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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 Jenny, Grandma’s little orange snow blower, I got chilled. I know it’s important to get off that seat when it’s freezing,...
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, dextromethorphan (DM), the same active ingredient as in Robitussin DM®. Unlike Robitussin, each concentrated dose of Delsym® lasts...
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 want to be anxious; I’ve done my best to prepare for winter; but I’m not at Hubby’s side. I’m not sure if...
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 antiviral agents can reduce the length and severity of symptoms of your viral infection. However, these...
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 in only two options: green or red liquid. Each version had precisely the same ingredients: green NyQuil® was the original flavor, and the...
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, decide which symptoms you hope to improve. Answer the question, "If this really helped you, how would you know?"...
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 try non-drug options first. In addition to eating a healthier diet and exercising more, are there any supplements I...
Last fall, 80-year-old Joyce had her cholesterol levels checked. When her lab results came back, there was good news mixed with some bad. Her “good” cholesterol (HDL) was excellent, but her “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and her total cholesterol were both too high. Her family physician recommended she...
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 responded very well to the medications they are giving her to suppress it. The only issue is her "bad"...
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...

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