Weekly Health Columns

December 7, 2016

Prevention preferred to catching cold

A reader emailed to tell me that he had been to see his insurance agent to discuss his options for his health coverage for the coming year. “During the conversation, my agent wheezed a bit and blew into her hankie. The next morning I awoke with a very sore throat and the worst cold that […]

November 30, 2016

We all have skin in this game

What weighs between six and nine pounds, covers about 18.5 square feet and makes up about 16 percent of your body weight? Of course. It’s your body’s biggest organ. Your skin. “Your skin separates the inside of your body from the outside world. It protects you from bacteria and viruses, and regulates your body temperature,” […]

November 23, 2016

Watch what you’re wearing while out walking

Monday afternoon about 4:30 p.m. my friend and I were driving back to town from Spokane. From Fifth Avenue we turned left onto Lake Street. At Fourth Street a car turned right onto Lake Street with their high beams blaring. On the corner were two pedestrians, both of them wearing really dark clothing. We didn’t […]

November 16, 2016

The smoking gun is a lit cigarette

Here’s something to think about: “More than ten times as many U.S. citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars fought by the United States during its history.” This is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The other things they say are things that we know, […]

November 9, 2016

That little cough may be first sign of COPD

Since it’s COPD Awareness Month I was doing some research and found this interesting statistic: twelve to twenty-four million Americans may have the condition and not know it. How can that be? Doesn’t it have significant debilitating symptoms? It’s the third leading cause of death in the U.S. How can you not know you have […]

November 2, 2016

Overactive bladder: A treatable condition

I found this post on an internet support group, it was written, I assume by a woman, who called herself Mary and said that she suffers from overactive bladder: “I sometimes have problems with leakage after I have gone to the bathroom, and within minutes feel like I have to go again! At other times […]

October 26, 2016

Just about everyone needs a shot in the arm

If you’ve already had your flu shot this season, you’re excused from reading this article today. Go pour yourself another cup of coffee and read the rest of the newspaper, and go ahead, feel smug knowing that all those antigens are running through your veins. Now, for the rest of you, it’s my duty to […]

October 19, 2016

Drop your drugs this Saturday morning

Today’s assignment is to check out your medicine cabinet and determine which of the drugs contained therein are still needed. You can bet on it being be a trip down memory lane. Look, there are the pain meds you took for a back ache five years ago and over here are the ones the dentist […]

October 12, 2016

What do you know about breast cancer?

More than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Today’s quiz is meant to ascertain what you know about the disease. Let’s get started. 1. 80% of all women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. True or false? It’s true. The American Cancer Society says that you are […]

October 5, 2016

who wins in the battle of the analgesics?

If you read this column regularly you know that the focus, for the last couple of weeks, has been on over-the-counter pain medications. And believe me, if you don’t already have a headache, researching all these drugs will give you one. The primary lesson I’ve learned is that taking an occasional pain reliever is probably […]

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