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To Your Good Health: Which Diet Is the Right Diet

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am taking Zetia and niacin for extremely high cholesterol and triglycerides. Exactly what type of diet should I be on to lower my cholesterol and triglycerides? Many of the processed (cheese, ice cream, cookies, etc.) fat-free, cholesterol-free foods are high in sugar. Should I be on the South Beach Diet or a strictly vegetarian diet? How many calories, carbohydrates and fat grams should I consume daily …

To Your Good Health: Blood Donation Can Affect Athletic Performance

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a fit 54-year-old male who bicycles a lot. My friends and I are pretty competitive when we do our rides, pushing hard and challenging each other in positive ways. I donate blood as often as I’m allowed. After donating, my legs feel more fatigued when I ride, and I’m not as strong, particularly on the climbs. How long …

Singing Can Soothe Sleep Apnea

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I appreciate your columns. Recently, in a column about sleep apnea, you did not mention one thing that I have heard of that will help. I was told this by a dentist who makes mouth appliances for apnea patients: singing. I haven’t tried it; I don’t know why. Strangely, I used to be a singer. But I let it slide …

Special Needs Center Opening Is June 20

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lebanon — A new community center for adults with special needs will hold its grand opening June 20 at 4 p.m. Spark! Community Center is located at 75 Bank St., the former junior high school. It’s designed for adults with special needs, their families and caregivers, and “caring …

To Your Good Health: Statins Play a Small Role in Diabetes

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am concerned about simvastatin possibly causing a rise in my A1C reading indicating a concern about diabetes. There has never been diabetes in my family. I am a 77-year-old female in good health. I exercise and walk regularly. I do have elevated cholesterol, for …

To Your Good Health: Thigh Pain Could Be Caused by Many Reasons

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 66-year-old white female, 5 feet, 5 inches tall (was 5 feet, 6 inches), weighing 170 pounds. Even though I use gym weight machines for upper and lower body three times a week, walk daily for two miles and spend 15 minutes on …

Fibromyalgia Is a Real Disease

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 56-year-old female. I recently have been having terrible pain in my joints. It is so bad at night that I can’t sleep. Mainly the pain is in my neck, ribs, elbows, knees and wrists. My finger joints have hurt for years. I …

Test Finds Protein Deposits in Tissues

Monday, May 26, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I had an electromyographic test that indicated that I had carpal tunnel syndrome primarily in my left wrist. I had the surgery for carpal tunnel. During the surgery, they noticed a thickening of the lining around the tendons, and took a biopsy of the lining. …

To Your Good Health: Embarrassing Bad Breath May Not Be Bad at All

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Could the cause of chronic bad breath be due to having a tortuous esophagus? I’ve always had a horrible taste in my mouth 10 to 20 minutes after eating — sometimes worse than others, depending on what I’ve eaten. I was diagnosed with GERD 10 …

Many Therapies Help With Dystonia

Friday, May 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband is an elementary-school teacher, age 69. He started teaching in 1983 with beautiful handwriting. By 2003 he had difficulty trying to write. As the years went by, the hand problem got worse. He went to a specialist, and he was diagnosed with writer’s …

Walking Vs. Jogging for Health

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: If walk briskly for a certain time and distance, is that not just as good for you as jogging, if you are going for the same time? — A. Answer: It depends on what you mean by “good.” If you mean what I think you …

Confusing Parkinson’s and Lyme

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you please explain the difference between Parkinson’s disease and Lyme disease? My husband has been told by a neurologist that he has Parkinson’s. A regular medical doctor who also works in the field of alternative medications or supplements has told him that he has …

To Your Good Health: Six-Ounce Juice Is No Sugar Bomb

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m a 76-year-old woman who enjoys a 6-ounce glass of ruby-red grapefruit juice every morning before my breakfast of cereal, half a banana and coffee. My husband has been trying to convince me that I should stop having my morning juice, as it is a …