An apple a day…

Enjoy every crunchy, sweet morsel of apples. Your body will thank you for it. (For Spectrum Health Beat) As days grow shorter, summer fruits fade and leaves drop from trees, autumn delivers a sweet compensation.Apples. Crispy, juicy apples deliver excellent nutrition wrapped in an a-peeling package, says Kristi Veltkamp, MS, RD, a Spectrum Health dietitian. She encourages...

Flint’s Deadly Water

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan — one of the poorest cities in the U.S. — began in April 2014, when the state took over city management and decided to switch the city's water supply from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to water from the Flint River, a notoriously polluted waterway. The state's...

Tea With or Without Plastic?

Tea is important to people of many cultures around the world and it has been recognized for centuries as having dramatic and positive impacts on health. It is one of the most popular beverages worldwide, second only to water. There are several easy-to-grow herbs and plants that may be used to make tea at...

Sore? Ice first, then heat

Ice works best to reduce swelling, followed by application of heat to ease discomfort and promote healing. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Sore from a workout? You don’t have to reach for pain relief medicine when ice or heat will help.But when should you go cold and when should you go warm? Ice is the go-to therapy...

How a Simple Fall Caused My Spinal Fracture

Share on: by Dawn Riddle Moving is never fun, but it’s significantly worse when you get hurt in the process! I was moving to a new home, dragging a bin filled with pots and pans. The carpet shifted and I fell straight down on my butt. I immediately heard a really loud pop in the...