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Ahh… It feels SO GOOD to take off my mask. With COVID, I wear mine at least 8 hours every day. Putting it on as I cross the parking lot to the clinic to start work, I only take it off for lunch or short breaks. To protect my family, patients, and co-workers, I always wear a mask whenever I step...
The Coronavirus pandemic may be the perfect time for the United States to embark on a long overdue reform of the education system, both public and private. It is simply because this is the first time in modern history, even predating the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 100 years ago, that the country...
Q: Every summer, my nose runs, and my eyes itch from my allergies. Claritin® has worked for me in the past, but this year is different. I tried Allegra®, but it’s not helping, either. What other antihistamine could I try? Antihistamines work by keeping histamine locked away inside your body....
The Radical Left Has Always Been Violent. When thinking about and discussing the Seattle situation in an honest way, we are not talking about Mahatma Ghandi or Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our situation is more akin to the Black Panthers, SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) and the...
Keith, an 86-year old retired basketball coach, and PE teacher, limped down our clinic hallway last week to see me. “Getting older sure isn’t for sissies,” he answered as I asked him how things were going for him.  “I had my left knee replaced five years ago, and now my right knee is going the...
Q: When my allergies kick up, a nasal spray helps my sneezing and runny nose, but my eyes are still red and itchy. Can an eye drop help me?  Years ago, I bought my dream car, a classic jet-black 1985 Jeep CJ7 hardtop. I can still remember a mid-August Saturday afternoon when my husband...
Q: Should I be taking calcium pills for my bones?  Last fall, my 75-year-old next-door neighbor fell down 3 steps, shattering her left ankle into tiny pieces that were painstakingly put back together during a 5-hour surgery. She has osteoporosis, or thin bones due to years of taking daily...
A year ago this month the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) coordinated a statewide plague response drill to test its network for delivering medicine and supplies to Washington’s 35 health departments and districts. The five-day operation - called T-REX for Transportation Relay...
When May arrives every year, I think of my mother. Although it’s true that Mother's Day is in mid-May, May is also National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. For the last ten years of her life, my mother suffered greatly from complications of osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is a condition...
This is a story about timing – good and not so good. The latter can be said of the April 28 special election for the one-year special levy for Public Hospital District No. 1 for Okanogan and Douglas counties. For those shouldering the hardships and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic that has...

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