Category: Here’s to your Health!


Breast Cancer? There is ALWAYS hope!

A new diagnosis of cancer is devastating. The first responses range from dispair, grief, anger, and confusion to depression, anxiety and hopelessness. Family members won’t always have the right words, or know how to express their feelings beyond, “I’m sorry…”…

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DIY Winter Tonic Tea

Winter time calls for warming herbs that help us circulate, clear out and renew. Stuck indoors with stuffy, dry air and depressed immunity leads to lingering coughs and colds that take weeks to clear up. That is why I created…

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What every parent needs to know about croup

2 am: The whole house is shaken by a loud, deep, rattling, “bark!” I sit straight up in bed, and realize the noise is coming from my 3 year old’s bedroom…”bark! bark!” My heart is racing, as I fly out…

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Op-Ed to a community struggling to find compassion

Recently, the tiny mountain town of Nederland, Colorado was shaken by the discovery of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) left on the doorstep of our local police station. It took the Boulder County Bomb Squad, Hazmat Team, and Law Enforcement…

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Health Poll: What would YOU do?

In the rural, “frontier” communities scattered deep in the recesses of the Colorado Rockies, we treasure our independence, our proximity with nature at her most raw and devastating and transcendent, and we especially love keeping our neighbors at least a…

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Summer Update from the Homestead

Alas – summer in the Colorado Rockies is such a quick, brilliant burst of color and foliage, and a whirlwind of harvesting, weeding, gardening, and taking in as much sunshine as you can. Last week my household got up at…

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5 Ways to be Heart Healthy

When I stepped into the Gilpin County Public Health building for a Cardiac Risk Assessment, I had no idea what to expect. “I’m perfectly healthy…what am I doing here?” My doubts subsided as Holly, Gilpin County Public Health’s new administrative…

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Update after becoming a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor!

Hi Friends, I just spent the last five days in an intensive training to become a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor! The training was incredible – I learned so much more than I have gleaned from many books, I…

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Join the Homestead for Get Healthy! 2016

Do you know about the USDA’s online food tracker? It’s called Super Tracker and has cool features like setting goals, menu planning, a physical activity tracker and showing your daily food intake in terms of balanced nutrition spread across the…

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Why I’m boycotting the FDA’s attempt to define “natural”

Yonder younger years, when I was a wee one curious about all things in the natural world, I was full of quarrelous quandries for my poor mum: “What is superfluous?” “What does ironic mean?” “How would you explain redundant to…

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