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Daniel J Vance

Disability and Abuse

Recently, I read for what seemed the thousandth time another news article about a person with a disability being abused. This time it was a brain damaged child molested while under the “care” of a California health professional.
Dennis Godby, ND

Parents Can Set Up Children For Lifetime of Good Health

Despite material abundance and technological success, or perhaps because of it, statistics show that our children are part of one of the unhealthiest generations in world history.
Daniel J Vance

Marissa Lachmiller

I was surprised seeing the smiling face of Marissa Lachmiller on the front page of a daily newspaper not long ago. She had been our family babysitter for several years in the 1990s. What I didn't know then was that she had been dealing with major depression and later would try committing suicide.
Daniel J Vance

Dick Ireland and Stroke

Radio personality Dick Ireland was a fixture on Baltimore airwaves for more than 50 years, beginning when he was a lanky teenager. For 35 of those years, he was the morning drive-time personality for either WLIF-FM or WRBS-FM.
Daniel J Vance

Lori and Donna Joy Vance

Over the years I've read a lot of news items about people with disabilities. One newspaper report on Donna Joy and Lori Vance, of Rogersville, Tennessee, especially caught my eye because of the last name.
Daniel J Vance

Artist Marian Anderson

A nationally known wildlife and western painter, Marian Anderson for years until recently displayed her oil-on-canvas creations at various art shows, often alongside the works of contemporaries Terry Redlin and Les Kouba.
Daniel J Vance

Neuroblastoma

It was only three years ago when Lisa Adams of Grove City, Ohio, first learned her then four-year-old daughter Eden had neuroblastoma. A National Institutes of Health website defines it as “a malignant (cancerous) tumor that develops from nerve tissue” and occurs in infants and children.
Dennis Godby, ND

Exercise is the Key to Vitality, Overcoming Depression

Chemicals secreted by the brain contribute to what endurance exercise enthusiasts call “runner’s high.” Even though the physical benefits of exercise are enormous, the mental clarity, vitality, and improvement in perceived quality of life is what keeps people motivated to exercise, day after day.
Daniel J Vance

Andrea and Syncope

Andrea DiTullio reads this column in The Desert Advocate, near Phoenix, Arizona. She experiences a condition called syncope, which, according to a National Institutes of Health website, “is the temporary loss of consciousness due to a sudden decline in blood flow to the brain.
Daniel J Vance

Jacob Grys/Brittle Bone disease

Osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, is a “genetic disorder in which bones break easily,” reports a National Institutes of Health website. It can also cause brittle teeth, scoliosis, hearing loss and weak muscles. Seven-year-old Jacob Grys of Pekin, Illinois, has a severe form of it.