Monday November 26, 2012

When it comes to eating healthy, too much fat, sugar and cholesterol definitely top the “most unwanted” list. Now gluten is right up there, too. Although some critics say the public obsession with gluten is an overblown and passing fad (after all, gluten is a protein that has been a natural component of rye, barely and wheat for centuries), there’s good reason to go gluten free. Why? Because today’s gluten is a far cry from nature’s gluten. It is super gluten, a byproduct of the genetically modified “Franken Wheat” created to combat world hunger.

Wednesday November 14, 2012

Before celebrities started pitching yogurt laced with probiotics to keep our digestive tract healthy, most of us didn’t think much about intentionally ingesting bacteria. Things have changed.  Now there are probiotic yogurts, probiotic drinks and probiotic supplements. But what are probiotics? Simply put, probiotics (which means “for life”) are good bacteria that keep the gut healthy.

Monday November 12, 2012

Just because National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has officially come to an end doesn’t mean we can relax our defense against the disease. Every year, 200,000 women are diagnosed with the breast cancer, and nearly 40,000 women die from it. But the death tolls would be much higher—about 30 percent higher—if it weren’t for regular mammograms.

Tuesday November 6, 2012

Nothing takes the fun out of laughing quite like urinary incontinence. It is a cruel twist, really, that women who once patiently coached their kiddos through potty training now find themselves contemplating whether they can get by with a maxi pad or if they need an adult diaper to guard against unwanted trickles triggered by a spontaneous laugh or sudden cough or sneeze. If you are one of them, you are not alone. The sisterhood is large. Nearly one in three adult women suffers from female incontinence. It’s more common than diabetes, high blood pressure and depression.

Wednesday October 24, 2012

“You have breast cancer.” Those four simple words will strike fear in the hearts of nearly 227,000 women this year. And when the full impact of the diagnosis sinks in, the challenges ahead can seem overwhelming. Choosing a breast cancer specialist, knowing how to break the news to family and friends, undergoing breast cancer treatments and staying on top of insurance paperwork—these are just a few of the hurdles every woman encounters on her journey from breast cancer patient to breast cancer survivor.

Monday October 22, 2012

Dancing firemen wearing pink gloves and bras, an O.R. scene that will leave you in stitches, and a cafeteria serving up a “special” off-the-menu item—they’re all scenes from USMD Hospital’s entry in the second annual Pink Glove Dance Competition to promote breast cancer awareness. Of course, there are lots of pink gloves, too—surgical ones worn by hospital staffers and actual breast cancer survivors as they bust a move to the upbeat tune Down by Jay Sean.

Thursday October 4, 2012

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, you aren’t alone. In fact, it is a brotherhood that goes back centuries. The Old Testament describes an aging and ailing King David’s bout with a lack of heat (a.k.a. erectile dysfunction). The ancient Egyptians used an ointment made from baby crocodile hearts and wood oil as a treatment for ED. And the ancient Hindus believed eating the testes of a goat could cure ED. 

Thursday October 4, 2012

In 2002, a vivacious and relatively young (only 44) Arlington wife and mother got some unexpected news—she had metastatic colon cancer. It was a cruel blow for a woman who didn’t have any symptoms or family history of the disease. She had only had a colonoscopy because her husband—10 years her senior—had been putting off his, so she offered to go along for morale support. He got a clean bill of health. She started the battle for her life—and lost it just four months after her 49th birthday and two months shy of her daughter's sixth grade graduation.

Thursday October 4, 2012

Youth is fleeting, so it’s understandable why some middle-age men grappling with hair loss and erectile dysfunction try to reboot their inner warrior with a shiny new ‘vette, younger girlfriend or lifestyle lift. But, sadly, nothing can stop the persistent march of time. Just as declining estrogen levels trigger menopause in women, declining testosterone levels can bring on manopause. And when it hits, your wife may not be the only one suffering from hot flashes.

Friday September 21, 2012

In a funny episode of Modern Family, Phil wakes his entire family in the middle of the night when he tries to pass painful kidney stones.  “There’s an alien inside of me,” he cries out in melodramatic anguish. His wife, Claire, not nearly as sympathetic as Phil thinks she should be, makes the mistake of telling him rather matter-of-factly, “It’s just a kidney stone.”

Ut-oh.

“Just a kidney stone,” he bellows indignantly. “Someone get your mom a glass of water and a piece of gravel from the driveway and let’s see how she likes it!”

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