Cocaine is not good for anything besides robbing folks of their minds and money but people who snort the poison sure have mastered the correct technique of using a nasal spray. [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…]
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-
Over the past 20 years, the myriad of diets, processed food choices, lifestyle advice from the media, guru’s and reported medical research community alike have left most women who come to see me disillusioned and confused.
“What do I eat then?” they ask. Everything does seem to be not good for you in someway according to someone. [Read more…]
Summer is well underway and the BBQ, beach, outdoor, and pool season welcomes us.
The following is a quick reminder of how to keep yourself and your family members, especially kids water safe.
A sobering statistic is that most drownings occurs in the home pool. Even more startling is the fact that the majority of kid drownings occur when other adults are around. [Read more…]
The issue of sunshine versus sunscreen is like being between a rock and a hard place.
You have all heard of how exposure to sun is bad for you. You’ve been told that sun exposure will kill you and that sun exposure causes skin cancer.
It’s only logically to see sunscreen as the savior from a painful, untimely death from skin cancer. [Read more…]
We have recently been hearing a lot about Vit D (D2, D3) but did you know that it is more accurate to categorize it as an hormone? Thus it is relatively difficult to ingest enough of it naturally in foods and there is a complicated component where the sun plays a vital role in its synthesis.
This vitamin/hormone is essential in many bodily functions and in it’s most severe deficiency levels can contribute to a variety of ailments like osteoporosis (thinning bones) and even depression. [Read more…]
I’ve had this recurring THEME in my dreams for years. Not the same dream as some do-
a dream where I get lost.
The location and situation is always different but the fact that I gradually realize that I can’t find my way around a familiar college campus, or get back to the group on the cruise ship, or find the important place on the map in my hand is the recurring LOST factor. [Read more…]
It used to be that the typical individual with diverticulitis is a man in his fifties or sixties. That has changed. I am running into more women with the condition and it does not stop there –diverticulitis is affecting more young women in their late twenties and early thirties. [Read more…]