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November 14, 2017

Dear Doctor: It seems like if you just wait long enough, everything about nutrition gets contradicted. So now fat is good, carbs are bad, and we don't really need more than 4 servings of vegetables a day? Really? Is everything we've been taught wrong?

Dear Reader: We hear this same frustration from…


Chronic disease can lead to depression in some patients

November 07, 2017

Dear Doctor: My husband, who is 79, was diagnosed with Grover's disease. I don't know if that's the cause of his depression, but now he just sits in his recliner all day. He's also moody, confrontational and seems to have given up on life. Is there really no hope for us?

Dear Reader: We're very…


Follow simple etiquette when encountering service animals

October 31, 2017

Dear Doctor: Thank you for your column about service dogs and the tasks they perform. I wonder whether you could go a step further and explain the best way for people to respond when they see a working dog? A colleague of mine is blind, and dealing with well-meaning people who want to pet his dog…


Checking for added sugars on nutritional labels can be tricky

October 24, 2017

Dear Doctor: I've read that "added sugars" should be limited to 10 percent of our total daily calories. But how are added sugars listed on nutritional labels? Are they part of the carbohydrates category? Does the sugar in a peach or a glass of milk count?

Dear Reader: Ah, nutrition labels. They're…