Good health habits can only be achieved by our mental outlook on exercise, healthy diet, smoking cessation. Here’s where going to the doctor for a “pill” doesn’t work very well. BTW, do you know why most people have difficulty exercising? Because it hurts! (more on that later)
There is no doubt that it is tough to kick the habit when it comes to cigarette smoking. If you ask 100 people how they stopped, the odds are quite strong you will get 100 different answers. But there is usually one consistent comment that comes across. It goes something like this. ‘I was so frustrated with smoking that I finally said, ‘The heck with it. I’m quitting.” It is clear that to finally stop smoking, a person needs to take a mental order to do it. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the latest drugs, acupuncture, or whatever. You have to want to.
New Year’s resolutions, gotta lose weight, exercise more. It does get a bit annoying to read all of our good intentions and then we fall off the wagon one more time! As I look ahead to 2015, I begin my term (one year) as president of Tulsa County Medical Society (TCMS). No resolutions I can’t keep, just hard work and lots of meetings. The best way for me to share my thoughts and vision for 2015 is to let you in on my first newsletter of the year. (unabridged)
It’s Monday morning and I haven’t rested well from the weekend. With a full schedule at the office, I don’t have time for interruptions. I check my e-mail first thing in the morning and today I wish I hadn’t. I have four prior authorization phone calls to complete today, and two of them have already been denied. “What?” I asked as the insurance representative informed me that the patient in question didn’t qualify for the CT sinus study because they hadn’t been on antibiotics for 2 months. “Aren’t we supposed to use antibiotics judiciously?” I asked. But my troubles today were just beginning. Continue reading What Do Doctors Read?→
We all want to be realllllly healthy and it makes sense that what we eat is a place to start. Right? Well not so fast. Jenny (isn’t her real name to protect the innocent) went to her health club to lose some weight and get into shape. Jenny had always struggled with being overweight and was even laughed at in grade school because she was plump. (not funny if you’re one of those kids) Continue reading The Problem with Foods–foods that make me want to throw up→
Okay, so. As part of my asthma education series, I’m gonna drop a bit of asthma mythbusting on you. Here’s 9 myths and one actual fact. The statement that’s actually true might surprise you. If you have more myths you’d like fact checked, drop them in the comments – I’m perfectly happy to post a sequel post.
Most kids with asthma outgrow asthma: FALSE. While some do outgrow asthma, latest evidence suggests that up to half of those who initially seem to outgrow it relapse later in life (often in middle age). As well, kids with more severe asthma are less likely to even get a remission. In all, only about 20% of asthmatic kids will outgrow asthma entirely.
If someone is having an asthma attack, you should move them somewhere cold: FALSE. While some first aid information for asthma says to move someone to clear air if there’s…
We all know the cost and hassle of taking care of asthma, especially for children. And yes, we’ve tried many different methods to get kids to use their inhalers at all, much less to get them to use their inhalers correctly.
It is true that penicillin allergy (or any drug allergy for that matter) can be very serious. At the same time, can you outgrow penicillin allergy or do you forever have to have the sticker on your chart? There is a protocol to find out! Call the office and find out for yourself.
There are many people who have allergies to different medications, and these medication allergies can be frustrating to deal with. Sometimes there’s a medication allergy that is made worse by another medicine you’re taking at the same time. This process of synergy actually can be a very difficult process when physicians are trying, as detectives in medicine, to try to figure out what’s causing the allergic symptoms. Medication allergies, linked with others, have to be treated seriously. You really have to evaluate it and try to find out what’s going on.
AHhhhhhhh! I apparently have an extreme allergy to nickel. Not only touching it but eating foods with high nickel content. I am looking for nickel free everyday products such as disposable razors, etc. If you have any helpful ways for me to deal with this allergy they would be much appreciated.
Ugh… nickel allergy. Nickel is eeeverywhere! Nickel is my most extreme allergy. If I touch it, my skin starts to react in less than 10 minutes and will bubble. It’s super itchy as well. When it comes to nickel, here are some tips:
Copy all your house keys and any key you possibly can and choose the new kind of keys that are coated with a design all over the entire key. Also, put plastic key covers over the tops of all your keys
It is a very simple concept: Calories in, calories out. The more calories you take in, the greater your chances you will gain weight. The problem is that many people, in fact, most of us, do not want to believe it. We’re always looking for an edge. We want some way that we can beat the system. So, if you’re looking for a way to beat the system, you will not be happy with the results of a study done at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Researchers followed a large group of healthy, middle-aged, U.S. women for more than a decade. The first step of the study confirmed the fact that too many calories leads to weight gain (that’s pretty obvious). In the second part of the study they found that for those who started off at a healthy weight, being successful at maintaining a normal weight meant participating in an…
From my colleague, Jeff Lewis: “The camp is called Camp Weekaneatit, it is July 13 to July 18, overnight camp, strictly gluten-free so the kids can eat what they want without having to worry. Its part of Camp Twin Lakes – an organization that hosts tons of medical camps. We have kids from all over – as far away as California the last two years. Scholarships are available.”
Anyone who tries to follow a strict gluten-free diet knows how difficult it can be to take a trip outside the home. This camp lets kids enjoy camp without the worry about the next meal or snack. Spread the word!
Imagine, if you will, that you are on a date with someone you’ve been attracted to for ages. The gender of this person is entirely up to you, but you really like them. Maybe you’ve already had a couple of lovely dates, engaged in conversations that have seriously bonded you, and you’re thinking, ‘yes, there’s something good happening here’. You’ve kissed. It was one of those ‘close your eyes and leave the planet’ type kisses, and now you’re aroused just by being near them.
You go back to their house for ‘coffee’. They turn on a side-lamp and not the main lights, so you know they’re creating a certain ambiance for your benefit. They put on some Nina Simone or some obscure recording from Ronnie Scott’s. The mood is enhanced.
An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but what is modern hospital medicine really like? Follow Dr. Benjamin Kirkland - a Doctor working in Australia - through the pinnacles and pitfalls of everyday hospital medicine!