Health Blog

The Words We Use

The way we speak often impacts the way we feel and changes the lenses in which we see the world. One area in which this has impacted those suffering from substance use disorders are common terms I hear of being either clean or dirty to describe one’s using status. These terms are used widely to Read More

Good Night, Sweetheart

Anyone who has ever had a bad habit to break knows that life would have been easier if they had never started the habit in the first place. Bad sleep habits in young children can cause fatigue for the care givers along with irritability and learning difficulties for the child. The following are tips for Read More

Diabetes and Your Mouth

Q: Does diabetes really affect my teeth? A: If you are one of the nearly 30 million people living in the U.S. with diabetes, you have special oral health needs. As a dentist practicing in Grand Rapids, I see first-hand how diabetes affects the mouth. It can lead to gingivitis, an early stage of gum Read More

Mammograms Can Help Save Lives

Nearly 40,000 women die each year from breast cancer. As we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, it can’t be stressed enough that mammograms can help save lives. Health care experts say the best way to survive cancer is to find it early, when it is most easily treated. Knowing the basic facts about mammograms Read More

How to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Are you one of many people missing out on fall activities because of cold or flu symptoms such as a stuffy or runny nose, cough and tiredness? When do you ‘push through the pain,’ and when do give up and get help? Both the common cold and flu are caused by a virus, not bacteria, Read More

3 Activities to Keep Kids Active this Fall

Did you know about 1 in 5 children in the United States has obesity? Children who are overweight are more likely to have serious health problems. Our goal as health care providers and team members is to encourage children to be more physical active and maintain a healthy weight. One way to help prevent obesity Read More

The “Secret” to Happiness

You probably opened this blog for a reason: you are tired of feeling sad, angry, anxious, hurt, hopeless and helpless, and you want to feel happy in your life. You are probably asking yourself “why me?” “why does everyone have it all, but not me?” “why can’t I be happy?” You may feel victimized by questions Read More

Healthy Aging

As we age, our bodies go through many changes. It is important to discuss these changes with our medical providers as we observe them, as some changes may be normal and healthy symptoms of an aging body and mind while other changes may be symptoms of conditions that would require additional support from your team Read More

Caring for your Dentures

Q: Do I really need to brush my dentures? A: For those who are missing teeth, full or partial dentures (teeth replacements) can make it easier to eat, speak, and smile. Below are tips I recommend to my denture-wearing patients for maintaining dentures and a healthy mouth. Remove dentures for at least four of every Read More

The 340B Discount Drug Program’s Original Intent

Cherry Health’s Pharmacy is located in Heart of the City Health Center and provides prescription services for all Cherry Health patients, as well as the general public. The pharmacy also provides a 340B discounted pricing program for Cherry Health patients who qualify for the program. The 340B program is funded by manufacturers of medications and Read More