Quick Kimchi – Korean Cole Slaw

Quick Kimchi recipe

If you like your cole slaw tart and spicy instead of sweet and creamy, you’ll love this quick version of the traditional Korean Kimchi.

Unlike the version you’ll find at many Asian restaurants, which is fermented much like sauerkraut, this recipe is best served immediately after it’s made.

Kimchi can be quite hot and spicy, so as you whisk together the dressing, start with just a pinch of the red peppers, then taste before adding more. Continue reading

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Ugh, it’s allergy season again


It’s spring, and that means a lot of you are probably thinking about allergies. Flowers are blooming; grass is turning green; trees are leafing out all over the place. What does that mean for those of us who suffer from allergies this time of year? Sneezing, sniffling, and watery, itchy eyes, right?

So let’s learn a little more about how we get to this point and what we can do about it.

Thomas Scott, MD, an allergist with Via Christi Clinic, shared some great information about seasonal allergies that can help us out. Here’s what he has to say:

  • Tree pollen comes out in our area as early as January, but it doesn’t create an instant response. Rather, it slowly revs up and wakes those cells in your nose that cause the allergies and then as other pollens start coming out (like grass pollen, which has been out since late March) you end up starting to really have those allergy-related issues. The tree and grass pollens are tag-teaming you at this point and you really begin to suffer. Continue reading
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Bed wetting: What’s normal and how to manage it

Bed wetting

As a parent, being aroused from a deep sleep to tend to a child who has wet the bed can be exhausting, especially if it’s an every night occurrence. But for the child who continues to wet the bed beyond what seems to be a reasonable age, the experience can be humiliating.

What’s normal?

Bed-wetting is very common in children younger than 5 because nighttime dryness is the last part of toilet learning that kids achieve. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 20 percent of 5-year-olds wet the bed. After age 5, about 15 percent of children continue to wet the bed (twice as many boys as girls), and by age 10, 5 percent still have frequent episodes. Continue reading

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Trampoline safety tips

Trampoline safety

My daughter Hannah would be happy to tell you how unfair it is to be the child of a pediatric nurse.  Seeing first-hand what can go wrong has definitely influenced what she has been allowed to do.  Motorized scooter?  No.  Riding her bike without a helmet?  No.  Horse riding?  No.  Four-wheeling with her friends?  NO!!!!  Trampoline?  Well….

Hannah had been asking for a trampoline for as long as I can remember.  The answer had always been “No way kid.  You’ll break your neck!”  Like most kids, when they really want something, she decided she had to get creative.  She sat me and her father down and proceeded with a very thorough PowerPoint presentation.  Not only did she cover how she would be safe (“I’ll even wear a helmet if you want”), but also the health benefits (“It’s great exercise and I will use the trampoline instead of watching TV”).  At this point I was not convinced, but definitely wavering.  I mentioned the situation to a coworker, who is also Hannah’s hero.  She mentioned she had several boys that survived the trampoline and what a good girl Hannah was.  She deserved this.  OK, I was convinced.  But if this was going to happen there were rules to be followed.  These are the safety rules that have worked for us: Continue reading

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Increase seen in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers

e-cigarettesThe number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to a CDC study recently published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The number of calls per month involving conventional cigarettes did not show a similar increase during the same time period. 

More than half (51.1 percent) of the calls to poison centers due to e-cigarettes involved young children 5 years and under, and about 42 percent of the poison calls involved people age 20 and older.  Continue reading

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How to get the most from your medications

Prescription medication

A friend recently revealed that she became ill after not following instructions of eating when she took a new medication. It made me remember a conversation I recently had with Lyndsey Hogg, a clinical pharmacy specialist with Via Christi Health about the importance of being well informed about your health, and understanding the medications that you take. 

“When starting a medication for the first time, there are five questions you should ask your care provider to better understand and know what to expect from that medication,” says Dr. Hogg. Continue reading

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