The Chapel Hill Herald: Columnists

Apr. 11, 2015 @ 03:14 PM

People's Pharmacy: How low should sodium go?

Q. I was feeling awful for several weeks and went to see my doctor. He had no idea why I felt so terrible. ... Eventually, I couldn’t take it anymore and went to the ER. There I was put through a lot of tests. The doctor found I was low in sodium and said I should add salt to my diet. I was surprised and said my primary-care doctor had told me to restrict my salt intake to help control my high blood pressure. ... I followed the ER doctor’s advice and started putting salt in my food. Before long, I felt better. Am I making my hypertension worse?


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 03:02 PM

Jason Hawkins: A young and growing business idea

It’s tough being young and professional. Perhaps it’s even tougher being professional and being young. Either way, the mechanics of the image of professional people has changed in recent decades.


Apr. 08, 2015 @ 02:56 PM

Feeding food-insecurity in the midst of plenty

In a place where chives and strawberries sometimes grow wild on the cracks between sidewalks, you might not expect there to be a hunger crisis. However, one in five adults and even more little ones are living with hunger.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 06:44 PM

Scammer now knows he hurts vulnerable people

This is a tale with a surprise ending that began with a dreaded phone call -- one that thankfully didn’t bear news of an accident or illness.  What other call might scare us?  That would be one from the Internal Revenue Service.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 03:52 PM

Troop 328 to put roar back in speedway

Once, the roar of the engines suppressed the roar of the crowd at the historic Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsborough. When the inaugural Occoneechee 5K begins on April 11th at the speedway, runners will be racing and the roar will be heard from bystanders.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

Susie Wilde: ‘Smekday’ a gem among crazy kids’ books

Adam Rex is one of the craziest writers in children’s books. He has a tickle-your-funny-bone sense of humor, flavored with a bit of the ridiculous.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 03:40 PM

Vicki Wentz: Open letter to a brand new nephew

I’m your new Great-Aunt Vicki, and I’m so excited that you’re finally here! Not that I minded sitting in the hospital waiting for you to come ... and waiting ... and waiting ... FOREVER ... but, still ... I thought today I’d welcome you to the family, little Jack. Just warning you: In the days to come, I will hold you, cuddle you and kiss you until you protest really loudly. Get over it.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

People's Pharmacy: Tai chi painful on generic Celebrex

Celecoxib (Celebrex) is a kind of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called a COX-2 inhibitor. Supposedly, it is less likely to cause gastrointestinal irritation and ulcers than classic NSAIDs such as diclofenac, ibuprofen and naproxen.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

The man who would not hurt a fly

Back in 2010, when Blake Mitchell was 4 years old, he lived in a large home northeast of Hillsborough.  Living with him were his mom, Christine; his dad, Joseph Mitchell; his two older siblings, who were 10 and 13; and his granddad, Peter Perolini.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 03:59 PM

Jason Hawkins: Talberts fix cars, forge friendships

Talbert’s Automotive and Tire a longtime Hillsborough landmark.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 03:29 PM

Susie Wilde: ‘Boston Girl’ examines life story of Addie Baum

It has been more than a decade since Anita Diamant burst on the scene with her now famous “Red Tent” (audio from Macmillan, 2002), a book that brought alive the ancient Biblical world of Jacob’s wives.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 03:10 PM

People's Pharmacy: Soaring generic drug prices squeeze patients

Q. Has anyone done some investigative journalism to expose why several generic medication prices have skyrocketed? My clobetasol ointment has gone up 300 percent during the past year.


Mar. 24, 2015 @ 06:12 PM

Vicki Wentz: Only nine weeks to bathing suit time

Aahhh ... Springtime is here. Trees are budding, flowers are popping up, birds are singing, and the grass is greening. It should be a time of happy beginnings, sweet expectations, and the bracing realization that there are only nine weeks left till we have to wear bathing suits.


Mar. 21, 2015 @ 05:45 PM

Pedometer the truth-teller of a sedentary life

From the front door of our modest farmhouse the daily route flows out in three directions.  Two paths lead to the care of the animals on the land:  horses, chickens, donkeys, dogs, cats and a mule. The third path leads to an office where I manage the business of the farm and family. I cover these trails at least twice each day


Mar. 21, 2015 @ 03:28 PM

The People's Pharmacy: Statins lower testosterone and libido

Q. I recently turned 50. I’ve been taking Livalo for high cholesterol and have been experiencing symptoms like no sexual desire. In addition, I can’t sleep through the night, feel totally exhausted and have missed several days of work. My doctor prescribed AndroGel to treat low testosterone levels. Could Livalo be causing all my problems?