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Who put the Epsom in Epsom Salt?

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 …

A Note from the Publisher

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 …

“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 …

(Dis)Respect for Marriage

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 …

Retraction and more.

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, …

Super easy autumn casserole

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 …

7 steps to helping senior skin heal

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 …

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 …

How to relieve vaginal dryness

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 …

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 …

In Remembrance

Queen Elizabeth died on September 8, 2022. As the longest reigning British monarch, her passing leaves a massive void in the United Kingdom and that of the entire world. The Queen represented the …

Last month, I needed to make a dessert for a potluck. I had recently purchased an entire box of locally grown peaches from a lady who goes to our church. The fresh fruit was marvelous, but I needed …

Ear wax - 5 tips to combat it

Q: Which ear drops remove ear wax best? Some people (like yours truly) are enthusiastic earwax producers and ask themselves this question frequently. The medical name for earwax is cerumen, …

Q:           Can I get a COVID-19 and flu vaccine simultaneously? Yes, with two exceptions. The nasal spray vaccine Flumist® contains live …

Forgiven of Debt

With the recent news of student loans being forgiven up to $10,000, some are not rejoicing. Their reasons include that this will further destroy our economy, unfair to those who paid off their …

You are not alone if you suspect your medicine is upsetting your stomach. As a pharmacist, I hear this complaint the most: "These pills are making me sick!” In fact, the most common side …

Most consumers assume homeopathic products are “natural” and cannot be harmful, but this is not always true. Homeopathy comes from the Greek word homoios, which means …

Q: When one of my medicines became available as a generic, my insurance plan forced me to switch. Ever since I haven’t felt the same. My doctor insists that it is the exact same medicine, but …

Lactose Intolerance

My stomach gets upset after I eat meals, sometimes with cramping and diarrhea. When I stopped drinking milk and eating dairy products, I got better. I’ve drank milk all my life without any …

Pastor Smith: Do you see God?

“The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaim his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1). Recently, images from the James Webb telescope have been retrieved, which are …

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