My first column was about taking laughter seriously. As a kickoff to this 10th anniversary, I thought I’d revisit the subject of how laughter might impact our lives and health, particularly through the prism of medical practice and science.
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. […]
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.
Dear Dr. Garner, I am really exasperated. Every day, particularly in the late afternoon, I get a stinging or burning in my eyes. My eyelids feel so heavy. I have a hard time sitting at the computer or reading as much as I would like. My eyes get tired and I tend to fall asleep. […]
I have terrible arthritis pain. I have tried medications and they just don’t seem to work. What else can I do? Can you please help me? Aching in Astoria
I am 70 years old and last week, I got the shock of my life. While walking to the grocery store, I started getting pain in my left arm and I felt nauseous. Someone on the street saw me and called an ambulance. At the hospital, I was diagnosed with a heart attack.
Dear Dr. Garner, I am concerned about my son. He is 6 years old and we found out recently that he is left-handed. Will this hinder him throughout life? I read an article that he will live nine to 10 years fewer than an average right-hander. Is it appropriate to switch his left-handedness to right-handedness? […]
Dear Dr. Garner, Happy New Year! Thanks for all you do with your column and the TV show. My mother used to tell me not to go out with a wet head because I would get a cold. I now have children of my own and I find I’m saying the same to them. So […]