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After two days of work digging a trench on our property, my husband Charlie’s feet ached. He called out from our bathroom, “I’m going to soak my feet. Where is the Epsom Salt?” Epsom Salt is another name for magnesium sulfate. In 1675, Dr. Nehemiah Grew obtained magnesium sulfate crystals from...
Dear Community,  It now has been a year since Owner and Publisher Bill Forhan passed away. Though we had a beautiful memorial service last December, the snow was just too much for very many to travel. My family and I still received many cards, donations, and love from you all. Since it is now...
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 compounds called free radicals. We produce free radicals in our bodies during specific cell processes. Free...
On November 16, The Senate passed historic legislation codifying same-sex marriage into federal law. Spooked by the fall of Roe, this bi-partisan effort enshrines and protects homosexual marriage from the “baddies” of the Conservatives in SCOTUS and makes same-sex marriages an albeit permanent...
A few weeks ago, I had written an article about how Christianity should influence our politics and I quoted George Washington. Mistakenly, I had quoted our dear beloved 1st President as saying, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation with God and the Bible.” The actual quote should read thus...
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 never seen this particular combination of flavors in any cookbook. It’s super easy to make, with only 5...
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 showed me his left arm, which two weeks later was still open, and oozing a clear fluid. “I clean it with...
During radiation treatments for cancer, nearly 8 out of 10 people will develop some form of skin irritation called “radiation dermatitis." Radiation can cause redness and warmth, much like having a mild rash. Your skin may become more sensitive to touch and feel "tight." This can progress to...
Q: 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 post-menopausal women. These symptoms also commonly affect women taking anti-estrogen medicines for breast cancer. Without...
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 shower of sweat gushed down my neck and back. In less than 5 seconds, I was soaking wet! Can...

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