Vomitting

There is nothing that makes my stomach turn as much as someone puking . . . whether it be a kid or a pet.  It’s the smell.  I can’t stand it.  Just call me a sympathy puker!

Dog

Barf-o-rama

Do you remember the barf-o-rama scene in the movie Stand By Me?  I nearly puked watching that, LOL.  Why, because it’s disgusting!

There’s actually been research done on things like this.  It’s been shown that with some behaviors, your some of your brain is processing not only when you’re doing the activity, but when you’re watching it.  Perhaps that’s why I want to barf on the dirty carpet when I see my dog do it! Continue reading Vomitting

Chest Pains

If you’re having chest pains, don’t drive yourself to the hospital.

I heard about someone the other day that was having chest pains and drove himself to the hospital.  I thought, what the heck.  Not only are you putting your own life in jeopardy, you’re putting others on the road at risk.

I think every article that I’ve ever read that talks about chest pains mentions to not drive.  Why do so many folks still do it?

Seems like common sense.  Maybe it’s the overwhelming fear and reluctance of riding in an ambulance or your neighbors seeing you with a problem?  I don’t know.  Just don’t do it people.

 

According to the BMI chart, I’m too short

I’m so hungry I can eat a plate.  Well, not really.  I’ve been dieting and exercising a lot lately.  Insanity workout program and it’s pretty legit.  The first week was rough, I’m not going to lie.  But, I’ve been able to power through to improve my health.  I want to be able to see my grandchildren grow up as my grandparents did.

I really felt like I was on a collision course with heart disease or diabetes, like so many Americans these days.  I would drink 3-4 sodas a day and have sweets throughout the day.  Nearly turning 40, I was packing on the pounds and just not feeling very well.  About 6 years ago I ran the Honolulu Marathon and felt like I was in the best shape of my life.  That all changed after I accomplished that great goal.  I got lazy, stopped exercising, and really ate like crap.  I started feeling embarrassed when I looked at pictures of myself and knew that I needed to do something different.

That something different happened one evening over a couple beers with my buddy.  He challenged me to do Insanity with him.  Kind of like a peer pressure idea (and it sounded like a great idea after a few beers).  We wouldn’t workout together.  Just be held accountable to do it each day.  Well, I got hooked.  I finished up the 9 week program and started another round yesterday.  Coupled with a great diet (and no soda), I’m down 16 pounds and feel really good about myself.

Why should you care?  Take a look in the mirror, assess your health, and really critique how you’re feeling.  Do you feel tired or out of energy?  Are those pants fitting a little tired?  Kick yourself in the rear and avoid the harmful effects of excessive weight: Continue reading According to the BMI chart, I’m too short

Taking medications correctly requires clear communication

Check out this blog post from Harvard Health blog….

Taking medications incorrectly means that patients don’t get the full benefit of the drugs and may experience unnecessary (or unnecessarily severe) side effects. The result can even cause a simple ailment to turn into a hospital stay. It’s essential that patients understand when to take their medications, and why they’re taking them in the first place. This understanding relies heavily on successful communication between patients and their doctors. Gaps, such as language barriers, can be bridged in a number of ways.

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What parents need to know about baby monitoring apps

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Smartphone apps claim to help parents monitor their babies, but there is no evidence that using any app will help keep babies safer. More importantly, it’s vital for new parents need to spend time observing their babies in person, in order to learn their range of behaviors. Technology can definitely help make life safer and better. But it’s important to be really thoughtful and careful in how we choose and use technology when it comes to the health and safety of our children.

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Attention shoppers: Be wary of health claims on food packaging

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The term “healthy” has evolved greatly in the quarter century it has been used in the food industry. Despite recent updates in food labeling, which aim to create more well-informed consumers, inaccuracies remain in packaged foods with “healthy” claims. A closer look at nutrition data on packages can help you ensure you’re getting what you pay for.

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When are self-help programs “helpful”?

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There is an explosion of books, tapes, podcasts, programs, and apps that claim to provide self-help. If you are considering any sort of self-help program, making the effort to evaluate its merits (underlying research, if any; reputation and qualifications of its source; whether or not the program is a good match for your needs) will increase the odds you find something appropriate and effective.

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The 4 symptoms that mean your child must stay home from school or daycare

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Children get sick, and when it happens parents have to decide whether or not to keep their kid home from school or daycare. Certain symptoms are signs that a child should definitely stay home. If you’re really not sure, your doctor can help guide your decision. To help your child recover, and prevent spreading illness to others, better safe than sorry.

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Postpartum depression: The worst kept secret

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Postpartum depression carries an unfortunate stigma, as symptoms of depression affect nearly 20% of new mothers. Early detection is key to ensure the best health for not just women, but for their new infants and family members as well. Once diagnosed, there are several treatment options that can support new mothers during a time that can be both joyous and challenging.

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Confessions of a breakfast skipper

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While most of us have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, there is debate about the importance of breakfast continues. Research findings on breakfast and weight loss are inconsistent and inconclusive. And a recent study suggests that eating breakfast may not matter as much as has been previously believed, and skipping breakfast is fine for some people. But we probably haven’t heard the final word on this topic.

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The fix for dry eyes

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As we age our eyes become susceptible to dryness due to decreased tear production or slowing glands. Other conditions can contribute to dry eye syndrome as well, including looking at the screen of a computer, phone, or tablet for too long. There are a number of simple treatments that can bring relief and prevent infection and other problems.

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