There is a proverb that runs: A joy that's shared is a joy made double.
DEAR DR. GOTT: My granddaughter has been diagnosed with celiac disease. When I spoke with my doctor about it, he gave me information on gastroesophageal reflux disease. Can you educate me regarding celiac and gluten intolerance?
DEAR DR. GOTT: My 31-year-old son has retinitis pigmentosa. His sight has been decreasing little by little. We know it is an incurable disease. Has science made any inroads into this field? Is there is a place in the United States or Europe where they are doing any trials? Do you have any suggestions, other than vitamin A, on how to prolong his vision?
Unfortunately, the year ahead will not be without its difficulties. However, if you don't lose heart and stay the course, things will eventually turn around and actually work to your advantage. Keep your eye on the prize.
Scottish author Kenneth Grahame wrote, "The strongest human instinct is to impart information; the second strongest is to resist it."
In the year ahead, two individuals who have recently proven to be lucky for you will continue to be so, especially if you remain loyal and close to them. It behooves you to keep these relationships strong.
If partner opens one of a suit and you respond in a lower-ranking suit at the two-level, you will usually have a good hand - but not always. What happens if righty throws in a takeout double? How does that affect the meaning of a two-over-one response?
DEAR DR. GOTT: I have had a great difficulty with mouth ulcers for the past three years. I've seen a dentist, oral surgeons, ENT specialists and general practitioners. I finally went to a local medical clinic when my mouth became so sore I couldn't talk, only to be told by the doctor on call that he didn't have any idea what the problem was. His recommendation was I should brush the inside of my cheeks, tongue and all areas that had sores with an electric toothbrush and rinse with full-strength peroxide, followed by a water rinse. He ...
In the year ahead, you are likely to become more closely involved with someone who could turn out to be quite lucky for you. Your new pal will show you new ways to reach your heart's desires - and make your dreams come true.
David Lloyd George, the only Welshman to be Prime Minister of Great Britain, said, "Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband has been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome by his physician. He's extremely uncomfortable and isn't getting a lot of relief. What are his options?
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 13-year-old girl who just entered the eighth grade. I have a few friends, but I often feel like I'm invisible. They never take the time to call me. I guess I could take the first step and call them, but I don't know what to say. I guess I'm a little shy.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am having trouble falling asleep. My medications include Sinemet, Levoxyl, Wellbutrin, Actonel and Valium. My supplements are grapeseed extract, omega-3 fish oil, COQ10, and vitamins C, D and B-50. I would like to try melatonin to solve my sleep problem. Would it be compatible with my medications? I also have Parkinson's disease but feel it is unrelated.
You're likely to place considerably more emphasis on your social life and personal relationships in the year ahead. It will prove to be a very good thing to do, because life will become magical in ways you never experienced.
We have some interesting and unintentional linguistic doubles in English. How often have you heard someone say "two twins" or "an ATM machine"?