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What's in a B-complex vitamin?

Q:    How many B vitamins make up a B-complex vitamin? Some B-complex products contain 4 different B vitamins, like B1, B2, B3, and B6, while others also include B-12. There is no …

Directionally Challenged

When I was a kid, we’d head off into the woods alone. Being as I’m ‘directionally challenged’ the folks got me a dog figuring he’d lead me home when I got lost. …

Advertising of Drugs and Supplements

Avid football fans and advertisers look forward to the Super Bowl football game, held every year in February. This weekend, the American Football Conference’s Kansas City Chiefs square off …

Good Air

It’s cold outside; the doors and windows are shut tight; we’re inside keeping warm day and night; the air we breathe gets stale; I woke up with a scratchy throat.  Setting on …

Need relief of coughs, colds, and flu?

Flu season is in full swing. Here are my favorite products for relief of coughs, colds, and flu:  1. Delsym® for relief of cough. Delsym® contains a single ingredient, …

Michelle’s Kitchen Table Strategies - Cold Feet

Staying with Grandma and Grandpa in the Upper Valley, we get snow. Sonny and I woke up to another seven inches. It was cold and quiet. In the stillness everything came to a halt for me; I don’t …

Q: Should I contact my doctor for an antiviral medication? That can depend on which virus you are trying to protect against and how long you have had the viral illness. Several prescription-only …

How to choose an effective decongestant

Last week, my husband came home, complaining, “I can’t find Nyquil® at the grocery store! I’m almost out; what will I use if I get the flu?” Nyquil® used to come …

Helpful tips from 2022

SUPPLEMENTS: Although supplements can be helpful, many people end up wasting their hard-earned money. Here's how to determine if taking a particular supplement is helping you: First, …

Last week, 61-year-old Richard asked me, “Are there any non-drug options I can try to lower my “bad” cholesterol? My doctor wants to start me on a statin medication, but I want to …

Follow these 5 tips to declutter, organize your home in the new year

The start of the New Year is always an exciting time filled with resolutions to live healthier and happier for the next 12 months. One surefire way to do that is cleaning up and decluttering your …

Phytosterols lower your cholesterol

Last fall, 80-year-old Joyce had her cholesterol levels checked. When her lab results came back, there was good news mixed with some bad. Her “good” cholesterol (HDL) was excellent, but …

2022 has not been good for Joyce, a dear friend of mine. She turned 80 years old and two weeks later was informed that her breast cancer had returned and spread to her bones. Luckily, she has …

Sally, a 75-year-old, asked me this question last week. Good question. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that works as a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants can protect cells from dangerous …

Super easy autumn casserole

Super easy autumn casserole With the time change upon us, the holidays are nearly here. I want to share with you one of my very favorite recipes. I started making it over 25 years ago and have …

7 steps to helping senior skin heal

Two weeks ago, 86-year-old Jim tumbled down his front porch steps. He caught himself before he hit his head but scraped a 3-inch gouge out of his left forearm. When I asked how he was doing, he …

Q: I’m starting radiation treatments soon for breast cancer. How can I keep my skin from being burned? During radiation treatments for cancer, nearly 8 out of 10 people will develop some …

How to relieve vaginal dryness

Since menopause, I've noticed dryness and itching “down there.” Is there anything besides hormone pills that can help? Vaginal dryness and discomfort affect over 75% of …

Years ago, while speaking to 120 pharmacy students in an auditorium in Pullman, Washington, I had my first hot flash. I noticed my scalp suddenly feeling hot and prickly. Two heartbeats later, a …

Last month, I needed to make a dessert for a potluck. I had recently purchased an entire box of locally grown peaches from a lady who goes to our church. The fresh fruit was marvelous, but I needed …

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