, planes and fuel to transport people to medical appointments and treatments, Lions camps, and even things like family funerals or bringing soldiers home, said Susan Jaggers, 36, Multiple District chairwoman for Earth Angels. Then the Earth Angels take over and drive people where they need to go. Sometimes multiple drivers split the trip if it’s a long one. Originally, pilots only flew people to medical care, Jaggers said. Then the network grew, and she took on forming Earth Angels for the Portland area three years ago. “After about two months, I found that this could be a program that could be adopted for the whole state,” she said. Pilots choose which missions they can fly, then they call Jaggers, who puts them in touch with a driver. “‘I don’t know what I would do without my drivers, because they’ve never said no when I’ve called,” Jaggers said. “‘I guess if I was to sum it up, it’s amazing.” The program is particularly helpful in rural areas with limited air service, Jaggers said. In Coos County, the only commercial flight from Portland comes in to the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport at 7 a.m. each day. The limited flights meant eye tissue came in the day before or the morning of a transplant surgery. “In general, we like the transplant tissue to be less than five days old,” said Dr. Debra Graham, a cornea specialist at Bay Eye Clinic who performed Smith’s transplant. For some surgeries, it’s ideal to use the tissue within 24 hours, she added. Having more flight options through Angel Flight allows more time for the eye bank in Portland to perform special cutting of the tissue, she said. Some people can’t see anything other than light when they receive the transplants, she said, and while the level of sight

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