Advanced Directives: Honoring Your Wishes

Timothy Shafer

I would like to discuss a topic that is always important but especially now, in these sobering times when we are more aware of mortality. If you have not already done so, I urge you to complete an Advanced Directives for Healthcare, sometimes called a Living Will.

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Your COVID Questions Answered

George Terwilliger, MD

The Graceful Health article titled “Your COVID Questions Answered,” which appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer on January 9, 2021, was up-to-date at that time, but it has now become outdated because of changes to the state’s vaccination plan. A new version of “Your COVID Questions Answered” can be found here.

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Staying Active for Your Health

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It’s easy to go into hibernation mode during the dark, cold days of winter. We all do it on occasion. But staying active can help us to chase away the winter blues and enjoy what the winter season has to offer! During this holiday season, I’d like to encourage you to make a gift to yourself, by staying active this winter for your health.

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Successful Diabetes Management

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More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, and 88 million more are sliding that direction with prediabetes. The bad news is that these people are at rising risk of hardening of the arteries, heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease and failure, progressive retina (vision) damage, painful nerve deterioration, increased susceptibility to many infections including Covid, and shortened life expectancy. It can become a complicated, expensive, exhausting condition. The good news is that it can be radically controlled, even reversed and sometimes normalized with good attention to self-care such as dietary change and exercise.

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Winter – Are You Ready?

Jim Picone, PA-C

Are you brand new to Vermont? Been here a long time? Whether you’re a new or seasoned Vermonter, now is the time to make a plan: what do you need to be safe and healthy over the upcoming winter months? Of course, everyone, everywhere should get a flu shot. Grace Cottage offers these (call 365-4331). […]

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Yes, Get Your Flu Shot!

Moss Linder, M.D.

With all of the well-founded attention on COVID-19 over the past 6 months, it is important that as a community we not forget about seasonal influenza. Influenza is an acute respiratory illness caused by influenza A or influenza B viruses.  It occurs in epidemics nearly every year, mainly during the winter season in our neck […]

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Why is It Important to Immunize My Child?

Measles. Mumps. Polio. Diphtheria. Chicken Pox. If you can’t remember what problems these diseases cause, you can thank immunizations. Writing for the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Stanley Plotkin wrote that, “One of the brightest chapters in the history of science is the impact of vaccines on human longevity and health.” Dr. Plotkin is an expert who helped to develop vaccines for polio and rubella (also known as German measles).

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Primary Care in the Pandemic

Moss Linder, M.D.

By Dr. Moss Linder, Grace Cottage Family Health As everyone knows, things have changed considerably for all of us due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though there have been related illnesses and deaths in Windham County, we have been incredibly fortunate that it hasn’t been worse. The numbers of cases and deaths have been small compared […]

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Hike for Brain Health

George Terwilliger, MD

Graceful Health for Brattleboro Reformer, 6/19/2020 During these COVID times, many of us are experiencing increased anxiety and even depression. This is understandable given the fear, uncertainty, isolation, lack of exercise, and disrupted routines of the day. One of the best ways to combat mental health challenges is to engage in healthy, life-affirming activities such […]

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How Does Telehealth Work?

Summer Burch, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

By Summer Burch, Grace Cottage Family Health FNP Telehealth, sometimes called telemedicine, has been in the news a lot lately, as medical providers increasingly are using digital tools to “see” their patients who are staying home due to COVID-19 social distancing. With all this focus, it might seem that telehealth is something brand new, but […]

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