Colorectal Cancer Screening

Alan Smith, MD Gastroenterologist Wenatchee Valley Clinic, Wenatchee, Washington Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US for men and women combined. It is also among the most preventable cancers, and there is growing public awareness of the importance of screening. While women are generally quite informed about the […]

Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome

Brad J. Wallum, MD Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine University of Washington, Seattle Washington Private Practice, Eastside Endocrinology and Diabetes, PS Bellevue, Washington Diabetes Mellitus (elevated blood glucose) affects 17 million individuals in the United States. It is projected that the prevalence will increase 23% by 2010. Approximately one-half of all individuals with diabetes are […]

Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Thomas Amidon, MD Cardiologist Overlake Internal Medicine Bellevue, Washington Coronary artery disease affects over ten million people in the United States and is the leading cause of death in both men and women. Angina refers to symptoms that result from plaque narrowing coronary arteries. This is often described as pressure, tightness or burning in […]

Acid Indigestion and Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease

Alan Smith, Gastroenterologist Wenatchee Valley Clinic, Wenatchee, Washington Acid indigestion and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are very common. In the US, nearly 20-40% of the population experiences heartburn monthly. We can separate gastritis and ulcer disease from GERD by their respective manifestations, GERD being a more common problem. Peptic ulcer disease, including duodenal or gastric […]

Smoking: The Major Preventable Cause of Disease

Ronald O’quin, MD Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pulmonary MD2, Bellevue WA The single most important thing you can do to improve your health is to quit smoking. If you do not smoke, don’t start! Smoking is the single most preventable cause of disease in the United States. It is estimated that 400,000 deaths […]

14 Fad Diets

Brad J. Wallum, MD Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine University of Washington Private Practice, Eastside Endocrinology and Diabetes, PS Bellevue, Washington   IT’S HARD TO KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE The connection between the quality of your diet and your health is well known. Improving your daily food […]

Exercise: The New Revolution in Strength Training

Peter Dickinson, MS, PT, SCS There is a revolution in strength training. New techniques now give us the ability to keep in shape, and tolerate the changing seasons of activity (and age). It’s called: progressive overload strength training. It’s perfect for anyone with a short attention span since it’s always changing. Maintaining good strength will […]

Benign Prostatic Obstruction

Richard Pelman, MD Partner, Bellevue Urology Associates, Bellevue WA Clinical Professor of Urology, University of Washington, Seattle WA As a man matures his prostate continues to grow. This slow benign (non cancerous) enlargement of the prostate gland is a normal feature of male aging. While all men’s prostate glands exhibit some degree of enlargement, only […]