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Dr. Deborah Gordon

Dr. Deborah Gordon

  Driving along Anderson Creek Road outside of Talent offers an insightful glance into Southern Oregon agriculture: aging pear orchards yield to new homes, vineyards, and more recently a pot farm (behind high fences) and a hemp farm (wide open, looks like little Christmas trees, smells like pot!). The celebration

The dry warm weather of southern Oregon summers allows us all to find some time of the day when we can be outside and exercise comfortably. As a morning person and a rower with Rogue Rowing Club, my favorite exercise happens early in the morning out at Emigrant Lake. If

Hey, my job is not to say yay or nay: much as I like to tell people what to do, I’ve been convinced that it’s not an effective way to create health. My higher calling, when I remind myself, is to provide you with all the information on your question

Last month I was chatting about the value of exposure to a wide variety of bacteria: from your first journey down the birth canal, to childhood proximity to animals—family pet or time on a farm, to some good adult exposure to dirt: gardening? Soccer? We also of course need exposure

Did you play in the dirt, in the mud, when you were a child? Perhaps you still like to play in the dirt, you just call it gardening?  I imagine you know by now: all that exposure to dirt is good for you. The dirt is just one source of

Pet peeve: Speaking with folks about nutritional choices and hearing the insistence that “everything in moderation” is the sensible way to go. First objection: most people who say this (you know who you are!) have already made choices that reveal disbelief in their very own statement! They already don’t eat

I have been a Grinch about the New Paradigm, imagining and believing that those who see a shift in human consciousness are deluded by wishful thinking. I would love to think that we are all moving toward a more enlightened way of living with each other, but where’s the evidence?

Our extended winter delights many sports-minded folks who anticipate a longer ski season and abundant waterways in the coming summer. My good friend Juli (who hates the summer heat) is always happy to have more winter weather. On the other end of the mood spectrum, there are many who succumb

A year and a half ago I wrote in this space about getting vitamin D safely from the sun and now we need to talk about getting vitamin D safely without the sun! I’m writing this column on the shortest and darkest day of the year. When there is mid-day

In last month’s column I suggested that people obtain their genetic information by sending in their saliva (and $199) to 23andMe.com, and thereby gain access to a wealth of genetic information. I said I would share the story of one particular woman this month. Her name is Julie and she