Get Help to Climb Out of the Doldrums

Dear Dr. Garner, For the past few weeks, I have been feeling sad all the time. Nothing makes me happy. I have a wonderful husband and beautiful children, yet I feel as though something is not right. I used to love going to the beach and dining out during the summer months. We have a vacation planned but I don’t want to go. I just want to stay in the house. I don’t even want to get dressed in the morning.

Break the Cola Habit To Avoid Osteoporosis

Dear Dr. Garner,

I am a healthy 55-year-old woman who loves to drink soda, either diet or regular. I eat right and exercise each day. But after a workout, I find that a glass of Coca-Cola satisfies me more than plain water.

Not Every Chest Pain Is a Heart Attack

Dear Dr. Garner, I am 43 years old and have a problem that is starting to worry me. When I sleep, I am awakened with severe pains under my right breast. I have to turn around in different directions. Sometimes I have to get up altogether. Also, I notice that when I press on the spot, it hurts. I can even make the pain worse by pressing hard.

Anemia Has Many Different Causes

Dear Dr. Garner, I am 54 years old and, up until now, have been in pretty good health. I noticed lately that I have been short of breath with tiredness all the time. My heart beats irregularly. I went to the doctor, and he took a blood test and told me that I am anemic. […]

Sedentary Behavior Has Harmful Effects

Dear Dr. Garner, I am an avid exerciser who runs at least 30 minutes everyday. My weight and blood pressure are normal. My problem is that I have a desk job that keeps me sitting down all day, five days a week.

Ways to Cope with Workplace Stress

Dear Dr. Garner, My job is literally a headache. Not a day that goes by that I don’t go home and have to take Tylenol. And I feel tired all the time. My husband wants me to quit, but unfortunately, we need the money. My mother says she is afraid that living under this constant stress is going to add up and cause me some real health problems.

Elevate to Alleviate The Summer Swell

Dear Dr. Garner, I am glad that the good old summertime is here but it wreaks havoc on my feet. Something about the warm weather causes my feet and ankles to swell. I can’t even get into my shoes. I’m in good physical shape, and I try to exercise, but being a waitress, I’m on my feet most of the day.

Bullying Can Leave Emotional Scars

Dear Dr. Garner, While I am glad the summer is almost here, I am very worried about the camp that my son attends.Toward the end of last summer, some boys started picking on him. First, it was verbal taunts and then it turned into physical threats and assault.

Gamblers Never Win

Dear Dr. Garner, I have a real problem. My husband is a compulsive gambler. He’s been this way ever since I met him 35 years ago. He can’t control his behavior. Over the years, he’s lost a lot of money. We never have the means to get the things that our family needs.

Sleepless Nights Mean Increased Stroke Risk

Dear Dr. Garner, I know that in previous columns you suggested getting eight hours of sleep per night was best. However, it’s just impossible for me. I have three children, ages 10, eight and seven, who need constant help with homework and all the other things that young children need.