Camino de Santiago: A Scenic Pilgrimage Ancient Trail

A specialist in occupational and preventive medicine, William D. Jones, MD has since 1996, managed his private practice in Oklahoma City, OK. During his medical career, he served as the medical director, Department of Occupational Medicine at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, OK. William D. Jones, MD loves hiking and intends on hiking the Camino de Santiago again when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted in France and Spain.

The Camino de Santiago in Spain is a well-known ancient hiking trail that attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Camino de Santiago in English is known as the Way of St. James. All Camino pilgrimage routes end up at Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain where it is believed the remains of St. James were discovered in the ninth century. In the 10th, 11th, 12th centuries, the pilgrimage was widely visited before becoming popular again in the recent years. The Camino Francés (the French Way) is the most popular trail because of its diverse scenery and good infrastructure. The route begins from St. Jean Pied-du-Port in France and passes through Burgos, Pamplona, Leon and numerous smaller towns and villages. The entire route is about 500 miles long.

While some people visit Camino de Santiago for spiritual purposes, others do it recreationally. Receiving more than 100,000 visitors annually, the adventure attracts people who like walking and cycling. The trail has numerous Spanish historic sites and monuments that enable visitors to interact with a wide variety of cultures, allowing walkers to meet and interact with other people from around the world.

ACOEM Reports on New Framework for Evaluating Workers’ Wellness


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American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Since 1994, William D. Jones, MD, has provided occupational and preventive care in Oklahoma City, OK. The secretary and treasurer of the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, William D. Jones, MD, of OK belongs to the organization’s national counterpart, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The July 2018 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reported on a new framework for evaluating the overall well-being of workers. Developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the framework examines the work and personal life factors that create a holistic understanding of the aspects that contribute to employees’ well-being. In addition, it assesses the effects of workers’ subjective experiences and observable aspects of the external environment.

The framework covers five distinct domains:

1. Physical environment and workplace safety climate.
2. Company policies, programs, and practices that may affect workers’ wellness.
3. Contributing factors to workers’ mental and physical health status.
4. Workplace evaluation and experiences that influence the quality of work life.
5. Home, community, and society as influential factors outside of the workplace.

Tips for Summer Lawn Care

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Summer Lawn Care

William D. Jones, MD, serves as an independent occupational and preventive care specialist in Oklahoma City, OK. In his free time, William D. Jones, MD, enjoys maintaining the lawn of his Oklahoma (OK) home.

During the summer months, heat and dry conditions can combine with overuse to threaten the health of a lawn. Regular watering is one of the most effective actions a homeowner can take to keep his or her lawn healthy, though this must happen consistently. A rain guage can help the owner to ensure that the lawn receives an inch or more of water per week, though it is important that delivery of this moisture occur at regular intervals and early enough in the day that it does not evaporate in the heat.

A lawn does need mowing as it continues to grow, though the homeowner should take care not to cut it too short. Tall grasses more effectively absorb sunlight and maintain healthy moisture levels in the hot summer days. When mowing does become necessary, the blades should be at the mower’s highest setting, and clippings should be distributed across the grass as a natural fertilizer.

Homeowners should remove leaves and other debris from the lawn, however, as they can damage the soil. Areas of the lawn that seem damaged may respond to seeding, though doing so too often can do more harm than good. Watering a browned area of the lawn is also inadvisable, as it is unlikely to be effective, though these areas often heal themselves as the weather becomes cooler.

Irish Setter Club Guidelines and Principles

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Irish Setter

William D. Jones, MD, has maintained a private practice in OK since 1994. Outside of the office, he pursues a diverse range of interests that includes Irish Setters. William D. Jones, MD, serves as the dog-show secretary of the Irish Setter Club of Central OK, a member club of the Irish Setter Club of America.

Irish Setter Club of America members and members clubs must comply with several principles set forth by the club. They must take good care of their dogs as well as those entrusted to their care, maintaining high standards of cleanliness and health. Members must also learn about the breed and use the information they learn to breed healthy, well-tempered animals. Members who participate in breeding activities and sell animals must provide accurate written records of the health and pedigree of all dogs.

As part of their duty to the overall health of the breed, members should avoid selling to wholesalers, research laboratories, or retailers. They should also take precautions to prevent animals likely to pass on hereditary defects from breeding.

Characteristics of Irish Setters

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Irish Setter

Throughout his career as a self-employed physician in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, has established himself as a dedicated occupational and preventive medicine specialist. Aside from his work in medicine, William D. Jones, MD, serves as the dog show secretary for the Irish Setter Club of OK.

Easily recognized by its silky red coat and long ears, the Irish setter is a truly unique breed. Irish setters have fun-loving, playful personalities that lend themselves to an extremely affectionate temperament. As puppies, Irish setters are highly intelligent and independent, albeit somewhat mischievous. A notably slow-maturing breed, Irish setters remain puppies for much longer than most breeds. However, they housetrain extremely quickly and are receptive to training.

As adults, Irish setters are naturally clean and enjoy being with people as much as possible. Not necessarily aggressive as a breed, Irish setters are large, high-energy animals enjoy greeting people enthusiastically and require ample exercise. Originally bred for hunting, Irish setters have a tendency to wander, following their noses long distances. Thus, they require a well-fenced yard for exercise.