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“She’s Positive. She’s Positive Not”
Waiting for the Answer by Rachel Pappas
A few weeks later came her call. My mother had breast cancer too. Her bad news had me petrified that I was positive for the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutation that almost guarantees you will get breast or ovarian cancer. What if I passed this gene to my daughter and she ended up with the same fate as my mother and myself? (more…)
Carbohydrates are foods packed with energy. As our bodies digest and metabolize carbohydrates, sugars are released into the bloodstream and this blood sugar races to our cells providing energy so that we can think, walk, run and function. There’s another key factor here, Insulin.
Our bodies produce insulin in response to eating foods with carbohydrates, becasue insulin’s job is to help transport the glucose to the cells. Insulin is like the friend who knocks on the door and helps the glucose gain admission to the cells. The 2 work together, Insulin and blood sugar.
This could save your life or the life of someone you know and love!!!!
NURSE’S HEART ATTACK EXPERIENCE written by: “A nurse who was circulating her account of her experience via the internet to reach and educate as many women as she could.”
I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have ever heard. Please read, pay attention, and send it on! FEMALE HEART ATTACKS I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I’ve ever had.Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction)… Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack …. you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman’s experience with a heart attack. (more…)
When Should Women NOT Lie About Their Weight
First of all, I’m answering as myself, a real woman who lives in the real world, and then I’ll answer as a health care provider. My personal policy is to never come clean and be exact about my weight. I mean really, is it necessary for friends to know? Well, yes, if you’ve lost weight, and then when you say, I lost 25 pounds and I now weigh 145, they quickly do the math and realize that you were topping out at 170 or more. Yikes. Is that too much honesty?
Yes, because most of us associate a heart attack or heart disease with crushing chest pain. And yet, for women, the signs of heart disease can be so mild that we ignore them.
I love helping people lose weight and keep it off helps prevent diabetes, heart disease and a whole host of other issues. As it turns out, even a 10% drop in weight can be the difference between needing medication or insulin for diabetes and avoiding medication completely.
I know that many people get overwhelmed by the numbers on the scale and the idea that they have to lose 40-50-100 or more pounds. The truth is, that every pound lost is beneficial and even a small 15 pounds makes a huge difference in health.
Kate came in to see me recently for her annual. She wanted to lose weight to try to avoid the diabetes that ran in her family. She was in her 50’s, worked full time, had 2 kids in high school and was very busy. At 5’4″, she knew that 165 pounds was too heavy and she was ready to do something about it. I asked her to tell me about her day, what she ate, what was happening when she ate, hunger pangs and as many circumstances surrounding her food choices as possible. (more…)
Cary came in for an urgent visit. She was urinating every 5 minutes, felt that she had to go constantly, and yet there wasn’t much urine that came out and it burned like fire when it did finally trickle out. She had experienced this before and called to come in right away. “I think I have another bladder infection,” she said. “It just started last night and I didn’t get any sleep.”
As many of you know, I have a serious addiction to Dark Chocolate and now the research and evidence is backing up what I must have known all along for years. Dark Chocolate is an excellent anti-oxidant and helps prevent heart attack and stroke. The good news is that is tastes great too!
Joseph’s brother was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 38 and is now battling a recurrence after 5 years of being cancer free. As they looked closely at the family history, there were several other aunts and uncles who had also had cancer in the stomach, pancreas or bladder. Joseph asked me about genetic testing for himself and his children. He wondered if these cancers were random events or related to a genetic disorder.