January is Thyroid Awareness Month. Why is this important to you?

An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Up to 60 percent of those are unaware of their condition. If thyroid disease is left undiagnosed, patients could be at a risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and infertility.  What does your thyroid do?   Your thyroid gland is a […]

Trail Markers on Your Recovery Path

For those of us whose favorite month is October, our pleasures include everything pumpkin, crisp air, and a trek through the woods to view its spectacular wardrobe transformation.  Speaking as a navigationally challenged hiker, the signs along a path that convey simple guidance to help you determine whether to veer right or left are heaven-sent! […]

In September, We Remember

Recently we commemorated the nineteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. If you ask a loved one or coworker what they were doing when they heard an airplane had struck the World Trade Center, it is likely they will recall it vividly. If they are of sufficient age, they may also share their […]

Protect Your Picnic!

Picnic food frequently becomes forever associated with the person who provides it, like the signature dishes transported by family and friends to other holiday gatherings: Grandpa Chuck’s almost-burnt-to-a-crisp hot dogs; Aunt Tina’s splendid potato salad; Cousin Cassie’s chocolate chip dessert scones topped with Sister-in-Law Lizzie’s homemade vanilla ice cream. And it all tastes especially wonderful […]

In June, We Focus on the Gents

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you – Ralph Waldo Emerson Data from 2017 analyzed by the Peterson Center on Healthcare/Kaiser Family Foundation indicates that the life expectancy of the American man is five years less than the American woman. Since it’s June and Men’s Health Month, Panhandle Home […]


In May 1989, President George H.W. Bush signed Presidential Proclamation 5975 establishing National Stroke Awareness Month. There’s good reason for us to be well-informed about strokes. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), leading causes of stroke are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking, and one in three American adults has at […]