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Apr 30

Do antidepressants cause weight gain?

Depression is common, even here in Happy Valley. Getting treatment for depression is a noble thing to do, and sometimes it is necessary to take a prescription for it. But antidepressants have developed a bad reputation for supposedly combining a patients already severe depression with the stress of uncontrollable weight gain. Is this true? Do […]

Apr 28

What is gluten intolerance? Are there benefits to a gluten-free diet?

Here are some quick facts: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and sometimes oats. It acts as a ‘glue’ in foods such as cereal and bread to help them hold their shape. Gluten can also be found in some cosmetic products, such as lip balm or the glue that you lick on the back […]

Apr 24

Celebrate World Family Doctor Day

Did you know that family medicine is the preferred model of care outside of the United States? The ability to build relationships between patients and physicians is important to not only Mountain Peaks Family Practice but to cultures all over the world. Every year on May 19th, the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), and […]

Apr 21

How your breath could help detect cancer

Recently, a study has been released that shows that detecting stomach cancer can be as easy as a breath test at your next appointment. The technology, called nanoarray analysis, can detect compounds in your breath that are indicative of stomach cancer. Not only does the technology recognize formed cancer cells in the stomach, but also […]