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Dr. Margaret Philhower

Dr. Margaret Philhower

2020 has been a particularly hard year and almost everyone has had to deal with a lot of changes in their everyday routines. More than ever, natural stress relief and sleep aids are popular requests at my clinic. I thought I’d share some of my go-to remedies in case you

With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, continued protests triggered by videos of deadly police choke holds on victims crying out “I can’t breathe”, and forest fires destroying the proverbial lungs of the earth simultaneously, it’s no wonder most of us feel like we are suffocating every time we check the

Virtual medicine visits with your healthcare practitioner via your computer or phone are part of the new normal, and that’s a good thing! Even before the stay at home orders began, seeing a healthcare practitioner via your device of choice was gaining popularity. Then the pandemic kicked telemedicine into the

The skeleton Halloween decorations all over town are a great reminder that it’s never too early or too late to work on strengthening your bones. Osteoporosis and osteopenia are terms referring to severe and moderate bone loss as compared to a healthy 30-year-old. We reach our peak bone mineral density

Thyroid issues affect about 10 percent of the population in general and are a common health concern among my patients. Women are four times more likely than men to have thyroid problems and the majority have hypothyroidism, which occurs when the thyroid is not producing enough hormones. Most conventional medical

Finally, the sun is shining and weather is sweet! It’s easy to let a sunburn sneak up on you, though, so it’s important to be sun savvy. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. You can do yourself a great service to reduce your risk of

For those of us with pollen allergies, the spring flowers look pretty, but curse us with sneezing, watery eyes, annoying sniffles and worsening asthma. The good news is there are many helpful natural prevention strategies and treatments to help reduce pollen reactivity by supporting the body rather than suppressing symptoms

As we spring forward into the longer days of springtime, it is natural to feel more energized and alive. Have you instead been feeling more fatigued, achey, unmotivated and depressed? Are you more forgetful and having trouble clearing your head? Are you urinating more than normal?  Is you sex drive

Medical Cannabis preparations have been exploding in popularity since legalization in Oregon. Lately, I have been asked more and more questions about Cannabidiol (CBD), the constituent of the plant that doesn’t get you high and is legal in all 50 states. The inquiries are coming from seniors with chronic pain

Our Wellness columnist Margaret Philhower details why winter is the perfect time for taking Elderberry preventatively to stay healthy and enjoy being social with less fear of catching a cold or the flu.