Two years ago I thought medical marijuana was a joke too. I figured it offered no real medical benefits, and that it was just a way to get high legally. My (re)education started in my work as a palliative care physician.
My doctors and I test blood levels of vitamin D on everyone we see in our clinic. When the results come in, two things happen: 1. Pretty much everyone is low in vitamin D. 2. Pretty much everyone is shocked that they are low in vitamin D.
It is important to find ways to navigate the upcoming months so that we don't feel like we have to avoid the holidays themselves and not just some of the foods. Luckily there are some simple things you can do to help keep the season bright.
We have an opportunity to eliminate hepatitis C by taking appropriate and timely steps. We as a society should be willing to pay for the current HCV therapies -- for all patients -- by providing additional resources and giving the attention to hepatitis C that it deserves now. If we can do this, hepatitis C may be a nonissue by 2035.
You're not supposed to avoid everything that tastes good forever. I for sure don't. I eat sugar AND bread, and I don't feel bad about it at all because it's a small piece of my bigger-picture healthy lifestyle plan.
Whether you prefer to cry in private or if you end up breaking down in public, crying can be essential in maintaining emotional health. But why is it so important?
There is no question that America's mental health care system is in dire need of an overhaul. But the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act" (H.R. 2646), introduced by Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA), represents the worst, most regressive possible direction for reform.
Rather than wallow in fear, I put together these 10 tips for tackling Thanksgiving dinner with a hearing loss. I hope they help you approach the holiday with more joy and less fear. Have a great Thanksgiving!
I wish I could multiply and divvy up my healing and derivative joy and inject it into every person struggling with disordered eating. Since I lack that superpower, I'll instead share some useful strategies with hopes that they might find appropriate eyes.
Pull from the bliss you have at the beach and bring back a slice of that perspective to your everyday life. Here are seven ways to mix the hustle with the happy and take on the city life with an island mentality:
Carving just 10 minutes out of your day to do these simple yoga moves will help reduce the stress and keep you from holding your breathe so you can enjoy this busy time of the year.
If this is what it is like in 2015 to come out of the closet as living with HIV, and this is the best we can expect from the Internet, I question why many don't understand if HIV stigma still exists. To the Internet: Nobody deserves HIV. Nobody deserves feeling stigmatized.
Don't get me wrong. Antibiotics are great. But our use of antibiotics -- often overuse, misuse or unnecessary use -- has contributed to antibiotic resistance. It is a global public health emergency.
Before arriving in the United States, child refugees often live in rural areas or refugee camps where medicine, food and Western luxuries are seldom available.
LGBTQ health is more than just HIV & suicide risk. Yes, please pay attention to those critical issues but that's not where our health problems stop.
Depression has taken too many lives because of the shame it's masked itself in. The most brilliant people can so easily harbor this secret and that's when depression wins. Don't let it. Speak up. If you had cancer you would tell someone. Depression is a disease, don't let it claim your life or the life you are meant to live.
f you stigmatize me, that's your ignorance, not my truth. Cool people, who are educated about mental illness and confident in their own mental health, don't stigmatize. Stigma is dated, cruel and just plain wrong. Get educated about mental illness and come over to the cool side.
The combination of maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and -- if possible -- breastfeeding can help African-American women lower their risk of breast cancer and provide significant protection against the most aggressive forms of the disease.
You have the power to reverse the damage your predecessor's actions have caused for women like me who seek services from Planned Parenthood. I know I am not alone, Mr. Foley. There are thousands of us with an actual need for Planned Parenthood's services in mid-Missouri.