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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 …

Grants Support Athlete Development

Sunday, April 6, 2014

White River Junction — Second Growth recently received grants totaling $10,000 for its Coaching for Captains program, a leadership development program for high school athletes. The money includes $5,000 from the Hypertherm Owners’ Philanthropic Endeavors Foundation and $5,000 from The Children’s Fund of the Upper Valley, a component …

Prescription Drug Take-Back Set for April 26

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A free, anonymous drug take-back day will take place on April 26 across Windsor County. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the U.S. and locally, and a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. The no-questions-asked “take-back” will enable residents to help …

To Your Good Health: Wegener’s Is a Rare Blood Vessel Inflammation

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In March 2009, a family member was having terrible flu-like symptoms accompanied by horrific headaches. The symptoms lingered on for what seemed like forever, getting worse, even with hallucinations and cold sweats. At first, the doctor he visited thought he had mesothelioma, but after numerous …

When the Patient Wants to Override the Doctor’s Advice

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 95 now and take no medications. My primary-care doctor wants me to take aspirin, even just the baby aspirin, twice a week. Some of the supplements I take do have blood-thinning characteristics, and for that reason I am fighting the aspirin recommendation. In …

To Your Good Health: Depression Can Play Role In Making Health Choices

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: As a psychiatrist, please allow me to offer the benefit of my expertise regarding the 90-year-old man who refused potentially life-saving surgery for bladder cancer. While it is certainly the patient’s decision, it was not clear from the letter whether his doctors had considered the …

Acid and the Reheated Cup of Coffee: Stomach Can Handle It

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My wife continually tells me that I should not drink reheated coffee because it concentrates the acid in coffee and is bad for me. I never drink more than one cup per day, and I always use a non-dairy creamer and Splenda. I have researched …

Wait for the Studies Before Trying Weight-Loss Supplement

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am currently 100 pounds overweight, and I saw a doctor on television promoting the use of Garcinia cambogia for weight loss. I am 65 years old and, because of cancer, I underwent a radical nephrectomy and have only one kidney. I suffer from neuropathy …

Blood ‘Factor’ and Clotting

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 80 years old and just had a stroke. I was put on Coumadin. I also had a miscarriage at age 30 with severe hemorrhaging. I think I needed a transfusion. They told me I have a “factor” in my blood. I would like …

When Alzheimer’s Comes Early

Monday, March 24, 2014

Sacramento, Calif . ­— Tracy Broshar knew that something was amiss by the fall of 2012. Her longtime partner, Jennifer Small, was only 49 then, but increasingly she was losing track of the details she used to be …

To Your Good Health: It Takes Time to Recover From Concussions

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Four months ago, I was in an automobile accident and suffered severe injuries — a collapsed lung, broken ribs, broken lumbar spine, broken/damaged teeth and mild traumatic brain injury. My recovery has gone quite well, except for the brain injury. I am a 53-year-old female …