Vote “yes” for the health of our children

Dear Legislators, My name is Gretchen LaSalle and I am a family physician in Spokane, Washington. I am unable to attend the hearing on House Bill 1638 in person but wanted to express my strong support. While you may not see as many white coats outside of your chambers as you do people gathering to … Read more

Measles 101

We’ve had Flu 101 and HPV 101 and it seems we now desperately need Measles 101. Despite the fact that we have one of the safest and most effective vaccination programs in the world, we are beginning to see return of vaccine-preventable disease. And measles is the mother of all vaccine-preventable diseases. And let’s just … Read more

Herd Immunity: It’s all up to you and it’s the right thing to do

Anyone who is able to save a life, but fails to do so, violates ‘You shall not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor’. ~ Maimonides (Jewish physician and philosopher, born 1135) Maimonides implored us, as do religious and philosophical leaders of most of the world’s religions, to care for each other. We are … Read more

An Open Letter to Parents Considering Not Vaccinating Their Children

Dear Parents, First, let me say that I care about you and your children deeply. It is my life’s work to help you be happy and healthy and to be able to live your life to its fullest potential. As a family physician, prevention of disease is my passion. I would much rather educate and … Read more

F-bombs, B-words, and other things you probably shouldn’t say when trying to win someone to your side of an argument

“Bulls&%#. You really need to get a f@#$!#% clue. The CDC is nothing but a front for big pharma. The flu shot has never been tested in human studies. The strains are guesswork, and get this thru your f@#$%&* head b#$%@, mercury is poisonous in any form. To infants and kids is lethal. How f@#$%#@ … Read more

A Natural Immunity

One could arguably say that I grew up in a more “natural” household than most. In the days before eating organic became popular, my parents were making everything from scratch, getting groceries from the health food store, keeping me away from preservatives and sugar (the only candy we had in the house had to be … Read more

100 Years Later

“Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” — Winston Churchill 2018 marks exactly 100 years since the Spanish Flu of 1918 ripped a path across the earth, claiming the lives of millions and changing the course of history. Most estimates lay the death toll around 50 million but some go … Read more

How to Talk to Your Doctor about Your Vaccine Concerns

As a family physician caring for children and adults alike, I have the frequent occasion to discuss vaccines with my patients. It is common these days for parents and patients to have questions about vaccines. With the ease of access to information on the internet and social media, many people are turning to the web … Read more