Weekly Health Columns

October 18, 2017

Stop Popping Opioids with Physical Therapy

“It hurts! I can’t stop taking pain pills!” This is the familiar cry of the multitudes of people who are causing or perhaps you might say are victims of this country’s opioid epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control says that opioids are appropriate in certain cases – think cancer treatment, end-of-life care – but for […]

October 11, 2017

Easy Child Print ID Kit a Must for Each Child

While idly waiting to pick up a prescription for a friend at a local pharmacy, I saw a display item that was called “Child Print ID Kit.” So, being curious and slightly bored, I opened the packet and found that it contained an amazing resource for parents of minor children that I feel compelled to […]

October 4, 2017

What’s new in breast cancer risk research?

You know. It’s October. October is breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer awareness month reminds you to get a mammogram. If I didn’t have the rest of this column to write, I could leave it right there. But let’s take a look at the news. According to the Breastcancer.org an estimated 252,710 new cases of […]

September 27, 2017

Vitiligo: a cosmetic or medical condition?

Maybe the first time you ever heard about vitiligo was when Michael Jackson was interviewed by Oprah. He is, by far, the most famous sufferer although he’s joined by actors Steve Martin and Jon Hamm and comedian Joe Rogan and a slew of other somewhat famous people I hadn’t heard of. Maybe you personally know […]

September 20, 2017

Alopecia means hair loss – patchy or total it can be embarrassing

“I’m sixteen and I’ve had alopecia since I was in seventh grade. Wow, that’s the absolute worst time to start losing your hair because really, junior high is where they put kids when they’re at their most bitchy and hormonal and judgmental and let them stew and fester for a couple years before releasing them […]

September 13, 2017

Get Sleep Disorders Under Control Before Getting Pregnant

A study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Francisco found that pregnant women who’ve been diagnosed with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia appear to be at risk of delivering their babies prematurely. “Compared with women who didn’t have sleep problems, women with insomnia were 30 percent more likely to […]

September 6, 2017

Lupus Can Strike Anyone, But Most Often Child-bearing Aged Women

The young woman walked down the dock towards the cruise boat wearing a big, floppy straw hat, a long-skirted, long-sleeved cotton dress that didn’t resemble one worn for religious reasons, cotton gloves and athletic shoes and socks. The weather was in the high 80s and there was little wind to speak of. We were all […]

August 30, 2017

Stress Can Affect Your Health, Cause More Stress

My neighbor, Joe, made an interesting observation the other day while we were discussing autoimmune diseases. He told me that his brother suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and that it was to be expected because his brother lives a very stressful life and doesn’t do anything to eliminate it. Then, my brother called to tell me […]

August 23, 2017

Rheumatoid Arthritis Among Most Common Autoimmune Diseases

If we’re like the average person, when told we have a medical condition we ask the question, “Why me? What did I do or not do to get this disorder?” With autoimmune diseases often the answer is, “No one knows for sure why …” And, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease. Actually, one of […]

August 16, 2017

Coping With Grief Classes to Start in September

My mother’s relationship with my grandmother was peculiar. Always a bit of a prima donna, Grandma got more needy and helpless as she got older and became totally dependent on my mom when my grandfather died after 56 years of marriage. From a very young age my mother was forced into the role of adult. […]

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