Can Essential Oils Help with Seasonal Allergies?

Yes! Essential oils can be a great way to help decrease the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Some of the general symptoms of seasonal allergies include:  Sneezing Wheezing Nasal congestion Coughing Itchy, watery eyes Runny nose Itchy throat Stomachache Itchy skin Hives Fatigue Irritability How Do Essential Oils Work? Read More »
Integrative Medicine · McKennan

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Integrative Medicine and Weight Loss

This article was submitted by Kandace Brands and Becky Hanzen, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches with Avera Medical Group Integrative Medicine.  Weight loss is not an easy journey. There are many factors that come into play when trying to lose weight. Read More »
Integrative Medicine · McKennan

Colonoscopy is ‘a piece of cake’

After having two colonoscopies before age 50, Jay Gravholt will tell you that “it’s no big deal.” “I can’t stress enough how easy it is, and it can save your life.” Gravholt had his first colonoscopy a few years ago after he was having some symptoms that concerned him, and he ended up having three polyps removed. Read More »
Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

Call the Avera Midwives

The PBS show “Call the Midwife” has been airing for a few seasons now, and we midwives at Avera have been asked many times whether our lives resemble the program. For those of you who haven’t seen it, the show — based in 1950s London — follows a group of midwives who ride their bikes to patients’ homes and help them labor and birth. Read More »
Women's Health and Pregnancy · McKennan

Preventing one of America’s deadliest cancers

Colorectal cancer claims 50,000 lives annually in the United States, and nearly 135,000 people are diagnosed with this disease each year. However, screening early and regularly – whether you’re at higher risk or not – enables physicians to find colon cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. Read More »
Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

Swan Songs are a musical ‘last wish’

Photo: Judi Schwerin and Dayna Groskreutz hold a photo of their parents, Bonnie and Gerald. Music is the centerpiece for many life celebrations – even at end of life. A new program through Avera@Home hospice care gives patients and their families a “musical last wish.” Swan Songs creates a private concert for Avera hospice patients, and their family and friends. Read More »
Patient Stories · Avera Health