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Elizabeth's Blog: Meet the medical correspondent

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With my first week as WAFB's medical correspondent successfully behind me, I thought now would be an appropriate time to introduce myself.

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Vowell, and I am not a medical professional. I just play one on TV.

However, I am a researcher with a personal history that lends itself to medical curiosities. It is with those skills, that I hope to bring to you, the viewer, a practical look in to the complex and ever expanding world of health. I also hope to show you that "health" goes far beyond a doctor's visit.  But, more on that later.

First, let me share with you some of my background. I am the daughter of a small town, independent pharmacist. My father owns a small store in rural Mississippi, that in many ways is as much of a clinic as it is a place to have prescriptions filled. My mother was a medical technologist with an uncanny knack for explaining chemical processes and biology in a way that even her youngest child could understand. 

Thus was the environment in which I grew. Growing up I was allowed to help out with small tasks around my father's store, all the while with him explaining the intricacies of is job like why magnesium helps to ease muscle cramps, and just how an antihistamine helps the body to cope with allergies. At home, my mother would sprinkle in lessons on how germs cultivated and spread, and how chemistry is involved in everything from cooking to soothing burns.

Why, then, I became a reporter instead of a pharmacist or doctor in this environment, is yet to be explained. Perhaps, it is because I enjoy sharing these lessons, as much as I do learning about them.

I hope that my time with Healthline will show people how to be healthy.  However, this is easier said than done I'm afraid.  In my humble opinion, it is impossible to create a universal standard of "healthy," because healthy living is more than getting your regular checkups, exercising and eating well. (Although, that is a big part of it.)

Ask anyone around you, what is being healthy? You will get a million different answers. One of my dearest friends of the hippie persuasion will tell you that being healthy is being happy, going with the flow and turning to nature's remedies when you are ill.  A personal trainer I once worked with will tell you that being healthy is keeping your body physically fit, limiting your stress and never eating bacon. I agree with points in both views. 

I believe that a person is healthy when he or she feels physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually sound. The challenge is finding at what point you reach this, and the best way for you to do so. For some, it may be a size 8, a yoga class and the occasionally indulgence of red velvet cake. For others it may be a daily run and a regular venting session with a trusted counselor or friend. In every case, it requires the guidance and help of trained medical professionals and their counterparts. 

I hope to bring to you interesting information and advice on all sides of health from the best sources in Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas (and believe me, there are many!), helping you to reach your healthy state.

I am open to any ideas or comments you have to share. My email address is Evowell@wafb.com.  You can also find me on Facebook at Elizabeth Vowell WAFB and on Twitter at @ElizabethWAFB

Here's wishing everyone a happy and healthy new start!  

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