Wednesday, September 28, 2016

From Amador Public Health: West Nile Virus in Amador County

Amador County Public Health confirms one human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Amador County. Outbreaks of WNV occur each summer in the United States and are most commonly transmitted to humans and animals through a mosquito bite from a mosquito harboring the virus. Public Health officials remind the community to take preventative measures to avoid mosquito-borne disease.

Post Date: 09/28/2016 4:12 PM
West Nile Virus in Amador County

Sutter Creek, CA – Amador County Public Health confirms one human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Amador County. Outbreaks of WNV occur each summer in the United States and are most commonly transmitted to humans and animals through a mosquito bite from a mosquito harboring the virus. Public Health officials remind the community to take preventative measures to avoid mosquito-borne disease.
“The appearance of West Nile Virus in Amador County is not a surprise,” said Dr. Rita Kerr, Amador County Health Officer. “WNV has been detected in California and surrounding counties in the past few months. It is important that people be aware there are measures they can take to minimize exposure to mosquitos and reduce the chance of becoming infected.”
Prevent mosquito bites by practicing the “Three D’s”:
  1. DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you.
  2. DAWN AND DUSK – Mosquitoes that carry WNV bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear repellent at this time. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes.
  3. DRAIN – Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old car tires, and rain gutters. Mosquito Dunks are another prevention measure that are dropped in stagnant water, bird baths or ponds and serve to form a barrier to prevent mosquitos from breeding.
“Rainy weather can create new breeding grounds for mosquitoes if water is allowed to pool and remain stagnant,” said State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “Mosquito season in California peaks in October, making it critically important that Californians take action to empty even small amounts of water from our gardens and yards.”
The risk of serious illness to most people is low. However, some individuals -- less than 1 percent -- will develop serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis. People 50 years and older have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop serious symptoms. Those with diabetes and/or hypertension are at greatest risk for serious illness.
To date in 2016, WNV has been detected in 37 California counties. For more information on WNV, visit California’s West Nile virus website:

Monday, September 12, 2016

Free Screening Mammograms in October at Sutter Imaging locations

Sutter Imaging will be providing free mammograms for uninsured women in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month 
Space is limited! Be sure to call ahead to schedule an appointment at one of the specified locations. Mammograms will be starting in October.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Being Well: On Water and Salt Scrubs

Carol Harper - ACN: In our session last week, you mentioned that I need to drink more water. First of all, how could you tell? And secondly, please tell/remind our readers about the importance of hydration.

Brandy- The Wellness Cottage: Most of us need more water - minimum half our body weight in ounces. However, other factors increase your hydration needs, such as medications, coffee consumption, smoking, fitness level and current health status.

Signs of dehydration I observed: 1. Dry skin, 2. There is a certain feel of rigidity in muscles, and 3. Dry sound when I coached you to take a deep breath in through your nose. I also know of some of your daily habits, such as extreme coffee consumption and stress levels that indicate the need for more water.

Scrub that stress right out...
Carol Harper - ACN: I never had a body scrub before, and in one word? Fantastic! You mentioned some of the beneficial elements during the session, could you expound a bit on the benefits of a salt scrub?

Brandy- The Wellness Cottage: Beyond exfoliating dead, dry skin...Body Scrubs made with high quality, high quality organic ingredients nourish and protect the skin and immune system.

Your blend was Epsom Salt, Himalayan Salt, Dead Sea Salt and Brown Sugar with sandalwood powder, plus argan oil, castor oil and evening primrose oil.

The Salts - all well known for reducing inflammation and muscle aches - contain magnesium, known for reducing stress and slowing the aging process in the skin. Magnesium also calms the nervous system and prevents fluid retention. Dead Sea salts contain calcium and potassium, that provides energy to the body and provides balance to skin moisture. They also contain other beneficial minerals, such as zinc, iodine and sulfur.

Brown Sugar is naturally rich in alpha-hydroxide, shown to support healthier, uniformly colored and smoother skin.

Sandlewood Powder is an antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory and has disinfectant properties. The antiseptic quality of sandalwood benefits to treat rashes, acne, blackheads and other skin eruptions. Its germicidal quality inhibits the growth of bacteria. It is also a natural astringent, especially for oily skin and also helps in toning the skin.



Camp Out for Cancer - Saturday, September 10 from 11am to 8pm at the Healing Hands Massage Booth. 30 minute massages for just $25! 100% of the proceeds go to Amador STARS in the fight against cancer!

September Chamber Mixer - Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 pm at the Amador Community College Foundation, 525-6 Hwy 49 in Jackson (between CVS and Cost Less).


For more information about The Wellness Cottage, visit:

NAMI Peer to Peer Classes, every Saturday in October

FREE NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Course—Saturday, October 1 – 29, 2016
One in four families in the U.S. will be touched by a mental disorder each year. Navigating the everyday challenges of living with mental illness is the goal of NAMI Amador’s Peer to Peer educational mental health recovery course.
The free 5-week course will be held on Saturdays, beginning October 1, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Sutter Amador Hospital’s Mountain Room, 200 Mission Blvd. in Jackson.
This program is for individuals living with mental illness and is taught by NAMI state-certified mentors who are well along in recovery. Goals are to provide education about mental illness emotional and practical support, independent problem solving and relapse prevention.
This is the 6th year NAMI Amador has been able to offer the program, so many people have benefited from learning that recovery is possible. The course is taught by two experienced mentors. Every participant receives a workbook with the latest information on mental illness research, treatment and strategies for self-management.
As with all services of NAMI Amador, the course is free to the public. Mental Health Services Act funding is provided by Amador County Behavioral Health Department. All class sessions are confidential.
Each week builds upon the last, offering a variety of tools with which to better understand and manage one’s individual life. Participants must sign up and attend all five sessions. Contact NAMIAmador at 223-1485, X266 to learn more or to leave a message to sign up.

NAMI Amador is Amador County’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and is a
volunteer non-profit public charity serving people with mental illness, their families and other loved
ones. More information is available at,, or by email at