Protect your kidneys

It's easy to dismiss the kidneys as little organs that simply rid the body of waste by making urine. In fact, the kidneys also play a big role in regulating blood pressure,  and in the metabolism of vitamin D and calcium. Kidney disease is common, and it often leads to anemia, hypertension, and bone disease. Kidney disease also boosts the risk of heart disease and premature death. With these simple measures, you can protect your kidneys. (Locked) More »

Food-borne illnesses, Part II: Personal protection

With worldwide growth in agribusiness and a growing portion of our food supply coming from other nations, food-borne illnesses and food safety are of great importance. From peanuts and peppers, hamburgers and spinach, chicken and cheese, to even cookie dough. Nearly every week, it seems, there's another scare about contaminated foods and the epidemics that result. The risk of food poisoning and food-borne infections such as e. coli, salmonella, listeria and norovirus can be minimized by using thses common sense precautions. More »

On call: Dry mouth

My mouth and throat are constantly parched, even though I carry a water bottle and sip from it constantly. I know it's a small problem compared to all the things you write about, but it's very uncomfortable, and I'd appreciate any advice you can offer. (Locked) More »