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House Call: Recognizing and preventing stroke

We now like to refer to strokes as a “brain attack” to stress the importance of immediate treatment. Time is brain.


House Call: Examining Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, likely involving the nerves and microorganisms of the entire GI tract.


House Call: Dealing with incontinence

No matter what kind of incontinence you experience, it can be uncomfortable, inconvenient and embarrassing. The good news is that many of the underlying conditions that cause incontinence can be …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 1:16 p.m.

House Call: Preparing for cold and flu season

If colds and flu made the rounds at your work or in your home last year, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to prepare for …


House Call: Talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol

My first piece of advice on this subject is that the conversation about drugs and alcohol is not a one-and-done thing. It should be an ongoing topic that is addressed …


House Call: Having difficult conversations with your teens. Part one – sex

He or she has probably learned about the mechanics of sex in a health class in school, but as we all know, there is so much more surrounding sex and …


House Call: Making it through allergy season

If you have allergies and made it through another Spokane spring, congratulations! For many of you, allergy symptoms may be over; however, there are plenty of people who have a …


House Call: Take precautions for summer travel

As the kids wrap up another school year, many of us are planning to travel. Whether you are traveling within the United States or to another country, there are several …


House Call: Milk, alternatives are tasty, nutritious

If you are lactose intolerant, allergic to milk, vegan, or avoiding cow’s milk for some other reason, there is good news. There are many lactose-free and plant-sourced milk alternatives available …


House Call: Beware of this common but false theory about sleep

Getting enough sleep is one of those things that most of us find a challenge, especially as our days get longer. But it’s critically important for your health. It’s a …


House Call: Keeping your blood pressure in check

High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard and contributes to hardening of the arteries. Hardening of the arteries increases blood pressure, further creating a vicious circle.


House call: Adult resilience

House call advice column for Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018.


House Call: New technologies simplify diabetes treatment

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that affects your blood sugar regulation. Diabetics have higher than normal blood sugars and over time high blood sugars damage just about everything in your …


House Call: Keep kids and adults safe with pill precautions

Let’s review the basics. Keep all medications not only out of the reach of children, but out of sight too. Always keep medicines, even OTC ones, in the original bottle …


House Call: Tools for maintaining good mental health

I challenge you to think of good mental health as more than just the absence of mental health problems. Good mental health is a critical part of one’s overall health.


House Call: Coping with chronic pain

Treatment for chronic pain may involve medication, physical therapy, surgery, and other therapies. Once everything medically possible has been done, you may be wondering how to live from day to …


House Call: Dealing with smoke season

Even if you don’t have heart or lung disease, you should still be careful on days of poor air quality. Although children, pregnant women, and elderly are also especially vulnerable …


House Call: Vaccinations are a back-to-school essential

These days in addition to doing a lot of sports physicals for students wishing to join a team at school, I am doing wellness checkups and immunizations. Vaccines are more …


House Call: The bounty of summer in the Northwest

Warm weather for hiking and camping, light late into the evening that allows for more time outdoors after work for exercising or entertainment, and a region that produces a buffet …


House Call: Keep moving to ease arthritis

Arthritis is a pain, literally, and even though people experience improvement in their symptoms as the weather warms up, it’s still a good idea to keep up with taking care …


House Call: Ways to alleviate airborne allergies

Even if you don’t normally suffer from allergies in the springtime or summer, you may have experienced some allergic symptoms this year with the extremely high pollen counts we have …


House Call: Tips for staying safe this summer

After an especially long and snowy winter, most of us here in Spokane are eagerly looking forward to all the outdoor activities summer has to offer. I know I am. …


House call: You only have two eyes, so it pays to take care of them

We’ve talked mouth and ears. Now it’s time to pay attention to your eyes.


House call: Taking care of your ears

Sometimes illness affects your hearing. That muffled hearing sensation you sometimes get when you have a cold typically resolves itself as you get over the cold. It’s from congestion in …


House Call: Taking care of your teeth is important to your health

Aside from the obvious social and functional aspects of having an attractive-looking mouth, healthy teeth and gums are linked to better overall health. It’s hard to get good nutrition if …


House call: Integration of behavioral health and primary care is beneficial

In a given year, one in four adults suffers from behavioral health concerns. Because of the link between mental and physical wellness, health care systems are moving to integrate primary …


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 6:41 p.m.

House Call: Understanding cause of headaches can help with treatment

I divide headaches into the broad groups called primary and secondary. A primary headache is caused by an underlying problem in the pain systems in the brain while secondary headaches …


House Call: Pay attention to warning signs for eating disorders

Eating disorders are serious mental health issues which when identified and addressed early, can have good outcomes. They are not just a problem of food and control.


House Call: Over- or underactive thyroid can lead to trouble

Your thyroid is one of many glands that make up your endocrine system. Endocrine glands secrete hormones that regulate the daily activities your cells and organs perform to keep your …


House Call: With flu and cold season upon us, comfort is the best medicine

As we get into the heart of winter, I am seeing an increasing number of patients with a cold or the flu. They both make you feel pretty miserable and …