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Health & medicine

The Worlds of Health and Business

Columnist: Lawrence Amaturo
Aug, 2018 Issue

Welcome to the August “Health & Medicine” issue, which merges the worlds of health and business. Maintaining good health doesn’t happen by accident—it requires an intentional effort to make good lifestyle choices. Whether you’re a large employer or a small business owner, chances are you know how important it is to support the health of your employees. In this issue, there’s something for everyone.

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Integrative Medicine

Author: Bonnie Durrance
Aug, 2018 Issue

A 40-year old Santa Rosa mom with common, everyday life stress was suffering from migraine headaches so disabling that she would lose work several times a month. “Ordinary medications hadn’t worked,” says Catherine Gutfreund, M.D., “Alternative medicine is the old term for anything that was not Western medicine. Integrative medicine is now the term to use because alternative medicine gives the impression that it’s something other than traditional or Western medicine,” she adds.

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2018 BEST Fitness Facility: Parkpoint Health Club

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
NBB Best Of, May, 2018

Step inside the front door at Parkpoint in Healdsburg, and it feels as though the stresses of the outside world are left at the door. Suddenly, you’re in the stress-free zone. The café is inviting, where guests can order coffee, tea or wine, while reading the paper, and outside, the pools give a resort-like feel, with palm trees freshly pruned and members swimming laps and wading in the warmth. Walking upstairs, fitness classes are just wrapping up, and the sounds of the cycle class is dying down. It’s not just a place to exercise, but a place where members can decompress and enjoy the endless amenities not often found in other clubs.

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2018 BEST Health Care: Kaiser Permanente

Author: Judith M. Wilson
NBB Best Of, May, 2018

A commitment to total health and a spirit of community are values that define Kaiser Permanente. The Oakland-based health care consortium provides affordable physician-led health care to more than 312,000 members in Marin and Sonoma counties. While treating illness and ailments is its primary mission, keeping people healthy is equally important. “We believe that total health is more than freedom from physical affliction. It’s about mind, body and spirit,” says Judy Coffey, Kaiser Permanente senior vice president and area manager for Marin and Sonoma.

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Wine Country Events & Preserving Agriculture

Columnist: Reuben Weinzveg
May, 2018 Issue

In October 2016, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution tasking the permit department to develop and implement protective guidelines, policies, and standards to address promotional events and overconcentration of tasting rooms in certain rural areas. Since that resolution, the board has delayed taking action to implement an effective and enforceable Winery Event Ordinance. However, Sonoma County officials continue to approve new winery and event center use permits, exacerbating the negative cumulative impacts they had committed to address.

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The Arts

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Mar, 2018 Issue

Travelers from around the world make Northern California’s Wine Country a coveted destination. Excellent wine is undeniably a powerful lure, but Sonoma and Napa counties have more to offer. Alongside picturesque vineyards, hills and valleys, the arts thrive, too, giving visitors plenty of opportunities to enhance a Wine Country experience and make their stays memorable in more ways than just one. 

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In Focus

Feb, 2018 Issue

Sonoma County resident and former professional cyclist, Odessa Gunn, has two constants in her life: “I will always ride a bike, and I will always be an advocate for animals,” she says. After living in Europe with former husband and cyclist, Levi Leipheimer, Gunn’s pursuits remain focused on volunteering, rescuing and raising awareness for animals through her many organizations. “My mission is to save as many animals as possible while I’m on this planet,” she says. 

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February Health

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All in the Family

Author: Jean Saylor Doppenberg
Sep, 2017 Issue

Twenty-one years ago, Gurcharan Singh Chandi left Punjab in his native India for America, searching for a more prosperous life. By 2000, he had saved enough to bring his wife and four children from India to join him. By 2000, he had saved enough to bring his wife and four children from India to join him.

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Street Talk

Columnist: Christina Julian
Sep, 2017 Issue

 Despite all the money that lingers in these hills, how is it that our sidewalks border on unwalkable and in certain places flat out missing?

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Breast Health Update

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Aug, 2017 Issue

Marin County hit a dubious milestone in 2001. It reached its peak as a hot spot for breast cancer, cementing its reputation as the county with the highest rate of the disease in the nation. The following year the Women’s Health Initiative released results from a long-term national study that showed a strong correlation between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer, and doctors responded quickly to find alternatives, causing the rate to drop.

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Health, Happiness & Prosperity

Author: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2017 Issue

Let’s be honest, Marin carries a reputation. From the outside, it’s chock full of drum circles, versions of yoga that haven’t been invented yet and aura readings. The county just north of the Golden Gate is credited with knowing the difference between chi and chai and snuggling New Age culture so close to its bosom it’s practically old hat. And while some Marinites might chafe at a status linking their hometown with a sacred journey to find a state of Zen, others take those organic free-trade lemons and make lemonade. Hello, Marin General Hospital.  

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2017 BEST Health Care Provider: Kaiser Permanente

Author: Sarah Treseler
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

Kaiser Permanente is this year’s winner for Best Health Care in the North Bay. “Kaiser Permanente’s focus on quality, prevention, and the social determinants of health is keeping people healthier; often preventing illnesses and disease from occurring in the first place,” says Judy Coffey, senior vice president and area manager in Marin and Sonoma, of its success. “This is saving and improving lives. That’s total health.”

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A Health Care Plan Even Congress Will Love

Columnist: Norman Rosinski
May, 2017 Issue

They've had six years to write, revise and review their promised replacement health care plan and the best they could come up with is a plan so weak that in the end even its proponents were criticizing it. National healthcare is broken, completely collapsing in some markets around the country. The Affordable Care Act was enacted into law in the middle of the night and no matter its noble intentions, its fatal flaws were revealed in the reality exposed by the light of day.

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Living With Chronic Pain

Author: Karen Hart
Feb, 2017 Issue

Chronic pain is a cruel companion that attacks the body physically, mentally and emotionally. It can be mild or excruciating, but it’s always persistent and inconvenient—sometimes even incapacitating. “Chronic pain is a condition that impacts your ability to function normally in your daily life,” says Holly Kelly, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine practitioner.

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Here We Go Again

Columnist: Norman Rosinski
NB Persepective, Feb, 2017

Is it really a shocker that people would choose zero income tax over thirteen percent?

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The Healing Power of Gratitude

Columnist: Kirk Pappas, M.D.
Jan, 2017 Issue

Small and specific gestures of gratitude are the most powerful.

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January 2017 Help

Jan, 2017 Issue

For people who don’t have (or can’t get) health insurance, the price of a life- or career-saving surgery can be prohibitive.

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It's All About the Real Estate, Baby

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2016 Issue

Real estate here is about as far from normal as one should venture without adult supervision, smelling salts and a bank you think you can knock over.

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The Flu and Flu Shots: Misery, Myths, and Misconceptions

Columnist: James Devore, M.D.
Oct, 2016 Issue

A case of the real flu is putting you in the Octagon with the biggest meanest bully on the block. You're going to to take a beating.

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The Health Care Debate in Three Simple Questions

Columnist: James Devore, M.D.
Oct, 2016 Issue

Health care systems will be given a fixed dollar amount to care for a set population.

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Passage: 10,000 Degrees

Author: Juliet Porton
Aug, 2016 Issue

By bringing new opportunities to underserved youth, this local nonprofit is changing lives, one college degree at a time.

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Providence: Dr. Emil Kakkis

Author: Jean Doppenberg
Aug, 2016 Issue

For this Marin-based geneticist, it’s all about the patients.

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2016 BEST Health Care Provider: Kaiser Permanente

Author: Stephanie Derammelaere
NBB Best Of, May, 2016

Kaiser Permanente Marin/Sonoma has been voted Best Health Care Provider in the 2016 BEST Of the North Bay readers poll.

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Womens Health at All Ages

May, 2016 Issue

Prevention of HPV infection holds the hope of true prevention for cervical cancer.

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A Healthy Relationship

Columnist: James DeVore, M.D.
Feb, 2016 Issue

Doctors need to know, as completely as possible, what's going on with you if they're to help you with your health.

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A New Chapter

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Feb, 2016 Issue

Marin General Hospital's new building is designed to meet upgraded seismic standards, and it's also a new opportunity for a new approach to healing and wellness

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January 2016 Read

Jan, 2016 Issue

Books to look out for

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Moment to Moment

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2015 Issue

What we know about Alzheimer’s disease today

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Life's Work

Author: Juliet Porton
Dec, 2015 Issue

These local leaders in the worlds of business and the arts prove that meaningful careers don't need to end at retirement age—or ever.

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Does Your Doctor Have the Blues?

Columnist: James DeVore, M.D.
Dec, 2015 Issue

EMR was supposed to be the answer to comprehensive, coordinated medical care in the 21st century.

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December 2015 Health

Dec, 2015 Issue

Promoting health and well-being

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Health Care Checkup

Author: Karen Hart
Sep, 2015 Issue

What’s happening with employer health plans and the Affordable Care Act

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Aging and Rabbit Stew

Columnist: James DeVore, M.D.
Sep, 2015 Issue

They key to embracing the aging process is exercise.

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A World Apart

Author: Judith M. Wilson
Sep, 2015 Issue

Value and ideals add up to national success and local respect for a small Novato investment firm.

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Pet Project

Author: Juliet Porton
Sep, 2015 Issue

Sometimes, taking good care of your pets means finding a pet care service you can trust.

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Perspective 2015: Sonoma County

Author: Karen Hart
Dec, 2014 Issue

NorthBay biz shines a spotlight on the economy and culture of Sonoma County.

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In this Issue

Focus On Inflammation

The word inflammation comes from the Latin word inflammationem, which means “a setting on fire.” Certainly anyone who has experienced the feelings of heat, redness, swelling, pain and bu...

Crisis Management & Lessons Learned

Deborah Yount received the first call at 4 a.m. on October 9. A massive wildfire was raging through north Santa Rosa and the Fountaingrove area, where Medtronic operates a facility that employs 600....

Integrative Medicine

A 40-year old Santa Rosa mom with common, everyday life stress was suffering from migraine headaches so disabling that she would lose work several times a month. “Ordinary medications hadn&rsq...

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