Dr. Robert Ashley

Dear Doctor: My cardiovascular surgeon tells me medicine has mostly abandoned shunt and stent placements as a solution to carotid artery plaques. Instead, doctors are returning to the older "Roto-Rooter" procedure because patient outcomes have proved less problematic. What's your take on this? Dr. Robert [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 4, 2018
Dear Doctor: We’ve lived in our house for years – and raised three boys on well water. All have been reasonably healthy. But I recently learned that the well water’s pH is 8.5 plus. Any concerns with the high pH? The [...]
By Ask the Doctors • August 31, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’ve suffered joint pain for years. Being prescribed 15 milligrams of Meloxicam has been wonderful. What are your thoughts on Meloxicam use? Meloxicam (Mobic) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that, like all such drugs, inhibits the formation of [...]
By Ask the Doctors • August 29, 2018
Dear Doctor: One of the schools in my area has been the focus of news reports about a bacterial meningitis case. How contagious is this disease? Bacterial meningitis cases in school-age children, adolescents and college students are predominately caused by two [...]
By Ask the Doctors • August 27, 2018
Dear Doctor: Which over-the-counter pain reliever is safer – acetaminophen, ibuprofen, celecoxib or naproxen? It seems as if they all carry some risks. Pain is a symptom to which we can all relate.  It’s also an important indicator of possible injury [...]
By Ask the Doctors • August 23, 2018
Dear Doctor: I have played tennis for many years, but have been unable to play over the last year, due to tennis elbow.  Does acupuncture help with tennis elbow? Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is a tendon inflammation at the elbow.  [...]
By Ask the Doctors • August 21, 2018
Dear Doctor: What are the benefits of apple cider vinegar? I hear about it on social media, but I don’t understand how vinegar can lead to weight loss or help me control my blood sugar. My mom is a big proponent [...]
By Ask the Doctors • August 17, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’m almost 90 years old and always tired. I took two capsules of 2,000 mcg vitamin B12 the other night, and felt stronger and not as tired. Is it safe? My first thought is that you might have B12 [...]
By Ask the Doctors • August 15, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’m a 78-year-old woman who developed shingles in December 2014. The rash settled in the nerves on my left side, from under the breast, to the waist and around the middle of my back. Is there anything to ease the pain? Would the shot help?
By Ask the Doctors • August 13, 2018
Dear Doctor: I’m hearing that vitamin D can reduce the risk of colds and flu – and that more foods should be fortified with it. What’s the evidence for that? As a doctor, I’ll  confess I’m skeptical about such a broad [...]
By Ask the Doctors • August 7, 2018