Families

Why won’t my aging parents let me help them?

Why won’t my aging parents let me help them?

Have you had moments of frustration, wanting to help your aging parents in some way only to find they refuse you? It can be very frustrating to meet with resistance. You likely find yourself experiencing a great deal of ambivalence — strong, conflicting feelings that can be unsettling.

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Should your child be screened for high cholesterol?

Should your child be screened for high cholesterol?

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the American Academy of Pediatrics have recommended routine cholesterol screening of children between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between 17 and 21 since 2011. 

Researchers in Texas just presented a new study that they hope will give added weight to the screening recommendation. Read more ...

A Taste of the Mediterrean: Baked Salmon and Roasted Asparagus

A Taste of the Mediterrean: Baked Salmon and Roasted Asparagus

It took me half my life to appreciate the taste of salmon. You need to understand. I grew up eating only one kind of fish: haddock (usually fried).

SALMON IS GOOD FOR US, BUT WHY?
Kitty Broihier, a registered dietitian and member of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has the answer. Read more ...

A Straightforward, No Nonsense Guide to Ultimate Health

A Straightforward, No Nonsense Guide to Ultimate Health

Guest post by Lauren Breau, L.Ac, acupuncturist at Wildwood Community Acupuncture.  

So, an acupuncturist walks into a bar …

Actually, just kidding. This acupuncturist isn’t walking into any bar, seeing as I’m on my 3rd day of Zithromax for a nasty cold that turned into a sinus infection and sent me running into the arms of biomedicine. Read more ...

 

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Why it's good for your health

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Why it's good for your health

Spring has arrived in Maine! Wait a minute, snow is still on the ground. The thermometer is hovering around the freezing mark. I have not seen one green shoot of anything in my yard. I don't care. I'm still going to celebrate spring — by embarking on a delicious Mediterranean adventure. You're invited to join me. Read more ...

You Get and You Give at the Cancer Community Center

You Get and You Give at the Cancer Community Center

I was at a meeting recently at the Cancer Community Center in South Portland and happened to notice two women painting brightly colored designs on a child's rocking chair. Curious, I poked my head through the door to get a closer look. Read more ...

Peak Island puppets to perform this weekend

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- On Sunday, March 2, from 12:00-2:00 PM, puppets will perform their original production, The Rudder Family Holiday Planner: A Celebration of the Jewish Holidays at Bet Ha'am. There will also be a pizza party!  

The Portland-based Peaks Island Puppets in Holidays bring families closer together, and also ruffle a few feathers! The story is brought to life by the innovative puppetry of David Handwerker and Stephanie Eliot who play Elijah the Prophet and his sidekick, Queen Vashti. Time traveling from their biblical roots they catch up with the Rudder family as they celebrate the Jewish holidays. 

Tickets are available at the door. $10 for adults and $5 for kids/seniors.