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Could it have been was something I ate while trying to use up the food in my refrigerator before leaving for my long-awaited vacation to Italy? Did I come down with a 24-hour stomach bug? Whichever it was, I was attacked by diarrhea while driving to the airport! After several frantic restroom...
Q:  Are there medicines that I shouldn’t take? How can I avoid taking them? You should definitely stay away from any medicines you’re allergic to or that have caused you problems in the past. For example, if you are allergic to penicillin, taking amoxicillin (a type of penicillin) would be a very...
Q:  Are there medicines that I shouldn’t take? How can I avoid taking them? You should definitely stay away from any medicines you’re allergic to or that have caused you problems in the past. For example, if you are allergic to penicillin, taking amoxicillin (a type of penicillin) would be a very...
  Last week, one of my subscribers asked me, “What is the best sugar substitute to use since I am a diabetic?”  Unfortunately, the answer to that is not very clear. There are two types of sweeteners: caloric sweeteners (CS) and non-caloric sweeteners (NCS). The five most common caloric...
Q: My doctor says I need to take a calcium supplement. Which one is the best and how much of it do I need to take? Your muscles, nerves and blood vessels depend on calcium to work properly. If there is not enough calcium in your blood for your muscles and nerves, your body will grab calcium...
Over 40% of American adults are deficient in vitamin D. Are you? You are more likely to be lacking vitamin D if you are elderly, have dark skin, are homebound, or live in an institution like a nursing home. And if you are deficient in vitamin D, you are more likely to become seriously ill with...
Q: Should I be taking calcium pills for my bones? Last fall, my 75-year-old next-door neighbor fell down the stairs that lead upward to her front door. Her left ankle shattered into tiny pieces that had to be painstakingly fitted back together during a grueling 5-hour surgery. After years of taking...
The headline is in green ink because the topic is about making money. Readers of this Wenatchee Business Journal for the last 35 years understand that. Always searching for clues, hints, seminars, online education and services, whatever it takes to keep one’s nose above water, especially in this...
When May arrives every year, I think of my mother. Although Mother’s Day is indeed in mid-May, May is also National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. For the last 10  years of her life, my mother suffered greatly from complications of osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is a condition where...
Q: My neighbor swears by cod liver oil and says I should try it. Could it improve my health? Taking cod liver oil may help if you are deficient in vitamin A or vitamin D because it is an excellent source of these two fat-soluble vitamins. According to the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), the...

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