Stories tagged: House Call
Tue., Feb. 27, 2018
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.
Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 2:15 p.m.
House call: Adult resilience
House call advice column for Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018.
Mon., Nov. 27, 2017
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 …
Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, noon
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 …
Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 7 p.m.
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.
Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 5 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Aug. 14, 2017
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 …
Mon., July 24, 2017, noon
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 …
Mon., July 10, 2017
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 …
Mon., June 26, 2017, 4 p.m.
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 …
Mon., June 12, 2017, 5 p.m.
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. …
Mon., May 22, 2017
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.
Mon., May 8, 2017
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 …
Mon., April 24, 2017, 4 p.m.
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 …
Thu., April 13, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
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 …
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 11 a.m.
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.
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017
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 …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017
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 …
Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, noon
House Call: Sensible New Year’s resolutions
Let’s talk about some health-related resolutions and strategies for keeping them. Common health resolutions are to exercise regularly and lose weight. These are admirable, definitely good for you, and I’d …
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, noon
House call: Why being called fat can be a good thing
I guess you can call me a fat head. Then again so are you. Our brains are about 60 percent fat. I wrote recently about the importance of including healthy …
Tue., Aug. 23, 2016
House Call: Food allergies require careful planning before school starts
For parents of children with food allergies, especially life-threatening ones, there are steps they must take before school starts to help ensure your child has a safe school year.
Tue., July 26, 2016
House Call: Summer produce easy way to increase fiber in diet
One of the things that summertime means to me is an abundance of fresh produce. This has gotten me to thinking a lot about nutrition. It can be hard to …
Mon., July 11, 2016, 4 p.m.
House Call: When on medications, pay attention to food and drink
Whether you are taking a medication long-term or short-term, be sure to ask your health care provider or pharmacist if there are any food/drug or drug/nutrient interactions that you should …
Mon., June 13, 2016, 4 p.m.
House Call: Testing the best route to catch colon cancer early
If you were born in the mid- to late-1960s, you have turned 50 recently or will be doing so soon. Turning 50 is more than just the time when you …
Mon., May 23, 2016, noon
House Call: Evidence-based medicine keeps doctors, patients open to new therapies
Physicians strive to keep up on changes in medicine by attending medical conferences, participating in continuing medical education, using up-to-date medical references and reading professional journals.
Mon., March 21, 2016, 4 p.m.
House call: Navigating the supplements road
Long gone are the days when your nutritional supplement choices were limited to Flintstones for the kids and One-a-Day for yourself. There are multivitamins formulated for men, for women, and …
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016, 10 a.m.
House call: New study points to new goals for blood pressure
Large study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, show significant health improvements for those who treat high blood pressure aggressively.
Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, 4 p.m.
Keep blood pressure in check to help heart
Blood pressure can be a little hard to understand, and often my patients have little idea what the numbers mean.