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Wald-Hopkins: Natural Wellness Solutions For Sinusitis - Yoga And Essential Oils

on October 31, 2014 - 7:19am
Natural Wellness Solutions For Sinusitis: Yoga and Essential Oils
By Patricia (Trish) Wald-Hopkins MSc, DABT, LMT, RMP
Holistic Wellness Practitioner

Sinusitis is common this time of year when the air gets colder and drier. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the lining of your sinus cavities caused by allergies, a virus or bacterial infection.

There is acute, subchronic and chronic sinusitis. Anybody can get sinusitis especially those prone to allergies or with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms may include:

  • Facial pain/pressure
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Nasal discharge
  • Loss of smell
  • Cough/congestion

Pain Free Athlete: Pain Aids Healing

on October 31, 2014 - 7:16am
Pain Free Athlete: Pain Aids Healing

“Pain is part of the body's defense system, producing a reflexive retraction from the painful stimulus, and tendencies to protect the affected body part while it heals, and avoid that harmful situation in the future.”

This is the evolutionary and behavioral role of pain as described on Yet this is not generally how we think of pain. Our view of body pain is more in line with the definition: “A distressing sensation in a particular part of the body.”

What is pain?
Combining the above, pain is a protective

McKerley: Why I'm Running For County Council

on October 31, 2014 - 7:14am

Why I'm Running For County Council

I’m Bill McKerley, and I’m a candidate for the County Council. My wife and I have been extremely fortunate to live and rear our children in this great community. I retired from the Lab after 34 years, serving as group leader and program manager. I am a US Army veteran and served in Korea during the Vietnam War era.

Since moving here in 1978, we have attended the Los Alamos Church of Christ. I have been active in youth programs through our congregation and in the community.

Milder: Why I’m Running For Assessor

on October 30, 2014 - 12:52pm
Why I’m Running For Assessor

People often ask me why I am running for county assessor. This is an easy question to answer: I get great personal satisfaction from public service. I am, for example, completing my second term on the board of Los Alamos Retirement Community, the non-profit organization that owns and operates Sombrillo Nursing Home and Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living Community. LARC is an $8.5 million per year operation and I’ve had the pleasure of being its president for three of the six years I’ve served on the board.

Due to term limits, the current assessor, JoAnn

Letter to the Editor: Election Years Always Make Me Feel Good

on October 30, 2014 - 9:34am
Los Alamos

I’m always happy during an election year. The LADailyPost, for example, has been a continuous stream of encouraging, positive descriptions of how our Congressional representatives have been productive for New Mexico. In fact, since Oct. 13 of last year, there have been (about) 108 citations of Tom Udall, 96 for Martin Heinrich, 41 for Ben Ray Lujan, 16 for Michelle Lujan Grisham, and nine or so for Steve Pierce. In every picture, the smiles are broad and the eyes are beaming.

Why start counting with Oct.

Fitness Column: Lower Back Strengthening

on October 30, 2014 - 7:25am
Lower Back Strengthening

The lower back is one of the most often injured areas of the body. It also is one of the most difficult areas of the body to train - meaning that strengthening the region can be a challenge and rehabbing a lower back injury can be a long and tedious process.

The lower back does not have a great deal of muscle. It has many large tendons that attach the muscles to the bones. Tendons do not have the stretch and contract that muscles have, adding to the difficulty of strengthening the area.

One way to strengthen the lower back is to begin with exercises

How the Hen House Turns: Trouble With Chickens

on October 30, 2014 - 6:51am
How the Hen House Turns
Trouble With Chickens
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

I hate to admit it, but domestic birds have some questionable social ... uh ... tendencies that are less than attractive. Take, for example, the serious pecking order incidents that erupted amongst the Hen House gang years ago.

Peeky’s broods had grown into handsome black and white roosters. All were fine until they started crowing. We knew we couldn’t keep them. There’s a reasonable ordinance in town that prohibits roosters.