I could tell that she was wrestling with divulging something by the long pause and hesitation when I asked her if there were any changes in her life.
There are a myriad of symptoms included in this time period of hormonal transition generally called peri-menopause (literally meaning the time around menses stop).
It can be confusing to determine but remember ALL women go through this stage of change though some have a rougher time than others. [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…]
It seems fears of brain cancer from cell phones being held close to the head is waning but instead we are hearing more about the much more likely health complication from holding your head in a flexed (bent forward) position for hours at a times, day after day. [Read more…]
A sizable number of us will develop cysts in the breast at some point and may have to seek medical care for the condition.
Dressing up when we know we would be asked to take our clothes off is something we women do well. Don’t ask me why.
I have had a tough time convincing my female patients to kill two birds with one stone by getting an overdue pap smear done during a routine clinic visit because they did not feel groomed for the undress. [Read more…]
Convenience drives the market (or shall we say the Food and Drug Administration- FDA) to release certain medications to be over the counter.
Do you just hurt all over? Or do you ache and tired all the time? Does seemingly light touch make you scream in pain and agony?
If this is you, chances are you’ve tried everything you know to make this physical (and sometimes emotional) pain stop. Your good days are fairly decent but your bad days put you in a state of despair. [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…]