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Are you tapping into the power of plant proteins?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:53:44 -0700

Protein doesn’t have to come from animal products. Here’s what you should know about plant proteins, and a recipe for marinated baked tofu.

Poll: Americans think marijuana’s safer than opioids, but pregnant women shouldn’t use

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:03:04 -0700

With the opioid epidemic getting a lot of attention these days, and 2 million Americans are thought to be hooked on the pills, could cannabis be an alternative? Doctors technically don't prescribe it for pain, but medical use is permitted in some states, including Washington.

Beet juice can lower blood pressure — sometimes too much

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0700

A glass of beet juice has been found to lower systolic blood pressure more than some anti-hypertensive medications, write Joe and Teresa Graedon.

Which birth control is right for you?

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:30:00 -0700

Choosing a method of birth control can be difficult. Know your options.

Superfoods don’t have to be exotic: 7 you can grow in your backyard

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0700

It may not get as much hype, but, yes, garlic is a superfood. Here’s how to grow that and others in the Pacific Northwest.

Coated aspirin may be riskier for digestive tract

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Q: My husband collapsed, unconscious, due to severe internal bleeding. He’d been taking two full-strength aspirin tablets as needed, on the advice of his doctor. I was trying to protect his stomach, so I bought him enteric-coated aspirin. That just took the damage further down the digestive tract. Had he been taking regular aspirin, he […]

Walk, stretch or dance? Dancing may be best step for the brain

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Learning a social dance may help aging brains.

Raw vs. cooked: Does it matter for nutrition’s sake?

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The short answer: Whichever will make you eat your veggies is the right way.

Turmeric, marijuana may ease nerve pain

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Also: good results with thyme cough syrup, ways to strengthen bones.

Home remedies for a diaper rash

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Diaper rash can be cleared up with simple at-home treatments. Here’s how.

Chrono-nutrition: Matching your food to your internal clock

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Whether you’re struggling to adjust from jet lag or Daylight Saving Time or just missing some sleep, balanced nutrition can help you recover.

Happy thoughts are actually good medicine

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:00:56 -0700

Researchers are finding that a positive outlook on life, especially in front of adversity, can do far more than bring a spring to your step. They may improve health and extend life.

Best way to slow aging? Exercise, but not just any kind

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0700

A new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism noted that any kind of exercise is better than none, but it’s the high-intensity interval training that does best in reversing age-related changes at the cellular level.

Mental-health therapists see uptick in patients struggling with post-election anxiety

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

With the constant bombardment of information coming out of the Trump administration, local mental-health experts say a hefty number of their existing clients — and as many as 80 percent of potential new clients — are seeking help for postelection distress.

Worried about getting old? Poll sees optimism grow with age

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:54:06 -0700

A new survey suggests many pessimistic feelings held by people earlier in life take an optimistic turn as they move toward old age.

Have you made friends with fiber? Why you should

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0700

And to get you started, try this recipe for Coconutty Banana-Carrot Bran Muffins, full of both fiber and flavor.

Prescription drug costs on the rise; so are the TV ads promoting them

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:30:43 -0700

Direct-to-consumer advertising by drug companies is big. And, as nearly everyone who watches TV knows, it’s getting bigger.

South Seattle’s DADS unites men in fatherhood and brotherhood

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Fathers find faith, advice, support and community connections at Divine Alternatives for Dads Services, or DADS.

Pill splitting saves money, but is it a good idea?

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Also in this week’s column: the dangers of amitriptyline and the opioid crisis.

Do you need to give up alcohol to lose weight? Not necessarily

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0700

Despite thousands of studies spanning decades, alcohol remains one of the most controversial and confusing topics for people concerned about controlling their weight.