Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Thumb-sucking and other addictive behaviors

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Addiction can be defined as the compulsive repeated use of a drug or substance (such as alcohol) or performance of a behavior (such as gambling). Dependence is different, occurring when repeated use of a drug (such as heroine) results in physical dependence which causes an unpleasant feeling of withdrawal when the drug is stopped. Addiction and dependence can occur separately, although they often run together.

At five-years-old, I was a thumb-sucker. I recall not being proud of it as my folks seemed progressively upset about my “addiction.” The process that finally helped me quit was when I was told I would not visit my grandma in Minneapolis until I stopped sucking my thumb. I remember many struggled attempts at quitting before I finally shook the monkey off my back. Addiction is a human condition that can affect any one of us.

The people in this country are currently caught in a terrible maelstrom of opioid addiction from which human beings of all ages, races and economic status seem unable to escape. Twice as many people suffocated to death from opioids last year than died of vehicular crashes. According to the website DrugFree.org, in 2010, something like 23.5 million people in the U.S. (about one in every ten over the age of 12) were addicted to alcohol, drugs, or something. Of those addicted, only one in ten would ever get help.

One expert stated that the financial and emotional toll of addiction is greater than the combined consequences of diabetes mellitus and all cancers put together. Think of all the lung disease and cancer that results from smoking; the cirrhosis and liver failure as well as the dementia that results from alcohol; the dental problems from methamphetamine use; and all the social consequences of addiction including accidental vehicular crashes, suicides, homicides, criminal behavior and incarceration.

Despite all this doomsday talk, I think we have room for hope if we realize that none of us is immune and everyone should take precautions. We should start with an open-eyed and honest approach with our youth, teaching the truth about addiction without making addictive behaviors a “forbidden fruit.” Our country desperately needs affordable addiction and mental health treatment options, available to all, without the negative stigma (and often unhelpful incarceration) that can follow. Spending for prevention and treatment of addiction would save us all significantly more than it would cost.

We also need more research to better understand addiction and what influences addictive behavior, even that as seemingly benign as sucking one’s thumb.

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Men Would Rather Face a Charging Lion

Did you know that an average South Dakotan male lives to 75-years-of-age, and the average woman lives to 80?  Why is that? Is it because we men are more prone to violent deaths early by going to war, riding motorcycles or driving cars faster? Nah! This accounts for only... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - The Moth into the Flame

What is inflammation? Inflammation comes from the Latin words "into the flame" like how moths are drawn to sustaining warmth of a springtime campfire and harmful self-destruction if they get too close. Inflammation is a natural phenomenon that can encourage sustaining healing... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Taking the Cure for Sleep Apnea

Mr. S had gained some weight. His wife noted his snoring was getting worse and he was having spells when he would stop breathing during sleep. She informed his doctor who prescribed a home overnight oximetry test. This home test showed Mr. S’s oxygen levels were dropping... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Humanities and the Physician

After 40 years as a doctor interacting with patients, in the last two and a half years the tables turned, and I’ve become the patient. Although most are good, I’ve found some doctors are detached, some are too quick, some would rather be somewhere else, some are... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Imaging with a Little Help from My Friends

The world of radiology began in 1895 when a European physicist Wilhelm Röntgen noticed fluorescence behind heavy cardboard when a cathode tube was activated nearby. Röntgen used his wife’s hand to demonstrate for the first time how these unknown rays, or X-rays,... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - War Advances Medicine

A.P. Kalem said, “War is never a lasting solution for any problem.” However, is that statement completely true? War, through the ages, has brought great advances and solutions in medicine. Perhaps the first innovation in medicine that evolved during warring times... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - To Straighten the Bent Bones of Children

Starting sometime in the middle ages, throughout many lands, there were “bonesetters” who knew about splinting, how to treat broken bones with splints made from sticks, leather and clay. They even had a guild, a medieval union of sorts, a cohesive group of workers... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Fearing Death Can Cause Suffering

When in life does one come to confront the tough truth that each of us will eventually die? In my years as an internist caring for young and old alike, some people understand this early, and some people never get it. In denying death, we intensify our fear of it. Usually, however,... [More]

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COURT

Brandon and Fugate Sentenced

Jonathan Brandon appeared in Wallace County District Court on April 10th, 2019, with his court appointed attorney, Steve Cott, Garden City, for sentencing in cases 17 CR 51 and 17 CR 58. Each case charged Brandon with Distribution of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school,... [More]

Traffic Court reports Apr 11, 2019

Chandler, Garrett Scott, Pueblo, Colo, driving 75 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $69, court costs $108. Palmier, Joshua Quayshun, Birmingham, Ala, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $99, court costs $108. Chavez, Brenda Icilice, Denver, Colo, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

March District Court

On March 13th, 2019 Charlene Valdez appeared in Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney Leslie Beims, Goodland in the matter of case number 2017 CR 42. Valdez had been charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, within 1,000’ of a school,... [More]

Traffic Court reports for February

Chandler, Garrett Scott, of Pueblo, Colo, cited for driving 79 mph in a 65-mph zone, ordered to pay $65 in fines and $108 in court costs. Palmier, Joshua Quayshun, of Birmingham, Ala, cited for driving 84 mph in a 65-mph zone, ordered to pay $99 in fines and $108 in court... [More]

District Court update

Destrie Whitaker appeared in Wallace County District Court on January 25, 2019 with attorney Christopher Rohr, Colby, in the matter of case number 2018 TR 282 - count 1 Driving While License Suspended, a level B non-person misdemeanor, date of offense, October 13, 2018. Whitaker... [More]

District Court update

Miles Ackerman appeared in Wallace County District Court on January 16th, 2019 with attorney Douglas Spencer, Oakley, for sentencing on the charge of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) within 1000’ of a school, a level 1 nonperson drug felony,... [More]

District Court update

Vakiea Murrill appeared in Wallace County District Court on December 5th, 2018 with attorney Leslie Beims, Goodland. Murrill plead guility to Count 1 Possession of Marijuana and was ordered to pay a $100 fine, $158 in court costs, $160 in fees related to the case, and $770.90... [More]

Traffic Court reports - Jan 17, 2019

Foy, Christopher Matthew, Colorado Springs, Colo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, fined $63 and court costs $108. Mercier, Brittany N, Danforth, Ill, driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone, fined $75 and court costs $108. Stone, Ralph Lee, Hays, Kans, driving 80 mph in a 65 mph... [More]

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NEWS

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2019 Wallace County Cruisers Car and Bike Show

May 3rd, Cruisers from across Kansas and Colorado arrived early Saturday morning for the 16th Annual Car and Bike Show. It was a beautiful day, but was cut short with the threat of an approaching rain storm. At 1 pm, the owners moved into the Parish Hall for the results of... [More]

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WCHS Class of 2019

Class of 2019 top row: Kody Lofstrom, Andrew Noone, Champ King, Luke Johnson, Richard Kaiser, and Esteban Rodriguez; middle row: Janaeha Dinkel, Hayley Pierce, Yesenia Juarez, Joshua Daily, Trever Medina, Trevor Fischer, and Chandler Van Allen; bottom row: Gabrielle Hammer, Makayla... [More]

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Baehler to be Honored

Mrs. Janine Baehler of rural Sharon Springs, Kansas and a member of Goodland Chapter #122 Order of the Eastern Star, will be honored Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Masonic Hall; 519 Center Street in Goodland, Kansas. The reception will start at 7;30 MDT. All friends and family are... [More]

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Purvis to play basketball at Sterling

2019 Weskan Graduate, Josie Purvis, signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Sterling College. Josie is the daughter of Eric and Heather Purvis, Weskan.

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Book on Closed Kansas High Schools Ready for Publication

Golden Rule Days: History and Recollections of 109 Closed Kansas High Schools, is now available to order from Meadowlark Books. Cost is $24.95 (includes tax, shipping, & handling) and may be mailed to Meadowlark Books, PO BOX 333, Emporia, KS 66801 or readers... [More]

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Kindergarteners ride the Fire Truck

Vounteer Firefighters Scott Miller, Chance Rains, and Aaron Wagoner took the fire truck out for a spin with the kindergarten class, an activity that they look foward to every year. Aaron Wagoner demonstrates use of a fire hose to Calvin, son of Beau and Aften Gardner and the... [More]

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WCRC Receives Midwest Energy Community Fund Grant

The Midwest Energy Community Fund benefits charitable, educational and nonprofit organizations in the Midwest Energy service area. The Community Funds are directed to activities that focus on youth, arts, education, libraries, community events or other priorities that fall within... [More]

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Hill wins at Sherman County Speedway Opening Night

Ronnie Hill won 1st place in the A Feature race at Sherman County Speedway opening night

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - May 9, 2019

To the hundreds of folks who visited the Fort Wallace Museum during this past weekend’s BKRT, we say… Thank you! To our wonderful staff - Tony, Patty Lou, Ramona and Deb, we say…Thank you! To our incredibly hard-working board members, we say…... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Apr 25, 2019

Please join us for the Annual Meeting of the Fort Wallace Memorial Association this coming Sunday, April 28 at 6:00 pm MDT at the Museum. Board Elections will be held, as well as a short program by Garvey Historian Deb Goodrich. You must be a board member of the Fort Wallace... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Apr 18, 2019

The Annual Meeting of the Fort Wallace Memorial Association will be held on Sunday, April 28 at 6:00 pm MDT at the Museum. At this meeting, annual reports will be given and board members will be elected. You must be a member of the Fort Wallace Memorial Association to vote, but... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Apr 11, 2019

The Fort Wallace Museum is very excited to announce a special series of concerts by iconic singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphey during the Big Kansas Road Trip! On each of the three evenings of Thurs. May 2nd, Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th, all are invited to “An... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Weekend Recap

Saturday, March 16th was another great day at the Fort Wallace Museum. We started the morning by unveiling the 38-star Cox flag, a project headed up by textile preservationist Jenny Tracz and funded by the Cox family of Weskan, as well as many other friends in a Facebook campaign.... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 14, 2019

There is still time to make plans to join us this weekend for the many activities surrounding our “Trails to Rails” Symposium and Captain Keogh’s Emerald Banquet! We will be enjoying a time of fellowship and fun, as well as furthering the mission of the Fort... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 7, 2019

Plans for the big weekend of March 16th-17th are “gathering steam,” as we prepare to recognize the 150th Anniversary of the arrival of the Kansas Pacific Railway in 1869! The Museum is so pleased to add another event to the day’s schedule. At 9 AM, to open... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Feb 28, 2019

The next big event is coming up on Saturday, March 16th at the Fort Wallace Museum! This jam-packed weekend will include a major symposium and a fundraiser banquet benefitting the Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum.  We are very excited about this “Trails to Rails”... [More]

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