On a cloudy summer day it’s easy to forget that the sun’s skin-damaging ultraviolet or UV rays aren’t blocked by the clouds. We still have to use sunscreen, wear hats and sunglasses, or stay out of the sun to protect ourselves.
UV rays not only cause sunburn, but also skin cancer and cataracts. And there aren’t enough beauty creams in the world to undo the premature aging effects …
read on If you are one of the 75% of Americans that uses prescription drugs, you know they cost a lot of money. Especially if you’re one of the 1 in 4 that can’t afford their medicine.
A few days ago the government announced that
drug companies must include the price of their drugs in all television commercials if the drugs cost more than $35/month.
Which they will as Big Pharma …
read on Even better, don’t use them at all unless your doctor tells you to.
You’ll save money, and you’ll probably be healthier.
I posted a few years ago that
. Earlier this month Healthy adults don’t need multivitamins a new study was published that showed not only do we (healthy adults) not need supplemental vitamins and minerals, some may actually cause harm. What the study showed
The study was funded by …
read on I just read an article explaining how climate change is giving us longer, more intense allergy seasons.
That’s good news for bees, but not for an allergy sufferer like me.
As I said in a previous post, I prefer to use
a neti pot over taking medication. It works great for me, but I know a neti pot won’t be everyone’s first choice.
Over-the-counter allergy medications can be …
I’ve described myself as a poor sleeper for years, thanks to
Restless Legs Syndrome.
Several nights a week, I’ll feel as if I haven’t slept at all. Then I’ll be cranky all day, and torn between looking forward to going to bed or dreading another night of tossing and turning.
Naturally, I’ve read a lot of sleep self-help books 🙂
A few days ago I picked up
… The Sleep read on Most of us don’t need supplements
Save your money.
I spent some time this weekend researching vitamin B12 deficiency and the need for supplements. An elderly relative has been experiencing months of fatigue and wonders if a B12 supplement might help her.
Despite all the products you can buy that contain vitamin B12 to “boost” energy levels or “support” memory, most of us aren’t low in vitamin B12 and won’t …
read on Getting to know each other
I went to see my new primary care physician last week.
She’s my fifth PCP in eight years because of ever-changing provider networks, or doctors leaving primary care.
I asked friends for recommendations, read online bios and Yelp reviews, and looked for any history of malpractice suits.
Related post: Need a new doctor?
I went to the visit prepared with a short, organized list of …
read on Even OTC Nexium has risks A new study published last week ties the common heartburn drug, Nexium, to an increased risk of kidney damage.
Nexium (esomeprazole) belongs to a class of drugs called
Proton Pump Inhibitors, or PPIs. It was approved by the FDA to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in 2001.
Use of proton pump inhibitors (PPI), a group of drugs that reduce the production of stomach acid,
read on March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
There are several screening tools for colon cancer: colonoscopy, fecal occult blood test (FOBT), fecal immunochemical test (FIT), and the new kid on the block, Cologuard.
You may be interested: How to prevent colon cancer
Like FOBT and FIT, Cologuard uses a stool sample to find evidence of colon cancer. It was approved by the FDA in 2014, and its marketing on TV and …
read on Yesterday a well-known celebrity died following a stroke at the pretty young age of 52. I’m re-publishing this post to remind everyone how to spot a stroke and get help FAST! FN What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when blood (oxygen) cannot get to the brain tissue, and the brain cells die. A stroke can be caused by a clot (called an
ischemic stroke) or a ruptured blood vessel … read on