Chronic illness + disease
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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