Category Health

7 Signs It’s Time to Let Go of a Friendship

Signs It's Time to Let Go of a Friendship

  Despite what the Spice Girls would have us believe, it’s not true that friendship never ends. Research actually confirms what we’ve all experienced: most middle school friendships don’t even last a year. And while some adult friendships last throughout…

7 Natural Remedies for Ulcers

Natural Remedies for Ulcers

Onions Stock up on onions! They might give you gas, but they also prevent the growth of ulcer-causing bacteria that can increase your risk of gastritis (stomach inflammation) and, over time, lead to stomach cancer. Add sliced onion to salads…

When to Worry About Ringing in Your Ears

When to Worry About Ringing in Your Ears

“Dear House Call Doctor, Would you do a podcast about ringing in the ears in the future?” –  W.S. What a great suggestion, W.S. Thank you. Ringing in the ears, referred to as “tinnitus” in doctor-lingo, is quite common. In…

4 Tips for More Mindful Eating

Tips for More Mindful Eating

Whenever I talk about foods that can help control your hunger, I’m aware  of the fact that hunger is only one if the things that drive us to eat. Frequently, we eat simply because it’s time to eat, or because…

What Causes Irregular Periods?

What Causes Irregular Periods

For some women, there’s nothing more distressing than having irregular menstrual cycles.  If you are sexually active and not having regular periods, that can send you up the wall wondering if you are pregnant every month. For others, it seems…

Is Protein Powder Safe During Pregnancy?

Is Protein Powder Safe During Pregnancy

Cherry writes: “As a doctor and recent fitness enthusiast, I love listening to your podcasts because I know you’ll only give me evidence-based information with a dash of common sense.  What I’d like to know is if protein powders are safe…

5 Ways to Celebrate National Goof Off Day

Ways to Celebrate National Goof Off Day

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! This expression can be traced back to the 1600s and first appeared in James Howell's Proverbs. The gist is pretty simple—although it's important to get your work done, you need to…

8 Easy Tips to Ease Knee Pain

Easy Tips to Ease Knee Pain

Medicinal Mustard Believe it or not, the yellow mustard in your fridge can help relieve joint pain and even arthritis. Even better, mix up a mustard “plaster” using a quarter cup of flour, two tablespoons of dry (or ground) mustard,…

How to Stop Feeling Dizzy

How to Stop Feeling Dizzy

Hold Steady Feeling dizzy? Stop what you’re doing and hold still! Focus your attention on a single spot, anything from a crack in the wall to your own hand. In a few minutes, your inner ear will regain equilibrium and…

Is Complaining Good or Bad For You?

Is Complaining Good or Bad For You

We all know (or even love dearly) someone who complains about everything. They complain about their partner, the weather, their boss, their weight, their internet speed, that the only thing on the menu at the local Indian restaurant is Indian…

How Do I Know If My Tap Water Is Safe?

Tap Water Is Safe

The tap water we drink, cook with, and bathe in typically comes from either surface water sources like streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, or from underground sources like aquifers, permeable rocks that can store and transmit water. A range of…

6 Easy Ways to Make Varicose Veins Fade

Easy Ways to Make Varicose Veins Fade

Wonders of Witch Hazel The astringency of witch hazel makes it a wonderful treatment for varicose or spider veins. As a vasoconstrictor, it shrinks and tightens veins; it also serves as an anti-inflammatory and a mild pain reliever. Store a…

Top 9 Causes of Fatigue

Top 9 Causes of Fatigue

56-year-old Frank came to see me in the clinic with his wife who said she had to “drag” him to my office.  Frank has been tired all the time for the past 2 months and just can’t seem get motivated…