Most of us don't even know what a gram of apple or an ounce of milk looks like, so how can we possibly calculate a sensible portion? Well, perhaps arithmetic is not required, and it may even be misleading.
Managing the emotions that come with this job -- the highs and the lows -- is difficult, and was even before I had a daughter at home. Some nights, I hug my husband and my daughter extra tight.
There's no debating that a fruit and veg-packed smoothie first thing in the a.m. is a gal's best friend. Loaded with filling fiber, plant-powered protein, and vitamins out the wazoo, smoothies are a totally foolproof way to give your breakfast a major nutrient boost.
For years, I have worked with people with mental health issues and I have treated them with kindness and a great deal of respect. Why cannot I give myself the same respect? Why is it so hard to even talk about my limitations and issues?
Victim isn't a bad word. It shouldn't imply that someone is a loser, a weakling, a malingerer or a chronic sad sack. For most people, being a victim is a stage in response to experiencing something traumatic that had a victimizing impact on them.
Despite my best attempts to end my life, my medical team and my family eventually helped me to rebuild it. I ended up being quite fortunate. Many of my strange inclinations went away with time. Bit by bit, everything started to feel natural once again. I resumed most of my previous habits. I reconnected emotionally with my loved ones. I lived.
What kind of public health policy would cover screening for someone considered at-risk before the age of 65 and discontinue it after that age when the risk actually increased?
Recovery Month spreads the message that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive quality treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.
The insurance companies' complications, government involvement, and economic downturn have all added fuel to this fire of discontent. But I think the problem is even more pervasive than that. It stems from our interactions. With each other and with our patients.
I just arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, after a few very pleasant days in Australia, which is just coming out of a pleasant winter and heading into an even more pleasant spring. Did I mention it's very pleasant there? It's a country where the people are as sunny as the weather. They're upbeat, social, outgoing, gregarious, eager to connect and engage. And yet they're not immune to some of the same darker trends confronting other countries. Australia may be geographically isolated from the rest of the world, but they're right in the middle with the rest of us in facing the roadblocks that keep us from living a healthy life -- from overwork and exhaustion to burnout and stress, all amplified by technology. And Australia has its own traditions and unique ways of getting around these roadblocks -- from a vibrant beach culture to the ancient Aboriginal concept of "Dreamtime."
Addiction proliferates behind walls. It feeds off the delusion of our separateness. We suffer in silence and too often recover in a shroud of secrecy. Although I would never judge any teacher who is unwilling to sacrifice anonymity in order to tell their story of recovery, I also think it's necessary to be honest with ourselves about what keeps us from sharing more often. I think we'd be pleasantly surprised to see how much our students would gain when we stop obsessing so much about what we might lose.
While many of the health effects of binge eating on veterans are similar to what has been found in civilian populations, it is clear that the disorder doesn't affect them exactly the same.
If we've read evidence supporting our management decisions, let's own it by truly referring to the literature. But if we are only vaguely aware of research that supports a questioned decision, without first taking time to read the evidence and/or supporting editorials and guidelines, let us not sugar-coat our lack of due diligence.
Some of my friends brag about how little sleep they get, as if depriving oneself of the ability to function fully is something to be proud of. Perhaps I could survive without my meds, but would I have been able to graduate college? I don't just want to survive, I want to thrive.
Trust me, no one wants to feel as miserable as this, especially not during what should be one of the most joyous times of life. I am a survivor and my children are too, and while HG is robbing me of life right now, I know in the end we will come out strong.
This is a manageable public health crisis that we know how to solve, but doing so requires our focus, our attention, our resolve and our resources, tools that only the United States has.
While the environment can be powerful, its negative effects are primarily man-made. Everything we put in the environment impacts our surroundings and inevitably, human health.
Eating more seafood can be surprisingly simple. To eat fish and seafood twice a week, consider these tips.
Don't drink everything in sight. Those volunteers holding tiny dentist cups of Gatorade seem like angels from above when you are parched and sweaty, but resist temptation.