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If there is one thing we should have learned from the Mayo fiasco, it is that we have only one body and how we treat it can make a difference. There are things we know that can enhance or endanger our lives, and we should take them into consideration and try to do the correct thing. In short—take care of yourself!

It has been said, “If you treat your body as you should, your body will take care of itself.” Of course that is not completely true, but you get the idea. If you owned a million-dollar car, how would you treat it? Would you forget to change the oil, use cheap gas, forget to provide it water and antifreeze, put sugar in the gas tank, or let the battery run down?

Isn’t your body worth more to you than possessions? Doesn’t it make sense to keep you out of the “repair shop” (doctor’s office) as much as possible?

There is literature to read, study and observe. Some will be conflicting. You may have to make choices, but all research may not have to be in a clinic. Nobody is with your body as much as you. Read your “instruction” book. You can learn a lot about the inner working of your organs that can keep you out of the doctor’s office.  

Medicine is changing constantly—even as you read this. There may be advantages to having the best in one place, but not as much as having someone in a clinic or hospital if a medical emergency were to arrive. Time and travel make a big difference. I think about terrorists of late. What would happen if more than one hospital were needed as quick and close as possible?

It seems to me that many doctor’s calls could be performed by licensed professionals trained in specific areas. A six-month checkup could be taken care of by someone to answer concerns and questions, and if needed a doctor would be somewhere standing by to fill that void, but not required for a regular evaluation. That practitioner could examine and diagnose a patient, freeing up a medical doctor for more serious situations.

Another thought—if we are what we eat, said a wise old man, then I am a garbage can.  

Or if we are what we eat, I am fast, cheap and easy.

Do we eat to live or live to eat? That is the question. Then what is the answer?

We all know how harmful addiction to drugs and/or alcohol is, but have we ever looked at other addictions, which in my opinion are dangerous and widespread?

For example, food: It’s comforting, social, acquired so easily we don’t even think about it. It’s a part of our daily lives, a necessary part of nearly every event, celebration or social gathering.

You may not even be hungry, and you know you have quality food at home, but up jumps a sign for food and it’s like dangling the carrot in front of the horse. 

Aren’t we capable of saying, “I am sorry,” “Congratulations,” “It is so nice to see you,” etc. with a hug and a heart filled with messages without being treated to a five-course meal? Has food become the most important part of every occasion? 

“Trick or treat,” Halloween is coming. Kids love candy; so do a lot of “goblins” including cancer, obesity, diabetes, and the list goes on.

Can we teach those we know and love to enjoy something instead of sugary treats? Money, pencils, little gift items could be substitutes for candy; the fun should come in dressing up and visiting the scary places. Are we teaching our children and grandchildren that excessive amounts of incredibly unhealthy candies and sweets are a treat, or something special? They’re not.

Do we eat to live or do we live to eat? Make it healthy!

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Birthdays and anniversaries:

• Oct. 26: Nadine Strenge, Jannell Tufte, Jeanne Holland, Heather Hove, Reece Gabriel Routh, Jake Andrew Wiersma, Kevin Hamor, Conner Dean Rhode, Jeremie Roberts, Jamie & Andrea Mettler

• Oct. 27: Jason Born, David Anderson, Bruce Yanke, James Bremer Jr., Mitchell & Amy Edwards, Donly & Joanne Cromwell

• Oct. 28: David Thompson, Jan Sorenson, Lisa Mrotz Morin, Rick Horan, Randy Horan, Todd Brotizman, Rich Weckwerth, Sue Westrum, Tanner Jorge Wilson, Lyle & Darlyne Paulson, Jane & Jeff Allen, Amanda & Paul Rovnak

• Oct. 29: Ann Anderson, Scott Klocek, Mark Motl, Bob Haried, Kayli Rose Johnson, Bailey Ann Davis, Warren & Mary Torgerson, Craig & Jennifer Torgerson

• Oct. 30: Lilly Jane Wacek, Gordon Goette, Angie Broskoff Klemmensen, Allen & Barb Dobberstein

• Oct. 31: Happy Halloween! Kyra Barbara Kotsmith, Brooke Hanson Berg, Heather Wayne, Emily Smith, Carrie Thompson, Roseann Kasper, Lorraine Lent, Kaye & Mike Cady, Vonda & Andrew Waako

• Nov. 1: Garrett Wangsness, Dakota Wangsness, Troy Hagen, Mike Reistad, Tim McLain, Jamie & Sergio Hernandez

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