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October 25, 2017

Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) is  thrilled to announce that a new Baby Box program is set to roll out towards the end of the year.  This program, one component of a larger Home Visitation Program that will be developed in 2018, will seek to provide a baby box for each newborn or newly adopted infant on the Island.

Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) is  thrilled to announce that a new Baby Box program is set to roll out towards the end of the year.  This program, one component of a larger Home Visitation Program that will be developed in 2018, will seek to provide a baby box for each newborn or newly adopted infant on the Island. Granny’s Attic recently announced it will provide $6,484 toward the purchase of the boxes themselves, to help launch the program.

October 11, 2017

Whether you know it or not, your body has an amazing ability to heal.  The ability of your body to heal is directed by an energy that Naturopathic Physicians call the vital force, or vis medicatrix naturae.  The belief in this force is called vitalism. 

Whether you know it or not, your body has an amazing ability to heal.  The ability of your body to heal is directed by an energy that Naturopathic Physicians call the vital force, or vis medicatrix naturae.  The belief in this force is called vitalism.  It is the philosophy that your body has an innate intelligence that orchestrates healing.  Vitalism has been a historical part of most healing traditions and is often forgotten about in medicine today.  It cannot and should not be disregarded by doctors if we hope to help our patients be healthy.

September 27, 2016

The new Neighborcare Health at Vashon clinic will beging scheduling appointments on September 15. The first day patients will be seen in the new clinic will be September 26.

The new Neighborcare Health at Vashon clinic will beging scheduling appointments on September 15. The first day patients will be seen in the new clinic will be September 26.

We invite islanders to make an appointment, including former CHI Franciscan patients, Dr. Gail Fulton’s patients and anyone else who has not sought health care services on island but would like to.

September 27, 2016

“There is something fundamentally spiritual about dirt under your fingernails,” says landscape designer and inspirational speaker Terry Hershey.  To help islanders deepen their awareness of gardening as spiritual practice, the Vashon Episcopal Church is offering a free workshop

“There is something fundamentally spiritual about dirt under your fingernails,” says landscape designer and inspirational speaker Terry Hershey.  To help islanders deepen their awareness of gardening as spiritual practice, the Vashon Episcopal Church is offering a free workshop, led by Terry Hershey, entitled, “Soul Gardening: Creating Sanctuary in Our Lives for Rest and Renewal.”  The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 1, 1:00-4:00, in Bennett Hall (the lower level of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, across the street from the Vashon Commun

August 31, 2016

Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) has been detected at unsafe levels in Quartermaster Harbor shellfish on Vashon-Maury Island.  As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Quartermaster Harbor beaches to recreational shellfish harvest.
 

Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) has been detected at unsafe levels in Quartermaster Harbor shellfish on Vashon-Maury Island.  As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Quartermaster Harbor beaches to recreational shellfish harvest.

August 17, 2016

Many people are changing their garden practices when they learn that some pesticides can be very harmful to their pets who spend so much time playing in their landscape.

Many people are changing their garden practices when they learn that some pesticides can be very harmful to their pets who spend so much time playing in their landscape.

Pesticides can run off into streams, evaporate or drift into the air, and drain into our groundwater where they can cause harm to us and wildlife. The direct risk to our health from our use of pesticides in our landscape may sometimes be minimized by proper use, and if we do not spend a lot of time in our landscape.

August 3, 2016

The Connect & Glow meditative exercises quickly bring participants to a deep connection with their inner source of vibrant well-being. The exercises are inspired by ancient Eastern wisdom and modern quantum physics, and grew out of experiments with visualizing the energetic stimulation of the limbic center of the brain in an effort to heal depression

The Connect & Glow meditative exercises quickly bring participants to a deep connection with their inner source of vibrant well-being. The exercises are inspired by ancient Eastern wisdom and modern quantum physics, and grew out of experiments with visualizing the energetic stimulation of the limbic center of the brain in an effort to heal depression.

June 22, 2016

It would be nearly impossible to live in America today and not know that there is a woman running for the position of President. Indeed, with a campaign slogan that focuses your attention entirely upon her sex (I’m with HER), how could you miss it?

It would be nearly impossible to live in America today and not know that there is a woman running for the position of President. Indeed, with a campaign slogan that focuses your attention entirely upon her sex (I’m with HER), how could you miss it?

May 11, 2016

CHI Franciscan Health, which has operated the medical clinic at Sunrise Ridge for three years, announced on Friday the 6th it will cease operations there August 5 2016.

CHI Franciscan Health, which has operated the medical clinic at Sunrise Ridge for three years, announced on Friday the 6th it will cease operations there August 5 2016.

Franciscan officials delivered the news in person on Friday morning to clinic staff. They have also sent letters, this week, to clinic patients.

Tim Marsh, vice president of operations with the Franciscan Medical Group, was one of those who came to the island to deliver the news.

February 17, 2016

Right now, we are facing a serious threat to our safety and freedom. As is so often the case, this threat is coming from good people, well-intentioned people who seek only to protect society.  But good intentions aren’t enough.

Right now, we are facing a serious threat to our safety and freedom. As is so often the case, this threat is coming from good people, well-intentioned people who seek only to protect society.  But good intentions aren’t enough.

February 3, 2016

Bob T.  was my best friend and we managed to get into a lot of trouble together such as the day we stole some pigeons from old man Therkelsen and Sheriff Starr made us take them back to the henhouse we had stolen them from.  We were guilty.

Bob T.  was my best friend and we managed to get into a lot of trouble together such as the day we stole some pigeons from old man Therkelsen and Sheriff Starr made us take them back to the henhouse we had stolen them from.  We were guilty.

November 11, 2015

When you go to the doctor, you may take the right to informed consent for granted. The doctor makes a recommendation, which usually includes information about the risks and benefits of that recommendation.

 

When you go to the doctor, you may take the right to informed consent for granted. The doctor makes a recommendation, which usually includes information about the risks and benefits of that recommendation. You may choose to follow that recommendation, ask more questions or decide to do more research before making a decision. Perhaps you choose to seek a second opinion. In the end, you may refuse the doctor’s recommendation. These are all your rights under informed consent.

May 4, 2015

I am grateful to Marcia C. Pearson, Joana Gardiner and Jo An Herbert for kick-starting awareness around our food choices and the environment. The angle they bring is well-documented and accurate. Modern agricultural practices have huge and devastating impacts on our environment.

I am grateful to Marcia C. Pearson, Joana Gardiner and Jo An Herbert for kick-starting awareness around our food choices and the environment. The angle they bring is well-documented and accurate. Modern agricultural practices have huge and devastating impacts on our environment. For those who missed their article, Think you can be a Meat & Dairy Environmentalist? Think Again, these specific areas of environmental damage via “animal-related” food production were covered:
Global Warming & Air Pollution
Water Pollution
Land Use & Food Waste

April 17, 2015

There has been a lot of talk lately about “going green” and reducing your ecological footprint. Many environmentalists suggest switching to compact florescent lights, taking shorter showers, and driving a hybrid car. While these things do help, the environmental benefits of these actions pale in comparison to the good done by going vegan

There has been a lot of talk lately about “going green” and reducing your ecological footprint. Many environmentalists suggest switching to compact florescent lights, taking shorter showers, and driving a hybrid car. While these things do help, the environmental benefits of these actions pale in comparison to the good done by going vegan—eliminating your consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy products—the single best thing you can do to protect our environment and reduce pollution.

April 15, 2015

Ominous reminders of impending “old” age assail us from every direction. From bold headlines informing us that an average of 8,000 baby boomers are turning 65 each day (and for the next 18 years), to constant advice for staying healthy by eating right and exercising

Ominous reminders of impending “old” age assail us from every direction. From bold headlines informing us that an average of 8,000 baby boomers are turning 65 each day (and for the next 18 years), to constant advice for staying healthy by eating right and exercising - how can we ignore reality? In 2010, reality in the U.S. indicated that 40 million people were 65 or older, and 5.5 million of those were over 85. That was 13% of the total population; by 2030 those numbers will grow to 72 million senior citizens, or about 20% of the entire population. (source: AgingStats.gov)

March 4, 2015

In Washington State, certain vaccines are required prior to enrollment at any school or childcare, public or private. Washington State also provides three exemptions: medical, religious and personal/philosophical. House Bill (HB) 2009 seeks to eliminate the personal/philosophical exemption.

In Washington State, certain vaccines are required prior to enrollment at any school or childcare, public or private. Washington State also provides three exemptions: medical, religious and personal/philosophical. House Bill (HB) 2009 seeks to eliminate the personal/philosophical exemption.

Why should you care? Because informed consent protects us all.

February 14, 2015

Our knowledge of brain development, aging and health has expanded based on the explosion of new research tools in neuroscience. Using his experience as a clinical neurologist and research scientist, Dr. O’Brien will summarize the changing understanding of lifestyle, genetics and their impact on brain health, as well as common diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke.

Our knowledge of brain development, aging and health has expanded based on the explosion of new research tools in neuroscience. Using his experience as a clinical neurologist and research scientist, Dr. O’Brien will summarize the changing understanding of lifestyle, genetics and their impact on brain health, as well as common diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke.

September 26, 2014

For our early fall event, Shape Up Vashon is offering guided walks, runs and a bike event from Sept 18-Oct 19.

For our early fall event, Shape Up Vashon is offering guided walks, runs and a bike event from Sept 18-Oct 19.

Free and open to everyone. Just meet at the times and places noted. Some walks and runs are on uneven trails. Bring water and consider walking sticks or poles. Check www.shapeupvashon.org additional activities, changes, or weather postponements.

June 18, 2014

On May 10th, we hosted a documentary film called The Greater Good. In the process of bringing this film to the island, we learned the following:

On May 10th, we hosted a documentary film called The Greater Good. In the process of bringing this film to the island, we learned the following:

1-Amongst parents of young children, there is a growing culture of shaming and judgment with regard to vaccine choices. As a result, this topic is carefully avoided at regular gathering events for families.
2- A secret, invitation-only Facebook group has been formed for parents who are seeking support and information in a safe environment.

May 6, 2014

We live in a time-stressed culture. “Faster and better” are spoken so frequently as a pair that we’ve come to view them as synonyms. Faster might be nice for internet connections, but it causes problems when applied to human beings.

We live in a time-stressed culture. “Faster and better” are spoken so frequently as a pair that we’ve come to view them as synonyms. Faster might be nice for internet connections, but it causes problems when applied to human beings. Fast food is not better food. Quick naps are not better sleep. Ten minute medical appointments are not better health care. Sound bites are not better conversation.

April 26, 2014

Shape up Vashon challenges the whole island community to team up to win Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards or Presidential Champion Awards. Make a team of 2 to 8 people of your family

Shape up Vashon challenges the whole island community to team up to win Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards or Presidential Champion Awards. Make a team of 2 to 8 people of your family, businesses, coworkers, friends or your favorite organizations and be ready to start May 10th through June 30.
What does this challenge require?

All you need to do is:

April 13, 2014

Asthma is at record levels in the United States, near epidemic in some ethnic and income groups. And while experts are at a loss to name a cause, two things are agreed upon: asthma kills

Asthma is at record levels in the United States, near epidemic in some ethnic and income groups. And while experts are at a loss to name a cause, two things are agreed upon: asthma kills (3,404 deaths U.S. deaths attributed to asthma in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) and drugs are a far less than perfect solution (just read the precautions on the label for asthma drugs).

April 9, 2014

For humans, the drive to learn is as powerful as the drive to eat. There’s a good reason for this. Eating and learning are both equally vital for our survival.

For humans, the drive to learn is as powerful as the drive to eat. There’s a good reason for this. Eating and learning are both equally vital for our survival. Humans generally don’t survive based upon instinct. We are learners, and as such, information has long been treasured, preserved, gifted, sometimes hoarded, and quite often controlled. Thus the frequently heard phrase, “Knowledge is Power.”

March 26, 2014

Vashon Youth & Family Services announces today that it is consolidating its Mental Health and Chemical Dependency treatment programs into a single Mental Health program.
 

Vashon Youth & Family Services announces today that it is consolidating its Mental Health and Chemical Dependency treatment programs into a single Mental Health program. The agency will close the Outpatient Addiction and Recover Services (OARS) program. Instead it will provide support and education for Islanders struggling with addiction and recovery issues through its Mental Health counseling staff and identify referral sources for those who must seek more intensive levels of treatment in facilities off-Island.