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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

House Call: Getting kids ready to go back to school

Another school year is upon us, and parents have many things to consider in addition to getting kids’ school supplies assembled. This summer, Washington changed the MMR Vaccine Exemption Law.


House Call: Nurturing a growth mindset

We used to think that when a person got to a certain age, the brain settled in and didn’t change much for the rest of a person’s life. Over the …


House Call: Stay hydrated this summer

As the weather heats up, drink plenty of water and watch for signs of dehydration, especially in the very young and very old.


House call: Technology can be good for your health

You probably use technology at work to make your job easier. Why not do the same with your health? There are websites,


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

House Call: Men – stay on top of your health

Screening for prostate cancer is a complicated discussion. Large studies show a small reduction of prostate cancer deaths from screening. I tell my patients that if we screen thousands of …


House Call: Keep your brain healthy by making time for wellness

It turns out that most of the things that keep your brain healthy are the same things that keep the rest of your body healthy.


House Call: Gender plays role in health concerns for women

Women and men have many health concerns in common, but there are a few that are either exclusively female, typically female or experienced differently by females. Menstruation, endometriosis, giving birth, …


House Call: Vaccine benefits outweigh the miniscule risks

Vaccines prevent disease, decrease suffering and bad outcomes. Severe vaccine reactions, while being uncomfortable and even a bit scary, are rare and do not usually lead to long-term problems like …


House Call: Vaccines can protect against some viral STDs

Reduce your risk of getting or transmitting a viral STD by being in a long-term mutually exclusive relationship with a partner who has been tested and by using latex condoms …


House Call: With STDs, prevention is the best treatment

Sexually transmitted diseases are more common than you think. There are millions of new infections in the United States every year.


House Call: Eating disorders can affect anyone

The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorders. In anorexia nervosa, the individual perceives him or herself as overweight when they are underweight and severely …


House Call: Sharing love through organ donation

Surgeons can use far more than just your liver and kidneys these days.


House Call: Seven things to do for your health in the new year

The prospect of the new year inspires many of us make resolutions about things to start (or stop) during the coming year. I recently had a friend ask me if …


House Call: Boosting your immune system and staying healthy through the holiday season

Your best defense against cold and flu is a healthy immune system, which can protect you against invading viruses. With that in mind, I wanted to look at how the …


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 …