FROM THE ARCHIVES

Health articles encourage research, education

By SIERRA J. RUSSELL

Second of a two-part series

Providing effective health care has been a greatly debated topic for decades.

An Aztec Press article from 1975 described health insurance as an “expensive solution and not a total one, but it brings about a certain degree of peace of mind and reassurance.”

Readers were encouraged to visit the public library to research insurance companies by using publications such as Best Insurance Report and Dunnes Insurance Report.

Today, it has become easier to research insurance companies. Both reports can be found online at ambest.com and dunnes.com.

An October 1981 article covered an annual exercise, “Well Aware about Health,” offered to Pima Community College faculty and students.

The program’s aim was to educate people about detecting problems and treating them before they became more serious.

“The hospitals are full of people who are sorry they didn’t do something about health problems sooner,” program coordinator Christine Scharf said.

A 1983 article examined the use of homeopathic alternatives in medicine. Judy Saber from the New Life Health Center outlined several natural remedies that have been used for years.

Research has shown that garlic has an effect on controlling blood pressure and acts as a natural antibiotic, she said. Aloe juice can help to settle a stomach or relieve ulcers in some cases.

Saber also suggested boosting health by replacing foods high in sugar, salt and white flour with raw foods.

“Raw foods are easier to digest,” she said. “They also add enzymes needed for proper digestion, as well as supply us with a greater variety of usable vitamins and minerals.”

A spring health fair held at the West Campus in 1993 covered topics such as prenatal care, sexually transmitted diseases and substance abuse.

“Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to be a maniac about it,” fitness expert Jackie Nichols assured students. “Ride a bike. Go for a walk. Move your arms and legs.”

Nursing students provided blood pressure checks and information on breast self-exams. They also conducted demonstrations on latex mock breasts.

“We need to get past the embarrassment,” nursing instructor Sue Eavy said. “Your partner can be your first line of defense against breast cancer.”

Eavy noted that 95 percent of breast tumors are detected by a woman’s partner.

Other organizations represented at the fair included the Arizona Lung Association, Ask a Nurse, La Frontera and the Arizona Organ and Tissue Bank.

Mary Tindall, a West Campus counselor and the fair coordinator, said the community had come together to help make the fair a success.

“Without health, it’s hard to take advantage of all the opportunities in life,” she said.

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