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An Integrative Approach

Exploring wholistic health care

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Welcome to the second edition of Be Healthy Boise, a twice-yearly health care-focused magazine from Boise Weekly. This time around, we explore the theme of integrative care.

From BW News Editor George Prentice comes a feature on community-based health care provider Terry Reilly. Odds are, even people new to the Treasure Valley have heard of Terry Reilly, but odds are also good that they don't have a clear picture of the organization—even longtime residents often draw a blank when trying to describe what services Terry Reilly provides and to whom.

As reported in this edition of Be Healthy Boise, the roots of Terry Reilly stretch back to the man himself: A tireless community advocate and Idaho state senator, Reilly, along with his wife, Rosie Delgadillo Reilly, founded a low-cost clinic in their Nampa living room to offer health care to families and children in rural Canyon and Owyhee counties. In 1972, they recruited physician Bob LeBow to help oversee the now expanded clinic, then located in an old grocery store building.

More than 40 years later, both Reilly and LeBow have passed, but Terry Reilly has become one of the most used, expansive and vital community health care providers in Idaho: from simple check-ups to dental care and mental health services.

In an another exploration of wholistic health care, we present a column by Sun Valley-based Structural Integration practitioner Sonia Sommer, who explains that through a regimen of "self care" practices, we can avoid the costly—financially as well as physically and emotionally—pitfalls of the health care industry.

There's more to this edition of Be Healthy Boise: including a column by BW Best of Boise Best Local Doctor winner Wajeeh Nasser and a look at the rising costs of pet care.

We hope you find the perspectives, stories and topics covered in Be Healthy Boise interesting and useful—and we'll bring you more of the same in our next installment, set to print in February 2015. Until then, be healthy.