A couple weeks ago I put out a shout out for help choosing a new topic for the blog. I have tons of opinions and lots of things that I’m interested in, but I want to write about things that interest you, as my readers. A pharmacist friend of mine suggested that I write about […]
Does My Liver Make Me Look Fat: Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
I’m just going to point out that, just because you’re a healthcare professional doesn’t mean that you’re an expert at everything and you aren’t beyond being surprised when medical conditions show up in your friends and family. Recently I’ve had a couple friends that have presented with cases of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). I […]
Food Allergies and Rheumatoid Arthritis: One of the Missing Links?
These are questions that I get asked quite a lot: Do food allergies, intolerances, or glutens make rheumatoid arthritis worse? Is there anything that can be done to ease arthritis pain or prevent flair ups that doesn’t involve taking more medications? Let us, first, remember that rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system. If […]
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Fighting for a diagnosis
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a disease affecting many women that, I believe, is misdiagnosed or goes undiagnosed. Much of this can stem from embarrassment or from the fear of “complaining” about “woman problems.” So lets do something that doesn’t happen often. Let’s talk about it. PCOS is an endocrine (hormone) dysfunction that can present […]
Fructose vs. Sucrose: Is there a difference between “Corn Sugar” and “Real Sugar”?
So we’ve all seen those commercials where someone is panicking about death and dying because their loved one is trying to feed them a popsicle laced with… high fructose corn syrup *dun dun dun.* Their loved one then begins to tell them how corn sugar is the same as any other sugar blah, blah, blah. […]
“The Change,” Why Does It Sound So Pleasant When All I Want To Do Is Scream? Non-hormonal Treatment of Menopause Symptoms
We live in a wonderful time where hormones are readily available to women for the treatment of menopause symptoms. Hot flashes, fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, and low libido can all be treated with hormone replacement of estrogens (yes that’s plural), progesterone, and testosterone. It’s all about balance, but sometimes the hormones cause undesirable side […]
Hypoglycemia: When Low Sugar isn’t Good Sugar
Last blog we talked about hyperglycemia (or high blood sugars) and the risks you take on when you allow your blood sugars to get too high. Hypoglycemia is low blood sugars. Patients with Type I diabetes and Type II patients on certain medications are at higher risk for hypoglycemia. So what’s the big deal? You […]
Diabetes: Complications, Risk Factors, and Prevention
So a couple weeks ago we talked about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. We talked about what puts us a risk for getting the different types of diabetes. But what about your risk factors if you already have diabetes? What about ways to prevent or even cure your diabetes? Nothing like […]