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Can a chiropractor help me with migraine?

Can a chiropractor help me with migraine?

With many classifications of migraine, the knowns and unknowns, hereditary link, the one-off in the family, triggers, testing, treatment, and more, many look for new solutions and options to fold into their wellness plan. As a chiropractor, Dr. Mandi McCoy said,...

Are injectable weight loss drugs destined to fail?

Are injectable weight loss drugs destined to fail?

Injectable weight loss drugs gained widespread media attention in 2023 and the attraction and conversation doesn't appear to be slowing down. We see more and more “before” and “after” pictures. We hear some information about the side effects. But educated minds should...

What is food sustainability? How do we achieve it?

What is food sustainability? How do we achieve it?

“Agricultural scientists echo the same sentiment – the human population is increasing,” Dr. Arun Bhunia stated. This, in turn, means we need to safely feed more people. What is food sustainability? The National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture...

High fructose corn syrup and its snowball effect on human health

High fructose corn syrup and its snowball effect on human health

It all changed when high fructose corn syrup was “introduced to the food market in 1970.” Shortly after that, “the obesity epidemic began to take off,” said Dr. George Bray, a renowned expert in the field of obesity. In the 1960s new technology allowed starch to be...

What causes acid reflux in infants?

What causes acid reflux in infants?

Have you considered chiropractic care for acid reflux? Dr. Mandi McCoy details helpful facts and advice: Know that treatment varies and is dependent on age. For the infant population, the focus is on: #1 - Their latch #2 - Mouth “As these can trigger their reflux if...

Food carries health risks

Food carries health risks

Did you ever stop to think that every bite of food you eat comes with its own set of health risks? Given that studies have indicated we spend a little over one hour a day eating – isn’t it worth educating yourself on best practices, as well as tuning in to how...

Obesity research pioneer shares 5 tips to lead a healthier life

Obesity research pioneer shares 5 tips to lead a healthier life

How can I be healthy? What are simple ways to be healthier? Dr. George Bray, a pioneer in the fields of obesity and diabetes, with endless accomplishments shares his personal tips to living a healthier, happier, and longer life. #1 –Don’t smoke #2 – Don’t drink...

Obesity expert explains diseases, stigma

Obesity expert explains diseases, stigma

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Obesity in the US affects 100.1 million adults and 14.7 million children.”* Given the fact that in 2022 the total US adult population was almost 261 million, that means over one-third of our population is overweight. With...

Medicare to assist in paying for dementia caregivers

Medicare to assist in paying for dementia caregivers

Dr. David B. Reuben has great news to report for dementia patients and their families. “For the first time in Medicare’s history, it will be paying for support of caregivers!” Reuben clarified, “This will not be 24/7 home care paid for; but there will be much more...

What is dementia? Who is at risk?

What is dementia? Who is at risk?

“Dementia is an epidemic,”* primarily affecting the older population. Dr. David B. Reuben, an expert in geriatric care who practices at UCLA Health, explains the crucial facts you and yours need to know. Dementia is a disease defined by: A chronic acquired decline in...

How to instill smart grocery habits in your child

How to instill smart grocery habits in your child

So much influence and impact stems from our childhood. Take a moment to reflect on yours. Can you identify areas of your life that align with your childhood experiences? I can. I can also identify how I have made some adjustments for my life and the future...

Impact of childhood stress can affect adulthood

Impact of childhood stress can affect adulthood

Are you struggling as an adult and just can’t pinpoint what the cause is? It may be partially rooted in your childhood. While your parents and caregivers may have tried their best, they may not have realized that there can be life-long effects of childhood stress....

Do I need to tell my doctor about the supplements I take?

Do I need to tell my doctor about the supplements I take?

First of all, everyone needs to be aware that “supplements are unregulated,” said Dr. Brooke Pearce. Given that it only makes sense for your health to lay it all out on the table, if you are with the right doctor, he or she will thank you. Your doctor should be...

Is Melatonin safe?

Is Melatonin safe?

In 2022, the melatonin market size was valued at $437.9 million.* What has caused melatonin purchases to surge? Individuals’ focus on healthy habits / diet Perceived nutritional benefits Growing rate of insomnia Advertisements Societal influence What I find most...

What helps sciatic nerve pain?

What helps sciatic nerve pain?

As with many health-related symptoms, getting to the root of the problem is most beneficial and a great goal to have. As Dr. Mandi McCoy explains, “With sciatic pain, it is all about figuring out what exactly is causing the pain. Since the sciatic nerve consists of...

A common cooking oil may cause genetic changes in your brain

A common cooking oil may cause genetic changes in your brain

UC Riverside has issued research results that impact you. Your state of health may be being significantly altered by the flippant disregard of practices used in restaurants, fast-food chains, and the like. Soybean oil “is by far the most widely produced and consumed...

Can medication make you dizzy?

Can medication make you dizzy?

Dizziness and vertigo series: Part 2 of 2 If you are experiencing dizziness or vertigo and you have been taking medication for another health reason, you should look into whether or not the medication is causing the dizziness. “If you Google dizziness, most...

How chiropractic care can help during pregnancy

How chiropractic care can help during pregnancy

Chiropractic care can be beneficial through all stages of life. In this interview, Dr. Mandi McCoy focuses on its benefits during pregnancy. When asked the top 3 areas in a pregnant woman’s body that can find pain relief from chiropractic care, she stated: Lower...

What is causing me to feel dizzy?

What is causing me to feel dizzy?

Dizziness and vertigo series: Part 1 of 2 Most people have experienced the feeling of dizziness at some point in their life. Whether in your childhood after spinning on the merry-go-round, being on a boat in rough water (seasickness), or perhaps when taking a new...

What is the pain scale?

What is the pain scale?

You’ve been asked this question before. Where do you rate your pain on a scale from 1-10? Do you know what each number means? It’s confusing but clarity will soon be yours. Most medical facilities use the Stanford Pain Scale (1-10) as a reference guide. Pain tolerance...

Trifecta of chronic pain, stress, and anxiety is impairing health

Trifecta of chronic pain, stress, and anxiety is impairing health

Treating patients with chronic pain on a daily basis, Hana Doustar, offers her expertise, approach, and advice to individuals living with chronic pain and anxiety, as well as combating stress. The top three root causes of pain she sees firsthand? 1 – “Headaches from...

Is your doctor gaslighting you?

Is your doctor gaslighting you?

Psychology Today defines gaslighting as “an insidious form of manipulation and psychological control.”* As a victim of gaslighting you “are deliberately and systematically fed false information,”* which may make you question what you know to be true (not about them,...

5 tips to protect your health while traveling

5 tips to protect your health while traveling

Just because I’m traveling does not mean my health should go on holiday too. In fact, I’ve found my best travel experiences and memories pair well if I’m staying on track and finding a healthy travel routine. Consistency turns out to be key yet again.  When we take an...

Flip the “script” – literally, on your prescription

Flip the “script” – literally, on your prescription

Accept things and never ask questions; Debate things and go back and forth; Decline things after a thorough analysis. We likely could all say each of those hypotheticals have occurred in our medical lives at some point in time. Is there a solid theme amongst your...

5 things to keep in mind at your next blood draw

5 things to keep in mind at your next blood draw

I’ve been getting a lot of blood work done lately. So much that maybe I’d qualify for a VIP parking spot at the lab. I think many of us are familiar with the basics of the process and why we get our blood drawn, so this article is dedicated to hopefully sharing some...

Blood draw reveals many secrets of the body

Blood draw reveals many secrets of the body

You are likely familiar with at least a few of the common categories that may be marked on your lab order – white blood cell count, red blood cell count, cholesterol, blood glucose (sugar), etc. What you may not know is that the short amount of time it takes to prick...

Chiropractic care: Allowing the body to heal itself

Chiropractic care: Allowing the body to heal itself

Our bodies can be described in many ways. Before you dive into this article, choose three adjectives to describe your body at this exact moment in time. I’ll go first: a bit tired, capable, and awe-worthy. Thinking about the past year alone and what my body has been...

Health is my #1 priority – Is it yours?

Health is my #1 priority – Is it yours?

If I told you how at one time in my life, in the span of a single month, the number of emergencies, life events, and situations that required fast action on my part, an extra dose of hope, and unconditional love and support, your head would spin. If you’ve ever felt...

Impact of miscarriage multi-faceted

Impact of miscarriage multi-faceted

It’s amazing to learn that as many as 40% of women trying to conceive end up having a miscarriage; in some cases, more than one. It’s very common, but not commonly discussed. “Loss of pregnancy still remains a heavily stigmatized taboo subject, and its impact on a...

Immune system health – expert says nutritional balance key

Immune system health – expert says nutritional balance key

When it comes to the immune system, there is no miracle cure or ability to “boost your immune health” through consumption of a magic pill. It has a very simplistic need – balance. “It’s really getting back to the basics of how our body wants to function – and it wants...

Is alcohol a friend or foe?

Is alcohol a friend or foe?

This topic can be like diving into the deep end of the pool. It can be a controversial topic, yet that’s not the reason I chose this topic. It’s because alcohol has come up unexpectedly in three separate conversations I’ve been involved in within the past 24 hours....

Bone health, innovations in imaging explained by Dr. Stephen Honig

Bone health, innovations in imaging explained by Dr. Stephen Honig

Our bones compose the framework within the human body that is essential for us to function from top to bottom (brain, heart, and other organs). Bones also store essential minerals (calcium and phosphorous). This serves two functions: 1) To keep our bones strong; and...

Clinical trials and the FDA’s role

Clinical trials and the FDA’s role

We hear the term “clinical trials” quite regularly, but what do these entail and who decides whether these newly developed drugs make it to our pharmacies? What is a clinical trial? A clinical trial is essentially a “test drive” on real people who volunteer to...

Naturopathic testing valuable in addition to Western medicine

Naturopathic testing valuable in addition to Western medicine

There are individuals that strictly adhere to Western medicine practices and others whom favor Eastern. In my opinion, there is room for both and utilizing both can bring a full range of information for us to consider when it comes to our health.  An article which...

5 key habits of high energy people

5 key habits of high energy people

Our individual makeup is obviously highly unique. Are you the same person you were 10 years ago? If not, how have things changed on all levels: mindset, mental, emotional, and physical? The people in your tightest circle (remember those 5 people that influence you),...

When the perfect storm is brewing in your health

When the perfect storm is brewing in your health

What ends up being ‘the perfect storm’ in your health? We all experience it to some degree. A perfect storm is all the components of bringing on a resulting event. The thought, “I can identify most, if not every part that brought this set of symptoms, circumstances,...

How do you rate your visual quality of life?

How do you rate your visual quality of life?

We all can measure our quality of life, but have you considered where your “visual quality of life” falls on the scale? Dr. Kathleen Digre, a distinguished neuro-ophthalmologist and former president of both the American Headache Society and the North American...

Whose role model are you?

Whose role model are you?

Role model admiration never stops. Even as adults we watch the actions, emotions, responses of whomever we deem as our ‘role models.’  Role models can be present in our life from birth or new ones may come and go as we make our way through the seasons of life....

How do you define ‘healthy?’

How do you define ‘healthy?’

Considering the varying definitions of the term ‘healthy’ is like an intricate spider web. I polled a handful of folks and turns out, we each define healthy differently. For me, at the end of the day, I like to learn from doctors and experts, research, and our very...

Pediatric headache a very common issue says Victoria Karian, CPNP-PC

Pediatric headache a very common issue says Victoria Karian, CPNP-PC

“Headache and migraine are in the top 5 diagnoses presenting in the pediatric primary care office,” said Victoria Karian, CPNP-PC, a 42-year veteran of pediatric medicine. “Incidence of migraine in children is reported at 9-10%.” Karian has worked at Boston Children’s...

Migraine still widely under-diagnosed, expert says

Migraine still widely under-diagnosed, expert says

A very painful and disabling condition, migraine affects all genders and ages. Since it is recognized as a widespread ailment by medical experts, why is it so tremendously under-diagnosed? “Of people with migraine in population studies, only about half of the people...

Are you ghosting your doctor?

Are you ghosting your doctor?

Merriam-Webster defines ghosting as, “The act or practice of abruptly cutting off all contact with someone … usually without explanation, by no longer accepting or responding to phone calls, instant messages, etc.” In one way or another we’ve all been ghosted, have...

“Stress alone can make you physically ill,” expert explains

“Stress alone can make you physically ill,” expert explains

When the term ‘pain’ comes to mind, you might automatically think of recovery from a surgery or a noticeable physical injury. But what about pain that feels somewhat widespread, achy, and you can’t pinpoint the source?  (If you need a refresher on understanding the...

Green Beret helps others as a result of Nurtec ODT success

Green Beret helps others as a result of Nurtec ODT success

The men and women who have served our country have made numerous sacrifices and deserve our respect, but veterans like Greg Peterman are in a special category. Greg, now a veteran Green Beret,* began his Army career in 1993 and served 7 tours, in places like...

Silence can be medicine for the busy mind

Silence can be medicine for the busy mind

I thrive in silence, yet I know many who prefer background noise. Which describes you? Or do different days dictate your downtime preferences? I’d attribute my love for silence to my upbringing. Only child, calm household, learned to self-entertain with books, toys,...

Five people influence your personality, behavior

Five people influence your personality, behavior

I recently read that we are each a combination of the five people we are closest to, interact with, or spend the most time with. Think about that. Our traits, our quirks, our mannerisms, our actions vs. reactions, our habits. It’s true. We are a blend of who we are...

Pain management doctor develops innovative methods to help patients

Pain management doctor develops innovative methods to help patients

As patients we are so impressed when we connect with a high-quality physician and see the difference it makes in our life. Imagine the level of respect for one of those who is also an innovator in his field. Dr. Bryan Marascalchi, an accomplished anesthesiologist and...

Impeding citizens’ wellness: Air quality events linked to illness

Impeding citizens’ wellness: Air quality events linked to illness

“In 2020, about 68 million tons of pollution were emitted into the atmosphere in the United States.”* To put this in perspective in a layman’s term example, one ton of ear corn equals 1,475 pounds. Multiply that times 68 million! While we have moderate control over...

Expert says many options available to manage back pain

Expert says many options available to manage back pain

Given that 25% of adults in the United States have reported experiencing lower back pain in the prior three months (CDC), it is important to know that many options exist to help alleviate this pain. Dr. Bryan Marascalchi, a pain management expert who is an assistant...

The secret life of your body under anesthesia

The secret life of your body under anesthesia

When getting ready to have surgery, we are used to being briefed by our surgeon, the nursing staff, and the anesthesiologist as to what will take place during the operation and what to expect afterward. But, have you ever wondered what’s really going on with your body...

Headache medicine involves various conditions

Headache medicine involves various conditions

In recently talking with Dr. Deborah Friedman, a talented neuro-ophthalmologist with UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, I learned there are several conditions seen in headache medicine that are greatly underrepresented in the media. Friedman agreed that...

Hydration and falls are interlinked – a real balancing act

Hydration and falls are interlinked – a real balancing act

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than one in three people age 65 years or older falls each year. There are many contributing factors that add to this significant number. “Diabetes, heart disease, problems with thyroid, nerves, feet, or blood...

Pain, pain tolerance, and the 1-10 pain scale

Pain, pain tolerance, and the 1-10 pain scale

Pain is truly a pain. As I write this, I am presently in recovery mode from sinus surgery. From a sinus infection, facial pressure, and headache standpoint – I feel a world better. From a pain perspective – I think I could draw you a picture of exactly where the...

Diabetes a highly stressful disease that’s hard to cope with

Diabetes a highly stressful disease that’s hard to cope with

While no chronic illness is easy to navigate, individuals afflicted with diabetes are recognized as having a notably stressful and high-maintenance disease. Dr. Rashmi Mullur, an endocrinologist and integrative medicine expert with UCLA Health and the Greater Los...

UCLA doctor says diabetes on the rise; global obesity escalates

UCLA doctor says diabetes on the rise; global obesity escalates

Diabetes has reached “a crisis level over the last several decades,” according to Dr. Rashmi Mullur, an endocrinologist with UCLA Health. A common link appears to be the primary culprit. “We are still experiencing what we consider our obesity epidemic that has been in...

Shop the right doctor (or drop the wrong one) for you

Shop the right doctor (or drop the wrong one) for you

The decision when choosing a doctor and deciding to continue care with one is not a one and done decision. Recently, I was initially very pleased with a specialist I was referred to. The doctor was proactive, listened to my concerns, had a positively aggressive...

Chronic illness can be invisible, cause aerobic impairment

Chronic illness can be invisible, cause aerobic impairment

Dr. Todd Davenport’s empathetic understanding of chronic illness is profound and gratifying. “The hard thing about all of this is that this is all invisible,” he explained. “So you wouldn’t know that somebody has a migraine unless you knew what you were looking for....

The evolution of COPD

The evolution of COPD

COPD, formally known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the fourth leading cause of death and a major cause of disability in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This is a disease that deserves a look back in time as...

“Pain: The #1 reason people seek medical help”

“Pain: The #1 reason people seek medical help”

Pain, whether short-term or long-term, is debilitating and in the United States, 20 million people live with the type of pain that frequently limits their life or work activities. No wonder pain is the number one reason Americans seek medical help, according to the...

Inflammation, immune systems, and COVID-19 effects

Inflammation, immune systems, and COVID-19 effects

The more medical experts study disease, the more frequently inflammation seems to rear its problematic head. Shedding more light on that subject and more for us is Dr. Christopher Snell, former chair of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee to the U.S....

Migraine effect on cardiovascular health controversial

Migraine effect on cardiovascular health controversial

In researching the effect migraine and other chronic health conditions (non-heart related) may have on one’s cardiovascular health, I was very pleased to get top-rated cardiologist Dr. Steven Nissen’s opinion. Nissen was very forthcoming and said that topic is a...

What’s lurking behind your lab results?

What’s lurking behind your lab results?

I walked out of a recent primary care doctor visit with an unexpected bit of genetic family history! After a cursory review of my fasting blood work results, he told me high cholesterol runs in my family. He caught me off guard. He doesn’t know my family! I didn’t...

Droopy eyelids, trouble swallowing could be Myasthenia Gravis

Droopy eyelids, trouble swallowing could be Myasthenia Gravis

The interview this month is with Dr. Payam Soltanzadeh, who specializes in neurology and neuromuscular medicine at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Soltanzadeh has shared his expertise and provided clarity on the condition Myasthenia Gravis (MG).  “In...

Migraine made me more self-confident

Migraine made me more self-confident

It is vital that we work to continually build up our mental, physical, and emotional resilience. If you have to take a sick day off work, do you feel guilty even though you are legitimately too ill to physically go in to your job? “Patients with migraine are...

Migraine – The elephant in the room

Migraine – The elephant in the room

Invisible illnesses – migraine, Fibromyalgia, lupus, Crohn’s disease, ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease – just to name a few. While they may be “invisible” on the outside, we know they are incredibly active internally. It’s a lot to digest. From a slower than...

The test that “best measures fatigue”

The test that “best measures fatigue”

As you likely realize by this stage, bringing awareness and fostering conversation on overall health, especially chronic conditions is what drives me. Many of these conditions cause patients to feel significant fatigue. In some cases, the fatigue is so profound that...

Managing pain begins with inward focus

Managing pain begins with inward focus

Are you in pain? Are you okay? Pain – whether short term, chronic pain, or intermittent pain can be one of the toughest symptoms we have to manage in life. Pain can be all-consuming. Millions of people experience significant pain every day. What is the true definition...

Knowledgeable RN helps migraine sufferers in hospital

Knowledgeable RN helps migraine sufferers in hospital

The interview this month is with Lauren, a neurological intensive care RN. Lauren specializes in neurology, neurosurgery, migraine, headaches, strokes, brain tumors and other trauma related to brain and spine. Lauren’s experience with migraine started very early on in...

Veterans with toxin exposure have another battle after war

Veterans with toxin exposure have another battle after war

A large number of our U.S. military troops are deployed internationally during wartime to protect America’s interests. Little did many know that after stepping up to serve their country, they would have another battle to fight. This battle unfortunately can be more...

Finally understanding the 1 to 10 pain scale

Finally understanding the 1 to 10 pain scale

Everyone has a different tolerance for pain. However, I will say that experiencing migraine and meningitis have provided me with the ability to gauge pain better. Do you have a good understanding of the pain scale?  If you have a condition that causes pain, you will...

Dr. Klimas says we are living in “a very toxic society”

Dr. Klimas says we are living in “a very toxic society”

In regards to one’s health, it’s common to have an understanding of family medical history and whether or not you are living a healthy lifestyle. But how aware are you of the chemical content in the food you ingest day after day? Weighing in on this topic is Dr. Nancy...

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