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Self-Compassion: Out With the Old, In With the New

By Malinda Lehnert, ALMFT, Chapin & Russell Associates Neurotherapy Institute of Central Illinois I didn’t finish all of my tasks today… I’m a failure.” Something negative like this thought can be all too common for some of us. Self-criticism can often be an automatic reaction to a negative situation, perceived mistake, or embarrassing moment. While […]

The Financial Impacts of Divorce or Becoming a Widow

Submitted by Tim Whisler, CRPC®, CLTC®, Certified Financial Fiduciary®, President of The Whisler Agency, Morton IL. As we know, life happens without our permission all the time. Unfortunately, these life events can be expensive when there is no plan. Because we do not know when the journey of life will take us down a different […]

The Avenue of Communication

By Alexander Germanis No matter where one goes or lives in this world, the ability to communicate and connect with one another is paramount. We may think of connection or communication in terms of cell phones, the Internet, computers, and smart devices, but the basis of communication is and has always been our ability to […]


What Is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that causes damage in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the arms and legs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. MS is thought to be an immune-mediated disease […]

March Isn’t Just About Basketball. It’s Also Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Submitted by Springfield Clinic Peoria Spreading awareness about the importance of regular screenings for colorectal cancer is critical for the wellbeing of everyone. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer type worldwide. In 2020, almost two million cases were diagnosed. It is the second leading cause of cancer death with almost one million deaths […]

Tips to Make the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointment

  By George Gilbert, M.D., Solvera Health We know your time is valuable and living your best life is important. That’s why I want to make sure every patient gets the most out of each appointment with their primary care provider (PCP). Your PCP could be a physician (MD or DO), nurse practitioner (NP), physician […]

Severe Weather Preparedness

By Jason Marks, Director, Peoria County Emergency Management Agency and Preparedness Every year in the United States, hundreds of people are killed, and thousands are injured due to severe weather. Dangerous weather can happen at any time of the year and can take many forms ranging from violent spring tornadoes to crippling winter snow and […]

Hemophilia Treatment: A Breakthrough With Gene Therapy

Since 2010, the Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Institute (BCDI) has been serving patients of downstate Illinois. Located at the corner of Northmoor Road and Knoxville Avenue in Peoria, IL, BCDI is the only nonprofit, federally funded Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC) of Excellence in the state of Illinois outside of Chicago. Among many accolades, BCDI is […]

Dental Health It’s More Than Just Teeth

By Dr. Susan Bordenave Bishop, D.M.D, Director of Dental Services, Peoria City/County Health Department February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. During this time, dentists in Peoria and across the United States bring awareness to dental and oral healthcare for children. Neglecting dental care can lead to health concerns which can start at an early […]