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October 21, 2015

Four in Lynden High School’s 1947 class — can you identify them below? — do some reminiscing.

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This was Lynden High School in 1947 as pictured in the yearbook of the time. Its replacement is now Lynden Middle School. Four members of the class who reminisce in this article are pictured below. (Courtesy photo/Lynden High School)

LHS classmates from '47 share memories They find much in common, but their ranks are diminishing By Calvin Bratt editor@lyndentribune.com

   LYNDEN ­— They’ve been friends from childhood.

Herm Heusinkveld

They also were classmates in the Lynden High School Class of 1947. But they hadn’t exactly kept up closely with each other.    So for the fun of it Herm Oordt arranged a summer lunch date of the four of them: himself, Herm Heusinkveld, Lou Kok and Clarence Vander Griend.    “We discovered that we have so much in common that it shocked us,” he wrote to the Tribune.

Louis Kok

   That started a process of comparing and reminiscing that seemed worthy to Oordt of telling for the newspaper.    For starters, as was once the practice for school grade alignment, the four were all born in the same calendar year — 1929, in this case — rather than using from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 as the time frame, as is generally done today.

Clarence VanderGriend

Herm Oordt

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Meeting together today, they are, from left, Herm Oordt, Lou Kok and Herm Heusinkveld, and (inset) Clarence VanderGriend. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

   In fact, Oordt was born in January 1929 and his sister Sarah (married name Kooy) was born in December of the same year, so they were in the same class in school together.    They all started in first grade in 1935 and graduated from the eighth grade in 1943 — two from Lynden Christian School and two from Ebenezer Christian north of Lynden. All were wed in the next few years, so that today all of them have been married at least 62 years and this year they will all turn 86 years old.    They have all had cataract surgery.    The two Herms married Orange sisters, so they are brothers-in-law. (They also claim that their family names may be disappearing from the Lynden area.)    Along with memories of long life shared are more difficult accountings of their many classmates and near-aged who are no long living. When these four read through their class list of about 100, they know that more than half of these folks are gone.    That has struck home in 2015 as classmates Ralph

Burger and Harold Visser have passed since July.    Vander Griend is tied into an extensive local fam   Oordt is from the family that operated the Oordt ily clan. He was a bank manager for 40 years with Bank Bros. Hatchery where the Fairway Center is located to- of America and its predecessors of various names in day. He worked in the egg business too, Skagit County, in a way mirroring his driving truck, then got into manageuncle William B. Vander Griend as ment with Oak Harbor Freight Lines longtime banker in Lynden. Clarence in both Seattle and Oak Harbor. Out of lives near Oordt in Mount Vernon. the Lynden area for 50 years, he now    The four feed on each other’s lives in Mount Vernon. memories as they sit and talk about    Heusinkveld was born on the old-time Lynden High School. Benson Road family property that he    This was the time in the late 1940s farmed all his life and only recently when Lynden Christian High School sold to the city of Lynden for future was just starting up, a change that park land. would eventually draw sports talent    Kok, raised on Jackman Road, away from LHS and create some rivalwent through Calvin college and semry between the two systems. But relainary and on to a career as a U.S. Air — Herm Oordt tions in their still-blended class were Force chaplain, attaining the rank of good as a continuation of the past, the lieutenant colonel. He retired back to Lynden and has 1947 classmates said. written a personal memoirs book.    “We were a good class,” Heusinkveld said. “We

“We were part of the happy '40s, relaxed, not too concerned.”

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1947 classmates and shared experiences came from Ebenezer and Lynden Christian, and we melded together. We accepted each other well.”    The main high school building of the day (see C3 photo) would give way in the 1960s to new construction that now houses Lynden Middle School. Essentially only the old gymnasium and performance auditorium remain on campus from 68 years ago.    As to the auditorium, Oordt can retell an experience that he will never forget. He had nine words to say in the senior play and when it was his turn on stage to speak he froze up. “Oordt, did you forget your lines?” boomed someone — Herm from the balcony. The audience erupted.

   “We were part of the happy 40s, relaxed, not too concerned,” he said.   The classmates remember Mrs. Edna Fisher, who was also the senior adviser, as “a nonnonsense teacher, and we learned.”   Going through student or teacher names, the four can start in on a story about nearly every one of them.    The class had one organized reunion at Shuksan Golf Course some years ago, but none recently. Now it is down to those who can get together for lunch from time to Heusinkveld atime.

“We were a good class ... We melded together. We accepted each other well.”

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Lynden retiree advocates for greater health understanding among all people Gordon Heinrichs has written a book on celiac disease from his research By Brooke Hanson intern@lyndentribune.com

   LYNDEN ­— Gordon and Ruth Heinrichs drove past Lynden on their way to visit Ruth’s family in Abbotsford, B.C., for 20 years, but never stopped. One year they finally did, and they found a place to retire.    When they moved up from San Diego, the couple didn’t plan to live on the Homestead Golf Course. Learning their home was on the course was a pleasant surprise to Gordon, who now golfs there once or twice a week.    Golfing isn’t the only thing Gordon does in retirement. After a career in the

medical field, he found a passion for research and education about health issues.    His father was a chiropractor, and after 12 years of working as a laboratory technician Gordon decided to follow in the same profession. Gordon was drawn to chiropractic work because of its hands-on approach, he said.    Many traditional fields in medicine shy away from regular physical touch with patients, Gordon said. Physical contact is the center of chiropractic care, he said.    Gordon’s knowledge in the medical field was useful 40 years ago when Ruth was diagnosed with celiac disease, which is a gluten sensitivity that makes digestion difficult. Ruth’s diagnosis piqued Gordon’s interest, as he’d heard patients talk about celiac disease before.    He dug deeper into the subject and found that the public is generally uninformed about celiac disease, even though it was discovered in 1950. Gor-

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Research a passion don realized how many people who had the disease must not have known about it.    After thinking about the disease for years, Gordon decided to write a book about it.    “We live it every day, like so many other people,” he said. He figured other people were curious about it like he was.    His book, “Celiac Disease & Gluten Sensitivity: A Troubled Past But a Promising Future,” was published as an e-book in 2011. It is available at Amazon.com.    An estimated 5-10 percent of those with celiac disease are diagnosed, Gordon says in his book. Diagnosis is not necessary for treatment, he said, but he recommends taking simple steps for anyone with symptoms and a family history of the disease.    Heinrichs’ new passion is increasing health literacy. A 2004 study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that 90 million American adults have difficulty understanding health information, which includes instructions from doctors and prescription directions.    Part of the problem is that people who are health illiterate often don’t know it, and therefore can’t fix the issue, Gordon said. The easiest thing people can do is ask questions of their doctors, but they are often embarrassed to admit they don’t understand.    Gordon spoke with members of the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement on Oct. 14 to see what can be done in this area. One solution is making medical documents readable at a middle school level, he said.    Whether it is gluten sensitivity or another health issue, these are important matters to understand, Gordon believes. People can be better educated on their health, and he is up for the job.   See column by Gordon Heinrichs on page C8.

During the harsh winter of 1944-45 in the Netherlands, city dwellers went on hunger expeditions into the countryside. They traded their valuables with farmers for food. More than 20,000 people died of starvation. But a shortage of bread also led to discovery of the origins of celiac disease. (Courtesy photo)

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Dutch wartime 'winter of hunger' led to global nutritional shift Gluten-free is now a dimension of healthier life for many people; could Lynden be underdiagnosed?    The German occupation of the Netherlands during the last winter of World War II led to widespread starvation of the embattled citizens. While the “Winter of Hunger,” or Hongerwinter, was devastating to nearly 5 million Dutch citizens, hospitalized children diagnosed with severe intestinal complaints began suddenly recovering from their potentially fatal symptoms. Within a few years, Dr. W. K. Dicke, a Dutch pediatrician, proved that gluten, a protein found in food products made from wheat, rye and barley was toxic to those youngsters, and their lack of bread was actually their salvation.    At that time no one could have predicted the impact that “gluten toxicity,” the cause of celiac disease, would have on the world’s population. Today, a percentage of the population from every country benefits from a gluten-free lifestyle. Even though the treatment — stop consuming gluten — may be straightforward, substantial issues still remain for patients as well as health professionals.   According to researchers, even though the Netherlands is considered the birthplace of gluten-free living, there are a significant number of Dutch citizens who suffer from celiac disease but

remain undiagnosed. And the percentage of Dutch citizens troubled by gluten appears to be steadily increasing. Sales of gluten-free foods are skyrocketing, even though many patients haven’t confirmed their diagnosis by seeking medical help. Could these puzzling facts also be true in our Dutch farming town nestled on the margins of the Nooksack River?    Answers may be difficult to uncover. But before we begin our discovery process, let’s review a few details regarding celiac disease.     • Some of the symptoms caused by gluten have been undeniably validated by research, while other connections for a cause-and-effect relationship to gluten ingestion are still under investigation.     • Gluten has been implicated in causing a range of symptoms, from skin rashes to miscarriages to seizures.     • Common complaints are abdominal bloating and pain, chronic diarrhea or constipation, vomiting and weight loss.     • There are blood tests and biopsies that can assist in the diagnosis, but the final confirmation is elimination of symptoms once a gluten-free diet has begun.     • The genes responsible for celiac disease are passed from one generation to the next.    I interviewed Barbara Himes, a registered dietitian in the Lynden Family Medicine building, and Sharon Serrano, owner of the Lynden Nutrition Center, to help give us some direction. Both of them stressed the importance of knowing a key difference between celiac dis-

ease and the related problem of gluten sensitivity. Although a gluten-free lifestyle is required for both, celiac disease causes intestinal lining damage while gluten sensitivity does not.    Himes said this: “Since celiac disease affects about one in one hundred people, and I have only seen a handful of patients through the years who had gluten-related issues, I think celiac disease is probably under-diagnosed in Lynden.”    Serrano said, “I’ve seen requests for gluten-free food supplements increasing over the last ten years, and so I try to

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Physical therapists help through all of life Lynden physical therapist shares thoughts on importance of National Physical Therapy Month By Joel Sattgast tim@lyndentribune.com

L.M. Montgomery stated: “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”    October is a wonderful month. In addition to cooler temperatures ushering in autumn colors, it is also a time to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month.    Since the early 1900s, physical therapists have excelled in preventing injuries and pain, promoting physical mobility, restoring body function and equipping individuals for improved health and wellness.    Here are five ways physical therapists serve their patients. We Listen    Healthcare is changing. But having a clinician who actively listens to you and involves you in your plan of care and recovery should not change. Physical therapists work with and for the patient to restore function and promote wellness. Improving Mobility    Did you know that physical activity can improve strength and endurance, control weight and lower your risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes, build strong bones and muscles, improve blood pressure and lower heart rate, while positively impacting almost every organ and

system in your body?    Physical therapists promote physical activity and work to restore mobility by improving balance, strength and conditioning, all while educating and equipping you for improved well-being. Reducing Barriers    A recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association found that more than 70 percent of individuals believe a referral or prescription is necessary to begin physical therapy and receive evaluative care. In fact, Washington state currently allows many individuals direct access to their physical therapists without need for a referral. By reducing barriers to care we are able to serve you and your family more efficiently. Decreasing Pain to Improve Function    While many people believe movement will increase their pain, physical therapists are specifically trained to minimize pain and discomfort, including those suffering from chronic and long-term pain.    By working within your threshold, providing education about pain and management and empowering you to

actively participate in your recovery, restoration of movement, function and daily activities is achievable. Care Throughout Life    Whether it’s providing care after a sprained ankle when 5 years old, reducing the risk for ACL injury in a high school athlete or improving balance, coordination and strength at age 95, physical therapists work throughout our lives by listening, evaluating and collaborating with you and other interdisciplinary healthcare providers to create a plan of care focused on your goals and enabling you to “keep moving.”    Happy National Physical Therapy Month.    Jim Sattgast is a licensed physical therapist at Lynden Family Physical Therapy. He can be reached at joel@lyndenfamily physicaltheraphy.com.

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A fresh look at naturopathic medicine Most older Americans prefer doctors begin with natural approach, not drugs and procedures By Dr. Kimberley Bauer Neuropathic Physician, Licensed Midwife London Health Center

If you’re like most people in our community, you’re probably unfamiliar with a form of medicine that, unlike conventional medicine, considers the whole person; focuses on the causes of illness, not just the symptoms; emphasizes prevention; and uses natural treatments that are less invasive and less expensive than drugs and surgery. It’s called naturopathic medicine, and it’s been around for decades.    Naturopathic Medicine Week took place October 5-11. The week was created through a bipartisan Congressional resolution in 2013 recognizing the value of naturopathic medicine in providing “safe, effective and affordable health care” and encouraging Americans to learn more.    The Affordable Care Act includes language requiring that insurance companies “shall not discrimi-

nate” against any health provider with a state-recognized license. That includes licensed naturopathic physicians, and now many NDs can accept Medicaid/DSHS in order to serve the whole community.    Research from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) reveals that women visit naturopathic doctors more then men, as they seek to return to a state of mental and physical balance and wish to maintain their energy and health as they age.    However, it is true that most older Americans (65 and older) say they would prefer their doctor began their care with natural therapies rather than immediately beginning with prescription drugs or invasive procedures. Many naturopathic physicians provide whole family care, from birth to retirement age, and see men, women and children.    Naturopathic medicine treats the whole person. It considers nutrition, lifestyle, environment, genetics and social factors affecting health and favors the least invasive approach first. Licensed NDs collaborate with all branches of medicine, including conventional medicine, referring patients as needed for diagnosis and treatment. Importantly, NDs educate patients and encourage them to take responsibility for their own health. Based on research from AANP, naturopathic physicians are perceived as more willing to take the time to listen to patients needs and provide treatments that are uniquely tailored to each

patient.    Please feel free to contact the naturopathic physicians at London Health Center. The information offered will help you gain insight about attaining better health. Naturopathic medicine is all about stimulating the body’s inherent self-healing ability. Whether you have weight management challenges, suffer from allergies or have a debilitating chronic illness like diabetes, this approach to medicine is designed to improve your health and keep you well.    A naturopathic physician will spend time with you evaluating how closely your habits align with the fundamental building blocks of health. This includes balanced nutrition, quality sleep, stress management, proper hydration, functional breathing patterns and emotional health. Naturopathic treatments are not high-tech, so they don’t get a lot of attention. But if these basic health factors go unaddressed, chronic disease may end up compromising your health.    The Community Natural Medicine Clinic at London Health Center on Main Street in Ferndale provides an integrative clinical experience including the services of naturopathic physicians, licensed midwives, massage therapists, an acupuncturist and an ARNP. For information about our clinic, call London Health Center at 384-2900.    Dr. Kimberley Bauer works out of her Ferndale office at 2376 Main St.

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Oct. 24 is last chance for 2015 cemetery tours Tours at two different local cemeteries    LYNDEN ­— Saturday, Oct. 24, is the last chance in 2015 to tour both Greenwood and Lynden cemeteries. The free tours are a seasonal project of the Lynden Pioneer Museum with Cemetery District 10.    Visitors can learn about local pioneers and historic personages and also how public cemeteries are managed and what many grave marker decorations mean.    Also find out about many of the myths, such as foot stones marking the graves of criminals and burial from east to west, in addition to other cultures’ burial methods.

   The time is 1 p.m. at Lynden Cemetery on the south side of Front Street at Guide Meridian Road.    The time is 3 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery on East Wiser Lake Road between Guide Meridian and Hannegan.    In the past three years the museum and cemetery district have been working to identify the locations and history of many of those buried at the Lynden Cemetery. Those include Civil War vets (both Union and Confederate) as well as some influential early figures in the local community.    This tour also takes a look at the grave markers and statuary that helped the Lynden Cemetery earn entry onto the Washington Heritage Register as a state heritage cemetery.

Greenwood Cemetery on East Wiser Lake Road added historical tours this year. (Courtesy photo)

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