It’s almost time for the children to return to school and every day, there are more public service announcements promoting the benefits of vaccinating children to protect them from diseases thought to be eradicated years ago in this country. There are some people who are terribly misinformed about the value of vaccinations and this is a shame; they and their family members are unnecessarily suffering from childhood diseases that bring lifelong health issues because of ignorance, misinformation and unwarranted fears.
Vaping and e-Cigarettes
According to the WHO (World Health Organization), there is evidence that vaping and e-cigarettes might not be the most effective or safe method to quit smoking conventional tobacco products. Here are some reasons why:
Exercise Doesn’t Have to be a Workout
For many people, the idea of walking into a gym filled with 20 somethings in little workout clothes hopping and grinding their way to a better bikini body can be intimidating enough to walk into the revolving doors and staying there until the door exits you back into the street. Same situation applies for the guys…grunting and pressing enormous weights with bodies that look like the Incredible Hulk can be very intimidating to the fellow who hasn’t worked out in years. Don’t despair! Some of the best forms of exercise really don’t have to be performed in a gym and the benefits of these activities can be fun, not expensive and reap many rewards. They can help you to keep your weight within normal range, strengthen your bones, improve your balance, motor and cognitive skills, protect you from cardiovascular disease, improve your blood pressure, decrease inflammation, improve joint pain, lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and help prevent urinary leakage and pelvic floor conditions.
Chill n Grill Safely This Summer
The CDC just published a great ‘cheat sheet’ on how to ensure you grill safely without contracting food-borne illnesses. Check out the link for food safety tips. Enjoy your 4th of July Independence weekend. Be safe and have fun.
Testosterone is a hormone produced by the testicles. It is responsible for your sex drive, sperm production, and helps to build bone and muscle mass. As a man ages, his body’s ability to produce testosterone decreases. The American Urological Association has stated that approximately 2 out of 10 men who are older than 60 years of age have low levels of testosterone. These levels further decrease as men reach their 70s and 80s.
Great Sex During Your Pregnancy
Many of my pregnant patients ask me if it is safe to have sex during their pregnancy and at what point should they cease sexual activity. Good questions and here are some answers for you.
Sunscreens protect the skin from damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted from the sun. Active ingredients contained in sunscreen when applied on the skin absorb, scatter, or reflect the UV radiation like a force field. These ingredients prevent the sun’s harmful rays from attacking the skin. This is what helps prevent sunburn and reduces the risk of skin cancer.
Remember Our Men and Women in Service
This Memorial Day weekend, while you’re having fun, spend more than a few minutes to remember and reflect what Memorial Day means to you. Take the time to shake a vet’s hand and express gratitude for his or her service. Be kind and treat a service person to a cup of coffee and engage into a conversation. Inquire about what his/her role was/is in the military and get to know where they are from and what their aspirations are after military service. You will find that many will want to share their experiences.
May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month
Pelvic pain can be defined as chronic pain (experienced for more than 6 months) that is not menstrual (period pain for females). Pelvic pain affects both men and women and can present as some of the following symptoms:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Painful penetration
- Painful orgasm
- Erectile dysfunction
- Generalized pelvic pain
- Post surgical pain
- Scar tissue pain
- Yeast infections & Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
- Constipation & bowel disorders
- Postpartum pain