Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist

Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist
Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Md Troopers Assoc #20 & Westminster Md Fire Dept Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Frank Batavia HSCC Box Lunch Talk on New Windsor

Approximately 125 folks came out on a rare warm February day in Maryland to hear Frank Batavick give a presentation on New Windsor history at noon on February 20, 2018, in Grace Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

February 7, 2015 Carroll County's new leaders share more than priority of public safety



Three years ago: February 7, 2015 in The Baltimore Sun: Carroll County's new leaders share more than priority of public safety By Kevin Dayhoff


The close working relationship between newly-elected sheriff and state’s attorney appreciated.

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Today, folks in the community has noticed and appreciated how most of the new officials in the county commissioners’ office, the board of education, the sheriff, and the state’s attorney appear to working well together… By Kevin E. Dayhoff


The close working relationship between newly-elected sheriff and state’s attorney appreciated.

By Kevin E. Dayhoff, kevindayhoff@gmail.com

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Carroll County sheriff’s office has been a whirlwind of activity ever since retired Maryland State Police Captain Jim DeWees took office last December 2 as Carroll County’s 58th sheriff.

DeWees takes office at a time of great changes in law enforcement. Not to be overlooked is the heightened scrutiny – and danger – in which law enforcement officers find themselves these days.

Among the many new approaches initiated recently; the sheriff’s office has announced a long over-due initiative to equalize the due process, retirement, and compensation disparities between the sheriff’s deputies who work the county roads in a law enforcement and investigations capacity with that of the men and women who work as correctional officers in the county detention facility.


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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018

CC 181st birthday celebration

CC 181st birthday celebration: At the Historical Society's 181st birthday celebration at Grace Hall in Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster. This year's event features musicians David and Ginger Hildebrand who are performing "the patriotic songs, ballads, marches, dance tunes and theater songs popular in early Maryland while wearing appropriate period costumes," as explained by an excellent article by Michel Elben in the Carroll County Times the other day: http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-weekahead-011418-story.html 20Jan2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

When you are in the middle of writing a story

Question: I need a little help here. When you are in the middle of writing a story; do you always have to plug in the toaster oven for it to work? #amwriting

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

At the Westminster Fire Dept

At the Westminster Fire Dept. We have several pieces of equipment that are not feeling well. The consequences of running over 8,000 calls a year. Today they were in major surgery. We pray for a quick recovery. 16Jan2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Caroline Babylon, Kyle Stull, and Jason Tyler, review equipment needs

Caroline Babylon, Kyle Stull, and Jason Tyler, review equipment needs late into the night at the Westminster Fire Department. 15Jan2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday school at Grace Lutheran Church

Sunday school at Grace Lutheran Church. Our discussion is about our spiritual and vocational callings. The springboard for the discussion was 1 Samuel 3: 1-10. "Here I am , you called me." 14Jan2018

Sunday morning 9 am church service at Grace Lutheran

Sunday morning 9 am church service at Grace Lutheran Church. It's 14 degrees outside, but warm and affirming here at Grace. www.gracelc.org Today the council officers are being installed. Pastor Martha's message was about the lessons of 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and John 1:43-51... I liked the part when Nathaniel said, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" 

Friday, January 12, 2018

It is a rainy day in historic downtown Westminster.


It is a rainy day in historic downtown Westminster. I am grabbing a bite to eat at Giulianova. Checking out the train and my display at Off Track Art, and enjoying the comings and goings, hustle and bustle of passers-by. Sat. 12Jan2018 

Doesn’t everyone have a reclining chair sitting on the back of the truck?


What? Doesn't everyone have a reclining chair sitting on the back of the truck? We disposed of our old recliner today and our household is sad. Please join in a moment of silence over the loss of our chair. We are taking it hard. 12Jan2018

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Carroll Arts Center celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 15, 2018 at 1 pm and 7:30 pm with “Hidden Figures”

Carroll Arts Center celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 15, 2018 at 1 pm and 7:30 pm with “Hidden Figures”

Carroll Arts Center Westminster Md. Dec. 5, 2017 Dec. 22, 2017 - - Carroll Arts Center celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with “Hidden Figures”

The Carroll County Arts Council has a tradition of presenting thought-provoking programs in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year they will screen the 2016 film Hidden Figures on Monday, January 15 at 1 pm and 7:30 pm. As this is a day of service, they will offer free admission to anyone who has volunteered for a non-profit organization during the past year.

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe.) Brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

The matinee showing at 1 pm will have open captioning to increase the enjoyment of movies at the Arts Center for those with hearing impairments. The 7:30 pm showing will have captioning if requested in advance. Assistive Listening Devices are always available.

Sponsored by Carroll Community College, Hidden Figures runs 2 hrs 7 mins and is rated PG. Tickets are $7 for adults; $6 for ages 25 & under and ages 60 & up. CCAC Members get additional 10% off. Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the box office. There is no snow date.

The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 West Main Street in downtown Westminster. For more information go to www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org or call 410/848-7272.

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“Hidden Figures.” Mon. Jan 15 at 1 pm & 7:30 pm. In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, CCAC presents “Hidden Figures” – the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. $6-7. Free admission to anyone who has volunteered for a non-profit organization during the past year. Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster, MD 21157. 410-848-7272.


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Dec. 29, 2006: This was one weird year Doug Tallman, Gazette

Dec. 29, 2006: This was one weird year Doug Tallman, Gazette

9Jan2018: My note - - I was doing file maintenance on the top stories from years past and came across this one from Doug Tallman. It is one my favorite year-end stories.

As a matter of fact, it is one of my favorite stories, among many favorite stories written by Doug Tallman. Doug runs neck and neck with Katherine Heerbrandt, Bryan Sears, and Carrie Knauer, on my list of favorite story writers over the years. Just saying.

So, anyway, Doug wrote this in the Gazette on Dec. 29, 2006 – and I was surprised to see that it is still up on the web. (I wish my old stories were still on the web – but that is another subject for another day. For me, 2000 stories later, and sadly only a fraction are still on the web…. Sad.

So, Doug wrote: “This was one weird year — and don’t forget the rats! - From ogling to challenging fitness for the office, 2006 was full of unexpected twists and turns,” Friday, Dec. 29, 2006 by Douglas Tallman, Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS — There were times in 2006 when it was hard to keep a straight face.

It was the year a political icon asked a comely aide to walk away so he could get another view of her derriere. On Election Day, voters asked the icon to do the same.

It was the year a quick-thinking politician administered the Heimlich maneuver to a choking man, who turned out to be his political rival.

It was the year an attorney general candidate was barred from running. Days before Election Day, another AG candidate faced a similar challenge.

And it was the year that the renovation of Annapolis office space led to rats roaming the hallways.

‘‘It looks like a Mel Brooks movie,” said D. Bruce Poole, a former House majority leader who observed the state capital’s shenanigans from a safe distance, his law office in Hagerstown.



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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Saturday, December 30, 2017

I have no idea what I am doing

I would like to share a secret with all my  friends, in confidence  of course, I have no idea what I am doing. Just saying.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Occidental Grill and Seafood, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20004

Occidental Grill and Seafood, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20004 www.occidentaldc.com 27Dec2017.


Once again this year we followed a family tradition to get together for a musical, opera, or theater event at places like the Kennedy Center in Washington DC or the Hippodrome in Baltimore. In the past we have taken cruises together or traveled to New York as a family. This year we went to see Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, at 'The National Theater,' 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 27Dec2017. Before the play, we shared dinner at Occidental Grill and Seafood, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20004 www.occidentaldc.com 27Dec2017. We really enjoyed the excellent production of Les Miserables – and really enjoyed the family time together.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

We are casting lots to see who will eat the last (half) Christmas cookie

We are casting lots to see who will eat the last (half) Christmas cookie in the house before Liz, Marnie, and Melissa arrive for the holidays. 23Dec2017

Monday, December 18, 2017

Chef Guy Garheart at your service

Chef Guy Garheart at your service. Dinner is being prepared for A shift at the Westminster Fire Dept. 18Dec2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Pastors’ study and the 9 a.m. contemporary service at Grace Lutheran Church

Pastors' study and the 9 a.m. contemporary service at Grace Lutheran Church. Today's discussion is focused upon 1 Thessalonians. "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing…"


Written by Paul, Thessalonians is the oldest written text in the "New Testament." It is fairly fascinating book.

Cheese Nips - because. #amwriting

Cheese Nips - because. #amwriting Just saying

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Santa has arrived at the Westminster Fire Dept. 8:00 a.m. Sat. Dec. 16, 2017

Santa has arrived at the Westminster Fire Dept. 8:00 a.m. Sat. Dec. 16, 2017


Westminster Volunteer Fire Dept. Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM


John Street Quarters - 28 John Street Westminster, MD 21157

www.johnstreetquarters.com


Menu: Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Baked Apples, Coffee, Orange Juice, Tea, Milk


Adults: $8.00      Children under 5:  $5.00 - Cash or Checks Only


Have your child's picture taken with Santa on a piece of Antique Fire Equipment 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM.


$10.00 for Digital Pictures via E-mail

Or $15.00 for a set of 4x6 Prints mailed.

$5.00 each extra set of mailed prints.


Collecting can goods for FOOD SUNDAY


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Westminster reported the highest total in the Baltimore-Washington area

"Westminster reported the highest total in the Baltimore-Washington area, with 6.5 inches of snow…"


[Sta 3 BB] [Milewski, Corey] SNOW EMERGENCY PLAN IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. CARROLL IS OFF BLUE ALERT. 9:06 p.m.


Maryland Snowfall Totals for Saturday Dec. 9, 2017


How much snow did Maryland get on Saturday? Here are unofficial reports from the National Weather Service.


By Elizabeth Janney, Patch Staff | Dec 9, 2017


BALTIMORE, MD. — The preliminary snow totals are in from the National Weather Service. At the end of the day, Westminster reported the highest total in the Baltimore-Washington area, with 6.5 inches of snow… Read more here: https://patch.com/maryland/westminster/snow-totals-saturday-december-9-preliminary-data-nws?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=weather&utm_campaign=alert

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Lois and Deacon Craig Giles at Shepherd's Staff’s Carroll County Festival of Trees

Lois and Deacon Craig Giles at Shepherd's Staff's Carroll County Festival of Trees in downtown Westminster at John Street Quarters, 28 John Street, at the Westminster Vol. Fire Department Sat. 25Nov2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

We really enjoyed Shepherd's Staff’s Carroll County Festival of Trees in downtown Westminster at John Street Quarters

We really enjoyed Shepherd's Staff's Carroll County Festival of Trees in downtown Westminster at John Street Quarters, 28 John Street, at the Westminster Vol. Fire Department Sat. 25Nov2017. The exhibit continues through tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Members of the Westminster Fire Dept. tape a number of holiday public fire safety spots for WTTR

Members of the Westminster Fire Dept. tape a number of holiday public fire safety spots for WTTR 21Nov2017


On Tuesday, Jamie, Colby, and Brynn Petry, Bob, Cumberland, Caroline Babylon, and Kevin Dayhoff got together at WTTR to tape a number of holiday public fire safety spots, to be aired on the radio throughout December. It was great working at the station with Kevin Ashcraft and Donna Jean Shybunko. 21Nov2017. For more information go to the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Westminster.Vol.Fire.Dept/

Westminster City Hall and Westminster at night

Westminster City Hall and Westminster at night. 22Nov2017

The Cats of Charles Wysocki at the Westminster Fire Department

The Cats of Charles Wysocki at the Westminster Fire Department 22Nov2017

Three red ambulances

Three red ambulances. Finally, after, like forever, the Westminster Vol. Fire Dept. has three working red ambulances at the same time. 22Nov2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

The throes of a full-fledged peanut butter emergency

Caroline and I are in the throes of a full-fledged peanut butter emergency. 20Nov2017

Bangkok firefighters on front line of city's snake scourge


No thanks, I think I’ll pass - - Bangkok firefighters on front line of city's snake scourge

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA, ASSOCIATED PRESS BANGKOK — Nov 14, 2017, 11:15 PM ET

When the latest distress call came into Phinyo Pukphinyo's fire station in Bangkok, it was not about a burning home or office building. Instead, the caller needed urgent help with a far more common problem facing Thailand's capital: snakes.

A 2-meter (10-foot) -long python was dangling from the caller's garage roof, and after rushing to the scene, it took Phinyo less than a minute to remove the slithering reptile.



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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sat. evening Grammy, Caroline and I enjoyed going out to IHOP for dinner

Sat. evening Grammy, Caroline and I enjoyed going out to IHOP for dinner. Our server was Cierra. Not only was her service great, but she was friendly. We also enjoyed talking with the manager. We always look forward to having dinner at IHOP. We will be back soon. 18Nov2017

We were not alone on Sat. when Caroline and I took our walk

We were not alone on Sat. when Caroline and I took our walk on the Wakefield Valley Trail. 18nov2017

Ellen Lichtfuss and Kyle Sherfey help lead the Sunday service at Grace Lutheran Church

Ellen Lichtfuss and Kyle Sherfey help lead the Sunday service at Grace Lutheran Church. www.gracelc.org 19Nov2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Baltimore Police Department Detective Sean Suiter has died


Baltimore Police Department Detective Sean Suiter has died

Nov. 16, 2017 by Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff

On Nov. 16, 2016 Detective Sean Suiter, 43, an 18-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained on Nov. 15, 2017, while attempting to interview a person during a homicide investigation in the 900 block of Bennett Place in Baltimore, MD. 

According to numerous media accounts, including the Officer Down Memorial Page, and the Baltimore Sun, “he and his partner were canvassing the area when he observed a man attempting to hide in an alley. He notified his partner and then approached the man to speak to him. The subject produced a handgun and opened fire, striking Detective Suiter in the head.

“Detective Suiter was placed in a patrol car to be transported to University of Maryland Medical Center. During the transport the patrol car was struck by another vehicle. Detective Suiter was then transferred to another vehicle and transported to the hospital where he remained on life support until succumbing to the wound the following day.

“The man who shot him fled the scene and remains at large.

“Detective Suiter had served with the Baltimore Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to the Homicide Unit.”


Please join me in a prayer for Baltimore Police Department Detective Sean Suiter:

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of god. Matthew 5:9 Rest peacefully Detective Suiter in the presence of God.

We are praying for your family, loved ones, friends, colleagues, and fellow officers. Rest in peace brother, your watch is over we will take it from here, you duty is done here, God has your place in heaven.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

Chaplain Kevin Dayhoff 16Nov2017
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Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Company No. 1

Photo of Detective Suiter courtesy of the Officer Down Memorial Page





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Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Osteoarthritis

Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Osteoarthritis


I was considering starting to take this over the counter medication for knees and hips that are getting old – and came across this information….. Oh, the NIH says on the website, “This publication is not copyrighted and is in the public domain. Duplication is encouraged.” 15Nov2017 https://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2017/11/glucosamine-and-chondroitin-for.html


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What’s the Bottom Line?

How much do we know about glucosamine and chondroitin supplements?

  • We have some information about the safety and usefulness of glucosamine and chondroitin from large, high-quality studies in people.

What do we know about the effectiveness of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements?

  • Research results suggest that chondroitin isn’t helpful for pain from osteoarthritis of the knee or hip.
  • It’s unclear whether glucosamine helps with osteoarthritis knee pain or whether either supplement lessens osteoarthritis pain in other joints.

What do we know about the safety of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements?

  • Studies have found that glucosamine and chondroitin supplements may interact with the anticoagulant (blood-thinning) drug warfarin (Coumadin). Overall, studies have not shown any other serious side effects.
  • If you take glucosamine or chondroitin supplements, tell your health care providers. They can do a better job caring for you if they know what dietary supplements you use.

What Are Glucosamine and Chondroitin?

Glucosamine and chondroitin are structural components of cartilage, the tissue that cushions the joints. Both are produced naturally in the body. They are also available as dietary supplements. Researchers have studied the effects of these supplements, individually or in combination, on osteoarthritis, a common type of arthritis that destroys cartilage in the joints.
More information

What the Science Says About Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Osteoarthritis

For the Knee or Hip

Glucosamine

Major studies of glucosamine for osteoarthritis of the knee have had conflicting results.
More information
  • A large National Institutes of Health (NIH) study, called the Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT), compared glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin, both supplements together, celecoxib (a prescription drug used to manage osteoarthritis pain), or a placebo (an inactive substance) in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Most participants in the study had mild knee pain.
    • Those who received the prescription drug had better short-term pain relief (at 6 months) than those who received a placebo.
    • Overall, those who received the supplements had no significant improvement in knee pain or function, although the investigators saw evidence of improvement in a small subgroup of patients with moderate-to-severe pain who took glucosamine and chondroitin together.
    • For more information on the trial, see the NCCIH Web page.
  • In several European studies, participants reported that their knees felt and functioned better after taking glucosamine. The study participants took a large, once-a-day dose of a preparation of glucosamine sulfate sold as a prescription drug in Europe.
  • Researchers don’t know why the results of these large, well-done studies differ. It may be because of differences in the types of glucosamine used (glucosamine hydrochloride in the NIH study vs. glucosamine sulfate in the European studies), differences in the way they were administered (one large daily dose in the European studies vs. three smaller ones in the NIH study), other differences in the way the studies were done, or chance.

Chondroitin

In general, research on chondroitin has not shown it to be helpful for pain from knee or hip osteoarthritis.
More information
  • More than 20 studies have looked at the effect of chondroitin on pain from knee or hip osteoarthritis. The quality of the studies varied and so did the results. However, the largest and best studies (including the NIH study discussed under the heading “Glucosamine” above) showed that chondroitin doesn’t lessen osteoarthritis pain.

Joint Structure

A few studies have looked at whether glucosamine or chondroitin can have beneficial effects on joint structure. Some but not all studies found evidence that chondroitin might help, but the improvements may be too small to make a difference to patients. There is little evidence that glucosamine has beneficial effects on joint structure.

Experts’ Recommendations

Experts disagree on whether glucosamine and chondroitin may help knee and hip osteoarthritis. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has recommended that people with knee or hip osteoarthritis not use glucosamine or chondroitin. But the recommendation was not a strong one, and the ACR acknowledged that it was controversial.

For Other Parts of the Body

Only a small amount of research has been done on glucosamine and chondroitin for osteoarthritis of joints other than the knee and hip. Because there have been only a few relatively small studies, no definite conclusions can be reached.
More information
  • Chondroitin for osteoarthritis of the hand
    A 6-month trial of chondroitin in 162 patients with severe osteoarthritis of the hand showed that it may improve pain and function.
  • Glucosamine for osteoarthritis of the jaw
    One study of 45 patients with osteoarthritis of the jaw showed that those given glucosamine had less pain than those given ibuprofen. But another study, which included 59 patients with osteoarthritis of the jaw, found that those taking glucosamine did no better than those taking a placebo (pills that don’t contain the active ingredient).
  • Glucosamine for chronic low-back pain and osteoarthritis of the spine
    A Norwegian trial involving 250 people with chronic low-back pain and osteoarthritis of the lower spine found that participants who received glucosamine fared the same at 6 months as those who received placebo.

What the Science Says About Safety and Side Effects

  • No serious side effects have been reported in large, well-conducted studies of people taking glucosamine, chondroitin, or both for up to 3 years.
  • However, glucosamine or chondroitin may interact with the anticoagulant (blood-thinning) drug warfarin (Coumadin).
  • A study in rats showed that long-term use of moderately large doses of glucosamine might damage the kidneys. Although results from animal studies don’t always apply to people, this study does raise concern.
  • Glucosamine might affect the way your body handles sugar, especially if you have diabetes or other blood sugar problems, such as insulin resistance or impaired glucose tolerance.
More information
If you use dietary supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroitin, read and follow the label instructions, and recognize that “natural” does not always mean “safe.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates dietary supplements, but the regulations for dietary supplements are different and less strict than those for prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
Some dietary supplements may interact with medications or pose risks if you have medical problems or are going to have surgery. Most dietary supplements have not been tested in pregnant women, nursing mothers, or children.
For more information, see Using Dietary Supplements Wisely.

More to Consider

  • If your joints hurt, see your health care provider. It’s important to find out what’s causing your joint pain. Some diseases that cause joint pain—such as rheumatoid arthritis—may need immediate treatment.
  • If you take warfarin or have blood sugar problems, make sure you talk to your doctor about potential side effects if you are considering or taking glucosamine or chondroitin supplements.
  • If you’re pregnant or nursing a child, it’s especially important to see your health care provider before taking any medication or supplement, including glucosamine or chondroitin.
  • Help your health care providers give you better coordinated and safe care by telling them about all the health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health.

Key References

Other References

Acknowledgments

NCCIH thanks the following people for their technical expertise and review of this publication: Daniel Clegg, M.D., University of Utah; Marc Hochberg, M.D., M.P.H., University of Maryland; Julian Leakey, Ph.D., U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Allen Sawitzke, M.D., University of Utah; and Partap Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D., and John (Jack) Killen, Jr., M.D., NCCIH.
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This publication is not copyrighted and is in the public domain. Duplication is encouraged.
NCCIH has provided this material for your information. It is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your primary health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with your health care provider. The mention of any product, service, or therapy is not an endorsement by NCCIH.
NCCIH Pub No.: 
D486
Last Updated: 
November 2014
This page last modified September 24, 2017
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