Health & Fitness

MCDH: Measles vaccine is important

Measles, while an eliminated disease in the United States, still exists in much of the world. Today, measles is only a plane ride away from McHenry County, so it is important to know what steps to take to protect yourself and your family.

Yoga expands: McHenry County yoga studios add classes to meet changing tastes, demographics

When yoga finally arrived in the cultural mainstream after thousands of years, it quickly became more than a niche exercise for New Agers to be embraced by everyone from hyperactive toddlers to stressed-out CEOs. But while the practices weren’t new, the form has continued to evolve to meet the needs of the wide array of practitioners – more than 20 million in the U.S., according to a 2012 Yoga in America study. 


True sobriety needed to stop cycle

“Jason” has been a drug user from the time he was a sophomore in high school. He managed to get decent grades and stay out of trouble, but by the time he reached his early 20s, he had developed a pretty significant pain pill addiction. Within a few years, he started using heroin, at first snorting and later using needles. He managed to control the heroin for periods of time but would smoke marijuana and drink heavily during those periods, telling himself that at least he wasn’t using dope.

Getting a Grip: Where the mental health system fails

I recently got a call from a distraught father, whose schizophrenic son was about to be homeless. The young man had been living with his mother, but he threatened her with a knife, was taken to the hospital and was not allowed to return home. The father wanted some advice.

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