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Daniel J Vance

Spina Bifida

Stacy Picard of Knoxville, Iowa, thought having a fifth child would be easy. “The first couple children you worry about something going wrong, but after that you don't even think about the possibility of a disability,” said 30-year-old Picard in a telephone interview.
Dennis Godby, ND

Human Genome Project: Personal Impact

Incredibly, a couple of years ago, the entire Human Genome was mapped! You might be thinking, "What is that and how does it affect me?"
Daniel J Vance

Joni Eareckson Tada (Part 1)

Joni Eareckson Tada likely is the most famous person you've never heard of.
Daniel J Vance

Autism

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website defines autism as a wide spectrum of disorders characterized “by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills, social interactions, and restricted, repetitive, stereotyped patterns of behavior.”
Daniel J Vance

Team Hoyt (Part 2)

As mentioned in a recent column, “Team Hoyt” consists of 66-year-old Dick Hoyt and his 44-year-old son Rick Hoyt, and together they have competed in hundreds of marathons and other athletic events throughout America over the last 26 years.
Daniel J Vance

Team Hoyt Part #1

A number of readers have drawn my attention to “Team Hoyt” and graciously asked me to feature this amazing father-son running team associated with disability. The first email came from a reader of Grainger Today in Tennessee.
Daniel J Vance

Blind Voting Rights

In 1994, a doctor diagnosed John Pare (pronouced pah-ray) with cone-rod degeneration, an eye disease involving retina degeneration similar to retinitis pigmentosa. The Univ. of Florida graduate learned his eyesight would further deteriorate. There was no cure.
Dennis Godby, ND

Balance in Diet, Temperment Key to Avoiding a Leaky Gut

Is your gut, "leaky?" Last month's article on hidden and delayed food allergies (IgG reactions), concluded that "leaky gut syndrome" (LGS) is suspected if
Dennis Godby, ND

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

It has been said, "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine your food." But what if your food, instead of nourishing you, was making you sick,
Dennis Godby, ND

Type 2 Diabetes: A National Epidemic

Tragically, type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is now epidemic, nationally; one in three Americans are expected to become diabetic in the coming decades