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Doctor K: Certain foods, meds can cause flatulence

DEAR DOCTOR K: I pass a lot of gas. It’s bad enough when I’m alone, but it’s absolutely mortifying when I have to pass gas in public. What can I do? DEAR READER: It’s normal to have air in the digestive tract. Some gets there when you swallow it, and some is produced during digestion. Your body normally produces up to two quarts of gas a day. This air moves in your digestive tract along with food and waste products. Eventually it needs to be expelled to prevent painful stretching of the stomach and intestine.

Case against dermatologist dropped

State health officials have withdrawn drug charges against Spokane dermatologist Dr. William P. Werschler. The move effectively clears Werschler of wrongdoing. “The evidence just wasn’t there” said Bill Etter, the attorney who represented Werschler against claims of drug use, falsifying records and providing narcotics without legitimate medical reasons.

Valley physician closes hormone therapy practice

Dr. Cheryle Hart has closed her hormone therapy practice. The Spokane Valley physician ran Hormones by Hart and recruited thousands of women to attend her seminars across several states. Her personal and professional financial problems resulted in lawsuits and bank account garnishments and were exacerbated by reprimands and licensure problems in three states.

We’ll live to regret suicide initiative

The state of Washington this week started down the slippery slope of incentivizing its citizens to kill themselves prematurely, with the implicit support of health insurance companies, and the connivance of some physicians, and even some hospitals, despite their supposed adherence to the Hippocratic Oath of doing no harm to people. Fortunately, here in Spokane, the Providence System Hospitals (Sacred Heart, Holy Family) exercised their right under the voter-passed initiative to “opt out” by invoking a conscience clause. We’ll see how long that lasts as the relentless forces of doom and death predictably are already attacking this right also.

Bacon Dip gets skinny

Dear Recipe Doctor: Here is a recipe for a bacon dip that my family is crazy about. It calls for a pound of bacon, among other things. Help! A: You weren't kidding when you called this bacon dip. The original recipe calls for a pound of bacon for 12 servings. I switched to lean turkey bacon and cut the amount in half. Since turkey bacon tends to soften when it is in a moist mixture, I ended up adding the crisp turkey bacon bits at the end. I wanted the crispy turkey bacon to contrast the texture and color of the spinach and onion dip.

Kevorkian Arraigned On Assisted-Suicide Charges In Western Michigan

Dr. Jack Kevorkian was arrested outside a pawn shop Thursday and charged with assisting the suicide in August of a multiple sclerosis patient who was cremated without an autopsy. Kevorkian's attorney predicted acquittal: "There is no body, there is no cause of death, there is no evidence of anything."