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Tips for Going Gluten Free


Many products on the store shelves today carry the words “gluten free” on them. But just what does that mean, and why is it there? The label means plenty!  But in a nutshell, it means avoiding wheat, spelt, barley and rye, and a variety of other grain-based ingredients. Gluten-free foods are being sought out by many people, including the over 3 million people who have celiac disease, as well as millions more who have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity. The good news it that while it may seem like going gluten free is a daunting task, it is actually isn’t all that difficult!

5 Things You May Not Know About Acupuncture

Each year, millions of people in America use acupuncture, a traditional Chinese approach to improving health. While acupuncture has been used in China for over 2,000 years, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it has become increasingly popular in America over the past few decades. Still, many people are not familiar with what it is and what it can be used for.

“Acupuncture is an effective way to treat many different ailments that people experience,” explains Dr. Gary Kaplan, founder of The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine (www.kaplanclinic.com), located in McLean, VA.  “While some people may be skeptical at first, they end up as fans, after they try acupuncture and see how it helps improve their health and well being.”

Medication Turn-In Event

Medication Turn-In Event

December 11, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Frederick Police Department in partnership with Whitesell’s Pharmacy, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Frederick Towne Mall, will be hosting a “Medication Turn-In” event on Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This event will be held in the southeast parking lot of the Frederick Towne Mall (near Carrabba’s Italian Grill)

During the “Medication Turn-In” event on December 11th, citizens are encouraged to drop off unused and expired medications.  Medications will be placed in a secure container by a police officer.  Those who are concerned about privacy should remove all personally identifiable information from medicine bottles or containers.

Md. Looks for Cancer Cluster Near Ft. Detrick

The Frederick News-Post reports, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says it's working with Frederick County health officials to investigate a possible cancer cluster near Fort Detrick, where workers dumped industrial chemicals and field-tested Agent Orange decades ago.

DHMH says it hopes to know by late September whether the cancer rate within a mile of Fort Detrick is significantly higher than in other parts of the county or state.

The investigation stems from a former Frederick resident's claim that he found many cancer cases among current and former Fort Detrick neighbors, including his former wife and late daughter.

On Thursday, DHMH and the Maryland Department of the Environment said they have asked the Army to test for the Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange on and around Fort Detrick.