Weekly Health Columns

February 15, 2017

U.S. Presidents not the heart healthiest bunch

Malaria, smallpox, tuberculosis, dysentery, diphtheria, and notorious tooth decay are just some of the afflictions George Washington endured. But today, as we look forward to a long weekend to celebrate former presidents, we’re going to take a look at some of those who suffered from heart disease. It’s still Heart Health Month after all. William […]

February 8, 2017

Add love to your heart health regimen

This close to Valentine’s Day you probably don’t want to read another article about how you need to exercise, eat properly, keep your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure under control to ward off heart disease. No, you want to hear about eating dark chocolate and drinking red wine. Okay. But, you need to share […]

February 1, 2017

Cause of congenital heart defects often unknown

A cousin posted a photo on Facebook of a healthy looking, roughly three-year-old boy holding a sign saying that he was about to undergo his third open heart surgery and wanted 1,000 likes. I would have thought he’d want to get well, receive a lot of toys and start a GoFundMe page to pay for […]

January 25, 2017

HIPAA laws protect your privacy up to a point

One hundred years ago last week, according to the archives of Bonner County History Museum, Mrs. A.E. Cherry was in the hospital recovering from surgery, Little Helen Burke was there “very ill with stomach trouble.” Mrs. John Berg was being released after six weeks in hospital during which time her children had recovered from smallpox […]

January 18, 2017

Researchers study urinalysis as a healthy diet indicator

“The recognition of the importance of urine in diagnosis was made over 6,000 years ago by several of the earliest civilizations, and few of their clay tablets have been found that give us some insight into their observations and conclusions,” says the National Institutes of Health’s website. Obviously back then, the methods for analysis weren’t […]

January 11, 2017

January is Thyroid Awareness Month

Michael is one of those young men that you’d describe as a “big strapping lad.” He’s an athlete, he eats a good balanced diet and he’s nice to his sister, who could ask for more? But, for several months, even in the summer time, he complained that he was freezing. And, sometimes he would complain […]

January 4, 2017

Can caffeine protect older women from dementia? Maybe, maybe not

Back in October, I received an email from Providence Medical Group whose headline announced that consuming more caffeine may protect older women from dementia. The article stated that a new study published in the Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences “showed that the risk of developing dementia or cognitive impairment is […]

December 28, 2016

Ten steps to a healthy new you in the New Year

About 45 percent of us will make resolutions this week. And, about 8 percent of us will actually achieve our goals. Such is the information that the University of Scranton published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology a week or so ago. But don’t be down, the up side is that almost half of us […]

December 21, 2016

How to cope with holiday stress

The holiday television commercials show us perfect families, with perfectly decorated houses buying perfectly thoughtful gifts, eating perfectly delicious meals. But, what they show is imperfect. They don’t show those of us who are trying to celebrate without loved ones, or trying to make a dollar out of 99 cents, or squeezing 30 hours of […]

December 14, 2016

Give the gift that proves it’s better to give than receive

Christine’s father had leukemia and needed blood transfusions to prolong his life. Every three months or so, all of us co-workers would trek down to Inland Northwest Blood Center to donate blood. Actually, it was all of us except for Marc who would literally pass out at the thought. According to his doctors Christine’s dad […]

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