Fresh, Clean Winter Air

Just as wildfires pollute the air in summer, wood stoves have a huge effect on air quality and health during the winter months. Wood smoke contains a complex mixture of gases and microscopic particles which can get into your eyes and respiratory system causing health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose and illnesses like […]

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Should e-cigarettes be included in Clean Indoor Air Laws? Yes, please.

Do you think e-cigarettes aren’t dangerous? Think again. The Surgeon General has found that the aerosol released by e-cigarettes contains nicotine and ultra fine particles that can be toxic, cause cancer, and lead to heart disease. In other words, e-cigarettes can be damaging not just to yourself, but to others as well. This is a […]

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Domestic (Private) Water Testing

Have you had your well water tested lately? It is recommended that you test your private water on an annual basis, looking for total coliform bacteria and nitrates. A more comprehensive test to categorize your overall water quality, including parameters such as pH and hardness along with specific conductivity and metals (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, […]

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Working Upstream

In 1854, London faced an outbreak of cholera. Dr. John Snow, believing the disease was transmitted through the mouth began investigating the cause of the outbreak, which included plotting the infected area on a map. The results led him to a water pump he suspected was the source of the outbreak. Dr. Snow had the […]

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Don’t Get Ticked.

Warm weather has hit and summer fun is on the way. However, there is one little nuisance that requires careful attention to avoid hindering your outdoor adventures. It’s called a tick, and even though we’ve all heard of them, you may not realize the dangers of a bite- or that biting you is crucial for […]

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Time for a Spring Clean!

April 21, 2016 | Healthy Homes

It’s here, sun and snow– which in Montana, we call spring. While most people think of spring cleaning in terms of their home it’s just as important, if not more so, to take care of your outdoor environment. There are three important areas to focus on, well water testing, dog poop cleanup and rodent droppings […]

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Backyard Chicken Farming

Free range eggs, gathered in your own yard are definitely worth the effort it takes to raise them. One taste of those rich golden yolks and you’ll be hooked. There are however, some important precautions to remember. You may think Salmonella comes only from food, but the reality is, it’s a germ that naturally lives […]

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Safe Kids Day

On April 26th, 2015, communities across the United States will celebrate Safe Kids Day, a day to celebrate kids, prevent injuries, and saves lives. When it comes to safety for your children, you know the basics: buckle up, wear a helmet, learn to swim, look both ways. Here are some lesser-known tips to make your family […]

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National Public Health Week

Did you know that the U.S. currently spends MORE but gets LESS when it comes to health care than any other industrialized nation? This is the defining challenge of our generation, but also a challenge that the public health community is uniquely positioned to overcome! During National Public Health Week 2015, the public health community […]

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month in order to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. This April, NCADD is highlighting the important public health issue of underage drinking, a problem with […]

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