Viewpoints

Understanding Republicans

It’s important for us to remember that even though President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, successfully lobbied the nation and eventually signed into law the historic civil rights laws a half-century ago, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans than congressional Democrats voted for ...

Using Both Red Yeast, Satin Drug Not Recommended

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you said that red yeast rice acts as a kind of natural statin. Can natural and synthetic statins be used together? — M.P.A. ANSWER: Red yeast rice is a traditional Chinese food and medicine used for circulation. It was found to decrease cholesterol by ...

You Have Until Thursday To Change Your Drug Plan

Question: Is it too late to change my drug plan? I know the date is Dec. 7, and that is Thursday this week but is it too late? What do I do if I missed that? Answer: The media coverage for the Annual Open Enrollment Period (AEP) of Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 is intensive. It is hard to imagine missing ...

Intersexers Of The World Unite!

Lord help us if universities like Harvard ever get interested in intersexers and their ilk. It turns out that Harvard has been creating perfect incoming classes. By turning down Asian-American students who apply. “Perfect” to Harvard is a class with fixed percentages of Asians. And fixed ...

Only Child Feels Pressure Of His Parents Expectations

DEAR ABBY: I’m 17 and so is my boyfriend. He is an only child, and all throughout his life, his parents have put a lot of pressure on him. Recently, they’ve been talking about him getting into an honors program in a college. Abby, his parents act like if he doesn’t get in, they won’t be ...

Meet Jasper: Part II

In the last article, we met Jasper, a 40-ish, employed, married man. Jasper’s telephone introduction was high-pitched. His initial session, too, was at a high, feverish pitch. I had to interrupt him in order to clarify what he shared in mass doses. Much of the information he provided was ...

Sharing Christmas With Others

The best part of Christmas is the ability to share it with others. Sharing has long been a part of my history. When I was young I shared Christmas in song. I belonged to the choir and we always had a concert. The music of Christmas is so special. Some of the songs date back nearly two ...

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Comfort And Joy

Hoping to expand my thoughts, I discovered Bartlett has 29 quotations which include the word “comfort” but not, to my surprise, the one I expected: the comfort and joy we sing about during the holidays, “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, ...

Historic Memories

At times, we think ours has been an uneventful life, a life that’s included no significant, or historic events that we’ve been party to in our lives, but looking back, we may be able to discover that we have, in fact, been privy to much history somewhere along our way. Looking back at my ...

A Dog’s Winter Struggles

Hello again, readers! The snow has been here on and off, and winter is coming. So, this week I want to talk to you about how to keep your dog happy and healthy during the winter months. The Dog’s Winter Coat Your dog is covered in fur, so he does have some protection against the cold. ...

Troubles Vs. Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving morning left a lot to be desired, my dear readers. I almost burned my house down because I put the ham I was cooking in a pan that was too small. (I might be exaggerating here, but not by much. The grease from the ham escaped the pan and dripped onto the hot oven.) My 6-year-old ...

The US-Saudi Starvation Blockade

Our aim is to “starve the whole population — men, women, and children, old and young, wounded and sound — into submission,” said First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill. He was speaking of Germany at the outset of the Great War of 1914-1918. Americans denounced as inhumane this ...

Mysterious Body Odor After Shoulder Surgery Goes Away After Bathing With Shampoo

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a problem that you might not have heard about. I had shoulder surgery on my left shoulder two years ago and developed strong body odor on that side. A year later, I had surgery on my right shoulder and developed body odor on that side. I never had strong body odor before. ...

Does Biden Book Tour Bode Another Campaign?

WASHINGTON — At the Warner Theater in downtown Washington the other night, former Vice President Joe Biden kicked off a new tour at which he discussed his new book, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose.” The orchestra and balcony were jam-packed with his supporters and ...

Young Couple Seem To Click Better When They’re Apart

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend for two years. When I’m with him, I often find him annoying and think we have nothing in common. But when we are apart, I miss him a lot — especially when one of us travels for work. When we’re apart and talk on the phone, we have amazing ...

Bicuspid Aortic Valve Has Only Two Leaflets

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve at age 54 (I’m now 62). I see a general cardiologist annually for an echocardiogram and an EKG, and have had one transesophageal echocardiogram. However, he has never ordered a CT or MRI to thoroughly check my aorta. I’ve read ...

Save At The Pharmacy: It May Benefit You To Shop Around

Question: I have used the same pharmacy for years, and I was reading the material my insurance carrier sent to me. It looks like I would save money by switching to a different pharmacy. What should I do? Do I have to change pharmacies? Answer: This is a great question. There are over 45 ...

‘Punching Up’ Is American; ‘Punching Down’ Is Not

Americans have traditionally responded more positively to humor that ‘’punches up’’ rather than ‘’punches down.’’ To ‘’punch up’’ means to make a joke at the expense of those who have more power, privilege or property than the audience or the humorist. ‘’Punching ...

Be Frightened. Be Really Really Frightened.

Be frightened! You probably will be if you read the article I did. It is about global catastrophes that are headed our way. If we don’t change our ways, that is. This is a serious article in the journal Bioscience. It is endorsed by 1700 “leading” scientists. It warns that if we keep ...

Meet Jasper

Meet Jasper. Each person has a story. Each person has a unique character or personality traits. Jasper was a character to behold. His initial call was unforgettable. His distinctive loud voice boomed through the phone. “Hello doc, are you there?” Before I could reply, he spent minutes ...