The uneasy fact is that most men, and likely some women, pay better attention to their cars than their bodies. We all know you have to take that car in for servicing, fill the gas tank, and check the tires. But how about that body of yours? Is there a need for periodic checks on this or that? Here is a little article that explores the need to check a few things as prevention.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
In the scheme of things, Boxers v. Briefs may not sound like much of a problem, but to many guys, it is one of those vexing issues of life! Here is a little article from Community Health Magazine that allows me to expound on the topic, along with another physician, to try to debunk some myths.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
It's not common, but it is dramatic. Maybe you've read about the brain eating ameoba and maybe not, after all, your risk of getting hit by lightning while being eaten by a shark are probably higher than contracting this rare disease, but it is scary. Other organisms can be problematic, though, and using non-sterile water in a Neti Pot is one way to push your luck. So, here is a practical article from the Self.com website which looks at the practice, with some good advice.
Friday, April 14, 2017
As a physician, I find myself directing people every day to take this or that medication. Sometimes for a long term regimen, others more limited. But what does the patient think? Do you really have to take them all, exactly as prescribed? Is twice a day really needed, or do you have to take all ten day's worth? Here is a little piece from the Reader's Digest Online that addresses some of these issues. I would happily expand the discussion if there is interest.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Ben Franklin told us this hundreds of years ago, and we still don't get it. Adults and children alike shortchange themselves when it comes to sleep. But with teens, the damage can result in poor grades to a traffic wreck. Here is a little article that looks at the questions, with some solutions as well.
Here is a little piece from the March, 2017, issue of Dr Oz Magazine. It's one of those questions, this one about helping to trigger a sneeze, where "Dr. Oz says" the answer. But he does not say the answer, he quotes me! This was only in the print magazine, so an image of the article is below for you to enjoy.
Monday, January 30, 2017
You might think that only someone careless might be tricked by a drugged drink, and you would think wrong. Actress Mischa Barton found herself feeling more drunk than she thought she should be, and discovered she had been slipped GHB. Learn from her story, and keep your eyes open
Thursday, January 26, 2017
When entertainment icon Mary Tyler Moore succumbed to pneumonia, we saw another star fall to this ancient killer. Although many still picture her as the girl who “could turn the world on with her smile,” Mary Tyler Moore was an 80 year old type 1 diabetic, with both her age and her underlying disease increasing her risk for this far too common disease. That she did so well for so long is an inspiration, with her story serving as a valuable lesson to us all.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
And this is nothing new. Three years ago, right around this time, the peaking flu season again made news with my appearing on WBAL with a spot that I cited on my blog as:
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
More than just a regional thought, this piece was picked up by Fox News for its website as well, helping to promulgate the idea of starting to change your behavior with the first month of the year.
So stay with me for a couple of paragraphs as I expand on my views of this issue. I will begin with a word of caution. If one is a heavy drinker, suddenly stopping could result in symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. As with any diet or exercise program, you should check with your physician before, and during, such efforts.
Normally, reduction of a “bad” habit is always good, so there should be some benefit to be derived by a “dry January.” There are some studies that point to benefits of modest alcohol consumption, perhaps one drink daily, so one may not want to stop that if there is such a potential. A medical review of one’s base health and level of consumption should be a part of the decision.
But what if you are not a drinker, can this method be used to help other behaviors? Of course, you can use a month of changed behavior as a motivating starting point to push that behavior into a healthier range, and then maintain that benefits going forward. So while the “dry January” should result in no alcohol to excess for the rest of the year, a “Fat Free February” would see a reduction in dietary fat intake to a healthy level, or a “Marching March” would result in more exercise being started and continued through the year, and so on, so that by next December we really could be enjoying a Happy and Healthy New Year.
This idea has such traction that there was an article in the January 1, 2017, New York Times proposing a “Month Without Sugar,” another lofty goal that many of us could consider. So take a moment, look at your health and your habits, and see if you can commit to changing just one habit during the coming month in a positive direction. You never know where it might lead!
Friday, January 6, 2017
One has to assume that all of those New Year's Eve revelers in Times Square turned to the New York Times for a solution to their morning after hangover. If so, they would have found this article, in which I am quoted, looking at all of the various cures offered for this morning after condition.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Not that long ago, we learned that Patty Duke, star of stage, screen and film, had died from an overwhelming infection called sepsis. While not often spoken of as a common disease, sepsis remains an opportunistic killer of the very young, the very old, and those with some compromise of their immune systems; as well as sporadic cases without obvious cause. Here is a little clip from our local NBC affiliate, where I discuss sepsis, what it is, and what to do if you suspect it.