Life before vaccines and antibiotics
I know I complain a lot about our current healthcare system and the overuse of medical care.
BUT, I am also very thankful for the advances medicine has made in the last 100 years or so.
The reminder to be more appreciative comes from the hours I spent over the holidays reading old family journals, letters and postcards, most of them dated between 1900 and …
read on Thursday is Thanksgiving Day.
Did you know it’s also
National Family History Day?
Since 2004, the Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving to be National Family History Day.
“Over the holiday or at other times when families gather, the Surgeon General encourages Americans to talk about, and to write down, the health problems that seem to run in their family. Learning about their family’s health history may help ensure a … read on Immediate relief
The other day a family member asked for my advice on treating heartburn. It’s a common problem and fortunately there are many lifestyle changes and simple products to try before spending money on doctors’ appointments and prescription medications.
For the occasional case of heartburn following a large meal, or eating too late at night, or being more stressed than usual, try a herbal product or one of the …
read on Anyone taking an antidepressant needs to read this
Last winter a nurse friend of mine ended up in the emergency department.
Sick with a cold, she took NyQuil before going to bed. She woke up a few hours later with dizziness, tense muscles, her heart racing and her whole body shaking.
Her husband called 911. On the way to the ED, her blood pressure became dangerously high.
At the ED …
read on Do you suffer from DBS?
I first ran across the term Dormant Butt Syndrome (aka Dead Butt Syndrome or DBS) about three years ago.
DBS isn’t really a disease. Rather, it’s an explanation for why millions of Americans suffer from low back, hip and knee pain.
The term was
coined by a physical therapist who believes Americans sit too much (I’m guilty of this!), and it’s weakening our gluteus or … read on Wash your nose?
I wrote in a previous post that
is your best defense against a cold virus. frequent hand washing
But what about washing your nose? The inside of your nose, to be exact.
You just need a neti pot.
The neti pot is an inexpensive device for saline nasal irrigation, which is a fancy term for nose washing.
A neti pot is easy to use
How do I …
read on A growing problem
Financial identity theft is when someone steals your credit card or debit card, or uses your personal information to take out a loan in your name.
Medical identity theft is when someone uses your personal information to fraudulently receive medical care and have it paid for by you or your insurance.
If that person is treated under your name, your finances, your medical history and your health …
read on Get ready for flu season
Last year’s flu season was nasty.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) labeled it a
“high severity season” because the circulating strains of influenza virus were especially virulent and the season lasted longer than usual.
It’s impossible to predict when flu season will start, but it could be as early as October. The CDC recommends getting your flu shot by the end of October, but …
read on It’s time for those back-to-school shots!
It’s that time of year when the days shorten, stores advertise back-to-school clothes, and parents scramble to make appointments with their kids’ pediatricians for sport physicals and immunizations.
At least, I hope they do.
I am a fervent believer in vaccinations, even though I live in
. the state (Washington) with–sadly–the highest “opt out” rate in the country
In 1998 a medical journal published …
read on Does your face suffer from sun damage?
This YouTube video fascinates me. Using an ultraviolet lens, the camera reveals how years of exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage our skin. Even more interesting is how sunscreen looks.
(It’s best viewed full screen.)
Protect yourself from the sun
The summer heat rages on, so I hope this video is a timely reminder to wear …