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Columns and Editorials

  • Anxiety: The first step is asking for help

    John couldn’t sleep because he had butterflies in his stomach and he just couldn’t get his mind to calm down.

    We have all had those anxious feelings before. Anxiety is a normal emotion that often accompanies events such as starting a new job, preparing for a test, or trying to make a big decision. Anxiety can be helpful to make sure that you are alert and on top of your game, but for some it can be overwhelming.

  • A nation under pressure

    By Lindsey Seel

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, 67 million Americans, or one in every three citizens, have a diagnosis of high blood pressure.

    So we are, quite literally, a nation under pressure. But unlike the pressures that plague our daily life that we are very much aware of, the pressure I am speaking of burdens our heart, brain, kidneys and blood vessels slowly and silently.

  • Civility is important everywhere

     By Lance Minnis

    An incident occurred today that really got me thinking about how we behave.

    I know some will scoff and call me a fuddy duddy or worse, and some may get mad because they see themselves in what I am about to say. Heck, I see myself in it at times, which only makes the point stronger.

  • An all too familiar Psalm

    “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Thus begins one of the most familiar passages from the Bible. I’ve known this revered Psalm since I was a child. You may well have it committed to memory. Some of you who think you haven’t really have.

  • Free online weightloss tools can help you succeed

    Submitted

    In a time where almost every infomercial on TV offers a new and improved weight loss tool it is easy to get caught up in the hype.

    The key to weight loss is frustratingly simple… cut your calories. There are not any fancy tricks or magic bullets— it’s just old-fashioned arithmetic. Burn more than you consume. Easy right? Well maybe it is a little harder than it sounds but there are resources available to make losing weight a less arduous process. Not only do these resources simplify your life but they are free!

  • Is that medication The One?

    By Lindsey Seel

     

    When I was about to get married my friends and family asked me plenty of questions about my husband-to-be. Why do you love your fiance? Does he make a good living? Do you trust him? Is it forever?

  • Vaccines are critical and safe

    Vaccines have been a recent hot topic as the new school year begins and immunization records must be updated. This year the issue of vaccine safety, particularly the myth that vaccines cause autism, has been a frequent talking point. The View’s recent hiring of co-host Jenny McCarthy reignited controversy about vaccines because of the entertainer’s vocal views on vaccinations causing autism.

    What happens if I don’t vaccinate my child?

  • People who mattered throughout life

    By Michael Duncan

     

    I am not sure how old we have to be before we begin to figure out that there were a lot people — most of them, according to those who determine who is important, quite “insignificant” — who have made very significant contributions to our lives. A trip a few weeks ago to see my mother led to my thinking about people—people who have contributed to who I am.

  • Congestive Heart Failure affects 5.7 million Americans

    By Katherine Jett

    Congestive heart failure is a chronic disease affecting about 5.7 million Americans. Kentucky has one of the highest CHF rates in the country.

    If you think about it, I bet that each of you can name at least one person with CHF. Many of you can probably name multiple people afflicted by chronic heart problems. Heart failure is responsible for 11 million physician visits each year and more hospitalizations than all forms of cancer combined.

    What is CHF?

  • Identity through remembering

    If you are my age or older, you probably remember as a younger person losing patience with an older person who started to tell you something and then stopped... finally confessing, “Well, I forgot what I was going to tell you.” I now find myself wishing that I had been more patient with such people, as patient as they were in not telling me that the day would come when I would understand. I do.