Jan 10 2023

Strategies to help you get the most out of your benefits plan

Health finance

Here’s a new resolution for this year—make a plan to get the most out of your benefits. While most people understand the basics of health insurance and other common benefits, far fewer know how to ensure they’re taking advantage of everything their plan has to offer and how to get the biggest benefit out of... Read More

Dec 27 2022

Happy holidays from all of us at PinnacleCare


Wishing you and everyone you care about a healthy, happy holiday filled with joy and hope. We are here whenever you need us, all day, every day of the year, ready to help you deal with illness or reach your health goals. Warmest wishes, The PinnacleCare Team Read More

Dec 20 2022

Why a diet isn’t the best way to manage your weight

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

They start appearing as you get close to the new year–ads and articles about which diets are the best for quick weight loss. Losing weight, especially after a month of enjoying parties, dinners, and treats between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, is on a lot of people’s minds this time of year. In fact, it’s... Read More

Dec 13 2022

Over 50 and getting too little sleep? You may be raising your risk of chronic disease.

Complementary & Integrative Medicine, Wellness  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

A lot of people find it harder to get seven or eight hours of good sleep as they get older. But a recent study found that the impact of getting less than five hours of sleep a night once you’re older than 50 can have a significant impact on your overall health. The study, which... Read More

respiratory infections
Dec 6 2022

Respiratory infections: When to take your child to the doctor

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’re the parent of young children, you’re well acquainted with the snotty nose and cough that seems to return each fall and winter. In most cases, your child has caught a cold and will get better with time and perhaps some over-the-counter medicine to help ease symptoms. But there are other respiratory viruses that... Read More

hearing aids
Nov 15 2022

Could over-the-counter hearing aids reduce your dementia risk?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Hearing loss affects approximately 37.5 million adults over the age of 18 in U.S. And the severity of hearing loss increases with age, with almost 25% of people 65 to 74 and 50% of people 75 and older experiencing disabling hearing loss. Many people aren’t aware of how significant their hearing problems are, while others... Read More

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depression during the holidays
Nov 8 2022

“How can I help family and friends living with depression during the holidays?”

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If someone you care about is among the 10% of Americans living with depression, the holidays can become more complicated to navigate. Holidays can be more emotionally difficult and draining for people with depression and other mental health conditions. Parties, family dinners, and celebrations can add to stress, increasing depression symptoms and making it harder... Read More

back pain
Nov 1 2022

Proactive steps to lower your risk of back pain

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’ve ever experienced back pain, you know how much it can disrupt your life. Back pain can make it nearly impossible to sit, stand, move, or lie down comfortably. That means it’s difficult to sleep, work, or go up and down stairs. Back pain is an extremely common problem, with 80% of people in... Read More

breast cancer
Oct 25 2022

Strategies for women at an increased risk for breast cancer

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Although the majority of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease, approximately 5% to 10% of breast cancers occur in women with inherited gene mutations. These women are considered to be at an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers during their lives. The most... Read More

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integrative oncology
Oct 18 2022

Integrative oncology helps people feel their best during cancer treatment

Complementary & Integrative Medicine  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

We talked with Dr. Chad Aschtgen, ND, FABNO, and Dr. Erica Joseph, ND, LAC, FABNO, two of the physicians at Seattle Integrative Oncology, about integrative cancer care. Dr. Aschtgen, founder of Seattle Integrative Oncology, is a board certified expert in naturopathic oncology. He received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University and is an... Read More