There are many options for obstetric care out there. There are OB/GYN physicians, family practice providers, nurse midwife groups who work under the observation of a physician, independent nurse midwife groups, birthing center midwives, home birth midwives and certified professional midwives. The opportunities are endless and in many areas, we are fortunate enough to have… Continue reading Pregnancy: Choosing a Provider
Hypertension, otherwise referred to as “high-blood pressure” by most, is a chronic health condition that can have tremendous negative outcomes. These include chronic kidney disease and heart issues, leading to heart attack, high cholesterol, stroke and sometimes death. A higher blood pressure means that the heart has to work harder with every pump to move… Continue reading Hypertension: Why Is It Such a Big Deal?
This gut thing has really been on my mind lately. How it connects to acute and chronic disease, how it affects our mood and mental health, and how it impacts the way we feel. I just finished reading The Psychobiotic Revolution by John Cryan, Scott Anderson and Ted Dinan. I think that overall it was… Continue reading Mind-Gut Connection: What I’ve Learned
Welcome back to part II of my mini stroke series. As I mentioned last week, many things can cause and increase the risk for a stroke. The not so great thing is, once a stroke occurs, there is not much that can be done to reverse the damage. Yes, there is a drug called tPA,… Continue reading Stroke: Prevention
Let’s talk bacteria, viruses and fungi for a minute. We often shed a negative light on these microscopic creatures, but they aren’t all bad. In fact, trillions of them, and they serve a very positive purpose: to help us survive. Our gut microbiome has many tasks to keep us healthy, so it is thought that… Continue reading Mind-Gut Connection: The Gut Microbiome
Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States and the 2nd leading cause of death worldwide. Do I have your attention? Not only that, but according to the American Stroke Association, 80% of strokes are preventable. Alas, I think they are worth discussing. I want to empower you, the general public… Continue reading Stroke: What Is It?
Do you ever wonder what our mental connection is to food? Or, how what we eat affects us physically AND mentally? Or why, when we are stressed or anxious we can that nervous belly? There has been more research coming out about this and it is quite interesting. I just requested a book from our… Continue reading Mind-Gut Connection
Before moving on to other topics, I wanted to finish up the discussion on diabetes, with diabetic management. So what if you have diabetes, or are pre-diabetic? Newer research is coming out explaining that the outcomes related to individuals with diabetes versus pre-diabetes are NO DIFFERENT. Which means that by the time an individual is… Continue reading Diabetes and Management
Continuing the series on chronic diseases. Maybe. If I can commit to writing regularly. Like, ever. As I wrote in the last post, being diagnosed with diabetes is depending on a combination of multiples risk factors: Genetics Diet Lifestyle Weight–> BMI (body mass index) over 25 Race–> African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics are… Continue reading Diabetes: Risk Factors and Prevention
It so appears I have been writing a lot about similar topics as of late…perhaps I should keep track of this a little bit better…. Or maybe I am just that passionate about the topic of being present and breathing and doing our best. I think it is a testament to the fact that it… Continue reading New Blog Additions?