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February 13, 2019

Q: My girlfriend is a health nut, but I really want to give her some chocolate for Valentines. Is it ok? MK, Greenville

A: Kathryn Clary, a Brody medical student, suggests that dark chocolate really can prevent a broken heart with its benefits to the cardiovascular system. Here is what she wants…

Kolasa, Kathy

February 06, 2019

Q: What’s so great about drinking green tea? If you convince me to try it, what should I look for? There are so many products and so many claims. AD, Greenville

A: I have fond memories of my first visit to a tea field in Kenya — a beautiful sight. Green tea is one of those drinks that…

Kolasa, Kathy

January 30, 2019

Q “I was served a glass of kombucha. I didn’t want to look dumb, so I didn’t ask what it was. Can you tell me what it is and is it good for me?” JF, Greenville

A I smiled when I read your email, so many people could have sent your question. Although it’s a drink of…

Kolasa, Kathy

January 20, 2019

A shout out to Dr. John Morrow who is retiring as Pitt County’s Health Director. I loved the tribute Brian Floyd, President of Vidant Medical Center wrote about our “community’s doctor” last month (December 23) on the Reflector Opinion page. If you were away for the holidays…

Kolasa, Kathy

January 16, 2019

Q I form oxalate stones. The only advice I had been given was to drink lots of water and I do drink about a gallon a day. A friend told me I should pay attention to the oxalate content of food. I really like grain products but have been told they might be giving me troubles. What do I need to know?…

Kolasa, Kathy

January 09, 2019

 

Q: I don’t think my mom ever used anything other than salt, pepper, and cinnamon to flavor food. She said it was silly and expensive to a container and then use only ¼ teaspoon. I am intrigued by the possibility that some herbs might be helpful in controlling inflammation. Can…

Kolasa, Kathy

January 02, 2019

Q: My New Year’s resolution is to eat healthy more often this year. Do I really have to give up all my southern delights? FR, Greenville

A: If you regularly read this column you know I try to help readers assess the risks and benefits of a food or beverage or an eating pattern on health,…

Kolasa, Kathy

December 26, 2018

Q I keep getting mixed messages about using cranberry juice to prevent and treat my UTIs. What is the real story? — JCL, Greenville

A: I hope everyone had a healthy and happy Christmas day. Most of us enjoy a bit of cranberry during the holiday season, but some find it helpful to have a…

Kolasa, Kathy

December 19, 2018

Q I have 14-year-old daughter in her first year of high school. Recently she told me she wants to try out for the drill team in the spring. She had some off-and-on dance lessons when she was younger, but she's never been super-coordinated. She takes after me, unfortunately. Anything requiring…

Carolyn Hax

December 19, 2018

 

Q: We lost most of our belongings in Florence. Your Christmas column was safely tucked in a holiday memory book. Could you re-run it for us? MG, Craven County

A: I was touched to get your email. I hope your struggles are or will soon be behind you. We know many are still struggling but…

Kolasa, Kathy
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