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Dr. Samuel Heiks: Preventing Breast Cancer

Dr. Heiks is a board certified Family Medicine doctor and lives in  Bluffton, Ohio.

Dear Dr. Heiks:  I read a recent news article saying the breast cancer rates are increasing.  What does this mean exactly?  Is there anything I can do, from an eating/diet standpoint, to prevent breast cancer?
Reader from Ada, Ohio

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Dr. Samuel Heiks: Natural approach to Gout

Dr. Heiks is a board certified Family Medicine doctor and lives in Bluffton, Ohio.

Dear Dr. Heiks: My husband has gout but doesn’t want to take anything for it.  Is there anything natural he can try?
Reader from Bluffton, Ohio

Dear Reader:   When I think of gout, needles come to mind.  An acute gout attack is the equivalent of needles poking around in the joint, oftentimes the large toe.  Understandably, this will result in a lot of pain and swelling. 

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Dr. Samuel Heiks: Gluten causes a spectrum of symptoms.

Dr. Heiks is a board certified Family Medicine doctor and lives in  Bluffton, Ohio.

Dear Dr. Heiks:  What’s the deal with gluten? 
Reader from Bluffton, Ohio

Dear Reader: These days, it is routine to walk into a grocery store or restaurant and see food options labeled “gluten free.”  Indeed, over the past several years, there has been increased awareness about gluten and the role it plays in health.

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Dr. Samuel Heiks: Foot Pain. When to start running again?

 

Dr. Heiks is a board certified Family Medicine doctor and lives in  Bluffton, Ohio.

Dear Dr. Heiks: This summer I started running and have really enjoyed walk/running about 3 miles 3-4 times a week. When I run I have improved energy and mood. However, my 50-year-old feet aren't so happy. I think I developed plantar fasciitis: my feet started to feel stiff and uncomfortable when I got up in the morning or after I sat for a long period.

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Dr. Samuel Heiks: Approaching Insomnia. Simple tips.

Dr. Heiks is a board certified Family Medicine doctor and lives in  Bluffton, Ohio.

Dear Dr. Heiks: I struggle with insomnia and have tried several different medications. I would prefer to be on no medication. What can I do? 
Reader from Bluffton, Ohio

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Dr. Samuel Heiks: Bothered by statin muscle aches. What to do?

Dr. Heiks is a board certified Family Medicine doctor and lives in  Bluffton, Ohio.

Dear Dr. Heiks: I have a hard time taking statin medicines because of muscle aches. I’ve had a heart attack and my doctor really wants me to stay on cholesterol medicine.  What should I do?  Reader from Bluffton, Ohio

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Don't let the common cold sink your family's ship

Note: This is the first in a series of columns from Dr. Samuel Heiks, Creekside Family Medicine, LLC. Dr. Heiks is a board certified Family Medicine doctor and lives in Bluffton.

Dear Dr. Heiks:  I dread the start of the school year because my child is always getting colds.  What can I do to prevent this? 
Reader from Bluffton

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