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Diabetes: What you should know PLUS: RUN A MUCK FESTIVAL THE WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S and FEIRO MARINE CENTER CONNECTS HEALTHY KIDS TO HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS JUNE 2012

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Marine center encourages ACTIVE approach to learning by Brenda Hanrahan | Peninsula Daily News

Beach hikes, hands-on field work involving water quality testing and “belly biology” adventures are just a few of the things young children will have a chance to experience during the Feiro Marine Life Center’s summer camp programs in Port Angeles.

Volunteer divers Bill Roberds and Shannon Walz from NatureBridge dive in the waters off Port Angeles City Pier and bring a variety of sea creatures up to the surface for Feiro Marine Life Center’s summer camp students to view and identify.

“The Junior Oceanograper camps focus on getting children outdoors and active while learning about marine life in the Strait of Juan de Fuca,” explains Deborah Moriarty, the center’s director. “Kids will explore beaches and creek watersheds, create plankton and make remote operated vehicles, learn ocean songs and complete a variety of other activities to practice hands-on, real-world science alongside trained scientists during each of the camps.” About the only motionless activity during a camp is “belly biology,” which involves campers lying on their bellies to explore what lies on and underneath the surface of the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. “The kids are always surprised at what they can see if they are quiet and really look into the water,” Moriarty says. “They view an amazing array of sea life, everything from sea stars and anenomes to sea birds and mammals including otters, seals and even whales.” The center’s “Junior Oceanographer” camps started five years ago and have grown in popularity each summer. “We started with one camp and six children,” Moriarty remembers. “Now we have four camps, each of which can accommodate 22 children. “Some of the children from that first camp have signed up for our brand new ‘Explorer’ camp geared toward middle school-aged children. During the ‘Explorer’ camp children will build a working ROV [Remote Operated Vehicle] with help from Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary staff and retired scientists from Port Townsend.” continued on page 5 >> PENINSULADAILYNEWS.COM | HEALTHY LIVING | JUNE 2012 3


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Two of the four-day camp sessions are already full, but there’s still space in the June 25-28 “Explorer” camp for children in seventh through ninth grades, and in the July 16-19 session for children in fourth to sixth grades. Each camp session costs $100 per child. A 25 percent discount is offered when children enroll in more than one camp or when two children from the same family enroll. To obtain an application, stop by the Feiro Marine Life Center, 315 N. Lincoln St., or download an application from www.feiromarinelifecenter.org by clicking on “educational opportunities” and then “junior oceanography.” Limited scholarships are available. For more information about scholarships, phone Moriarty at 360-417-6254. The camps are part of the center’s educational mission of providing students from preschool through college with meaningful learning experiences related to their place in a healthy marine environment. “The camps are run by caring, enthusiastic and knowledgeable adults who love exploring our natural environment as much as the kids. Campers will spend four action-packed days learning about the marine creatures that inhabit our local waters. By the end of the week they will be local marine science experts,” Moriarty says. “Our educational programs are made possible thanks to our partnerships with Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, NatureBridge, Olympic National Park, the city of Port Angeles and our wonderful volunteers.” Moriarty says throughout the year, Feiro Marine Life Center staff encourage children of all ages to enjoy the natural wonders of the area by exploring and learning how to protect and care for marine habitats. “Hundreds of local students visit the center to learn more about marine life and understand how their actions can harm or help the environment,” she says. “During our North Olympic Watershed or NOW program, fifth-graders take a 2-mile hike from the Olympic National Park Visitor Center following the Peabody Creek watershed to where it empties into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The walk starts with a pristine watershed that degrades as it makes its way to the Strait. Students see first-hand how pollution and other factors impact the creek

and Strait and the animals that live in and around it.” Moriarty says getting children outdoors and moving around helps them better appreciate nature and understand the importance of preserving, protecting and restoring natural resources. “A lot of families stop by the center on their way out to the Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary so they can learn more about what they will see,” she says. “We also have a hands-on model of the Elwha River dam removals that allows people to build and remove the dams and simulate the restoration efforts. It has been a great learning tool to help people understand the project.” The Feiro Marine Life Center is an educational and scientific organization promoting marine education and conservation located on City Pier in Port Angeles. The center was built by the late Arthur D. Feiro in 1981. Feiro, a high school science teacher, recognized the value of a place on the Port Angeles waterfront which would introduce the children and residents of the Port Angeles community to the marine environment he loved. He recognized the educational value of this small aquarium to visitors who pass through the city Using a cadre of volunteers, numerous community fundraisers and building lasting partnerships in the community, Feiro built the center to teach all those who pass through its doors the wonders of the ocean. The center recently became a nonprofit corporation. More than 16,000 tourists visit Feiro Marine Life Center annually to tour exhibits representative of the marine life inhabiting the Strait of Juan de Fuca, explore touch tanks and learn from local marine experts. In addition, more than 1,800 children from Sequim, Port Angeles and Crescent school districts participate in marine science education programs each school year. The center also provides classroom space for marine science related programs, and has a small laboratory for studies. Many world-renowned experts have visited the center to share their stories with the community. Feiro Marine Life Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Admission is $4 for adults, $1 for children 4 to 17 and free for children 3 and younger. For more information, visit feiromarinelifecenter.org or phone 360-417-6254.

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food | ITALIAN WITH A TWIST lasagna with roasted eggplant, mushrooms and carrots BY MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN for THE NEW YORK TIMES This is like a combination of eggplant Parmesan and lasagna, with the added texture and flavor provided by savory mushrooms and sweet roasted carrots. Yields: 6 servings. INGREDIENTS:

1 medium eggplant cut in lengthwise slices about ¼ inch thick Salt to taste 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ½ pound mushrooms, cut in thick slices 1 large carrot, cut in ½-inch dice 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 2 ½ cups marinara sauce, preferably homemade from fresh or canned tomatoes 7 to 8 ounces no-boil lasagna 3 ounces fresh mozzarella, shredded or thinly sliced 4 ounces (1 cup) freshly grated Parmesan u Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Place the eggplant slices on a sheet pan or a cooling rack and sprinkle with salt. Let sit 15 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients. Pat dry with paper towels and toss in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Place on the baking sheet in a single layer (you may have to do this in two batches) and roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, close the oven door and, using tongs, flip the eggplant slices over. Return to the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until the eggplant is tender when pierced with a knife and browned in spots. u Toss the mushrooms, carrots and thyme with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Place on the parchment-lined baking sheet and roast for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the carrots are lightly caramelized and the mushrooms tender. Remove from the heat. u Lightly oil a rectangular baking pan. Stir the mushrooms and carrots into the marinara sauce. Spread a small spoonful of the sauce over the bottom of a baking pan. Top with a layer of lasagna noodles. Top the noodles with a spoonful of sauce, then a layer of eggplant slices. Top the eggplant with half of the mozzarella and a sprinkling of Parmesan. Repeat the layers, ending with a layer of lasagna noodles topped with a layer of tomato sauce and a layer of Parmesan. u Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and place in the oven. Bake 40 minutes, until the noodles are tender and the mixture is bubbling. Uncover and, if you wish, bake another 10 minutes, until the top begins to brown. Remove from the heat and allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. MAKE-AHEAD TIP You can assemble this up to a day ahead and refrigerate, or freeze for a month. The lasagna can be baked several hours ahead and reheated in a medium oven.

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Diabetes: Taking control LIFESTYLE CHANGES PUT PATIENTS BACK IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT

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Let’s start with some numbers: Around 25.8 million Americans have diabetes — roughly 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Total health care and related costs for the treatment of diabetes runs about $174 billion annually, according to the National Diabetes Education Program, a partnership of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least one in 12 adults in Clallam and Jefferson counties has diabetes. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Both genetics and environmental factors play roles in developing the disease. Eric Fehrman of Port Angeles was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1986 during an emergency room visit brought on by blurry vision, extreme thirst, frequent urination and lethargy — many symptoms commonly associated with diabetes. After his diagnosis, Eric was put on oral medication to lower his blood sugar, and he immediately changed his diet and began to exercise.

He quit smoking, began to eat better and became active. While working as a construction worker, Eric often consumed several 44-ounce soft drinks a day — he cut that out, too. Within a month, Eric was able to stop taking the medication and naturally control his diabetes for many years. But gradually, Eric slipped back into old habits. “That scared feeling goes away,” Eric says, explaining how his diet suffered, his weight yo-yoed and his doctors were forced to put him on insulin to manage the disease. Eric’s uncontrolled diabetes eventually led him to openheart surgery. “Sometimes you can’t see the effects [of diabetes] until way down the line,” he says. When first diagnosed, Eric says, his doctors explained what he should do, but he didn’t really understand how high and low blood pressure effects the heart or quite how it can ravage the body. “I wish I’d known then what I know now.” The heart surgery served as a big wake-up call. “When you’re diabetic there is a lot of personal responsibility you have to take,” Eric says. He now attends one of Olympic Medical Center’s well-

body weight and are physically active about 30 minutes, 5 days per week have a VERY GOOD chance of preventing diabetes. —National Diabetes Education Program

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Often, prediabetes has no signs or symptoms. Some symptoms include: Darkened areas of skin, a condition called acanthosis nigricans, is one of the few signs suggesting you are at risk for diabetes. Common areas that may be affected include the neck, armpits, elbows, knees and knuckles. Classic red flags of Type 2 diabetes to watch for: • Increased thirst • Frequent urination • Fatigue • Blurred vision WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR Consult your doctor if you’re concerned about diabetes or if you notice any Type 2 diabetes signs or symptoms — increased thirst and frequent urination, fatigue and blurred vision. Ask your doctor about blood glucose screening if you have any risk factors for prediabetes, such as: • You’re overweight, with a body mass index above 25. • You’re inactive. • You’re 45 or older. • You have a family history of Type 2 diabetes. • You’re African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian-American or a Pacific Islander. • You developed gestational diabetes when you were pregnant or gave birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds. • You have polycystic ovary syndrome, a common condition characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth and obesity. • You have high blood pressure. • Your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) is below 35 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or your triglyceride level is above 250 mg/dL (2.83 mmol/L). • You regularly sleep fewer than six hours or more than nine hours a night. THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF DIABETES • Type 1. An autoimmune disease in which the body does not produce any insulin, most often occurring in children and young adults. People with Type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to stay alive. • Type 2. A metabolic disorder resulting from the body’s inability to make enough or properly use insulin. This form of the disease is associated with older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, prior history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, physical inactivity and race/ethnicity. • Gestational diabetes. Immediately after pregnancy, 5 to 10 percent of women with gestational diabetes are found to have Type 2 diabetes. —National Diabetes Education Program 8

established diabetes support groups where people share trials, tribulations, wisdom and hope. OMC facilitates the groups and asks educators, physicians, dieticians, physical therapists and pharmacists to volunteer their time to talk to the group about nutrition, medication, physical activities, problem solving, prevention, healthy coping and blood glucose monitoring. In addition to the guest speakers, diabetics also share their personal stories with each other. “That’s where the power of information and the power of the group come in,” says Christin Maks, a dietitian and diabetes educator with OMC. When Eric shared his story “it was intense,” Christin says, adding that he motivated the group with his honesty and with his desire to take back his health.

like Eric who take control of their health. “He got the message and he takes care of himself now,” Christin says. Eric’s son is a prediabetic who is doing what he can to stay away from the scary consequences of diabetes. He found himself in the prediabetic range and got busy losing 140 pounds — preventing him from becoming a full blown diabetic. Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but it’s not yet high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes. Still, without intervention, prediabetes is likely to become Type 2 diabetes in 10 years or less. And, according to the Mayo Clinic, if you have prediabetes, the long-term damage of diabetes — especially to your heart and circulatory system — may already be starting. THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE Prediabetes can be an opportunity for you to imEric believes it’s important for anyone with diabetes prove your health because progression from prediabetes to Type 2 diabetes isn’t inevitable. to understand what high glucoses can do the blood With healthy lifestyle changes — such as eating vessels and how it in turn affects the whole body. Blood vessel and nerve damage linked with poorly healthy foods, including physical activity in your daily routine and maintaining a healthy weight — controlled can lead to serious infections that are exyou may be able to bring your blood sugar level back tremely hard to treat. Infections can spread up into the leg and sometimes are so severe that the foot and to normal. Christin says that if patients keep their weight part of the leg must be amputated. down (and that doesn’t mean perfect, but a good Eric had to stay off of his feet for six weeks after an ulcer infected his foot and threatened amputation. weight for their body type) and get active 30 minutes a day, five days a week, they can absolutely prevent He says that if he were in charge of the diabetes prediabetes from turning into diabetes. education program, he would go so far as to take Check out the symptoms at the left of this page to patients to see a leg amputation so that they would see if you should get tested for prediabetes. know just how serious the consequences of uncontrolled diabetes can be. HOW TO HELP YOURSELF Other complications of Type 2 diabetes include heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and blindness. In addition to support groups, diabetes educa“No public health problem compares in scale to tion programs at OMC pick up where the diagnosis diabetes,” says Mehmet Oz, a well-known surgeon leaves off. and television personality. Doctors, who often have little time to spend talking He describes high blood sugar associated with with a newly diagnosed diabetic or prediabetic, can diabetes to be like glass shards in the blood. refer patients to an OMC extension of care program “The high blood sugar harms the linings of your where one of three certified diabetes educators will blood vessels. Cholesterol then patches up the tears, take an hour will take an hour to explain — typically leading to plaque. When the plaque becomes unone on one — the disease and what can be done to stable and ruptures, it can lead to a heart attack or a manage or reverse it. Diabetes educators follow and stroke,” he says. document patient outcomes. He goes on to say that high blood sugar “scrapes” the The evidence-based practice is billed through priwalls of arteries, and by the time symptoms are felt, vate insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. the damage is done. Diabetes can destroy the heart. Healthy lifestyle choices can help you bring your Christin sees people suffering from diabetes every blood sugar level back to normal or at least keep it day, and she says it’s getting worse because of the from rising. Guidelines from the American College of obesity epidemic. Endocrinology suggest the following to treat diabetes “Eventually the country will be hit by this epidem- and prediabetes: ic,” she says. • Eat healthy foods. Choose foods low in fat and cal“And it could overrun the health care system.” ories and high in fiber. Focus on fruits, vegetables and Luckily, there is a lot of good news, too. whole grains. Strive for variety to help you achieve While Type 2 diabetes has a large genetic compoyour goals without compromising taste or nutrition. nent, it is also heavily related to lifestyle choices. • Get more physical activity. Aim for 30 to 60 Dr. Oz estimates that 90 percent of diabetes and minutes of moderate physical activity at least five prediabetes is preventable and even reversible. days a week. Take a brisk daily walk. Ride your There are support groups, education and people bike. Swim laps. u

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SUPPORT GROUPS • Port Angeles Adult Diabetes Support Group WHEN: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Health Center, 240 W. Front St., Port Angeles. CONTACT: Nutrition Services and Diabetes Education at Olympic Medical Center, 360-417-7125 • Sequim Adult Diabetes Support Group WHEN: First Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. WHERE: Sequim Senior Center, 921 E. Hammond St., Sequim. CONTACT: Sue Sorenson at www.starladydiabetes. com. • Type 1 Diabetes Support Group: WHEN: First Friday of each month, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. WHERE: Olympic Peninsula YMCA at 302 S. Francis St., Port Angeles. CONTACT: Jo Johnston at 360-775-7860. • Jefferson Healthcare Diabetes Support Group (Port Townsend): WHEN: Fourth Tuesday of each month, noon to 1 p.m. WHERE: The hospital auditorium at Jefferson Healthcare, 834 Sheridan St., Port Townsend CONTACT: Amber Benner at 360-385-2200, Ext. 1240

Christin Maks, a dietitian and diabetes educator with Olympic Medical Center, and Eric Fehrman, a member of the Port Angeles Adult Diabetes Support Group, sit at the hospital’s Seasons Cafe. The support group will meet at the cafe for a potluck at 5 p.m. June 26. The meeting is a social event and an effort to increase participation in the support group. Anyone interested in learning more about managing diabetes is invited. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite healthy dishes. Phone Christin at 360-417-7125 to reserve a spot. If you can’t fit in a long workout, break it up into smaller sessions spread throughout the day. • Lose excess pounds. If you’re overweight, losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight — only 10 to 20 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds — can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. To keep your weight in a healthy range, focus on permanent changes to your eating and exercise habits. Motivate yourself by remembering the benefits of losing weight, such as a healthier heart, more energy and improved self-esteem. • Take medications as needed. • Because the findings from several recent studies suggest that regularly getting a good night of sleep may reduce insulin resistance, try to get at least six hours or more of sleep each night. These lifestyle choices can help you prevent prediabetes and its progression to Type 2 diabetes — even if diabetes runs in your family. The same changes that can treat or even reverse prediabetes help prevent the condition, too. “I’m not perfect at managing my diabetes,” Eric

says. “But there are many times these days when I come close.” He says that portion control is really important as well as stress reduction and physical activity. He counts carbohydrates, eats more whole foods, drinks calorie-free liquids and lots of water and is committed to attending the monthly support groups. Eric enjoys tae kwon do, is a member of the Olympic Peninsula YMCA and is buying himself a bike for his 66th birthday. “I know what I’m supposed to do, it’s just about finding the motivation to do it, which is what the group provides,” Eric says. He admits to getting tripped up from time to time and letting denial, guilt and frustration creep into his psyche, but it doesn’t get him down for long. “I plan on living to be at least 90,” he says. Christin reminds her patients that diabetes is a disease, not something “you just did to yourself.” There is a genetic and emotional component to the disease, but it’s important to remember that “all of our choices are effecting this whole body,” she says.

• Accredited Education Programs on Olympic Peninsula: Olympic Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. The program offers education and support to people with diabetes. People are seen by referral from a healthcare provider. Insurances vary in education benefit coverage. CONTACT: In Sequim and Port Angeles, contact Nutrition Services and Diabetes Education at Olympic Medical Center, 360-417-7125. In Jefferson County, contact Amber Benner at Jefferson Healthcare, 360385-2200, Ext. 1240. WHERE: There are three locations to serve patients in Clallam County: Port Angeles Downtown Health Center, Olympic Medical Center (hospital), and Olympic Medical Center (Sequim campus). In Port Townsend, patients meet at Jefferson Healthcare. WHEN: Individual and group sessions available by appointment.

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getting involved | WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S Alzheimer’s disease impacts more than 5.4 million Americans . . . it is the sixthleading cause of death in the United States . . . and it is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the U. S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. — Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for care, support and research. The walk is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide — and for the first time there will be an Alzheimer’s Association, community-managed walk on the North Olympic Peninsula on Sept. 29. WALK DETAILS: The 2.3-mile walk leaves from the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St., at 9 a.m. and continues throughout downtown Sequim. Anyone can participate, and the walk will take place rain or shine. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help each participant reach his or her fundraising goal. There are three ways to get involved. WALK: When you participate in the walk, your fundraising dollars fuel the association’s mission-related initiatives and raise awareness in Clallam and Jefferson counties. VOLUNTEER: An event like this can’t take place without volunteers. There’s something for everyone to do. Phone 360-461-3402 to see where you’d best fit. SPONSOR: Become an in-kind sponsor, table sponsor or

support a participant or team with a donation. Sequim’s Discovery Memory Care, an assisted-living community that specializes in supporting people with memory care needs, is spearheading the walk. The business was the top corporate fundraiser for the 2010 and 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s held in Bremerton. “We believe passionately that we need to find an end to Alzheimer’s,” says the center’s executive director, Sheila Linde, who notes that the number of people affected by the disease is skyrocketing. The business hosted a silent auction and spaghetti feed May 19 to raise money for the walk. All funds from the feed, auction and walk will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association for research. “When it comes to resources for the community, we at Discovery Memory Care want to be known as a ‘go to’ place for information,” she says. “We are happy to share our knowledge and expertise with the community, regardless of whether or not a loved one lives here.” The business offers free memory screening to anyone. For more information or to participate, phone Pam Scott at 360-461-3402, email nopalzheimerswalk@yahoo.com or go to http://act.alz.org/nop.

Discovery Memory Care staff members Keith Barnett and Kaila Crandall at the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s held in Bremerton. The purple flowers in the background were used for participants to write names on each petal of someone they know who has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease — it was called the Garden of Remembrance.

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diabetes | THE EMOTIONAL COMPONENT tive, as are exercise programs aimed at reducing weight by burning more “Trapped in a miserable marriage calories than you take in. and blessed with the ability to transWhen Jenna is stressed, she creates form her misery into delicious desserts, (and probably eats) pies. a small-town waitress finds her life Her body is still under stress and is forever changed,” reads the description unsatisfied, so she makes more pies. for the movie “Waitress.” This is her coping mechanism for an If you have seen this movie, then you underlying issue: her husband. know what the title is about. If you have Until things get really bad she connot, I highly recommend renting it. tinues to cope and cannot move on. When I decided to write an article In our brain, there is an emotional for Healthy Living in relationship to neurological processing center that diabetes, “Waitress” kept coming into decides how to store memories, how to my imagination. desire love and how to process our saBY KIMBERLY KALFAS

No matter what medical treatment you utilize to aid in lowering your blood sugar and enhancing your insulin sensitivity, remember that your stored emotions are playing a big part in your cravings for sugar and fat.

tiation and joy into physical secretions from our glands. In other words, factors such as our emotional history are a neurologically stored screen which can affect the perception of our selves in our world and the perception of our cells to our environment. It is how we sense satisfaction in the sweetness meter of our lives that mimics the satisfaction of our cells to the glucose they utilize for fuel. Ignoring the emotional parts of our being will gradually create disease from within. In the case of diabetes, we create a dysfunctional response system to the very fuel we need to survive. Jenna’s transformation comes from doing things for herself and for her baby that make her feel a real sense of ease. She has a clearer head and can make better choices including ending her toxic relationship. Every small step leads her to a place of success and satisfaction. No matter what medical treatment you utilize to aid in lowering your blood sugar and enhancing your insulin sensitivity, remember that your stored emotions are playing a big part in your cravings for sugar and fat and also the processing of those choices into body.

and blaming the companies that sell highly toxic and processed foods that lead to endocrine destruction. I suggest that you tend to those emotional pieces within you, and recognize the importance of fueling your body with nontoxic surroundings and nutrient dense fresh food. This will nourish and nurture your physical and emotional body and lead to less reliance on the pharmaceutical medications and cravings for high glycemic foods. t Kimberly Kalfas is a naturopathic doctor who graduated from Bastyr in 2005. She served as the legislative chair and president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Association for Naturopathic Physicians for two years. She currently lives in Port Angeles and is accepting new patients. Phone her at 360-452-5542 or email info@ drkimberlykalfas.com.

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I began to ask myself, “What does this movie have that I unconsciously relate to the topic of diabetes?” Jenna, the main character, is miserable and as a result she bakes really delicious and beautiful pies with names that relate to how she is feeling and ingredients to match. For example: the “I Hate My Husband Pie” which the main character says “You make with bittersweet chocolate and don’t sweeten it. You make it into a pudding and drown it in caramel.” She smiles at others while tormented inside. She stays in a bad relationship and finds out she is pregnant leading her to the brink of destruction. To see where the movie metaphor leads to one of my takes on diabetes, let us take a closer medical look. The unsaid and current description of diabetes in the culture says, “You eat too much, too many calories; your blood sugar is high, so stop eating so much.” There is a sense of blame and a mere lack of control. Most treatments are geared toward lowering of the blood sugar only. Doctors are now starting to understand insulin resistance and many of therapies are aimed toward enhancing insulin sensitivity. Nutritional recommendations are often more quantitative than qualita-

When the body is left unsatisfied, then you will crave again. It is a viscous cycle which is why the cultural definition is flawed. It blames the diabetic as the bad baby who eats pies instead of attempting to understand and treat the emotional pieces,

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Go ahead: Run A Muck Dash through wooded debris, fall in mud puddles and traverse wooden planks with a smile on your face at Port Angeles’ first 5K obstacle course and mud run by Jennifer Veneklasen | Peninsula Daily News

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From San Diego, Calif., to Little Rock, Ark., and beyond, there are mud runs happening all over the country. And with names like The Dirty Dash, Silly Pig Run and Rugged Maniac, these runs are all about having fun — and getting dirty. Port Angeles will host its first event of this kind — Run A Muck — at the Extreme Sports Park, 2917 W. Edgewood Drive, on Sept. 29. “These things are getting to be so popular it’s just crazy,” says Randy Alderson, one of the event’s organizers. “Thousands of people come to these things.” The course at ESP, up until now used exclusively for national sprint boat racing, will be designed for all athletic levels. Randy says there is no telling how many people will attend the Port Angeles race, but organizers are

prepared to accommodate thousands of runners and spectators. “We had 10,000 for the sprint boats,” he says. “And no one thought that would happen.” The mud run isn’t a competition, but rather a personal challenge. The goal is to complete the course covered in mud. ESP will not provide timing chips for the race, but there will be a large timer installed at the beginning and at the finish line for anyone wanting to record his or her times. To avoid a bottleneck in the track, groups will start about every 15 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. You don’t have to participate in the race to enjoy Run A Muck. Live bands will be playing throughout the day along with local food, a beer garden, concessions and good times with family and friends. continued on page 14 >>

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