Medical Marijuana: A Personal Perspective
Recreational marijuana and medical marijuana (MM) are the same plant, but when it comes to application there is a great divide. Most people don’t really understand how medical marijuana works – unless you are on a MM program yourself, to get the real story you need to talk to someone who is. There’s a wide […]
Alt-Health: Artificial Sweeteners
To drink … or not to drink? Generally, when that question is asked, alcohol is the beverage under scrutiny. But today, we are turning our attention to another end of the industry: diet soda. This seemingly guilt-free beverage has been taking a hit in recent years – but does it deserve its growing reputation as […]
Alt-Health: Who’s Responsible for Opioid Addiction?
As adults, we are responsible for the choices we make. But when we ask trusted caregivers for help and are given instead a prescription that leads to our doom, we are no longer making choices; we are being manipulated and used. Herein lies the real tragedy of the opioid epidemic: Its victims did not exactly […]
Advice from the Trenches: Help Me Help Him!
Dear C; My friend Rick is driving me crazy. He has type 2 diabetes and knows that he should not be eating sugar or drinking on an empty stomach. But he does this over and over again. I’ll hear him complain about how he’s feeling lightheaded, or get an email saying that he almost passed […]
How Pure Is Your Drinking Water?
On February 6, I received a letter from the City of East Providence Public Works announcing that they had “recently violated a drinking water standard.” Since this was not the first such notification I’d received, I began looking into just what goes into monitoring the safety of the water systems in our country today. What […]
Advice from the Trenches: Arming Teachers
Dear C, I am as horrified as everyone else about the sheer number of school shootings, and I am so proud of those kids who have stormed the capital and are forcing the president to sit down and discuss the issue. But (and I can’t believe I am saying this), Trump actually seems to have […]
Eat Local at the Farmers Market
Considering the enticing array of exotic foods that can be shipped to your corner grocery from around the world, why choose foods that are locally raised and grown? As it turns out, there’s a whole lotta reasons – and some of them may surprise you. If your concern is the environment, you should know that […]
Alt-Health: New Blood Pressure Guidelines
On November 13 last year, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association made headlines with a startling announcement: Nearly half (46%) of all Americans now qualify for the hypertension high risk pool. Did the health of our nation suddenly plummet? No. The change was due to new guidelines, which dropped the accepted […]
Advice from the Trenches: Deb’s Dilemma
Dear C; My girlfriend Stacy is getting married in about three weeks. I’ve known her since we were in high school and I was thrilled for her when she got engaged. She has a good handle on her career, but she has always wanted kids and was afraid it would never happen – she’s in […]
Alt-Health: The 2018 Flu Epidemic
With the sheer number of other horrifying diseases plaguing mankind, most of us have come to think of the flu as just another inconvenience – a few days off from work, a box or two of Kleenex, and some over-the-counter remedies from the drugstore. We’ve forgotten the flu pandemic of 1918-1919 that killed somewhere between […]