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Penquis-Early Head Start Program

Updated 2 weeks ago

Sandy Leonard from Penquis Child Development Department was in to talk about new slots available for infants and toddlers in the Early Head Start program in the Dover-Foxcroft and Howland area.

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Senior Watch: Stroke Prevention and Recovery Presentation

Updated 2 weeks ago

Sadie Marsh a Community Liaison from Amedisys Home Health and Julie Grover an Admissions Coordinator for Brewer Center for for Health and Rehabilitation were in for this week’s Senior Spotlight to talk about an upcoming Stroke Prevention and Recovery Presentation.

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I Love My Pet: Monday, July 7, 2014

Updated 2 weeks ago

On Monday’s I Love My Pet, meet Max and Benji.

Max and Benji belong to Gail Colangelo of Bangor.

They are best friends and can’t be without each other.

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Consumer Contact

Updated 2 weeks ago

 

Russ Van Arsdale was in on Monday for this week’s Consumer Contact. Russ was speaking with Joy about how different charities can actually be more harm than they are helpful.

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Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast Pt. 4

Updated 3 weeks ago

The annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast was held once again at the Brewer auditorium. Wayne Harvey was reporting live from the auditorium Friday morning, covering the preparation and start of the annual breakfast.

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Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast Pt. 3

Updated 3 weeks ago

The annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast was held once again at the Brewer auditorium. Wayne Harvey was reporting live from the auditorium Friday morning, covering the preparation and start of the annual breakfast.

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Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast Pt. 2

Updated 3 weeks ago

The annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast was held once again at the Brewer auditorium. Wayne Harvey was reporting live from the auditorium Friday morning, covering the preparation and start of the annual breakfast.

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Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast Pt. 1

Updated 3 weeks ago

The annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast was held once again at the Brewer auditorium. Wayne Harvey was reporting live from the auditorium Friday morning, covering the preparation and start of the annual breakfast.

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Gardening with Bob Bangs

Updated 3 weeks ago

To learn more about any of the topics discussed on this gardening segment, visit, windsweptgardens.comIf you have a topic you’d like to see discussed with Bob Bangs, send us an email at wabi@wabi.tv.

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Does this most recent vote in Clifton mean a wind farm will be built on Pisgah Mountain?

Updated 3 weeks ago

Yes     61% (112 Votes)

No       39% (71 Votes)

 

Total: 183 Votes


Senior Spotlight: GPS can Help Save Money on Insurance

Updated 3 weeks ago

 

Kristie Miner from the Westgate Center was in the studio Wednesday for this week’s Senior Spotlight. This week, Kristie was speaking to Wayne about some deals she has found through insurance companies offering discounts for drivers with Alzheimer’s that have GPS systems installed in their vehicles. For more information on these deals, you can check out www.statefarm.com/insurance/auto/discounts/drive-safe-save, or speak to your own insurance provider.

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Do you think the water quality at Maine’s ocean beaches is safe?

Updated 3 weeks ago

Yes      76% (260 Votes)

No        24% (84 Votes)

 

Total: 344 Votes


Healthy Living: A Look at Gluten-Free Diets

Updated 3 weeks ago

ARE GLUTEN-FREE DIETS HEALTHIER FOR YOU?

By: Dr. Joan Marie Pellegrini

People who have celiac disease (CD) cannot eat gluten without it causing damage to their intestines. For an unknown reason, their immune system in the intestinal tract turns on itself when it is exposed to gluten. This disease is rare and affects only 2-3 million Americans according to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. It used to be quite difficult to diagnose because there were no blood tests available. Now that it is easier to diagnose, more physicians and patients are becoming aware of its existence.
One of the problems with diagnosing CD is that the symptoms are similar to other diseases. Bloating, headaches, migraines, joint pains, fatigue, “brain fog”, diarrhea, and anemia can all be very nonspecific symptoms and caused by several other illnesses. People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, other food allergies, bacterial overgrowth, other autoimmune illnesses, and inflammatory bowel syndrome can also have many of these symptoms.
CD is caused by an autoimmune response against gluten which is a group of proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is what gives bread its characteristic texture. In order to treat CD, a patient must maintain a gluten-free diet (GFD) for the rest of their life. Patients who are more likely to develop CD are those with a family history, those with other autoimmune diseases, and diabetics.
When someone has symptoms suggestive of CD, many doctors and patients may simply try a GFD to see if their symptoms improve. However, this is not adequate for making the diagnosis. In order to truly make the diagnosis, a patient must be on a diet containing gluten and then have blood work that confirms the presence of certain antibodies. Once this is done, many patients will then need an endoscopy and multiple small bowel biopsies in order to confirm the diagnosis.
Doctors have known about CD for many years even though it may have been difficult to diagnose. A more recently recognized condition is gluten sensitivity. This is not a true allergy. These patients have the same symptoms but do not have any autoimmune disease that causes damage to the intestinal lining. It is not completely known why they have bloating and diarrhea and why they feel better with less gluten in their diet. Even gluten sensitivity is not that common and is estimated to affect only 18 million Americans.
CD patients almost always have nutritional deficiencies because of chronic malabsorption. However, even with strict adherence to a GFD, they often have problems obtaining enough calories because of limited food options depending on where they live and what they can find in their local grocery store. The good news for patients with CD is that there are now many more options at the market for them. There are breads, pastas, cookies, etc. that are made with rice or oats or other grains that do not contain gluten. Because of this, GFD has become more popular. It has been touted as a “healthier” diet and as a “quick weight loss” diet. A brief Google search revealed many sites even by famous TV doctors recommending GFD as a healthy diet. However, the science does not support this. Processed GFD foods that are available at the market are higher in lipids, trans fats, sugar, salt, and cost. A medical journal called Gut Microbe published a study in 2010 that looked at healthy volunteers (they did not have CD) that were put on a GFD. These study subjects on a GFD had a decrease in the healthy bacteria in their intestines and had an increase in the unhealthy bacteria. They also developed decreased immune function. None of this is good for the person who does not have CD.
Recommendations: if you have symptoms of CD you should discuss this with your doctor and get tested for CD. If you cannot afford to see a doctor, there are direct to consumer tests for CD available on the market but they are not yet approved by the FDA. If you do not have CD you may still have gluten sensitivity. Many patients with irritable bowel syndrome have gluten sensitivity. If you have been diagnosed with CD or gluten sensitivity, you should be referred to a nutritionist that is knowledgeable about GFD so that you do not develop any of the complications of being on a GFD long term. If you do not have CD, remember, there are other conditions which may cause similar symptoms and you will need to continue to work with your doctor to make a diagnosis. If you are just looking to lose weight, avoiding bread may be beneficial because of the extra calories and carbohydrates but you do not need a gluten free diet per se. In fact, there are many better and easier diet plans available to you for weight loss.

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Finance is Fun: Top 5 Reasons We Don’t Save

Updated 3 weeks ago

Marion Syverson, was her for this week’s Finance is Fun, to give us the answer to the question “Why don’t we save when we KNOW that we should?”

Wonky budgets - So we HAVE a budget, but it doesn’t ever really get spent as planned. Things unexpectedly go wrong and need fixing and after facing those challenges a few time, we simply give up and spend as we like. And like a garden once tilled and tidy, once left to nature, the weeds grow worse that other parts of the yard. Meaning we tend to be crazier after we tried to budget than we were at first.

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Pet of the Week: Old Town Animal Orphanage

Updated 3 weeks ago

Bobbie Fowler was in from the Old Town Animal Orphanage with a furry friend for us to meet.

If you are interested in adopting a pet, the orphanage is open Monday through Friday 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Do you think Bangor needs a “Tolerance Day?”

Updated 3 weeks ago

No       80% (292 Votes)

Yes      20% (73 Votes)

 

Total: 365 Votes


I Love My Pet: Monday, June 30, 2014

Updated 3 weeks ago

On Monday’s I Love My Pet we met Zva.

Zva belongs to the Longleys.

She was adopted by the Longleys when she was 2 months old.

Zva contracted an upper respiratory disorder while at the shelter and with her owners and vet care she has lived a happy life.

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Senior Watch: Dirigo Pines Respite Suites

Updated 3 weeks ago

Juanita Taylor the Resident Services Director at Dirigo Pines, was in for this week’s Senior Watch, to tell us about Dirigo Pines new Short-Term Stay Program.

This Short time stay program is overseen by the certified and licensed nursing staff. The program provides individual specialized attention, medication administration, professional care planning, therapeutic assistance, medical director oversight, three meals daily, and pre-admission planning.

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Kitchen Bytes: Coconut “Port”

Updated 3 weeks ago

 

For this weeks Abby’s Kitchen Bytes, Abby Freethy,  showed Wayne how to make a coconut “port,” as he calls it.  If you have any questions for Abby about this segment or you would like to know how to make the dish, you can email her at abby@northwoodsgourmetgirl.com.

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George Hale Talks More about the World Cup

Updated 4 weeks ago

THE WORLD CUP CONTINUES…AND THE U.S. IS STILL ALIVE.

GEORGE HALE TALKS SOCCER:

I USUALLY DON’T DO FOLLOW UPS ON SUBJECTS WE HAVE DISCUSSED BUT TONIGHT I’LL MAKE AN EXCEPTION WITH THE WORLD CUP.

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