Archive for the 'Lifestyle' Category

Avoid Germs at the Gym

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

You go to the gym to get healthier, not bring back infection. The warm moist environment is a perfect breeding ground for creepies crawling about the gym like warts, Candida, MRSA and E Coli.

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A study in military gyms have shown that 73% of all weight equipment is contaminated with viruses.

Basketballs and volleyballs have also been shown to spread potentially dangerous germs with bacteria surviving on the balls for up to 3 days in the storage closet.

Skin infections are one of the most likely to be transmitted to athletes. Plantar warts, Klebsiella, E coli, Candida (jock itch, athletes feet, ringworm, yeast infections), Staph, MRSA or Herpes can all be transmitted in the gym.

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Dr Deb’s Gym Germ Tips

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Hot Flash Hormone Hysteria: 5 Menopause Myths

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The temperature outside may finally be cooling off, but many women feel eternally in August. 65-85% of women will suffer from hot flashes, some starting in their 30s and continuing throughout their life. Many women feel paralyzed with fear when it comes to treatment or not taken seriously by their doctor.

Women should never be made to feel this is all in their head or not a big deal. Women now live 1/3 of their life past the age of menopause with 50 million women in the US in the age range where they could experience menopausal symptoms. A recent study published in Menopause showed that women with severe hot flashes had poorer health, more doctor visits and decreased productivity at work. Menopause has been associated with poor sleep, memory issues, irritability and weight gain.

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Dr. Deb’s Menopause Myths

1. Hormone Therapy is Dangerous and Causes Cancer

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Take the Fright Out of Tick Bites

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Nothing can cause a fright like a tick bite. This year we’ve seen more of the little buggers, not just in the woods where we expect, but they have penetrated our own back yards. Ticks are on the rise as more deer that carry ticks live in our neighborhoods and milder winters aren’t freezing them off. I’ve already removed one from my dog and one from my daughter this month. Don’t run for the kerosene! Learn the safe way to prevent and remove ticks.

Dr Deb’s Tick Prevention Tips

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Give the Best Gift for Mother’s Day: National Women’s Health

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

National Women's Health Week - May 12-18, 2013

Looking for an awesome gift for Mother’s Day? How about the gift of health! Women are often the caregivers for their families, putting the needs of their spouses, children, and parents before their own. As a result, women’s health and well being suffer. National Women’s Health Week kicks off on this Sunday, Mothers Day, to empower women to make their own health a priority.

 

Dr. Deb’s National Women’s Heath Week Tips

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Is Stress Making You FAT?

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Have you ever been so stressed that you can’t eat? Me neither. My standard reaction to stress is to find comfort in food. Eating high fat/high sugar foods raises endorphins or happy chemicals that can calm in times of stress. Stress also provides a great excuse as we are “too busy to exercise”, but stress may do something more that actually increases fat even if we are eating the same calories. It raises cortisol, the fight or flight hormone, that actually creates more fat, especially around the belly organs (visceral fat) which can be the most dangerous kind of fat to our health.

The body responds to all stress whether physical or psychological in the same way. When you are stressed, your brain acts as if you are in physical danger and you go into flight or flight mode. The hormone cortisol is released which actually increases fat storage because it thinks your body just burned a bunch of calories fleeing, even though it was only your mind, and you actually burned very few calories. It also tells your body that it is hungry. As long as you are stressed, the body keeps making cortisol and making more fat. Cortisol also slows down your metabolism so you may not lose weight even though you are eating less.

Americans tend to live in a constant state of stress. Our bodies need some stress but lowering stress to a manageable level is not only good for our heart but our waist line as well.

Dr. Deb’s Stress Less, Lose Weight Tips

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