Echinacea. Part 2

Written on October 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm, by Dianne

We know that good hand-washing reduces the spread of infection. An antibacterial soap is available for children and adults and should be used. A healthy, well-balanced diet consisting of the four basic food groups and vitamins and minerals are also essential. Read more

Echinacea. Part 1

Written on October 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm, by Dianne

Do children become less contagious when they are taking cough and cold medications? If they are not sneezing, blowing their noses, and coughing, perhaps they are not filling the air with as many of their germs. They are still contagious, but could it be they are less contagious? Read more

Risk Factors and Prevention

Written on October 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm, by Dianne

Although the causes are not totally understood, melanoma, like all cancers, is not contagious. There are certain risk factors, but having any of these risk factors does not mean that you will get melanoma, just like not having any of the risk factors does not protect you from the disease. Read more

How do I get started? Part 3

Written on October 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm, by Dianne

A few examples:
1) When your clothes start to get baggy, take them in, give them to the women’s shelter or buy the next smaller size. Wearing big clothes doesn’t make you look slimmer — they just make you look sloppy!
2) Elastic waist skirts and pants tend to shrink with you — wear a belt or stunning longer length top to hide the elastic. Read more

How do I get started? Part 2

Written on October 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm, by Dianne

Don’t get discouraged just because it seems to be taking too long. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in one day. It took me like a week to lose 10lbs and then about 2weeks to lose 5. The point is that so far I am keeping it off and am determined to lose more. Read more

How do I get started? Part 1

Written on October 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm, by Dianne

I weigh 284 lbs. Have tried every diet on this earth, some success, lots of failures. Mid 50′s female. Any suggestions?

It’s safe to lose about one-half to two pounds per week. When beginning an exercise program, you may see an initial loss of more than this, but it will quickly level out. Read more

How does the Specialist Coordinate Follow up Care?

Written on October 16, 2012 at 11:10 am, by Dianne

Finally, it’s a good idea to follow-up with your primary care doctor once you’ve seen the specialist. Since the primary care physician serves as the coordinator of patient care, it’s helpful if she is aware of the outcome of your visit. In my case, once the neuro-ophthalmologist honed in on my specific problem, he sent a detailed report of his findings to my primary doctor. Read more

The Stages of Grief and Loss in Depth, Part 2

Written on October 9, 2012 at 5:50 am, by Dianne

Many people that are grieving for a lost loved one bury themselves in work or a new time-consuming project. Actually this is a good idea. Our minds need to be occupied so that we do not dwell on our loss, but without blocking those prevalent feelings of loss and pain. Read more

The Stages of Grief and Loss in Depth, Part 1

Written on October 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm, by Dianne

First there is the initial shock and disbelief that your loved one has died. Often it is almost unreal or surreal. Many bereaved persons report that a sort of fog encompasses them during the initial few weeks following the death of a loved one. Read more

Exercise Prolongs Life

Written on September 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm, by Dianne

Motivating your members to exercise on a regular basis may have just gotten easier. Recent findings have shown that regular activity will help to prolong life, reducing mortality rates up to 50 percent. Read more