The Blog Archive

Menopause and Hot Flashes, Ugh!

January 19th, 2015  |  The Blog

Menopause and hot flashes go hand-in-hand. The warm surge of heat over-taking a woman's body without warning is somewhat overwhelming and uncomfortable. The treatment choices for hot flashes usually involve some type of hormone therapy, either oral, topical or vaginal. Hormone therapy has its advantages and its disadvantages. The choice to use this treatment option is based on each individual case after consultation with a qualified physician. There is a new non-hormonal drug treatment choice, which shows great promise in treating hot ... More »

The 411 on Ear Infections

January 12th, 2015  |  The Blog

Ear infections are all too common. Adults can get ear infections but children are the most common patients. When a child gets a cold, 2/3 of the time, they end up with an ear infection. Why Do Children Get So Many Ear Infections? Two-thirds of children who get an ear infection end up with an ear infection. Why? The immature immune system of a child adds to the statistics A tiny ear does not drain as well as an adult ear Types of Ear Infections ... More »

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness

January 9th, 2015  |  The Blog

Alzheimer's disease is a scary diagnosis. It is scary for the patient and for the family and/or caregivers. What does the future hold? How will this disease unfold? What can be done to deal with the symptoms and ramifications, medical, social and financial, moving forward? Help! There is a 65 years young gentleman trying to find the answers to the many questions and concerns that surround Alzheimer's disease. This man was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease and is out to educate ... More »

The Truth About Multivitamin Supplements

December 30th, 2014  |  The Blog

Eat well, exercise, get plenty of sleep and take your daily multivitamin, right? Isn't that what we all know to be the formula for staying healthy? In my day, that was the advice that we all followed. Today, there is a growing case against the need to take a daily multivitamin. The current thought or trend is that taking vitamin supplements can actually cause dreaded diseases, for which we are taking the multivitamin to avoid, like cancer. Multivitamins By the Numbers Interestingly, a ... More »

A Unique Clostridium Difficile (C-diff) Treatment Option

December 22nd, 2014  |  The Blog

Clostridium difficile or C-diff is a serious GI infection, which about 500,000 Americans get every year. Of those half-million people, about 14,000 people die. C-diff causes nausea, cramping and diarrhea that is debilitating to the patient. The treatment for this condition is usually a potent antibiotic (vancomycin and/or metronidazole) that not only kills the C-diff but also destroys the good gut bacteria. This leaves the patient susceptible to future flare-ups of C-diff infections. Fecal Transplant An alternative to the traditional antibiotic treatment is ... More »

Birth Control Pills (BCP) and Eye Issues

December 15th, 2014  |  The Blog

With there being 62 million women of childbearing age in the U.S., there are a lot of birth control pill prescriptions written each year. More than 27% of all contraceptive users are those who choose the birth control pill. Birth control pills (BCP) are a popular prescription. Recently, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) presented research stating that women who took the pill for 3 or more years had double the risk of developing glaucoma, years later. Glaucoma Facts Glaucoma is ... More »

Prostate Surgery versus Watchful Waiting

December 11th, 2014  |  The Blog

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, other than lung cancer. These are alarming statistics. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), there are 233,000 new cases annually in the U.S. That said, close to 30,000 American men will die from the disease in any given year.? These startling statistics translate into the fact that 0ne in seven men will be diagnosed ... More »

The Skinny on Belly Fat

December 3rd, 2014  |  The Blog

Belly fat is so annoying. It is not pretty and certainly not healthy. That said, it is also the toughest of fat collections to shed. Sometimes, a little explanation helps to decipher the code on how to get rid of some of the excess belly fat. It is important to note that there is no single cause of belly fat. A combination of genetics, diet, age and lifestyle all contribute to the potential problem. Who Has the Most Belly Fat? Males have ... More »

How Much Produce Should You Eat?

November 26th, 2014  |  The Blog

Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots or green beans...vegetables come in all shapes, colors and textures. They are fresh from the field or flash frozen. They can be consumed cooked or raw. Vegetables are versatile. Peaches, apples, grapes, bananas or pineapple...fruit also comes in all forms of sweetness or tartness. Fruit is most often consumed raw but is also cooked in many different recipe choices. Fruit can act as a snack, a dessert or an addition to a main course to vary the flavor ... More »

When Should You Call the Doctor?

November 17th, 2014  |  The Blog

There is never a totally wrong time to call a doctor but there are definitely times when it is imperative to call one. What might those it is time to call the doctor moments be? These guidelines are important for everyone, adults and children, but especially essential for parents to keep in mind when and if their child complains about any concerning symptoms. The it is time to call the doctor symptoms include: Difficulty breathing Anyone with difficulty breathing needs to be evaluated. A ... More »

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