East Oregonian: Take Your Meds to Prevent Illness

By: Joel White & Sloane Salzburg

Philip Mandel, a 60-year-old Beaverton man, is a stereotypical Oregon fitness guru. He bikes hundreds of miles a week, hits the gym regularly, and sticks to a low-fat, largely vegetarian diet.

And like hundreds of thousands of his fellow Oregonians, he has had trouble adhering to his doctor’s orders. He recently stopped taking his cholesterol medication for two weeks after experiencing some odd side effects. When his physician found out, he ordered Philip back on the drug to help prevent life-threatening conditions like heart attack and stroke...Read more>>