To Your Health

With some questionable health advice being posted by your friends on Facebook, politicians arguing about the state of the American healthcare system and a new medical study being summarized in just a sentence or two on TV---that seems to contradict the study you heard summarized  yesterday---it can be overwhelming to navigate the ever changing landscape of health news.

Every Thursday at 7:42 a.m. and 5:18 p.m.,  Dr. Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs provides health information you can trust. With trustworthy sources, she explores the fact and fiction surrounding various medical conditions and treatments, makes you aware of upcoming screenings, gives you prevention strategies and more…all to your health.

Local support for this program comes from Dr. Greg Pursley, Board Certified Chiropractic Physician, with PC Wellness Centers in Cape Girardeau.

Cowboy. Sidewalk. Pancake. Toothbrush. Did you need to turn up your radio just now?

These are some of the two syllable compound words the American Speech and Hearing Association uses to determine Speech Reception Threshold---the lowest level at which you can hear and identify speech. Normal range is 0-20 decibels. But frequently our environment is too noisy for us to hear in that range. And after too much exposure to noise, we can’t hear at that range, even in a soundproof booth.

April 27 is International Noise Awareness Day.

A Prairie Home Companion’s host, Garrison Keillor once proclaimed, “Sex is good. But not as good as fresh sweet corn.”

Farmers’ Markets are beginning to open and with them, the opportunity to experience the delight and health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The USDA reports that fresh, local produce is at its peak in flavor and nutrition. Right now, you might be able to get asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb at the local farmers’ market. You’ll have to wait till summer to get some sweet corn of the caliber Mr. Keillor is talking about.

On September 9, 2012, Southeast Missouri State University nursing student and soccer player, Meg Herndon was critically injured in a motor vehicle accident near campus. Everything was done to save her, but when she died several days later, she gave life through the donation of her liver, kidneys and rare negative B type blood. 

April is National Donate Life Month.

How many times did you hit the snooze button this morning? As playwright Wilson Mizner observed, “The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.”

Full disclosure: As a mother of three, I have called poison control twice. Once when my son, almost 2, swiped a pill of mine that looked a little too much like an M&M and again when my youngest daughter, also almost 2, decided to taste a detergent pod while helping me with the laundry.

The third week in March is National Poison Prevention Week.

According to The Department of Health and Human Services, a poison is anything that can harm someone if it is 1) used in the wrong way, 2) used by the wrong person, or 3) used in the wrong amount.