It’s summertime again and everyone is outdoors enjoying the weather. Ticks and mosquitoes may take the fun out of outdoor activities if we are not careful. Here are some good tips about ticks and Lyme Disease…
This weeks Wellcast is on Premenstrual Syndrome. This is part 2 of the feature. It covers the treatment options.
The podcast is 4 minutes 42 seconds in length.
Blood test results came back today from a 14 year old patient of mine. She had high cholesterol and her ratio of lipids showed a moderate risk of heart disease. What!? A 14 year old with high cholesterol! Yes, if you haven’t heard, we have an obesity problem in our country. Our children are having as hard a time losing weight and lowering cholesterol levels as adults. For kids, exercise and getting away from the sugar and processed foods can do wonders. For the rest of us, there are also other solutions in addition to diet and exercise.
If your numbers are high, there are many natural supplements you can use to help lower total cholesterol and LDL (the bad cholesterol). My favorite is red yeast rice which is made from cooked white rice fermented by the yeast Monascus purpureus. The main active ingredient in red yeast rice is lovastatin. Lovastatin inhibits the enzyme that initiates the production of cholesterol biosynthesis. This is probably not the only cholesterol-lowering agent in red yeast rice. There are also omega-3 fatty acids, isoflavones, and plant sterols. Find out more…
This weeks Wellcast is on Premenstrual Syndrome. It features the multiple causes, symptoms and treatment options.
The podcast is 3 minutes 40 seconds in length.
Saliva has already be used to test hormones in diagnosing many endocrine problems. I use saliva testing in helping to balance hormones in women with premenstrual symptoms, as well as women entering menopause, and those with adrenal fatigue. It is a unique way to evaluate free bio-available hormone levels as opposed to both free and bound hormone levels as is measured in blood tests. Now, saliva may be used to diagnose other illnesses and diseases.
Shingles can be an extremely painful condition that not only effects the quality of ones life, but can lead to long term nerve damage. Soon there may be hope for preventing outbreaks or at least reducing the symptoms of this painful viral condition.
Vitamin E has been in the news recently.… unfortunately that’s not the whole story.
This podcast is 4 minutes and 20 seconds in length.
After almost 20 years of being a nurse practitioner, I realized that my approach to helping others has changed. It was interesting to see many of my same patients returning with similar or new symptoms.
What I came to find is that I needed to look deeper into the core issues of my patients’ symptoms. Why did they repeatedly get sick or feel they needed to be seen again?
Then I realized it is not just about treating patients symptoms. Asking patients about their stresses is just as important as asking about their physical complaints.
A simple inexpensive test can tell us more information then we thought. With the high rate of heart disease, we can monitor our risk of heart attack sooner and start prevention earlier.
Blood Test May Show Heart Attack Risk: “An inexpensive and routine blood test may help predict a person’s risk of heart attack or heart-related death as reliably as more complicated tests, a new study suggests.”
(Via WebMD Health Headlines.)