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Dr. Zorba Paster: Tai chi may help ease arthritis pain

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

Dr. Zorba Paster: Weighted blankets help cure sleep issues

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.

Dr. Zorba Paster: Probiotics might ease anxiety and depression

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.

Dr. Zorba Paster: Masks work – let’s make wearing them the norm

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.

Dr. Zorba Paster: As scientists learn more, doctors’ orders change

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.”

Dr. Zorba Paster: Apple cider vinegar isn’t a miracle cure

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.