Thursday, July 18, 2024

Health & Wellness

Live longer, live better

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Aging isn’t for the faint of heart. Suddenly we’re putting Metamucil in our gin and tonics, buying cases of Advil, and strategically placing heating pads in every room of the house. Yes, the Eeyore-level...

QR code outreach

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The Martha's Vineyard Substance Use Disorder Coalition (MV SUDC) is launching an advertising campaign to raise awareness of Island resources for those with the disorder. The campaign, with a year of funding from the Dukes...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for Your Health

The topic of climate change is in the news daily, notably the pressures we face from an increase in extreme weather events. Lately we’ve been affected by smoke-tinged air, carried from Canada by migrating...

Health Beat: A virtual care option for Islanders and visitors

With significantly more people on the Island during the summer, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Emergency Department can feel the pinch, resulting in long wait times for patients with minor injuries or ailments. That’s why Martha’s...

On My Way: Kayaking the Chop and beyond

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I have long been enamored of the small, circular Oak Bluffs Harbor that summer folks flock to in droves. The numerous million-dollar yachts tied up to the slips along the concrete wharf are always...

Bridging the gaps

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One of the great things about being an addict or an alcoholic is … Weird way to start off an article about recovery, with a sentence like that one. But as contradictory and antithetical as...

Working at the Red House

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Peer recovery centers have emerged as vital resources in the field of addiction treatment and recovery. These centers provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals grappling with substance addiction where they find connection,...

Human Recovery Library

The West Tisbury library welcomed community members to their first Human Recovery Library program (HRL) this summer. HRL aims to challenge stereotypes and the intolerance often associated with addiction and the recovery process. During...

A Beacon: We’re in here

I had been wronged. The actual “what” is as immaterial now as it was then. After an exceptionally hard day, my wife greeted me with a barb that wounded me to my core. I...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

Whoever said, “The eyes are the windows to the soul,” he probably wasn’t thinking about the importance of protecting them from environmental threats, or supporting ocular health through proper nutrition. At the time, eye...

On My Way: Life is good

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I took a long sip of the large Cumbie’s iced coffee flavored with a shot of amaretto — the indulgence a reward for a hard and sweaty ride. An hour and a half earlier, I...

Mind, body, soul

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So … it may seem like I’m a one-trick pony when it comes to certain subjects I bring to these pages. But when it involves something that could potentially be an incredible avenue of...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

It can be uplifting to hear good news, especially when it involves preserving human life and improving its quality. A growing number of scientific advances, coupled with our increased adherence to healthcare messaging, are...

Finding your healthy place

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A medical crisis changed Dr. Roni DeLuz-Singleton's life, which she has spent dedicated to helping others in the health and wellness field. Although today a prominent traditional holistic naturopath, and leading detoxification and longevity...

On My Way: Cross-Island hike

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An electrical current coursed through the cool air. I leaned against a tree and stretched my legs. Folks congregated outside the Trustees building. We had looked forward to the day. Even a conversation about the...

A Beacon: Keeping the light

It was just another Monday at the clubhouse — Patriot’s Day, actually. We try to hit the ground running Mondays, to develop some extra momentum to carry us through the week. We’d gotten lunch...

Dukes County Health Council: Working for your health

In 1968, a piece appeared in the Reader's Digest introducing the phrase "Getting old ain't for sissies," bringing humor to an aging population’s aching joints and hardening arteries. Later, comedian Betty White refined it...

On My Way: Poking around the pilings

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I paddled out from the shore. A seagull swooped down in front me. I heard the wash in the water. I had made the right decision. A few days earlier I had the idea of...

A Beacon: Day by day

Not every day is going to be a winner. Mental illness is practically defined by its unpredictability. A person’s symptoms can follow a strict schedule for years, and then change without warning. Tried-and-true meds...

Slow and steady can win the race

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We’re approaching a season that bodes many things: our busiest time of year, an exponential increase in the Island population, cookouts, hitting the beach … and weddings. Having been a certified personal trainer (“been” being...