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House Calls: Cold? Flu? Here is some info to help

House Calls runs every other Saturday. Today’s column is written by Quenlyn Larson, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Sutter Coast Community Clinic.

Even though it is now March we are still seeing children in the office with colds and the flu. Here are a few tips on how to recognize and treat a cold or the flu.

What is a cold?

 A cold or an upper respiratory infection (URI) is a viral infection of the nose and throat. A cold consists of a running or stuffy nose usually associated with fever and sore throat, and sometimes a cough, hoarseness, red eyes, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Children get on average an estimated six colds every year. Cold viruses are spread from one person to another by hand contact, by sneezing and coughing, not by cold air or drafts.

Yoga Bites: Treat every breath like the gift it is

Yoga Bites appears every four weeks.

Are you still breathing? I bet you inhaled a tad deeper just now after I brought it to your attention.

We spend far too much time being unaware of our breathing. Conscious breathing is a simple and powerful way to increase vitality and clarity, decrease stress and anxiety, regulate moods, enliven and even enlighten.

Breathing exercises can be practiced anywhere, anytime.  Becoming aware of the breath instantaneously shifts one into a higher consciousness, and profoundly into the present moment.

Del Norte People: Fishing tales of yore on local rivers

Jack “The Swede” Husberg fishing on the Klamath River in 1973. Submitted
Editor’s note: Longtime Del Norte County resident Chuck Blackburn’s column appears every four weeks.

A person is blessed in life in having a loving family and good friends. Another friend in my life was Jack “The Swede” Husberg, a real gentleman in our community.

Jack was born July 17, 1900, in London, England, and passed away in 1983 at 83 years old. I was honored to be invited to give his eulogy at the Ship-A-Shore Recreation Hall. He was good friends with the Westbrook family, particularly Chopper and Hank. Both Jack and Ed Hughes fish-guided in the fall and early winter at Ship-A-Shore Resort for many years.

House Calls: Giving the ultimate gift of life

House Calls runs every other Saturday. Today’s column is written by Dody McLeod, a physician’s assistant who works in the Ambulatory Surgery Department of Sutter Coast Hospital.

The words “donate life” are simple but they have the potential to impact so many in so many ways.  April is National Donate Life Month and on behalf of Sutter Coast Hospital, I would like to take this time to share some information regarding organ donation.

I realize, for most, this is a difficult topic to discuss and that there are some myths surrounding organ donation.

Coastal Voices: Debt is nation’s largest threat

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has projected that President Obama’s latest budget proposal would increase national debt to 78% of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) by the year 2020. In terms of how that affects each of us, in eight years, 78 cents of every dollar you earn, before taxes, will be owed to someone else because the government has already spent it.

This runaway debt includes an increase in income taxes for families earning over $250,000 a year, and an increase of the capital gains tax from 15% to 45%. Again, this debt includes an increase in taxes on the “rich.”

The President’s proposed budget reduces defense spending from the 40-year average of 5.2 percent of GDP to 3.6 percent. This level of reduction has not been seen since Jimmy Carter took office and entitlement spending first surpassed defense spending. The CBO’s figures take this reduction in defense into consideration when projecting the increase in debt.

Artisan Cuisine: Homemade yogurt easy and healthy

Growing up I remember my mom had a yogurt maker that came with its own individual glass jars. As a kid, I hated the sour taste of plain yogurt and would turn my nose up at it when offered with just some fruit and honey. I have to admit, it’s one of my favorite treats now. Especially the thicker, less sour Greek yogurt. What I don’t like is having to read and decipher ingredients on packages from the store. Something as simple as yogurt needs no more than a few ingredients. I like to make my own as it’s easy to do without any special equipment. And yogurt with live cultures can be really good for you and you can make it fat free and get all the good protein without overindulging. What you’ll need is as follows:

• 1/2 gallon best-quality milk you can afford (I love Borges milk)

• 1 cup organic yogurt with active live cultures (it will say on label)

• 1/2 cup powdered milk (optional)

Del Norte People: Fishing guide Ed Hughes was a fixture on rivers

Editor’s note: Longtime Del Norte County resident Chuck Blackburn’s column appears every four weeks.

One of the things that has kept me in Del Norte County has been its people and the lasting friendships that were initiated over the years.

Three such friends are Ed Hughes, Jack “The Swede” Husberg and Larry Amos. We were the four musketeers who guided together on the Klamath River in  late summer and early fall. My buddy, Larry Amos, teacher-coach and, athletic director, is still alive and kicking as am I.

This story is a tribute to Ed Hughes, who was born in 1906 in Crescent City. His father, Edward C. Hughes, ran a mill on Requa Road where Panther Creek Lodge used to be but was destroyed in the 1964 flood.

Del Norte 4-H: Animal projects abound with 4-H Club

Editor’s note: The Del Norte 4-H column appears every four weeks. Today’s column was written by Christine Jones.

Earlier this month 4-H members and leaders traveled to Ukiah for a youth livestock exposition.

Eight youths and six leaders from four 4-H clubs attended. The expo was put on by Mendocino County 4-H and FFA.

Many youths and adults attended an ethics workshop. Attendance at an ethics workshop is mandatory for all local youths who show market animals at the Del Norte County Fair.

House Calls: Loved ones should know your wishes

House Calls runs every other Saturday. Today’s column is written by Molly Padilla, registered nurse at Sutter Coast Hospital and RN case manager for Home Health.

Have you ever thought about the type of health care you would want if you were not able to speak on your own behalf?

Who would you want to make decisions for you? In the event that you were terminally ill, would you want treatment that may prolong your life even if it caused great discomfort? Or would you rather receive treatment that could help you remain comfortable but may shorten your life?

It is important to carefully reflect what your wishes are for health care under these circumstances and then talk with your family and health care providers about your wishes. We all have different beliefs and ideas about what is right for us and it is good to share your preferences with people you are close to and trust.

Coastal Voices: Do you believe in love?

I’m pretty sure most holidays are scams propped up by companies — like Hallmark and Hershey — that want to sell cards and candy.

I guess that makes me not much of a romantic.

Yet here comes the quintessential romantic holiday, Valentine’s Day, another opportunity, I fear, to disappoint my wife Lynn by not making a proper show about it.

Her idea of a romantic occasion and mine are not the same.

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