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Comment Archives: stories: Arts + Life: Health + Fitness

Re: “State Health Department Calls HPV Vaccine Watchdog Group a Bunch of Worry Warts

What is most troubling about this article is its rather insulting title....but that is ok because it demonstrates that
Vermont's State Health Department has nothing better to do in its support of the pharmaceutical industry and its agenda in pushing what are dangerous drugs that are genetically modified to boot than to use dumb insults..

How about responding to the young health girls and young woman who have out have turned severely ill after these shots and died? Yes death, so the death culture can be pushed.

The Vermont Health Department and people in the State House, want to force you and your children to play Russian Roulette. Who know which shot will kill or maim.

Why do they call shots shots because you get shot and when you get shot by a mercury bullet then you may well die as well as lead where shot in your veins.

Posted by Bruce Marshall on 02/26/2015 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Herbalist Guido Masé Cross-Pollinates Modern Medicine and Traditional Remedies

How awesome! Thanks for highlighting fascinating people doing some amazing work in VT!

Posted by Hannah Kirkpatrick on 02/15/2015 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Two Newbie Shooters Hit the Skeet Beat

A volunteer run club, with visitors always made to feel welcomed! The skeet machines and the trap machine (with voice release) are the best that money can buy.

The club also has a nice outdoor rifle/handgun range for members that has seen recent improvements and is available for use seven days a week.

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Posted by Joe Potosky on 11/19/2014 at 1:59 PM

Re: “A Food Writer Relearns How to Eat Sans Gallbladder

I've had gallstones for probably about 4 years but didn't discover them until earlier this year on a trip to my home country. I'm 2 months away from having my surgery and I can't wait to eat like a normal person. I don't mean having burgers because I certainly don't miss them but I'll be able to have a slice of pizza without getting the gallbladder payback. Your article has actually helped me mentally prepare for the removal. Thank you, and congratulations on the great job & blog you have! :)

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Posted by Joss Rodríguez on 10/16/2014 at 4:24 AM

Re: “Advocates Charge Vermont Is Failing Its Elderly and Disabled Citizens

Lets hope the shakeup of AHS from top down benefits DAIL as well as DCF, APS as well as CPS. They all are so unethical they choose what to "investigate" and "report", including VT Legal Aid and the Health Care and Long Term Care Ombudsmen who - by sort of promising a legal investigation but then being "too busy" and overbooked to even tell the truth about their own hasty findings, aid in ongoing abuses at all levels. Sunshine sanitizes. Another 'agency' involved in saving the state Medicaid $ is Ao Transportation which is supposed to pay for paratransit for all with mobility issues - not only but especially those confined to wheelchairs. CCTA et al are being allowed to abuse the ADA-needing population instead of providing the services these agencies are supposed to provide.

Posted by Thea Artemis on 09/23/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Toll on Call

Dr. Toll saved my life when I was 5 years old. That was 38 years ago. Wow I can't believe he is still practicing. He is an amazing Dr.

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Posted by Mindi Andrews Slone on 09/15/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Toll on Call

Dr. Toll was my doctor from birth through high school. I loved going to see him . He always walked in with a huge goofy grin that made me laugh. He had a dirty fish tank and toys. If I was really sick I got to go talk with him in the tiny little sun room off from the waiting room. It was hot but I loved going in there. And if I had strep throat or a UTI we got to go up stairs to the lab where all the best toys where. My mom always asked to take his old horse magazines home.

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Posted by Mary Tetreault Tryhorne on 09/12/2014 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Advocates Charge Vermont Is Failing Its Elderly and Disabled Citizens

I asked them to meet me this week about abuse and they said they do not do that when they called me on the phone. With complex PTSD phones are hard for me to use in stressful situations. They did not even ask if I was in danger now. I requested the accommodation of them meeting me as I am disabled and they have to 'check' about it. In the mean time I am suffering from abuse and exploitation over a piece of land I bought in 1987 and turned into a illegal salvage chop shop by the co owner who abused us. Doctor and therapist see this as abuse. I do too.

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Posted by Patty Sue Cooper on 07/29/2014 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Burlington Bites Into the Fluoride Question

I have lived in Burlington for about five years now and have always drank the tap water. This combined with use of fluoride dental products has begun to have affects on my teeth. Now I am beginning to get some white spots on my teeth which is very concerning and unappealing. I am worried that it will continually get worse and ruin my teeth for good. If I cease all ingestion of fluoride by filtering water and using non-fluoride toothpaste, will these white spots go away? I am frustrated by the whole thing!

Furthermore, is Burlington still fluoridating our water sources?

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Posted by danielcrspo on 07/16/2014 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Smoking Ban Irritates Senior Puffers

The smoker pictured in your article has his country’s thanks for serving in Korea. He should realize, however, why he and the other UN troops were there: to stop North Korea from imposing their way of life on South Korea.

After many decades, it’s still very obvious when looking at North Korea just how catastrophic that imposition would have been on the economy, health and lifestyle of the South Korean people if it had succeeded.

In a similar way, smokers, with and without thinking, impose their filthy and unhealthy habit on anything or anyone around them.
And when they’re done with their cigarettes in their now-designated outdoor smoking locations (or ANYWHERE outside), where do the majority of the butts go? On the sidewalk, street or ground, without regard to consequences.

It’s usually only after a diagnosis of a major smoking-related illness, if then, that a smoker finally sees the light and resolves to give up the finally-admitted unhealthy habit that put them in their current health crisis.

Smokers need to come to the realization that they’re coming to the end of the ‘smoke where you want’ road, and they need to start adjusting their unhealthy lifestyles, AND attitudes, before that road abruptly ends and they are left with their severe habit and ‘out in the cold’ or with NOWHERE to go for that nicotine fix.

As for Peters likening the new smoking policy to "elder abuse", it is partly because of similar nonsensical smoker addict statements on smoking laws that the public is adopting No Smoking ordinances nearly every week in towns & cities across our country.

And to show just how far the No Smoking push has gone, even Moscow is coming out with laws against it.

Posted by ebob2k on 07/06/2014 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Cat Tracks

Allie (Allyn) was my best friend at the time of this tragic accident, cutting off the lives of 3 great and incredibly fun people, who loved every moment at Sugarbush. The Schechters spent every weekend in the 1970's and 80's skiing, doing the long drive from Scarsdale, NY. What a treat it was for them when Ira got his pilots license , and the trip was shortened to a mere several hours door-to-door. The tragic day was Dec 24, 1988, and the weather at Westchester Airport was a soupy, thick fog. The plane may have flown into a flock of geese, causing the crash shortly after takeoff.

It's hard to believe it is over 25 years ago I lost you, Allie. The lodge is a wonderful tribute to your life and your spirit. I still think of you quite often, and you continue to live in the depths of my heart and soul, as does your brother Evan, and your magnificent father, Ira. What a wonderful thing Betty Schechter did to cherish your memory. Your photo graces the wall of Allyn's Lodge, and I can always go there and remember you as you were.

Posted by Todd Gerber on 06/24/2014 at 2:32 AM

Re: “How Didgeridoo Playing Can Lead to Better Sleep

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Posted by Pitz Quattrone on 06/06/2014 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Row VT Rides a Fitness Trend

Just a shout-out that the company that manufactures the most popular brand of rower, Concept 2, has its headquarters in Morrisville, Vt. That's a lot more local that Rhode Island.

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Posted by Kristen Fountain on 05/23/2014 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Vermont's Medical Examiner Knows What's Killing Us

Dear Ken,
I thank you for the kind words. However, I must point out that I am only a part of a system. The countless people who are part of every investigation are the true heroes who make it work. Our 50 or so investigators, who leave there families at all hours, in all weather conditions are the backbone of death investigation in VT. I can't say enough about these selfless professionals who are on the front lines. Our state of the art facility and expanded storage was made possible through the support of FAHC. The funeral directors who do our transportation at all hours, the prosecutors and defense attorneys who make sure we are protecting everyones rights, the support staff from Public Health and Safety, the physicians who give there expertise freely, the students who keep asking questions and the legislators who wrote our wonderful law are the real reason VT has arguably one of the best systems in the country. I don't consider our work "mundane" what I said was in death investigation, the mundane trumps the spectacular. The sudden death of a loved one is what we do on a daily basis, without public accolade and that is were the satisfaction lies. Most people only think of us only during the spectacular, the fiery crash, the homicides, the burning buildings. I feel very privileged to lead this system, but understand that many others make me look good.
Steven Shapiro, MD
Chief Medical Examiner

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Posted by Steven Shapiro on 02/12/2014 at 4:51 PM

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