The medical community can’t seem to make up their mind on hormone replacement therapy for treatment of hot flashes. The pendulum has swung from “save women from themselves by giving them estrogen” to “estrogen will kill you” and that pendulum is still swinging as we speak! [Read more…]
The modern age is full of temptations in all fields, including the sphere of healthy life. In some way, all of us are trying to lead a healthier and happier life, or at least we want it to be like that. There are many tips that tell us how to do something, but it is difficult to allocate the best ones that we are able to follow.
If you want to feel happier and healthier every day, you should adhere to “common sense” advices, which can really change your life. We present you few healthy tips that you should certainly adopt and which don’t require extra money and free time. All you need is a good will and persistence. [Read more…]
Nothing works to get you noticed like having red eyes. People will constantly quiz you about it, doing their best to bring it to your attention. Probably not the type of attention you had in mind.
This unwanted attention pushes people affected by red eyes to use Visine to “get the red out”. Not the best idea in my opinion. I equate it to sweeping the dirt under the carpet rather than in a dust pan. We should aim to treat the cause of the red eye instead. [Read more…]
You just saw yourself in the mirror and rejected the image staring back at you. Who is that imposter? That can’t be me!
So you do what any rational person does in such circumstance?
You enroll in a gym or start an exercise routine. You exercise for hours on end, trying to cramp in one week’s worth in a day. With all the weight loss reality shows on TV, you figured that if those contestants could lose double digits every week why can’t you.
More exercise is always good right? [Read more…]
Almost from the start of my medical career, I noticed that a fairly regular number of patients complained of ear pressure, pain, or decreased hearing.
Predictably, most of these symptoms were due to a build-up of wax in the ear canal, which over time was pushed into a brick like wall by Q-tips, fingers, and other foreign objects.
The thing I didn’t expect was that most of these patients were non-Asians. [Read more…]
Fair Warning: This article refers to some real life situations that some might find offensive.
Men and women are different in the way they go about their doctors’ appointments. Without overgeneralizing, my male patients prefer to handle their clinic appointments without much of fanfare.
They pretty much want “just the facts please.” Every now and then, I run into a male patient that outtalks me- that’s a tall feat I tell you. [Read more…]
I had worked with some service professionals three years ago and it turns out that I am in the market for their services again.
Without going into much detail, this service involves a lot of moolah, a lot of paper work and they like to put up “showings”. You should have guessed what it is by now.
Anyway, I was saddened to find out that my point person on the team had been sidelined by a stroke and had to retire due to disabilities that resulted from the stroke. [Read more…]
The other day my daughter exclaimed while pointing at my neck, “Mommy! You have all these red scratch marks on your neck!”
I had been absent mindedly and half heartedly scratching at the driest parts of my body- the base of my neck and between my shoulder blades. [Read more…]
I just turned 44 last month, my kids are older now and I have more time for myself but find it hard to do anything other than go to work and come home to sleep.
I get 7-8 hours of sleep on average but tend to wake up a couple of times during the night and find it hard to go back to sleep.
I then wake up tired and drowsy. What can I do to get out of this funk? I need my energy back, please help!
We are tackling reader’s questions at Healthgist and since we get a variant of this question on a daily basis in the clinic, it made sense to do a write-up on it. [Read more…]
I distinctly remember an incident during my first year in family medicine residency when a moderately obese nurse practitioner contradicted one of my colleagues comments that obese people are unhealthy.
She made it a point to emphasize that we, as a new batch of young doctors need to be careful not to discriminate and just assume that all obese patients have medical illnesses and went so far as to state, and I quote ” Obese people CAN be healthy.”
15 years later, I KNOW she was wrong- [Read more…]