Well in the Sound

Time To Quit

Is quitting smoking a goal for you this year? Then way to go! Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body. It ruins your lungs and makes you more susceptible to heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It ages your face with wrinkles. It makes you

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Obesity is Complicated

A Blog by Dr. Pullen I just read an article in the Washington Post titled, “Five Myths About Obesity,” by Deborah Cohen.I came away with a reaffirmation of my belief that the causes and best ways to deal with our obesity epidemic is complicated.  Without

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A Happy (and Healthy) New Year And You

The new year is underway…so, how are you doing on your resolutions? According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology of top ten New Year’s resolutions, three of them involve health and wellness. The number one resolution this year of the people surveyed was to lose weight,

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Bullying: How Parents Can Help

What is bullying? You may think it’s isolated and easy to spot. But, you’d probably be surprised to find out that two of out every three teens is physically or verbally harassed every year. To make matters worse, the exponential growth of social networking has

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SFM Announces Scholarship Winners for 2013

For the ninth year now, Sound Family Medicine has awarded scholarships to local high school students as well as our employees. All recipients are patients or employees of Sound Family Medicine, and special consideration was given to those applicants planning to pursue a career in

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Battling Seasonal Allergies in the Pacific Northwest

Spring and summer in the Pacific Northwest… the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming. Unfortunately, that pesky pollen is also out, wreaking havoc on your eyes, nose, ears and throat. Some people have come to just accept their seasonal

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I Can’t Concentrate, Do I Have Adult ADD?

By Cyd Marckmann, ARNP According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 4.4% of the United States population currently has Adult Attention Deficit/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. We live in stressful times. Many of our neighbors are struggling financially and many are commuting longer hours

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How Do I Know if My Child Has Asthma

As we enter the final month of summer vacation, our children are getting ready to go back to school and that means fall sports will be in full swing as well. Your children will need to see the doctor for their basic sports physical, but

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How To Protect Yourself From Shingles

If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you’re at risk for Shingles. That’s because the virus that causes chickenpox stays in your body throughout your lifetime. Later in life, this virus can reactivate unexpectedly and erupt as Shingles — a red, blistering rash, usually accompanied by deep,

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Managing Your Diabetes

Managing diabetes can be a challenge. A smart nutrition plan is part of a necessary balancing act because food intake, physical activity, and blood sugar determine the amount of insulin that is required to maintain a healthy level of blood sugar. To be quite honest

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ZUMBATHON®: Shake Off Hunger!

Join Sound Family Medicine in an effort to ‘Get Fit’ and fight hunger in the Bonney Lake community. Experience the craze that is taking the fitness world by storm, and learn the Latin-inspired Zumba® moves from certified instructors. Try free samples of the latest nutritional

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Foods That Can Help Fight Allergy Symptoms

Spring is in the air! But for some, there is also something else in the air– allergies! For many people, allergy season is synonymous with toting around plenty of tissues, taking countless anti-histamines, and avoiding the outdoors. But could that all be changing? Is there

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HPV Vaccine now Recommended for Boys

By Edward Pullen, MD. Check out drpullen.com, a medical blog for the informed patient. HPV vaccine for boys age 11-12 is now recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, according to a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) last month. They specifically recommend the

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March is National Nutrition Month

Nutrition is a key component of healthy living. No matter who your provider is, all doctors and health practitioners preach the benefits of eating right as part of a balanced lifestyle. The benefits of good nutrition are undenyable. It’s not just about looking better, it’s

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How to (or How not to) Get Pregnant

Some couples seem to get pregnant without even trying. For others, it takes plenty of patience and luck. If you are seeking guidance on how to get pregnant or how not to get pregnant, here is what you need to know – and when you

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Masks are required in our clinics and we recommend getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

We will not be writing letters for masks or vaccine exemptions. Thank you for understanding.

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