Five months, trapped on a ship, tossed back and forth on stormy ocean swells, and all you can do is lie flat on your back. Sounds miserable. But hard to really understand unless you’ve actually been through the experience. That’s how Larry (who in real life is actually a woman…and not really named Larry) first described to me how life had been for him for the last half of a year. One night he just falls asleep on the couch, and the next day wakes up unable to walk a straight line. He goes to the medical doctor who prescribes […]
Every once in a while I’ll have a topic come up, seemingly randomly, from 3 or 4 individuals, all within a week or two. Most recently the subject of soy has been popping up in several conversations I’ve had both in and out of the office. A whole lot of people are under the impression that soy is a health food. It’s one of those things that has worked its way into the realm of “common knowledge”. Unfortunately, a lot of “common knowledge”, especially when it comes to diet and nutrition, comes about as the result of small groups of people […]
So why are we seeing so many more cases of shingles than we used to? Well, as it turns out, the practice of vaccinating children against chickenpox has had the undesirable effect of reducing parents' and grandparents' immunity to the virus, making them more susceptible to shingles.
It’s that wonderful time of year when you can’t visit a shopping center or public building without encountering some form of propaganda incessantly reminding you that you need to have a flu shot. Yes, the statistics cited are grossly overblown in an effort to motivate you through fear. And no, you’re not going to die from the flu if you’re a healthy individual. But it does suck to get a cold or the flu, and there is an increased risk of infection during certain times of the year. It goes without saying that eating healthy and getting adequate rest and exercise […]
One of the most common organisms responsible for bladder infection is the bacteria E. Coli. Unfortunately, many such infections are resistant to most antibiotics. A new study from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine found that at least two flavonoids from green tea could significantly suppress E. Coli, even those organisms resistant to many antibiotic drugs. Of all the flavonoids (called catechins) in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and epicatechtin gallate (ECG) had the greatest effectiveness. Because ECG is released in the urine in high concentrations, it may offer a safer way […]
Chronic pain is a cruel task-master. Day in and day out it drives you–to find a remedy, a procedure, an exercise, pill, potion or lotion–to find anything that will make it go away. And all that searching is exhausting: between appointments with doctors and specialist, blood tests, MRI’s, CAT scans and X-rays, chronic pain often leaves individuals not only physically drained, but mentally and emotionally as well. When I see people who continue to deal with the same chronic pain, despite having gone through multiple surgeries and painful injections, and can’t afford to live life doped up on narcotics to […]
By taking steps to prevent worsening of even mild head injuries, and closely monitoring an individual who has sustained such an injury, you can prevent serious future complications and ensure a continued quality of life.