Health Matters


Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for the human digestive system, but experts in the field have been learning they do a lot more than that. In 2016, probiotic sales in the U.S. reached close to $4 billion. Walk into a favorite pharmacy or health food store and it’s a dizzying array of choices are available. I will briefly discuss what they can do and how to purchase high-quality probiotics.


A question was submitted asking me to make a recommendation of how to handle the feeling of loneliness. 

Feeling alone is not unique to any age. When we are children, we often feel that other children do not like us or want to be around us. We feel rejected. We feel sad. We feel helpless. We feel alone.


One of the most common reasons people see their general practitioner, or primary care provider, is for digestive concerns. The digestive system is made up of organs that work to convert food into energy for the body as well as eliminate toxic byproducts. These organs include the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, small intestines, large intestine and rectum. It is extremely important to support these organs so that they may function as optimally as possible to digest food and absorb nutrients.


Driving near Monterey recently, I stopped at a roadside stand to buy some freshly picked strawberries. May is high season for California strawberries, and the fields were exploding with beautiful, ripe fruit. The gentleman working the stand, Jack, asked what I do for a living. When I told him I work for Medicare, he said he was having difficulty paying for his prescription drugs. So we talked for a while about ways he might be able to reduce his drug costs.


New Medicare cards offer greater protection to more than 57.7 million Americans

New cards will no longer contain Social Security numbers, to combat fraud and illegal use  

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is readying a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars.