NEK, The Healthy Way

  • Flu Season

    If you live in the Northeast Kingdom chances are that you know someone who came down with the flu last year, if you didn’t come down with it yourself. Influenza is caused by a virus that is easily transmitted through respiratory droplets from person to person. These droplets, when a person sneezes, coughs or even […]

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  • Snuffing out Sniffles

    Dear Dr. Malik, My 7 year old son has started school again and it wasn’t long before he began sniffling. It seems to me like he’s always coming down with some sort of runny nose or sore throat. I know it’s nothing that needs antibiotics and I would rather avoid the medicine anyway. There’s got […]

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  • Distressed? De-stress!

    Stress is an ever-present reality for many of us living modern lives. For some of us it is work, for others it’s the obligation of caring for another, and occasionally it can come from personal struggle as well. Whatever the cause or source, stress affects us all. This isn’t always a terrible thing. Stress can […]

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  • Sticky Ticks

    I’ve heard many questions and concerns raised recently about tick bites. Certainly with summer upon us more and more people are enjoying some of our good weather by going out for walks in the woods, hiking, and other general outdoor activities. While the concern for ticks is real it shouldn’t prevent us from enjoying the […]

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  • Better Sleep Part 1

    The majority of us spend about a third of our lives asleep. While this may seem unproductive, sleep is an essential part of life. While you sleep your body is actually quite active. Many essential functions take place that could never happen while awake. Good healthy sleep therefore is essential to a good healthy waking […]

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  • Healthy Bones: To supplement or not?

    Dear Dr. Malik, For many years, in addition to vitamins, I took Calcium and Vitamin D supplements, thinking I needed the extra Calcium for bone health and D for lack of sun in the Northeast Kingdom. Then a few years ago, there was a rash of articles about “no need for supplements.” Our bodies get […]

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  • Suggestion for Indigestion

    Dear Dr. Malik, Back in my prime I found I could eat an entire pizza on my own. Lately, no matter how much or how little I eat, I find I am often left feeling bloated, gassy, and I get a lot more indigestion. I’ve tried over the counter pills like antacids but nothing seems […]

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  • Seasons

    We thought it would never happen, but spring has arrived. If you’ll believe it the first day was officially March 20th, although in our part of the woods old man winter wasn’t letting up his hold. Now that the warm weather is here and the days grow longer we’ll start to see the spring blossom. […]

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  • Immunizations and Your Health

    There has been a lot of news recently about outbreaks of diseases such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough (pertussis) around the country. This has renewed the public debate about vaccinations. Vaccines are one of the most important methods we have to prevent diseases. Vaccines are made by reproducing inert particles of diseases or by […]

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  • Coffee & Energy Drinks

    Coffee and Energy Drinks The market for energy drinks has really taken off over the last ten to twenty years. Today there are over 300 varieties of energy drinks in the United States alone. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry and it keeps growing. This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to most of you. After […]

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  • The Heart of the Matter…

    I want to thank the readers for their interest in their health. Although this is only our third article together I’ve heard from many of you in various different ways. While I appreciate all the questions we can only include one or two per article. Keep looking to future articles and you may just find […]

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  • Solutions for Resolutions!

    Solutions for Resolutions! Last week we talked a little bit about new year resolutions. Since then I’ve heard many different resolutions, some funny, some great and some inspiring. Everyone wants to make a change for the better, but change is never easy. It’s Newton’s first law: an object at rest tends to stay at rest […]

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  • New Year, New Beginnings

    A New Year is a time for new beginnings. A time to take stock of what’s come before and what lies ahead. It’s the time we most commonly use to review our life goals and directions. According to USA.gov, of the top ten New Year’s resolutions in America six are health related (although, I would […]

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