Southwest Life

Local leads group for gambling addicts

Obsessive gambling, like other addictions, destroys self-respect, careers, family ties and lives. But the moral support that can lead to redemption is available, the Durango man who this year...

DATE: June 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

For compulsive gamblers, abstinence only safe bet

Gamblers Anonymous stands ready to help anyone who can't stop wagering, be it slot machines, blackjack, baccarat, theponies or whatever.The word comes from a Durango man who this year founded a...

DATE: June 21, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

The Namaste way

The strides holistic healing has taken are evident in the contrast between the Victorian on East Third Avenue where Louise Edwards installed her naturopathic medical clinic in 1990 and the modern...

DATE: June 14, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Childhood obesity brings chronic diseases

Many chronic diseases of adulthood are becoming more common in children and adolescents. In most instances, with risingrates of obesity and related increases in dietary sodium, fat and sugar, as...

DATE: June 7, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Help for the hopeless

In the West, a prevailing ethos of rugged individualism compels people to take care of problems on their own - even ifit means taking their own lives. Statistically, the region is one of the most...

DATE: June 7, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Russian invasion

Gym rats know all about barbells and dumbells, But the kettlebell - imagine a cantaloupe-sized cast-iron ball with ahandle - is probably an unfamiliar piece of exercise equipment. In an effort to...

DATE: May 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Two Spirits, one community

Break the silence. That's what organizers of a summit on Native American sexual assault say needs to happen for the cycle of abuse to end. To lead by example, Our Sister's Keeper, the domestic...

DATE: May 24, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Awareness key to controlling risk of stroke

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. Stroke is res-ponsible for137,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Stroke occurs either when a clot blocks...

DATE: May 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Iron Man, too

A Durango-based organization dedicated to helping endurance athletes maximize their training looked to perhaps the ironman of all times for its name. The Philippides Project draws on the exploits...

DATE: May 17, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Raw milk's popularity spurs debate over safety

ERIE - When the neighborhood kids visit the Lafferty family's bustling farmhouse, they're offered water, juice ormilk.“They always say, 'Milk, milk, milk,'" says Nickie Lafferty.The Laffertys' milk...

DATE: May 10, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Remembering Ray

A Durango woman is finalizing plans to walk 343 miles in 43 days this summer to honor people who have battled brain orspinal tumors - as did her late husband - and to call attention to a...

DATE: May 10, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

50 years later, CPR still is a valuable skill

Suppose you were walking between gates on the concourse of a large airport and you noticed an elderly man in front ofyou clutch his chest and fall to the ground unconscious. Would you know what to...

DATE: May 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

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