Tuesday, August 23, 2016

When the cramp in the night meets the calf of the leg

Waking up in the middle of the night with a painful cramp in the calf is not uncommon, but it is uncomfortable.  Often called a “charley horse,” these muscle cramps can be dealt with through a variety of techniques.  Here is a little piece from our local NBC television station news where I discuss some options, along with a patient of mine who gives her story.  And, remember, if you are having new, unusual, or worsening symptoms, or just have a question about what is going on, see your physician promptly for an evaluation

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mommy, I don’t feel good

How many times has a parent heard his or her child complain of illness, preventing that day’s attendance at school.  Often, there is a question if the illness is real or feigned, created to escape some event at school.  While parents often have a good feeling about what is going on with their children, there are some guidelines.  Here is an article from WebMD where I join several other physicians in looking at this problem.

Monday, August 8, 2016

A cup for Olympic success?

It’s been all over the network news and social media, the circular purple dots on Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps to Hollywood celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow.  The source of those peculiar markings is a practice called “cupping,” a modern application of a traditional Chinese medicine practice.  Does it work, and, if so, how?  Along with several other physicians, and citing some references along the way, this article from the Self.com website gives a rather complete overview of this now novel form of therapy.

Something fishy in Rio?

Among the stories coming out of Rio de Janeiro this Olympic season, one area of focus has been the waterways, many of which are reportedly polluted.  That fishermen continue to catch fish from these waters, and eat those fish, goes against our common practice of avoiding potential sources of toxins.  Can they do this, and, if so, how?  Here is a little article with my thoughts on the subject, from Yahoo News.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Some very good ways to lose weight

With all of the crazy ideas that are out there for diets, schemes and other plans to strip the pounds from your body, often while stripping the dollars from your wallet, you may ask just what you should be looking for in a weight loss program.  Here are some tips from the WebMD website as to just what to look for when you want to lose weight.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Very Bad Way To Lose Weight

The statistic is chilling, perhaps one in ten young women have tried to use laxatives to lose weight.  Let’s get something straight here.  Laxatives make you poop.  Weight is from fat on your body.  Fat is not poop, and poop is not fat.  There is no logic here, but people do it anyway.  This is not a harmless action, and here is an article that looks at a very bad practice.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Polypill anyone?

There are some who believe that we all should be taking some drug, whether for depression or cholesterol, blood pressure or diabetes.  Is this a good idea?  Should you take one, two, or a bunch of drugs just because it might help?  Here is a little article that looks at that possibility, with some down to earth thoughts from me at the end.