Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Is It Fake News

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It is miraculous to consider how much access and exposure we have to information through our computers, televisions, radios and newspapers. Unfortunately, we need to be on guard because too much of this buzz can be false information.

In an October 2017 article, the Pew Research Center found 43 percent of people in 2016 received their news from Facebook listening for information that aligned with their world view (not necessarily with facts). Pew also found 23 percent had shared, by intention or accident, untrue political messages on social media. We need to be more critical of all sources of information around us. Almost as malignant as fake news are advertisements that pretend to be factually based.

Of course, marketing (sales) can be good and important as it moves commerce, and I’m not saying industry doesn’t sponsor credible scientific research. However, marketing can be harmful when selling a weight-loss program that gives false hope, when peddling virility pills that are ineffective or when pushing an outrageously expensive drug that should be used only after first-line medicines are tried. Advertisements can and should be based on truth, but my cynical side sees the words “truth in advertising” as an oxymoron, like “seriously funny,” “awfully good” or “found missing.” Indeed, marketing motives can be as different from evidence-based science as corn syrup is to leafy green vegetables. 

It has been our desire and goal at Healing Words Foundation to find and help spread health information that is not influenced by marketing or sales. What is known today as Prairie Doc® media started in the 1980s with newspaper articles, expanding in the 1990s with a local talk AM-radio show, in 2003 with a television show and in 2010 with social media. Prairie Doc® has been made possible with the help of volunteer physicians and experts, South Dakota State University and its students, our paid and voluntary Prairie Doc® production staff, our Foundation Board of Directors and, most importantly, the unrestricted underwriting of organizations and individuals like you. We feel blessed to have such wonderful talents and gifts allowing us to bring our unbiased and credible public health information to the people.

The mission statement of the Healing Words Foundation and all Prairie Doc® programming is enhancing health and diminishing suffering by communicating useful information, based on honest science, provided in a respectful and compassionate manner.

This is a call for all of us to be careful and critical. We don’t have to be influenced by fake news but rather need to choose our sources of information carefully. Let this be a time of truth.

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Finding a New Balance

Life is about balance. We balance our time, our budgets, our work, and our family. If you concentrate too much in one area, you will soon be wanting in another. Additionally, our bodies are constantly working to keep our blood pressure, blood sugar, and temperature in balance.... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Finding a New Balance

One summer during my college years, another premed student and I got a job at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, as nurses’ aides. At that time, the guys were called orderlies, but we were part of the nursing department. We were taught how to clean patients’ private... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Control Is Our Asthma Goal

Growing up in the 60s and 70s, we all knew kids and adults who were held back by their asthma. They sat out gym classes and sporting events, missed school or work over and over again, were up in the wee hours of the night fighting to breath, or seemed to make their own chest... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - A Redheaded Woman Experiences Life with Color

Mrs. R was a character. Her natural red hair had changed to gray years earlier, but thanks to the magic of her hairdresser, her hair was again flashy red, and she had a personality to match. She was a feisty, fun and full-blooded woman full of zest and pizzazz. She made me smile... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - That's Love

When my mom called me and said that my dad found four N95 masks in the garage and she wanted to send them all to me since I’m a doctor – That’s love. When I reassured her that we had enough in clinic for now and that she should keep them, or at least keep two... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Trust the Scientific Process

It is the year 2020, and we find ourselves in the midst of a rapidly changing, worldwide pandemic of a novel Coronavirus. This virus and public knowledge of it has spread and changed with greater speed than our scientific method can accommodate. Science, and the progression of... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - The Message Is Staring You in the Face

In a recent national survey, 26.9 million American adults age 18 and older reported experiencing vision loss. Of course, vision loss means blindness or the inability to see at all, but the definition also includes those having trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Aging is a Mixed Picture

During my lifelong practice of geriatrics, I observed many people reaching the end of their lives. Truth is, what I’ve seen is a mixed picture. The two patient stories I describe here are really a blend of hundreds of experiences. Ms. A is in her late 80s, walks two miles... [More]

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COURT

Wallace County District Court Proceedings

Rene Trevino appeared in Wallace County District Court on October 2, 2019 for sentencing in case number 2019 CR 12.  Trevino had been charged with 1 Count Domestic Battery, a Class B, Person Misdemeanor on September 7, 2019.  He appeared in court with court-appointed... [More]

Traffic Court for January and February

Catherine Elizabeth Capra, Pleasant Hill, Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred, court costs $108. Justin Blake Meyer, St. Francis, Kans, liquor purchased by minor, nolo contendre, fined $200, court costs $239. Transporting an open container, guilty plea, fined $200.... [More]

Traffic Court September-December

Forman, David Scott, Miami Fla, driving 78 mph in a 50 mph zone. Fines $177 Court Cost $108. Hagan, Audrey Ann, Columbia Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone. Deferred. Court Cost $108. Pfeffer, Samuel Tyler, Sharon Springs, Reckless Driving.  Bench Trial – Not... [More]

Traffic Court up to September 2019

Turner, Philip Russell II, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Patton, Amanda, driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred adjudication, court costs $108. Ramey, Tyler Ray, failure to stop or obey railroad crossing signal, fines $195, court... [More]

Wallace County District Court Sentencings

On May 15th, Vance Diamond Halsey appeared in the Wallace County District Court with court appointed attorney, Christopher Rohr, Colby for sentencing in the matter of case 2019-CR-03.  Halsey was charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer on March 12, 2019, ... [More]

Traffic Court for May-June 2019

May Traffic Report Thomas, Dyami R, Bellingham, Wash, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Araujo Pompa, Almedio, Coral Gables, Fla, driving 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $105, court cost $108. Lennon, Jake Owen, Pittsburg, Penn, driving 93 mph... [More]

Traffic Court for April 2019

James Manuel Phillips, Gardner, Colo, driving 77 mph in a 65 mph zone, fines $57 and court costs $108. Kenzie Marie Spreier, Colby, Kans, diving 80 in a 65 mph zone, fines $75 and court costs $108. Erick Edward Jarosz, Canon City, Colo, driving 84 mph in a 65 mph zone,... [More]

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]

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NEWS

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Haylee Hennick Awarded Janet L. Cowles Van Allen Memorial Scholarship

Haylee Hennick, daughter of Staci and Jason Hennick, has been awarded the Janet L. Cowles Van Allen Memorial Scholarship.   The recipient must be a graduate of one of the Wallace County Kansas High Schools enrolling in the curriculum of their choice at Kansas State University.... [More]

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Western Kansas Valley Introduces New Manager

We take great pride in announcing Judd McCurdy as the new manager at Western Kansas Valley in Sharon Springs. Western Kansas Valley is confident in Judd’s ability to help local farmers with their future irrigation needs in the Northwest Kansas and Eastern Colorado area.... [More]

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Farewell O'Connors

After 20 years in Sharon Springs, Larry & Linda O’Connor have taken positions at Canton Galva High School, where their son Tyler and family live.  Coach O will be the head coach for the boys’ basketball team and will also be the school’s Activities... [More]

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Rotary Club Honors Area Graduates

The Rotary Club of Sharon Springs wanted to do something special to honor the graduating classes of 2020.  Peggy Fischer donated her time to snap photos of the grads in their caps and gowns.  Congratulations Wallace County High School and Weskan High School graduates!... [More]

Cascade Investment Group Joins ECB Family

Eastern Colorado Bank (ECB) is excited to announce that Cascade Investment Group, Inc. has joined the ECB family. Our partnership with Cascade Investment Group, Inc. allows ECB to offer a full menu of financial services to our customers.   ECB CEO Greg Weed searched for... [More]

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Pete Henry Foundation Scholarship Recipients Announced

The Pete Henry Scholarship was created through the generosity of Pete Henry who was a farmer for many years in the Brewster, Kansas area.  Pete had an inquiring mind and knew the value of hard work, thrift and good management. He was born in 1910 and raised on a farm near... [More]

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How does your garden grow? - Kansas State Flower

In 1903 the wild sunflower became the official state flower of Kansas.  This was less than a decade after lawmakers had unsuccessfully called for the eradication of this “noxious weed.” In their legislation, lawmakers praised the sunflower as a symbol of the... [More]

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Weskan Schools Library Receives Donation

The Weskan School received a $500 donation from the Midwest Energy Community Fund Spring disbursement.  These funds will be used to purchase new library books.  U.S.D #242 was one of over 600 organizations that submitted applications for the awards. The Midwest Energy... [More]

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - May 28, 2020

Although it was a very different year, the Wallace Community still managed to honor the sacrifices of our military on Memorial Day 2020.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions that are still in place, a “Do-It-Yourself” observance was held in the morning at the cemetery,... [More]

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Bugle Notes - May 7, 2020

The Museum has been missing its visitors, but things are still happening on the grounds! A long-time need has been addressed by some of our hard-working volunteers, combined with the generosity of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation through the Wallace County Foundation. Over the past... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Apr 2, 2020

The Fort Wallace Museum continues to be closed to visitors until April 6th, when the Board will re-evaluate opening hours once more. We do have staff putting in hours at the Museum on most days, so do feel free to give us a call at 785.891.3564 to ask a question or leave a message. ... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 19, 2020

This past weekend, the Guardians of Fort Wallace Museum’s Fundraiser Banquet was compelled to greatly scale back their planned events, due to weather. as well as health concerns. The “Harvesting the Plains” History Symposium went on with a very limited audience.... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Mar 12, 2020

The Museum will host a Nex-Gen high school or college intern (age 16 and up) for the summer of 2020! The application process for this internship is open through March 15! We would love to have you on our team and help develop Museum interpretation, while making a good wage and... [More]

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Bugle Notes - History Symposium on March 14

The Guardians of the Fort Wallace Museum are gearing up for a wonderful day of events on Saturday, March 14!  The day opens with a history symposium, with speakers from Arizona, Texas, and Kansas, and ends with a gala fundraiser banquet in honor of Capt. Myles Keogh of the... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Upcoming Events

Wallace, Kansas….The Fort Wallace Museum continues its great tradition of exploring history with a twist of fun with a full day of activities on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The public is invited to enjoy the day’s historical Symposium and the evening’s fundraiser... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Henry B. Crawford presentation

Henry B. Crawford of Lubbock, Texas, will be the D. K. Clark lecturer at the Harvesting the Plains Symposium at the Fort Wallace Museum on Saturday, March 14. His presentation, "Buffalo Hunting--A Hands-On History: Materials, Methods, and Mooar" will be the third since the series... [More]

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