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Photo by Sander Dalhuisen from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on October 19, 2021.  Around the world, doctors, nurses, and medical staff are suffering from more stress and fatigue than at any time in human history, courtesy of everyone’s favorite not-really-novel-anymore coronavirus.…

Tour of the Organ Body, Part 2: The Stomach

Photo by Sander Dalhuisen from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on October 12, 2021.  Platypuses and seahorses don’t have one, and if absolutely necessary you could live without one, but mostly it is a good thing to have a stomach, that repository…

Tour of the Organ Body, Part 1: The Liver

Photo by v2osk from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on September 28, 2021.  About the size of a football and weighing roughly 3 pounds, your liver has up to 500 vital functions, earning it a dual identity as an organ and a…

COVID on the Brain

Photo by Laurenz from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on September 21, 2021.  This isn’t going to be a fun one. Honestly, if you’ve had enough COVID this week, skip it. I won’t take it personally. Recent Numbers One in 500 Americans…

Growing a Spine

Photo by Mark Tulin from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on September 14, 2021.  Seen from the side, the human spine is a graceful series of curves that evolved when we became bipedal and which enable us to stand buoyantly upright, a…

Politics and Pandemics

Photo by Mauro Mora from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on September 7, 2021.  When we talk about “the pandemic” these days, it’s obvious what we’re referring to. Of all the nasty diseases floating around, none of them can claim to have…

…And Boosters for All

Photo by CDC  from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on August 24, 2021.  From the frontlines of the Great Misinformation Wars of 2021, here’s your weekly COVID report. At least 371 new cases of coronavirus landed in Humboldt this past week,…

Be Still My Heart

Photo by hopefilmphoto  from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on August 17, 2021.  Dating back to 1733, not long after the invention of the “Physician’s Pulse Watch”, a time device that had a second hand that could be stopped, it has…

The COVID Abides

Photo by CDC  from Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on August 10, 2021.  Masks are back and cases are up as everyone’s favorite Coronavirus makes a truly Olympic effort to ruin the rest of summer. Here in Humboldt County, we’re seeing…

Standing up to Peripheral Neuropathy

Photo by Anupam Mahapatra on Unsplash Published in the Humboldt Independent on August 3, 2021 As many as 20 million Americans suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy. This condition, which can give rise to numbness, tingling, and/or mild to…