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How to Recognize a Deer Tick and Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

How to Recognize a Deer Tick and Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

Deer ticks  — tiny creatures that barely tickle when they crawl over your skin. Makes me shudder just to write the sentence. If you hoped they didn't survive the winter, forget that notion. They did and already, more than 50 cases of Lyme disease have been reported in Maine. Last year, more than 1,375 cases were reported, which was a record high for the state. Read more ...

One Man's Ongoing Struggle with Lyme Disease

One Man's Ongoing Struggle with Lyme Disease

Michael Anderson recently wrote to me about his ongoing struggle with Lyme disease. He gave me permission to share his story, which I decided to do in his own words:

By Michael Anderson

Dear Diane,

Health Events in Maine May 5 to May 21

MONDAY MAY 5
Conception and Beyond

Maine Medical Center
The Dana Center
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Spring Has Arrived in Maine and so Have the Farmers' Markets

Spring Has Arrived in Maine and so Have the Farmers' Markets

Saturday was such a beautiful day — perfect for a trip to the Farmers' Market at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. Yes, the season had begun. I couldn't help but take a few pictures. See more ...

A taste of the Mediterranean: Olives — their oil and our health

A taste of the Mediterranean: Olives — their oil and our health

Guest post by Kit Broihier, MS, RD, LD
Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Continuing with the Mediterranean eating theme practically requires that we cover olives and olive oil at some point in the discussion, since they are so widely consumed by Mediterranean cultures. Traditionally, a Mediterranean diet calls for eating several olives (maybe up to 10) or consuming 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil each day. Let’s take a look at what the benefits of this practice may be. 

Weight Loss Shows. Who Really Ends up Being the Biggest Loser?

Weight Loss Shows. Who Really Ends up Being the Biggest Loser?

Guest post by Charity Hirst
Director of Marketing and Public Relations, the Medically Oriented Gym

As a facility that promotes health and wellness, the Medically Oriented Gym (the M.O.G.) fields a lot of questions about the latest health and fitness trends. Recently, we were asked to provide our professional opinion about reality TV weight loss shows. Things are not always black and white, but there are very apparent philosophical differences between the methods carried out on some of the weight loss shows and what we at the M.O.G. believe to be appropriate messaging about healthy living. 

Anaphylaxis. Learn the facts about this life-threatening allergic reaction.

Anaphylaxis. Learn the facts about this life-threatening allergic reaction.

When Ricker Hamilton got stung by a wasp a few years ago, he immediately began showing signs of a severe allergic reaction. It was third time in 20 years that he'd been stung and thankfully, he carried an EpiPen just in case. It probably saved his life.