As a Nurse Practitioner, mom, wife, friend, sister and neighbor, people are always asking me for health advice. I love translating complicated medical information to help people navigate their way toward better health and wellness. I’ll help you find the information you need to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family.
Here’s to better health,
Nurse Barb Dehn RN MS NP
A patient called the other day and asked me to prescribe medical marijuana to help her sleep. She had heard that it would help her sleep better. She’s in her 50′s, has 2 kids, works full time and says that she only used marijuana in college a few times. After this jaw dropping request, I stopped and asked a few more questions, because more information was needed to help solve this her issue.
I’m not a sleep or pain specialist and so I needed to know what was going on before making a recommendation. I’m learning more about cannabinoid receptors and the effect of medical marijuana on neuropathic pain, and especially to treat the pain that results from Multiple Sclerosis. I had read that while medical marijuana can help people get to sleep, it might not be the best option for improving REM sleep and helping people stay asleep or feel well rested the next day. I needed more information from this patient.
Night time waking
Turns out, she has no problem falling asleep, but does wake up at about 4-5 am and can’t get back to sleep for about 1 hour. When she’s frustrated with tossing and turning, she gets up and watches TV, mostly the shopping networks, then she orders something that she doesn’t need. When I asked her if her mind races when she wakes up, she said yes because she worries about money all the time. There were other things that came up, she had no pain, no chronic illnesses. [...]
What’s the Easiest Way to Lose Weight and Be Healthier?
“Take My 2014 Challenge”……..
Take 2014 Steps in 2014. Walk an extra 2014 steps every day and watch the pounds melt off. 2,014 extra steps each day is a mile. It’s a 15 minute walk. You could also break it up into smaller increments and just get up off your chair and walk around the house at regular intervals.
I have patients who are too busy to go to the gym so we’ve found ways to help them increase their steps.
A recent study found that Americans walk about half as much as Australians and their obesity rate is also half of what ours is. On average, the folks in the study walked around 5,000 steps, the Australians over 9,000. Guess what? 5,000 steps per day is considered sedentary, in other words — inactive.
Quadruple and multiply by 5 the number!
Want to be really healthy? Don’t stop at 2014 steps, quadruple and then multiply the number of steps you walk by 5 and aim for at least 10,000 steps each day. That’s the key to better health. Start off with a few and add 500 each day until you reach your goal. Experts are saying that exercise is the best way to stay healthy.
Why Zebras don’t die of heart attacks
My friend, Dr. Jane Lombard, who is a cardiologist explained why it is that Zebras don’t die of heart attacks. She heard this explanation during her training. It’s because they are always running! They run from lions, cheetahs and other predators. Zebras are active and that’s why they don’t have heart disease. So take a cue from our striped friends and get out there!