Breast Size and Physical Activity

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The above recording is mostly an a brief educational opportunity for physicians and nurses, but it brings up an important topic. Breast size is a real barrier for many women who want to engage in a physical activity, in particulary a team sport, but feel support is so low in typical bras that they are embarrased to move around.

The Bra Queendom falls under the realm of fashion. This is nice for ladies as far as colors, or wanting a certain contour such as more cleavage or minimizing.

I’ve noticed an increase in women asking for consideration for plastic surgery to reduce their breast size. When I examine them, I usually see the problem is a poorly fitted bra.

Signs of a poorly fitting bra include:

  • Pain in the neck an upper back
  • Bra Straps that cut into the shoulders leaving creases
  • Rashes underneath the breast
  • Inability to run (or jump) in a bra meant for being active due to breast pain
  • Needing frequent adjustment throughout the day

Ideally, its best to be fit by a seamstress or professional who is experienced in bra fittings.

It is possible to fit yourself. Here is a nice video that can walk you through the process:

Once you have corrected your size, consider haivng different bras depending on activities. I personally wear a T-back or Razor back for high impact activities. In a sports bra, you want wide straps that distribute the weight of your breast better.

Thanks for reading!

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Eating Breakfast Reduces Cardiovascular and All Causes Mortality

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Association of Skipping Breakfast With Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality

I received a recent article summarizing information we already know, which is we should all eat breakfast. The authors propose that “breaking the fast” helps prevent the body from going into a stress state. I often advise patients that even if you are busy, a smoothie or yogurt will get soemthing into your body.

Fruit consumption and diabetes

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Patients frequently ask me if as a diabetic, is it safe to ready fruit. It’s not a simple question to answer. I received an update from Medical News that answers this question very nicely. The short answer is, yes, got can safely consume fruit add a diabetic. However, all things in moderation.  In general, if you are diabetic, you should be aware of calories.  You want to avoid fruits with a high glycemic index.   Otherwise, you do want fruit as part of your diet.  You also want to incorporate vegetables as well.

If your looking for ways and reasons to incorporate fruits and vegetables in your diet, please check out one of my favorite sites Nutrition Facts

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Ginger

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The National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health recently sent out an email about ginger.  I thought this would be a good excuse to get back to my blog.

I frequently recommend using ginger to patients.   There are ginger supplements available in many forms, but its pretty easy to find raw ginger root in the grocery store produce aisle.  I use raw ginger in stir fry or make a “tea” (herbal infusion) with hot water, ginger root and water.

Ginger is a great remedy for motion sickness, Meniere’s Disease,  or morning sickness.  Simply inhaling the spicy scent gives  you instant relief.

I often recommend ginger to help stabilize blood sugars. Ginger has been shown to reduce A1c (blood sugar average) and fasting blood sugars in diabetics.¹

Ginger essential oil  has a much longer shelf life than the root, and its easy to carry when you travel.  One very strong recommendation is that ginger is a “hot” oil, meaning it has a lot of kick.  I strongly recommend diluting essential oil in a carrier oil if your going to use it topically.

 

 

1. The Effects of Ginger on Fasting Blood Sugar, Hemoglobin A1c, Apolipoprotein B, Apolipoprotein A-I and Malondialdehyde in Type 2 Diabetic Patients. (n.d.).

Prostate Cancer Screening and Men’s Health

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Photo from wordpress…representation of male patient afte he finds out there will be no prostate exam.

I see both male and female patients. Women are accustomed to some sort of yearly exam, typically related to women’s health.

I’ve found over my years of practice that men typically present at the ages of 30, 40, or 50 wondering what is required of their health. Unlike women, the average healthy man may not have a specific need for a physician. It’s not unusual for a male patient to go over 20 years without seeing a physician. After going so long without seeing a physician naturally, they are very nervous about the prospect of meeting a physician and getting a rectal exam immediately.

These medical headlines are extremely helpful. The current recommendations are that for the majority of men, prostate cancer is not recommended.

My approach is education. Every man should be aware of symptoms of prostate enlargement, such as frequent urination or trouble emptying the bladder. Men should also be prepared discuss issues with sexual health, as any issues with having an erection could signal issues with cardiovascular disease. Checking PSA or performing a prostate exam won’t be necessary UNLESS a patient wants to do this. Patients that want a more rigorous screening exam have the option once we discuss the risks and benefits it prostate screening.

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Kidney Disease and Thyroid Disease-health news update

I received a very interesting email update from Mayo Clinic. Medical research is now showing a clear link between kidney disease and thyroid disease.

Thyroid disease has been commonly associated with critical illness, but as far as I know there has been no clear link between kidney disease and thyroid disease.

The take away from this study is in addition to other checkups, kidney patients need an assessment of their thyroid status.

Asthma and Hay Fever Linked to Increased Risk of Psychiatric Disorders — Neuroscience News Updates and Mind/Body Connection

According to researchers, suffering from asthma or hay fever may put you at an increased risk of developing a psychiatric disorder. The study reports over a 15 year period, 10.8% of people with allergies developed psychiatric disorders, compare to 6.7% of people without allergic diseases.

via Asthma and Hay Fever Linked to Increased Risk of Psychiatric Disorders — Neuroscience News Updates

This article appeared in my feed and I find it very fascinating. I thought I might use this in my own blog as a way to start introducing the logistics of the Mind-Body Connection.

Pathophysiology of Allergies (Allergic Rhinitis)

I see patients with some form of allergies throughout most of the day. This should be no surprise since allergic rhinitis is “the most common chronic disease in the United States, affect[ing]  between 10 and 30% of adults and up to 40% of children”¹.

The symptoms of allergic rhinitis start at Mast Cells;

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Mast Cells are an important part of the immune system that also play a role in allergies.  Mast Cells are equipped with receptors for antigens (a signal to the immune system that an invader is within the body).    Someone that has allergies produces antibodies  (IgE) which function to tag antigens as they enter the body.  An antigen tagged with IgE circulating in the blood stream will land on a mast cell, causing the mast cell to launch its weapons (histamine, cytokines and other inflammatory  chemicals),  These chemicals will land in the nasal passage, sinuses, and lungs leading to allergy symptoms.

Energy Imbalance leading to Allergic Rhinitis

One of my favorite books is by Margaret Ann Lembo’s Chakra Awakening. This is one of the first books I read when I became curious about energy medicine. This is a wonderful starter for anyone who is wanting to learn about the Chakra system, and as well as using  essential oils and crystals as part of their healing routine. I have adapted a chart from her book which summarizes each Chakra’s function, and how imbalances show up. I use this chart personally when I’m working with energy medicine and for myself and find it to be a very handy tool in energy medicine.

Chakra Chart from Margaret Ann Lembo’s Chakra Awakening

Chakra Chart from Mary Ann Lembo (1)

When I first started learning about the Chakra system, I was fascinated with how blockages within a Chakra could contribute to disease. Chakras comes from Ayurveda, and I think of it as anatomical representation of energy centers within the body.

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Most people suffer allergies in their noses, sinuses, eyes, ears, throat and sometimes chest. Symptoms of allergies are usually runny nose, watery eyes, sore throat, sinus pain and pressure. These organs are within the throat, third eye, and crown chakra. These organ are also associated with psychological dysfunction, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Additionally, allergies are generated within the body when the immune system becomes overactive. Knowing that these energy centers correlate with our physical and emotional health, it would be expected that a person suffering from allergies is likely at increased risk of a psychological issues.  In particular, if an individual is feeling like they can’t express themselves (blocked throat chakra) they may be particularly prone to allergies.

There are a number of ways to handle allergies.

Over the Counter Medications:

Naturally I’ll have to remind readers to consult with their personal physician if you are suffering from allergies. Most people can tolerate antihistamines such as Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra very well. The addition of a nasal steroid such as Fluticasone (Flonase) can also help to control symptoms.

Anyone suffering from severe symptoms, such as a rash or wheezing needs to consult with their physician.

Reiki for Allergies:

If you are already  Reiki  attuned, you can simply treat your sinuses.  Consider treating the neck and chest.  Your Reiki manual  from your attunement is also a good resource for a treatment sequence.

If you are considering seeking Reiki to treat allergies, you may opt for a shorter session, but understanding that a combination of stress and chemical cascades are leading to your  symptoms, you may be due for a full Reiki session.

Essential Oils to use:

Anyone with experience using essential oils to support their health can attest to how wonderful they can be to relieve symptoms.  There is simply no better pleasure than your first whiff of Breath from DoTerra when your suffering from allergies.

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DoTerra offers a wonderful line of products that can be used for allergies, and are good for colds, or to augment your meditation.  The essential oil  comes in a 15ml or a roller bottle, and either one is excellent.  A drop or two on your chest of neck quickly alleviates symptoms.  Consider a patch test on your inner arm before using routinely.  Of course, Breathe is amazing in a diffuser.

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dōTERRA Breathe® Vapor Stick

The vapor stick is neat, clean and ready to go.  You can quickly apply some to you chest or neck to soothe your sinuses.

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The dōTERRA Breathe® Respiratory Drops are my personal favorite cough drops.  You get all of the benefits of the oils without concern of others being affects by your essential oil use.  You will still get the cooling sensation in your sinus passages that is wonderful.

You can find more information on essential oils here.

 

1. Goldman, L., & Schafer, A. I. (2016). Goldman-Cecil medicine. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier/Saunders.

Alzheimer’s and diet

One of my favorite sources of information on nutrition and health is Nutrition Facts. I have followed Dr. Greger’s work for many years. I find his advice is so easy to apply. Dr. Greger addresses one of the most important aspects of health….nutrition.

[Moan…groan…yawn…start to fantasize about favorite junk food].

I like my chocolate too.

Anyway here’s an excellent video on diet and brain health. Many patients often ask me how to keep their memories intact. Diet plays a very important role.

Alzheimer’s and Diet

Okay stop whining and get some broccoli 🥦🥒🥒🌶🥑🥝🥥🍇🍈🍉😊

Administration of influenza vaccines to egg allergic recipients: A practice parameter update 2017

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Source: Administration of influenza vaccines to egg allergic recipients: A practice parameter update 2017

Conclusion

There is strong evidence that egg allergic individuals can safely receive IIV or LAIV if the latter vaccine is recommended for use once the concerns regarding efficacy have been resolved. Presence of egg allergy in an individual is not a contraindication to receive IIV or LAIV. Influenza vaccine recipients with egg allergy are at no greater risk for a systemic allergic reaction than those without egg allergy. Precautions, such as choice of a particular vaccine, special observation periods, or restriction of administration to particular medical settings, are not warranted and constitute an unnecessary barrier to immunization. Vaccine providers and screening questionnaires do not need to ask about the egg allergy status of recipients of influenza vaccine(1).

  1. Administration of influenza vaccines to egg allergic recipients: A practice parameter update 2017
    Greenhawt, Matthew et al.
    Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology , Volume 120 , Issue 1 , 49 – 52

I received this medical update from Epocrates.

Patients will need to discuss recommendations concerning vaccination recommendations with you physician or provider.

, it seems that we can assure patients that its okay to proceed with influenza vaccination even if patients have an egg allergy, they can still proceed with vaccination.