Posts by lyonsk

Mental Health Needs Medicaid Expansion in Kansas

The people of Kansas need Medicaid Expansion to increase access to care to mental health or substance use treatment.  Not only for economic development; not only for delaying inevitable closures or consolidations of health care organizations like community mental health centers or hospitals; and not only for the purpose of becoming part of the large…

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Our Second Brain

You may have heard our gut being referred to as our “second brain.” There are numerous studies linking what we eat to how we feel. The lining of our gut, if laid out one cell thick would cover a tennis court! It is no wonder that with all that surface area exposed to the food…

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Imagination

Text:  Matthew 5:13-14 – “You are the salt of the earth….; You are the light of the world….” When I was young, I dreamed of being a teacher. I would line up my dolls (and my little brother) on chairs in front of a blackboard in my bedroom. I would write addition and subtraction “problems”…

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Benefits of Carrots For Both Your Inside and Outside

Ah April! Warm temperatures, budding daffodils and crocuses and the anticipation of the arrival of the Easter Bunny! And what do bunnies love to eat? Carrots of course! And this week on Thursday, it just happens to be International Carrot Day! So get out your vegetable peelers and serve up some of those orange beauties.…

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Post-Acute Withdrawal

There are two stages of withdrawal that a person addicted to drugs and/or alcohol experience. Most people are aware of the initial stage: acute withdrawal. Moderate symptoms of acute withdrawal may include sweating, heart palpitations, muscle tension, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, tremors, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. More extreme, and sometimes life-threatening, withdrawal symptoms…

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Blessings During Lent

During the season of Lent, many Christians are reminded to examine their lives, repent, and prepare for a new life in Jesus Christ.  Many also “give up” something during the 40 days to remember the way Jesus was tempted but refrained from sin. I decided this Lent to list a “blessing” each of the 40…

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10 Things To Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder

One in 68 children in the United States will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to data completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC,2014). Males are 4.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD compared to females as the CDC reports 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls…

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Let’s Talk About Sex!

Did you know that most children have had some sort of conversation with a peer about sex by the time they are 8 years old? And did you know that most children have viewed pornography by the time they are 14 years old? And did you also know that most adolescents will never bother to…

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Corn Cakes and President’s Day

Happy President’s Day! As I was contemplating a subject and recipe for this week, I did a little research on what the two Presidents who have birthdays this month may have eaten in their day. Though the presidencies of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were over 70 years apart, they did share a common love…

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Prairie View Goes Fishing

I grew up in Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” where fishing is simply ordinary. Every kid (at least in my generation) learned how to use a long pole and then a rod and reel to catch fish. One of my favorite memories was when my farmer father declared that the spring rain made it…

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