The Mysteries of Being Female – Your 5 Common Questions Answered

Sometimes being a woman can be challenging. Hormones go up and down then come and go. We have this amazing ability to become pregnant and deliver a baby out of an area that starts small and grows to 10 centimeters when fully dilated. We crave, we cry, we cramp, we clean and we console often all in the same day (sometimes in the same hour). We can carry on four conversations at once while updating our Facebook status, cooking dinner and prepping tomorrow’s suit which makes us wonder why we are tired at the end of the day. We do […]

Pregnant? Consider These Nutrients For Smarter Babies

Pregnancy, especially first-time mothers, can be a daunting time as there is so much conflicting information about what to eat, what to drink, and what supplements to take when it comes to making healthy babies. There are obvious standards such as a pre-natal vitamin with extra folic acid, quitting smoking and drinking, eliminating most seafood, and stopping most herbal supplements and teas unless otherwise confirmed safe for pregnancy. However, there are three pregnancy-safe nutrients that may provide additional support to brain development and subsequently smart(er) children. Remember, before rushing out to buy anything, consult with your health care provider. 1. […]

Attention Baby Boomers: Get Your Hepatitis C Testing

If you were born between the years 1945 and 1965, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is suggesting a screening hepatitis C test. To many of you this may sound odd or not applicable however the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 76% of those with Hep C are baby boomers. What does this mean for you? Hepatitis C is a virus that is mostly transmitted through unscreened blood transfusions (screening for transfusions began in 1992), unscreened organ donation, blood transfer through needles (drugs, improper medical or tattoo handling), unprotected sex with someone who has hepatitis C, […]

Is Obesity Now Considered A Disease?

Depending on where you look, the definition of a ‘disease’ includes such phrases as a change from the normal state, a state of disorder, an abnormal or pathologic condition of the body, and being in dis-ease. A disease can be brought about by personal factors, genetics, environmental influences, and lifestyle habits. Common diseases include autoimmune conditions, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, thyroid problems, cancer, endometriosis, ulcers, acne or more. As of June 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) has recognized obesity as a disease which could change the way insurance companies reimburse on prevention and treatment options for weight loss however […]

Can You Get HPV From Oral Sex?

Famous actor, Michael Douglas, is in remission from having stage IV throat cancer that he at first admitted was due to the human papilloma virus, specifically HPV 16 and oral sex, but of late has recounted that statement stating his particular cancer was due to other reasons. This has caused a lot of confusion for those wanting clearer answers on the risks associated with oral sex and the transmission of this aggressive virus. There are several strains of HPV that can be transmitted from one person to another. Some strains cause genital warts, some cause cervical abnormalities or cervical cancer […]

Is Your Anxiety Worse With Menopause?

There are many common symptoms associated with both peri-menopause (the start of the hormonal changes) and actual menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, weight gain, increased joint pain, irregular cycles, heavier periods, hair loss, and insomnia. In discussions with their friends, female family members and health care provider, most women have a general understanding of ‘what’s to come’ when it relates to the big hormonal transition however symptoms such as increased, worsening or new anxiety might be a surprise. Many women have experienced at least some form of anxiety in their lifetime and find it concerning when those […]

What Causes Osteoarthritis?

Many women experience joint pain whether it’s in their knees, hips, fingers or shoulders. The pain might come and go, be worse in the morning, or feel aching and stiff most of the day. The diagnosis is typically done with symptoms and possibly an x-ray that shows joint changes. Arthritis can start as early as the late teenage years/early twenties however more than 50% of people over 65 years old exhibit symptoms of arthritis. What causes the joints to begin to deteriorate and create arthritis? 1. Joint injury – Research shows that those who sustained a joint early at a […]

May Is Celiac Awareness Month

Going gluten free appears to be the latest fad for many people and celebrities alike however there is a lot of misinformation surrounding gluten free and the reasons to give it a try. As May is Celiac Awareness Month, this article serves to answer the most common questions about celiac and gluten issues in regards to health and disease. Not all people who have a problem with gluten containing foods have celiac’s disease so keep reading to learn more. 1. Celiac is the inherited autoimmune disease that causes damage and destruction to the small intestines when gluten containing foods are […]

5 Health Questions To Ask Your Mom

Sunday was Mother’s Day and many were celebrating with cards, calls, flowers and brunch to honor the women in their lives. Yet, how many know the full health history of their mom, grandmother and aunts? This information could prove to be critical when it comes to your own health therefore these are 5 questions to ask the female family in your life. 1. How was menopause? This question is important as women tend to follow them other women in their family when it comes to peri-menopause and menopausal changes. Do the hot flashes and night sweats start in the 40’s […]

5 Facts About the Vagina You Probably Did Not Know

Besides the Chinese New Year on February 10th, this month is also well known for that happy love day for couples also known as Valentine’s Day. Millions will be spent on flowers, chocolate, cards, stuffed animals, dinner and jewelry in an attempt to celebrate a relationship and for many, the night will end (or start) with sex. Therefore, it is important to understand the ins and outs of the vagina. Here are five facts you may not have known. First (and not very sexy), the vagina is its own little ecosystem and has a particular pH that is easily influenced […]