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…]
Our annual Healthgist gift guide continues on choosing cool products or services
that help our busy gals be healthier and or save time. This year we focused on supporting our senses of smell, vision and hearing, taste & touch. Tried, tested and used daily.
These amazing gifts will be something you’ll want to give and away and also keep for yourself.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! [Read more…]
Recently, heading home after completing a long Friday night 12 hour shift, I had a brief nanosecond of anxiety as the realization that I had left my cell phone in my white coat pocket dawned on me.
Since it was a rare long weekend of no clinic or urgent care shifts, I would be without this “smart” communications line, calendar, browser, alarm clock, weather station, and electronic toy for over 48 hours-
It happens everyday. Since the advent of widespread use of online sites like WebMD and Google the past 5 years or so, patients are more anxious than ever.
The simple curiosity of looking up a symptom can lead to abject fear and open avenues of death that had never even been imagined or considered.
Typing the symptoms like stomach ache or rash gives you everything from passing virus to death in graphic written and visual detail with a dramatic anecdotal “testimony” from a personal blog or support group. [Read more…]
Most medical students and residents have played this game of asking each other and themselves the question of – “If I have to have a cancer diagnosis, which one would I want?”
As morbid as it sounds, there are “good cancers” in other words, cancers that are easier to cure and survive, relatively speaking (especially when detected early on). [Read more…]