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Q: The label on my bottle of thyroid medicine says to take it in the morning on an empty stomach. But sometimes I forget to take it until AFTER I've eaten breakfast. Is it still okay to take it? …

Complementary Proteins

I got interested in combining plant foods to make complete protein right after leaving the work force to become a fulltime mom. Our new baby and a single income forced me to look for ways to feed our …

Taking Sulfa Drugs, Sulfates, and Sulfites

One of my 40-something patients, Katie, called last week. She had been prescribed a new medicine, an inhaler, to help her breathe following severe pneumonia that put her in the hospital. I could hear …

The Grammys: A Satanic Snooze-fest

Does anybody watch the Grammys anymore? For some time now, the Grammys have suffered lackluster viewership. People are no longer interested in award shows, and the average American certainly …

Quick Trip

Last weekend Sonny decided to make the trip to get a stove to heat the building Grandpa is lending us where we are setting up shop. Sonny found a used stove like the one in the old shop at Goldendale …

What's in a B-complex vitamin?

Q:    How many B vitamins make up a B-complex vitamin? Some B-complex products contain 4 different B vitamins, like B1, B2, B3, and B6, while others also include B-12. There is no …

Directionally Challenged

When I was a kid, we’d head off into the woods alone. Being as I’m ‘directionally challenged’ the folks got me a dog figuring he’d lead me home when I got lost. …

Advertising of Drugs and Supplements

Avid football fans and advertisers look forward to the Super Bowl football game, held every year in February. This weekend, the American Football Conference’s Kansas City Chiefs square off …

Good Air

It’s cold outside; the doors and windows are shut tight; we’re inside keeping warm day and night; the air we breathe gets stale; I woke up with a scratchy throat.  Setting on …

Need relief of coughs, colds, and flu?

Flu season is in full swing. Here are my favorite products for relief of coughs, colds, and flu:  1. Delsym® for relief of cough. Delsym® contains a single ingredient, …

Michelle’s Kitchen Table Strategies - Cold Feet

Staying with Grandma and Grandpa in the Upper Valley, we get snow. Sonny and I woke up to another seven inches. It was cold and quiet. In the stillness everything came to a halt for me; I don’t …

God our Help

Millions watched after Damar Hamlin, safety for the Buffalo Bills, collapsed onto the field. The once cheering stadium, in an instant, became hushed, with all eyes focused on the injured player. As …

Q: Should I contact my doctor for an antiviral medication? That can depend on which virus you are trying to protect against and how long you have had the viral illness. Several prescription-only …

The One Resolution for Us All

(As we approach) 2023, many of us set out the new year with resolutions. Resolutions vary from person to person. Some resolve to quit smoking, while others resolve to take more vacations. …

How to choose an effective decongestant

Last week, my husband came home, complaining, “I can’t find Nyquil® at the grocery store! I’m almost out; what will I use if I get the flu?” Nyquil® used to come …

Helpful tips from 2022

SUPPLEMENTS: Although supplements can be helpful, many people end up wasting their hard-earned money. Here's how to determine if taking a particular supplement is helping you: First, …

Last week, 61-year-old Richard asked me, “Are there any non-drug options I can try to lower my “bad” cholesterol? My doctor wants to start me on a statin medication, but I want to …

2022 has not been good for Joyce, a dear friend of mine. She turned 80 years old and two weeks later was informed that her breast cancer had returned and spread to her bones. Luckily, she has …

“How much vitamin E should I be taking?”

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 …

Rainbow Fentanyl: The colors that kill

Just about everyone loves rainbows. They rank among the visual sights of the natural world as some of its most thrilling and photographed. But leave it to the profiteers and predators among us to …

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