Columnists

Last week I removed ANOTHER tick from Bonnie, our 6-month-old Scottie. Bonnie LOVES to run through the grass and burrow into bushes, where ticks like to lurk. In the Pacific Northwest, 3 species of ticks can transmit disease. A bite from a Brown Dog Tick or Rocky Mountain Wood Tick can transmit...
Q: My nose runs, and my eyes itch every summer from my allergies. I used to take Allegra®, but it doesn't seem to work anymore. What other antihistamine should I try? Antihistamines are designed to prevent and relieve allergy symptoms by keeping a compound called histamine locked up in special...
Q:  I have a heat rash from the hot weather we’ve been having recently. What’s the best way to get rid of it? Donna developed redness and itching in her groin area during a recent heatwave. She first tried applying Gold Bond powder to her red, itchy skin, but it didn't seem to help. Next, she...
After a short hospital stay for a bleeding ulcer, 78-year-old Mabel became anemic. She was discharged home on medicine to heal her ulcer, plus an iron supplement. Despite taking iron for 3 months, Mabel’s blood tests showed she was still low in iron. When I asked her which iron supplement she was...
Last month I traveled to Bellingham to help one of my sisters who needed hip replacement surgery. Most of the 4-hour drive was on an interstate highway. The final 20 miles weren't. Instead, the narrow road wound back and forth simultaneously as it rose and dipped. Roads like these always triggered...
Could it have been was something I ate while trying to use up the food in my refrigerator before leaving for my long-awaited vacation to Italy? Did I come down with a 24-hour stomach bug? Whichever it was, I was attacked by diarrhea while driving to the airport! After several frantic restroom...
Q:  Are there medicines that I shouldn’t take? How can I avoid taking them? You should definitely stay away from any medicines you’re allergic to or that have caused you problems in the past. For example, if you are allergic to penicillin, taking amoxicillin (a type of penicillin) would be a very...
Last week, one of my subscribers asked me, “What is the best sugar substitute to use since I am a diabetic?”  Unfortunately, the answer to that is not very clear. There are two types of sweeteners: caloric sweeteners (CS) and non-caloric sweeteners (NCS). The five most common caloric...
Q: My doctor says I need to take a calcium supplement. Which one is the best and how much of it do I need to take? Your muscles, nerves and blood vessels depend on calcium to work properly. If there is not enough calcium in your blood for your muscles and nerves, your body will grab calcium...
Over 40% of American adults are deficient in vitamin D. Are you? You are more likely to be lacking vitamin D if you are elderly, have dark skin, are homebound, or live in an institution like a nursing home. And if you are deficient in vitamin D, you are more likely to become seriously ill with...

User menu

NCW Media Newspapers