Category Archives: General Health

My Patients Ask — Is it safe on an airplane and how can I avoid getting COVID when flying?

This is a great question and I love the answer provided by my friends at ConsumerLab.com. They have lots of great and trustworthy information on COVID.

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My Patients Ask — Can I catch COVID from food or food packaging

The FDA has reviewed the current evidence and affirmed that “the risk is exceedingly low for transmission of COVID to humans via food and food packaging.” (FDA 2021).

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My Patients Ask — What about taking the COVID vaccine and getting a mammogram?

Females who are scheduled for a mammogram and a COVID vaccine at about the same time need to know about some newly released guidelines.

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My Patients Ask — Should I take the COVID vaccine if I have low platelets?

The CDC’s recommendations do not explicitly address the use of the COVID-19 vaccine in those with a history of thrombocytopenia. However, there’s new information you might want to consider.

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My Patients Ask — What supplements do you recommend I take before getting the COVID vaccine?

The short answer: none. A longer answer and explanation is below.

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My Patients Ask — St. Patty’s Day, alcohol, and the COVID vaccine

I’m Irish and looking forward to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this evening. I have a COVID vaccine scheduled for tomorrow. Will my green beer tonight have an effect on the vaccine?

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My Patients Ask — Should a person get the COVID vaccine with a current or past COVID Infection?

Great question. The CDC and my friends at Consumer Lab have these suggestions.

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My Patients Ask — What can I take to reduce COVID-19 vaccine side effects?

My employer, UCHealth, is offering these suggestions to us healthcare professionals about COVID vaccine side effects.

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My Patients Ask — If I don’t have side effects with the COVID Vaccination, is my immune system not working?

According to the CDC, common side effects of COVID vaccinations include fever, chills, tiredness, and headache, in addition to pain or swelling in the arm where the shot was administered. Some say these side effects are good because they prove … Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Some say behavior changes give a better COVID vaccine response

My friends at ConsumerLab have pointed out some research I thought you might find helpful to consider before you get the COVID vaccine.

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My Patients Ask — Should people on oral steroids not take the COVID vaccine?

A physician wrote this to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, “I assume with high dose steroids (>20mg/day) for prolonged periods, that the COVID vaccine should be deferred until at least several weeks. Any guidance with low dose … Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Is the COVID vaccine killing people?

Not that I know of. But, are people who take the vaccine dying? Yes, but not because of the vaccine. Let me explain.

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My Patients Ask — Should asthmatics on Singulair or Symbicort stop these meds before or after the COVID vaccine?

Symbicort is an inhaled combination of a corticosteroid and a bronchial dilator used for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease while Singulair is a leukotriene receptor antagonist that has anti-inflammatory properties and is used in asthma and allergy treatment.

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My Patients Ask — Should people with liver disease take the COVID vaccine?

People with chronic liver disease, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C were eligible for inclusion in both the Pfizer and Moderna pre-authorization clinical trials, but the safety and efficacy of the vaccines in these groups have not yet been reported.

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My Patients Ask — Is the Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Ethical?

This is a question that I’ve addressed in four past blogs that you can find here, but I wanted to add the wisdom shared by Jim Dennison this week. I love his Daily Article and highly recommend it.

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My Patients Ask — Is the “Moderna arm” worse with the second dose?

There are reports of people who experience an itchy red rash after receiving the first dose of Moderna’s mRNA COVID vaccine. Naturally, patients want to know if this could be worse with the second dose?

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My Patients Ask — I’ve had the COVID vaccine so what do I do if exposed to a person with COVID?

As of today, the CDC is recommending that COVID vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are NOT required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

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My Patients Ask — If I’ve had COVID, should I still get the COVID vaccine?

In a word, “Yes.”

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My Patients Ask — What’s the Catholic position on COVID vaccines and cell lines from abortions?

I recently had a three-part blog on the COVID Vaccine and Aborted Fetus Cells (see below). Now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed a very nice statement about this issue.

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My Patients Ask — Does the Pfizer mRNA vaccines work as well in the real world as it did in clinical trials?

According to two Israeli studies, the resounding answer is yes!

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Monthly Family Update – March 2021

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: E-book sale of some of my books The Best Gift endorsed by Debbie Macomber comes out November 16 The Natural Medicines Handbook comes out April 6 Answers to last month’s prayers Prayer … Continue reading

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CDC reports on COVID-19 vaccine safety data

The first report on the COVID vaccine’s safety profile is nothing short of amazing.

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My Patients Ask — What about taking Claritin before the COVID vaccine to reduce side effects?

What are your thoughts on taking Claritin before or after the Covid shot? My daughter took it for muscle aches and it worked wonderfully. A cancer research center has recommended it. Have you heard of this?

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Friday’s COVID Vaccine update — Can You Take the 2nd Shot (the booster) Early?

Barb and I had our first COVID vaccine (Moderna) on January 6 (her birthday). The clinic scheduled our follow-up (2nd or booster) shot for February 2. “But that’s less than the recommended four weeks, isn’t it,” I asked the doctor. … Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Should I take zinc or vitamin C to help prevent or treat COVID?

There’s been a lot on the internet about using zinc and/or vitamin C to prevent or reduce the symptoms of COVID. Now we have our first good data to answer the question of whether these natural medicines are effective or … Continue reading

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My Female Patients Ask — Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to get pregnant?

Yes. People who want to get pregnant in the future may receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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My Female Patients Ask: Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant?

Probably, but we don’t know for sure. Different expert groups have differing recommendations.

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My Patients Ask — What’s the Latest on Hydroxychloroquine for the Prevention of COVID?

After almost a year of incredibly contentious debate about the place of the old medication, hydroxychloroquine, in the prevention of COVID-19, we finally have what I think is the first randomized controlled trial to give us a pretty good answer … Continue reading

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“His Brain – Her Brain” on sale at your e-book store

The e-version of our best-selling marriage book, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage, is on sale at your favorite e-book store for $2.99. It’s a limited-time offer.

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Friday’s COVID Vaccine update — Can Antihistamines Be Taken To Reduce the Risk of Anaphylaxis?

Patients and friends have been asking this excellent question. Here is the latest advice from the CDC.

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