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Q: I started having stomach upset and diarrhea, especially after eating meals. When my doctor suggested I stop drinking milk or eating any dairy products, I did, which completely fixed it. This is puzzling because I've drunk milk all my life without any trouble. What’s going on? Most dairy products...
Q: I finally had my hip replaced last week. My surgeon recommended taking a stool softener for a couple of weeks to prevent constipation. Is that the same as a laxative? Many surgeons advise their patients to take a stool softener, expecting it to help you avoid the discomfort of constipation....
My heart breaks for the situation that is unfolding in Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands of people are suffering and will continue to suffer under the Taliban regime. Although, I agree with most, that having an indefinite presence in the region is not what is best for America and that we should...
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend church in Cottonwood, California. As my family and I walked into this small rural church, we were greeted by the pastor who had a mop in his hand and was in the process of cleaning up a mess on the bathroom floor. The church service was small,...
This summer, many families are planning and attending events that had been postponed due to COVID-19. People are traveling to family reunions, graduations, weddings and celebrations of life. Visiting grandma and grandpa is no longer limited to video calls or socially distanced interactions. When...
Yesterday morning I woke up feeling under the weather. Stuffy nose? Check. Runny nose? Check. Sinus pressure? Check. Sneezing? Check. I’m allergic to ragweed, and although it isn't yet August, ragweed is already blooming with our hot summer weather. I have allergic rhinitis, which is inflammation...

Keith Goehner
Redistricting Every 10 years after the federal government has compiled their census information, Washington state redraws the boundaries of our legislative and congressional districts to reflect our state's changing populations to ensure each district represents an equal number of residents. The...
Last week I removed another tick from Bonnie, our 6-month-old Scottie. Bonnie loves to run through the grass and burrow into bushes, where ticks like to lurk. In the Pacific Northwest, 3 species of ticks can transmit disease. A bite from a Brown Dog Tick or Rocky Mountain Wood Tick can transmit...
Q: My nose runs, and my eyes itch every summer from my allergies. I used to take Allegra®, but it doesn't seem to work anymore. What other antihistamine should I try? Antihistamines are designed to prevent and relieve allergy symptoms by keeping a compound called histamine locked up in special...
Apparently, anything a female can do a male can do better. Case in point: the newly crowned Miss Nevada USA is a biological male and will compete in the upcoming Miss USA pageant this fall. This one of many examples within our society today, of men earning titles and smashing records within women’s...

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