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).


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Handwashing and COVID-19

David McCormack

Author’s Note: I presented much of this information in December, during National Handwashing Week. Given our current situation, it bears repeating! Now, more than ever, it’s important to remember that the fastest, easiest thing you can do to protect your health is to wash your hands. Washing your hands is fast: it takes just 20 […]


May You Live Long and Prosper!

Robyn Priebe

None of us will live forever, but most of us hope that the years we do have on this planet are happy, healthy, and abundant.

Who knows how long you and I will live? The Central Intelligence Agency thinks it does. According to the CIA’s World Factbook, a collection of information about people around the globe, the average life expectancy in the United States is currently 80.1 years old. According to this publication, the U.S. ranks 45th out of 223 countries included in this summary. Not awful, but 44 other countries are living longer than us. 

In particular, individuals who live in Blue Zones are living longer than EVERYONE, and diet plays an important role in their longevity.


Good News about Pelvic Pain and Incontinence

Siobhan Eddy-Young

Women, here are some topics you probably don’t want to talk about: urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse. As frustrating or embarrassing as these conditions may be, please know that there is hope. Grace Cottage’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center now offers Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation therapy, which can help those dealing with the conditions listed above, as well as helping with sexual dysfunction, orthopedic and sports injuries affecting the pelvic region, and pelvic issues due to pregnancy, childbirth, or postpartum complications.


Don’t Fall – Or Fall Safely!

Jim Picone, PA-C

Slips and falls are lurking everywhere, catching us unaware on snowy sidewalks and mud-slick pathways. We are on guard for falls when we know we’re on dangerous ground. We expect to fall while skiing or snowboarding; we might fall snowshoeing or shoveling out after a Nor’easter. We’re on alert for slips, and taking care to avoid a fall.


Fastest Way to Health

David McCormack

Quick – what’s the fastest, easiest thing you can do to protect your health? If you guessed, “Wash my hands,” you are correct! December 1-7 is National Handwashing Awareness Week, a perfect opportunity for this important reminder.


Burnout: Signs and Remedies

By Benjamin Wright, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Grace Cottage Family Health

As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am vulnerable to burnout. Provider burnout is increasingly common in the United States and globally. The work of healthcare professionals is often carried out under crisis conditions, the outcomes of their decisions can seriously affect another person, they work long hours, and they may have little time for activities outside of work. All are factors that contribute to the possibility of developing burnout.