Ask the Doctor: How Can I Lower My Cholesterol Naturally?

lower cholesterol naturally

Q: I've struggled with my cholesterol being borderline high. When possible, I avoid taking medications. Are there natural ways to keep my cholesterol in check?   A: Medications may be necessary to keep your cholesterol under control, but there are things you can do to help lower your cholesterol naturally. It does take lifestyle ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: Is diet soda all that bad?

Is diet soda bad for you

Q Sure, soda is bad. But how about diet soda with no calories. Is it healthy to drink?   A: Weight-conscious Americans think that drinking diet sodas will prevent gaining weight. This misconception however is “eating them alive”. Almost as acidic as car battery acid, soda can dissolve teeth enamel (which cannot be replaced). Dramatic ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: How do you defend against summer “brain drain?”

prevent learning loss

Q: I’ve heard that children can have brain drain in the summer. What can I do to prevent my children from loosing the skills they learned all year?   A: Summer leaves many children without regular access to educational activities, which contributes to learning loss or what we call the “brain drain.” In most children, this equates to ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: How can I prevent swimmer’s ear?

prevent swimmer's ear

Q: Now that school term is ending and it’s getting hotter, our children are eagerly looking forward to some serious pool time. I’m worried about swimmer’s ear from public pools, though. How can I make sure they don’t get it?   A: When water stays in the ear canal, the dampness can encourage bacteria to grow, causing ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Is It a freckle or skin cancer?

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Q: Help! I just noticed a new spot on my skin. Can it be a new freckle? How can I tell when it’s skin cancer?   A: As our skin gets exposed to the sun, whether walking around, playing tennis and golf or enjoying a day at the beach, it is not unusual for freckles to sprout. But with melanomas on the rise, you don’t want to just ignore ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Is there a reason to wear a bra?

Is it safe to go braless

Q: There are a lot of carefree styles during the summer that look better without bras like halter tops, strapless dresses, beach cover-ups and camisoles. Would I be harming myself by not having the support of a bra?   A:  Surprisingly, a 15-year study from France found that sporting a bra does not actually prevent sagging or back pain ... Read More...