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Dementia – that’s the thing I fear most. And most people in my age group put that on the top of their list, too. I saw it with my mom, who had a sad, seven-year, slow slippage away due to Alzheimer’s.
Should we legalize marijuana all over the country? It comes up a lot in Wisconsin – where I live – because it’s not legalized for any reason, and our governor recently brought up legalizing it.
When I was a kid, what veggies did my mom serve me? If you’re a typical child of the 1950s, you might remember them – canned green beans, canned lima beans, canned wax beans and canned more.
I had a patient in my office the other day – hard worker, farm family, likes to fish, in good health, taking his blood pressure medications. Good blood pressure control with two pills.
Overdoses from opioids seem to take center stage, but meth is always behind the scenes and just as bad. Until now, there has been no treatment for addiction to it.
Dear Dr. Paster: I’m worried about COVID-19 vaccine side effects. I’m allergic to eggs. For years, I didn’t get the flu vaccine until my doctor assured me it was safe.
As you know, I spend a lot of time on tobacco and vaping. Why? Because COVID-19 aside, it’s a big public health problem we can solve if we talk about it. Back in the day, when I was a kid, two-thirds of all men smoked.
Dear Doc: I have arthritis; my husband has arthritis and Parkinsonism. We both hurt. I can get around the house easier than he can, but the pain and our joint stiffness really keep us from enjoying our golden years. Any thoughts? – S.S., Spokane
I recently had cataract surgery. Easy enough these days, but, frankly, I was stressed. The idea that someone was going after my eye with a scalpel freaked me out – I’m just like everyone else when it comes to something like that.
I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more fragmented my sleep is. As a kid, that was not the case. I remember sleeping over at my cousin Mark’s house. We’d stay up late watching television while my aunt and uncle were out to dinner and a movie. We always fell asleep in front of the television, black and white, of course.
Stress, psychological stress, can be a big determiner of health. Most of you know it. You’ve felt it. You’ve been through stressful times before and wondered how that might affect your life.
Vitamin D – should you take it? Should everyone take it? Should it be seasonal – take it in the winter, don’t take it in the summer? Does it prevent COVID-19? Does it cure COVID-19? Lots of D buzz. There has been lots of interest in the vitamin for year and years. Let’s talk rickets, the hallmark of vitamin D deficiency in children.
Next in the vocabulary lesson are probiotics, foods containing bacteria that positively influence the gastrointestinal microbiome. Prebiotics are chemical compounds that promote the flourishing of these good bacteria. Now, let us address the provocative question in a recent study published in the British Medical Journal.
We talk a lot about heart disease, stroke, cancer and, of course, COVID-19, but we don’t spend as much time talking about asthma and how to control it. Asthma is on the rise. It continues to grow year by year. One in 12 people, or 25 million in the U.S., have asthma. Back in 2001, it was 1 in 14 in a significantly smaller population.
So let me paint a picture. You’re thinking of going to your favorite barber or beauty salon, and you’re worried about COVID-19. You’re right to be worried, but you’re fretting over how your hair looks. The cut has grown out, the color is fading to gray. It’s just not the same “you” that you know is you.
Let’s talk aspirin – daily aspirin to prevent heart attacks. But before we discuss this, let’s note the Webster Dictionary definition of scientific investigation: “The process that is used by scientists for testing ideas and theories by using experiments and careful observation.”
Can apple cider vinegar really be a cure for obesity? Well, don’t believe everything you might read. First, a bit of history. The affection for apple cider vinegar started with a book from the 1950s titled “Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor’s Guide to Good Health” by D.C. Jarvis.
Years ago – sometimes it seems like eons ago – I wrote a book and did a PBS special titled “The Longevity Code: Your Personal Prescription for a Longer, Sweeter Life.”
Walk down the street anywhere in the world and you’ll see people staring at their cellphones. How many times have you almost bumped into them because they’re walking and using the phone?
The more we learn about vaping and e-cigarettes, the more dangerous it is. E-cig users inhale a liquid that’s been treated up to 400 degrees. Talk about hot – that’s really hot.