General Health

Bug off! Staving off the Flu Season in 2012 – and Beyond!

How have you fared during this year’s flu season?  There’s still time to get, or prevent, the flu this season.  Fill up your soap dispensers and stock up on tissue boxes, just in case! We toss the term “flu” around pretty liberally, but do you really understand what flu is?  The symptoms?  And how to prevent it from infiltrating your life?  Well, the Nurse Practitioner is in – and here to clear things up.  Have a tall glass of water and read on for a minute. Flu, defined: Flu, or Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by a virus.  Flu viruses are typically divided into three types, A, B...

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Reducing Breast Cancer Risk: Just Do it!

You’d have to be asleep at the wheel to not know it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I love it – everyone seems to get into the “pinking” of America.  Seeing those brawny NFL players strut their stuff sporting uniforms accented in pink – that must inspire more men to invest in the fight. After all, they have wives, mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters and friends to think about.  (And – men get Breast Cancer too!) There’s news both good and bad in the raging battle against Breast Cancer.   Let’s talk about the good news first:  Breast Cancer claimed the lives of fewer women in...

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Climbing the Career Ladder (or at least the Stairs): Good health in the Workplace

Ever stop to consider how much of your time you spend earning a living?  Even a cursory scan of the hours you log each week will likely show you spend more waking hours at work than at home.  (Unless you work there, too!)  Better make sure you’re minding your health while you’re producing for everyone else – customers, managers, kids. I’m in the business of talking to people about wellness – and the truth is caring for our health is a full-time job, so to speak.  That means living well not just at home, but at the office, on the beat or wrangling the kids. (Yes, that means it’s...

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The Upside of Downward Dog: Yoga’s a Real Treat

Breathe. It sounds funny to focus on something we do without thinking.    But how often are you still and present enough to focus on your own breath? Try Yoga, and you may start paying attention to that – and more.  I know – you’ve seen devotees everywhere.  Sporting trendy workout wear, sipping green herbal tea and oh-so-calmly waiting in line while the clerk chats away with customers.  But you don’t have to pricey duds to enjoy the benefits of this age-old practice. Just what is Yoga, Anyway? First, Yoga is a discipline.  The sanskrit word literally means “to...

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The ABC’s of getting some Zzzzz’s

Exhausted. That’s how many women tell me they feel.  Often, they’re so worn out by day’s end they fall asleep before their head touches the pillow.  But staying asleep all night?  Now that’s another story. According to the National Sleep Foundation, studies indicate that while most healthy people require 7-9 hours of sleep each night, women between the ages of 30 and 60 get just over 6.4 hours on average. Women are more likely to report feeling daytime fatigue, which affects their mood and productivity.  Aside from chronic daytime fatigue, lack of adequate sleep has...

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Footloose and Gluten-Free!

They’re everywhere… on restaurant menus and grocery store shelves:   Gluten-free food products. Just what is gluten – and why has it suddenly become such a prominent part of our national psyche?  You may know someone who suffers from gluten intolerance or from Celiac Disease; and since May is Celiac Disease Awareness month, I’d like to shed some light on the topic. So let’s start with answering the question: what is gluten? Gluten is a protein composite that may appear in foods processed from wheat.  You can think of gluten is the “glue” that binds dough together and...

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