Tell us about someone in your life who inspires you to live a healthier more balanced life. Perhaps their own health struggles and bravery touched you, or the way they reached out to you during your medical crisis helped you heal.
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…]
Don’t call it POT! A new 60 year old male patient yells at me when I questioned his obvious stoned state.
“When was your last hit of pot?” I had asked as part of the appointment visit he had made to have his shortness of breath checked out. [Read more…]
It all started with one simple question-
“If you had to choose between moving more and eating less to achieve your ideal body weight, which one would you choose?”
We asked our respective patients and compared notes; despite being in different states the answers we got from them were identical. Hmmm…. [Read more…]
Unfortunately, America has the dubious distinction of being number one in something we should not be proud of. We are #1 market share for Vicodin (type of hydrocodone pain prescription).
Wow- why is that? Are we that much in pain compared to the rest of the world? Are we just wimps and simply can’t stand pain? [Read more…]
I once studied the horrendous “treatments” for the monthly menstrual cycles they had used in the not too distant past to treat the “hysterics” some women suffered through in those days. Not only did they perform too many “hysterectomies” they actually imprisoned some.
I shudder to think that less than 100 years ago any man could simply drop off his woman to the local “sanitarium” for treatment and not ever come back for her. [Read more…]
Those who don’t learn from history are bound to repeat it.
Digging into your family’s past will give you a glimpse of your own future. What you uncover in your family history will help point you to what health issues to prioritize. [Read more…]
It may sound morbid, and no one really wants to talk about it, but a part of a great life is planning and discussing a good death. This should not be reserved for the elderly years.
No matter what age you are, as an adult, you should discuss this with your loved ones.
Considering end of life when you are well can make the difference between an end fraught with burden and uncertainty for your spouse or other family members or one of peace, acceptance and dignity.
I have seen both types of death- a good death vs a bad death. [Read more…]
I have been an AAA (American Automobile Association) member for over 12 years. They have come through for me for flat tires and the many times I locked myself out of my car.
I have rarely needed them in the last few years though but kept paying my membership dues just in case.
The AAA I will be showcasing today is not known for helping damsels in distress, far from it. This AAA is one you should be mindful of and protect yourself against. [Read more…]
Did you know that doctors have a diagnosis called “Worried Well?”
No, this does not mean that the person has a disease or is great at the anxious tendency of worrying.
It actually means that the person is healthy and normal. It’s good news if this is charted in your records for the visit as we all have nagging thoughts or worries about certain symptoms or signs that need to be assessed at times. [Read more…]