January 2013 Blog Posts (15)

Trying a New Exercise

I used to pass the cycling room at my gym and wince as I heard the instructor yell out drills and I would think: "Not for me". Until I was sidelined with a stress fracture one year. Searching for low impact exercise options as my foot was beginning to heal, I decided to give spin a try -- and I'm so glad I did. It's now my favorite activity. Things I've learned about spin:

1. Not all instructors yell. I don't like drill masters who bark orders. That's just not…


Added by Sally on January 31, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

So you want to have a baby? Life, families and lessons learned.

I spoke to my mum on the phone today.  She told me her friend Lyn aged 64 has a baby.  “Uh huh” I replied.  After some further investigation it turns out Lyn’s daughter had a baby – she came all the way from Vanuatu to give it to her then went back to living in the tropics. Postnatal depression was the most…


Added by Tameera Kemp on January 31, 2013 at 10:09am — No Comments

Share the story of your Everyday Victory

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic and potentially debilitating inflammatory disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in the…


Added by Purple on January 29, 2013 at 11:39am — No Comments

Berries May Reduce Your Heart Attack Risk

Eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries each week may help reduce a woman's risk of heart attack says…


Added by Purple on January 20, 2013 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Protein, You Complete Me

As a vegetarian, I'm always looking for good ways to get my protein fill. I've been reading lately about the controversy surrounding soy and whether or not it affects your hormones and if it is a risk factor for breast cancer or if it helps prevent it. So,…


Added by Julie on January 17, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Talking to Children About Divorce: An Ongoing Process

Perhaps even more difficult than the realization that a marriage is ending, is the realization that the children must be told.

Regardless of how different a couple’s views may be on what did or didn’t happen in their marriage, most agree that the children need to be spared as much disruption and distress as possible.

Accordingly, most will follow the recommendations of experts to tell the children together…


Added by Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips on January 16, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate: That Is the Question

The Vaccination Debate has been raging over the last several years. As I write this, it is important to know I do not write this blog to creat debate or ill feelings from either side. I wish only to provide one health care provider's view of the issues surrounding vaccinations. From a mother standpoint, I have friends who choose to vaccinate their children, and those who do not. Our friendships do not…


Added by Brett Badgley Snodgrass, MSN FNP on January 16, 2013 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Can You Be Fit AND Fat?

Here is a topic near and dear to my heart, as one who exercises regularly but is currently 7 pounds over the top of my BMI range.

I take a spin class three days a week and two days a week I engage in a boot camp class - a mix of cardio, calisthenics, weight-lifting, push-ups, planks, and crunches. At 48, I am one of the older if fitter participants in the group, but still I was very surprised last week when a woman in her 20s congratulated me on my fitness and said that I am an…


Added by Sally on January 16, 2013 at 6:00am — 10 Comments

What is a Healthy Survivor?

After my cancer diagnosis, I was a survivor regardless of what I thought, felt, said, or did. Consequently “survivor” did nothing to inspire me to meet the challenges of my illness.

Usually when I don a hat—“student,” “doctor,” “wife,” “mother”—I modify it with a qualifier that motivates me to excellence. From my first day of medical school, I've strived to be a compassionate doctor. From the moment my husband slipped a gold ring on my finger, I've done my best to be…


Added by DrWendy on January 14, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

How Do You Avoid "Bad Mom" Days?

We've all had them--no use denying it. I've certainly had more than my share. They happened frequently when I had two toddlers who plucked my last nerve, and they still creep up on me occasionally, even though my kids are almost through their teens now.

The last major episode was so humiliating that I dare not recap it in print. It could only cause my daughter and me further embarrassment. There were mitigating circumstances that made me more short-tempered and insecure than usual,…


Added by Marcia on January 11, 2013 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Picky Vegetarian

I'm a vegetarian and my husband loves to tell people that I'm a vegetarian who doesn't like vegetables. This of course is not entirely true, but it gets him a good laugh.

Once the laughter dies down, I have to defend myself. First, I'm allergic to carrots. It's really strange, I know. It's so strange that it…


Added by Julie on January 11, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Preventive Care: What Types of Checkups Do You Need and Why?

Everyone has heard the age-old adage, "a pinch of prevention is worth a pound of cure." But, how do you know what to check, when, and why to check it? As part of my new years resolution, I decided to put my health first and get better about performing regular self-checkups. I stumbled upon this great resource from HealthyWomen, which provides a suggested timeline for routine screenings:…


Added by CHealth on January 10, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

New Finding: Some Fat Burns Calories

Did you know that there are two types of fat? One kind that researchers call white fat just sits there, causing endless health problems. Another type referred to as "brown fat" is apparently much more active. Brown fat moves around. Because it moves around and through the blood stream, it requires oxygen and uses energy and, thus, BURNS calories.

Say, what?

Yes, similarly to muscle, this type of fat burns calories. And what is the key to turning ordinary fat into this active…


Added by Sally on January 9, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

I'm So Tired: Treating Fatigue Naturally

We have all experienced fatigue, at one time or another. Some of us may experience it often. If you are perpetually tired, then I am talking to you. Let's look at the causes of fatigue, dangers of lack of rest, and ways to combat fatigue, naturally.

Experts say that 10% of us at any one time are suffering from persistent fatigue. Persistent fatigue or tiredness is more common among women than…


Added by Brett Badgley Snodgrass, MSN FNP on January 9, 2013 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Enter our Caregiver of the Month contest

Caregiving requires a special person who is able to rise above some major daily challenges.  The days can be long and the work can feel endless.   Sometimes the reward is nothing more than the peace of mind that is knowing your loved one is receiving the best possible care you can offer. 

More than 65 million people are providing care for a chronically ill, disabled…


Added by Purple on January 9, 2013 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

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