Marijuana's Health Effects

Marijuana Leaf

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug (under federal law) in the United States, with 22.2 million users. But the types of marijuana available today are more potent than before and come in many forms, including oils that can be vaped, and edibles, from brownies and candy to sodas. This leaves many with a lot of questions about marijuana use and its health effects.

It’s Not Too Late for a Flu Shot – Take 3 Steps Now


Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease that can be serious. Every year, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu. CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from flu.

1. Get yourself and your family vaccinated!

A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Everyone 6 months or older should get an annual flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible, or as soon as possible after October.

Voluntary Recall on Certain Canned Cat Food


The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

The issue was discovered by the Quality Assurance team during review of production records at the manufacturing facility. No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution.

12 Way to Have a Health Holiday Season


Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy--and ready to enjoy the holidays.

1Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. It's flu season. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds.

2Bundle up to stay dry and warm. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.

Defeating Those Winter Blues 

by Constance Brase, MA

Right now is the time of year when some people are affected by those "Winter Blues", or a mild form of depression.  Sunshine gives valuable nutrients, and what was stored in your body from last summer is now mostly depleted. There are some ways to counteract those "Blues" symptoms. As always, remember to check with your primary care provider before starting any new regimen involving over the counter medications or herbal vitamins and supplements as these can have a negative interaction with some prescription medications.

It’s never too early to think about a New Year’s Resolution

By JC Carrica, Chief Operating Officer

New Year's resolutions are an ancient tradition, focused on some form of self-improvement. e practice is just as relevant today as it was for the ancient Romans and Babylonians. Studies show that 46% of those who take the time to make common resolutions like weight loss, joining an exercise program, or quitting smoking, were over 10-times more likely to have a rate of success as compared to only 4% who chose not to make resolutions.