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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...
Q: Should I be taking calcium pills for my bones? Last fall, my 75-year-old next-door neighbor fell down the stairs that lead upward to her front door. Her left ankle shattered into tiny pieces that had to be painstakingly fitted back together during a grueling 5-hour surgery. After years of taking...
The headline is in green ink because the topic is about making money. Readers of this Wenatchee Business Journal for the last 35 years understand that. Always searching for clues, hints, seminars, online education and services, whatever it takes to keep one’s nose above water, especially in this...
When May arrives every year, I think of my mother. Although Mother’s Day is indeed in mid-May, May is also National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. For the last 10  years of her life, my mother suffered greatly from complications of osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is a condition where...
Q: My neighbor swears by cod liver oil and says I should try it. Could it improve my health? Taking cod liver oil may help if you are deficient in vitamin A or vitamin D because it is an excellent source of these two fat-soluble vitamins. According to the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), the...
Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, I still wear a surgical mask every minute while at work, putting it on as I step out of my car into our clinic parking lot, and wearing it until opening my car door again to head home. At my clinic we are expected to keep our masks on unless we are eating,...
Society has lost integrity from many different points of view and, yes, I am concerned. There are numerous examples of disrespect of our own history, our beliefs, our ancestors, our own patriotic notions. Is this what we really want for our lives and that of our kids and their kids? The...
Q:  When my allergies kick up, my antihistamine helps my sneezing and stuffy nose, but my eyes still feel “itchy”. What else can I do?  Years ago, I bought my “dream” car, a classic jet-black 1985 Jeep CJ7 hardtop. I can still remember that Saturday afternoon in August when my husband...
Q: Can green tea help lower my blood sugar? I was diagnosed with diabetes last month. My sister recommended drinking green tea.  Green tea contains antioxidants. Drinking at least 3-5 cups of green tea daily has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, endometrial cancer, and...

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