And though this answer can vary widely as with each individual, for the most part, my general response to that question is usually by asking the patient 2 more questions. [Read more…]
It is very common for adults to struggle with constipation issues- especially us ladies.
There are usually several NON mortal issues that contribute to this slow and hard stool issue, but whatever the triggers, conditions leading up to it, many resort to over the counter laxatives to give them some literal relief. [Read more…]
The other concern I have that actually more serious is our antibiotic crisis. CRISIS is the proper word as everyday our fight against highly evolving bacteria is getting weaker.
Historically, the medical and scientific community changed that tide of sure death less than 70 years ago with the creation of safe and powerful antibiotics, starting with penicillin, but in that same time the tides have been turning towards the bacteria once again as the bacteria get resistant and we have less in our antibiotic arsenal to kill them. [Read more…]
There are really only 2 things that worry me about the state of medicine-
1. shortage of physicians (especially in primary care)
2. Antibiotic crisis
The numbers are clear- We have known for at least 15 years that the ongoing shortage of physicians in primary care cannot be sustained longer, especially with even more Americans covered than ever before. [Read more…]
With the high prevalence of constipation in America it is unfortunately common to see the overuse of the over the counter laxatives. Some women get into a gradual but pervasive overuse syndrome where eventually they can’t have a bowel movement without the laxatives. [Read more…]
Over the decades I am sadly humbled when teens and tweens come in for vague physical complaints and I find them to be either pregnant, under the influence of some illicit substance or both.
I practice in a busy suburban area so this is not the stereotypical area where one thinks of as high risk for these behaviors- but the fact is MOST drug use occurs in suburbia, NOT the inner cities. [Read more…]
Perhaps in all fairness, I shouldn’t dub this specific family for the next set of common minor female health maladies, but since this family of matriarchs is one of the most highly recognizable, visible, presumably wealthy and famous reality families on TV (so I’m told, since I don’t have TV) I figure they can take it. [Read more…]
In the recent media coverage and onslaught of online talk and the social attention to the
increasing, nearly uniquely American, addiction and misuse of prescription pain medications, there
are 2 other groups of victims besides the overdosed person that are rarely remembered.
This is not to minimize in any way the loss for the families and friends of loved ones who are
currently dealing with prescription drug misuse or sadly overdose use, but instead to also call
attention to the persons affected in the collateral damage of this societal epidemic. [Read more…]
Things hit close to home when I noticed that my usually active mother started to need frequent breaks and could not speak full sentences without being breathless.
It’s a fact that most Americans gain weight over the holidays seasons- anywhere between 6-10
All from hanging out with friends and family and sharing good meals!
SO I call this the Fattening Season and I usually steer my patients who are trying to loose weight instead to focus
on simply NOT gaining. As NOT gaining during this 3 months from Halloween to New Year’s. [Read more…]