I woke up to someone forwarding this tweet:
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Yes, some company is selling tiny bags of herbs (they call them pearls) to stuff in the vagina for 3 days to cleanse your uterus or shrink your fibroids or treat bacterial vaginosis or tighten your vagina.
This is not only pointless it could be very dangerous. Here’s why.
Your uterus and vagina wants you to leave them alone
Your uterus isn’t tired or depressed or dirty and your vagina has not misplaced its chakra. They want no real help from you unless there is something wrong and they will tell you there is something wrong by bleeding profusely or itching or cramping badly or producing an odor. Don’t blame malaise, or fatigue on your uterus or vagina (unless you are anemic…
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Hippocrates: ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’
In a world where a pill or some type of medicine is prescribed for everything, it’s refreshing to know that a more natural, holistic movement is starting. Finally, medical professionals and patients alike are taking it back to Hippocrates’ original prescription for various ailments.
A prescription for lifestyle modifications is what’s really needed if we want to become individuals and in turn a healthier society. Medications aren’t always going to solve a problem or even keep it from reoccurring. This is why I counsel my patients on different changes they can make in their everyday lives that has the potential to have a huge impact on their health. For instance, I encourage my patients to increase their water consumption to half their body weight in ounces, engage in some type of physical activity for at least 30 minutes 5 times a week, avoid/limit alcohol,
pee urinate before and after sex, avoid douching, etc. Lifestyle modifications are the key to both preventing and treating an ailment sometimes.
Dr. Kim A. Williams tried an experiment where he switched to a vegan diet in an effort to treat his high cholesterol levels. Within 6 weeks, his LDL (the bad cholesterol) dropped from 170 to 90 with this simple lifestyle change. Now I know that becoming a vegan isn’t a viable or even appealing option for everyone (I’m definitely not making that change anytime soon), but small changes here and there can help you become a better, healthier you in the long run. Limit the amounts of red meats and fried foods in your diet. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Take the stairs, instead of the elevator. Drink more water! Find a physical activity that you enjoy (if it’s sex, make sure you’re practicing safe sex) and try to do that 3-5 times a week. Learn to manage your stress more effectively. Your body and loved ones will thank you later. Who knows? You may even inspire someone else to begin a healthy journey of their own.
Follow these tips to reduce your risk of heart disease and many other illnesses:
- Incorporate a plant-based diet (more fruits and veggies!)
- Manage your stress better
Keep these suggestions in mind if and when your healthcare provider diagnoses you with something. Have an open and honest discussion about what can be done to help yourself. You are a partner in your healthcare, not just a spectator.
Remember to keep a healthy demeanor, both inside and out! 🙂
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Prevention/46860 Here’s a link to Dr. Williams’ blog regarding his switch to vegan.
So apparently, in addition to being nervous about having a medical procedure performed, you now have to worry about the doctors using their cell phones during the procedure. According to The Washington state Medical Quality Assurance Commission, they have decided to suspend the license of an anesthesiologist for sending sexually explicit text messages, or sexting as the kids would call it, during his surgeries. For those of you who don’t know, sexting can be either sending sexually explicit photos, usually of one’s genitals and breasts or using text to talk dirty.
The commission also claims that this doctor used his authority to access medical records for his own sexual indulgence (you can draw your own conclusions there) and he was engaging in sexual activities on the job.
What ever happened to professionalism and self restraint? What about the ethical pledge he took when he received his medical degree? smh
Doctors Healthcare professionals are supposed to put the patient at ease and assure them that they’re in good hands, not cause more anxiety in already stressful situation. Too bad his hands were too full with his “instrument” to be a good healthcare provider.
While it’s unclear if his inappropriate behavior had a direct effect on any of his patients, you can rest assured the Commission will get to the bottom of this scandal.
In the meantime, do a thorough background check on your healthcare providers to ensure that you’ll receive the excellent care you deserve.
Remember ladies, to keep a healthy demeanor, both inside and out. 🙂
Breast cancer survivors can now rejoice and breathe a sigh of relief. A tattoo artist in Finksburg, Maryland is giving hope to breast cancer survivors who have had mastectomies and reconstructive surgery to have breasts again. The surgeries are an important step in the journey to overcoming cancer and trying to live a normal life again. For some women, having breasts were tied into their identity as a woman. Without breasts, a woman may feel incomplete and self conscious. Often times, women opt to have reconstructive surgery and may get implants in an effort to have breasts again. Unfortunately, in the process they lose their nipples. While advances in medicine and surgery offer decent solutions, surgeons weren’t trained to recreate a realistic nipple and areola.
This is where tattoo artist, Vinnie Myers, comes into the picture. He is able to create works of art through tattooing 3D nipples for breast cancer survivors. His amazing shading technique gives him the ability to give the illusion of real areolas on the breast. No matter what your skin tone is from pale Caucasian skin to charcoal Black, you can rest assured that you’ll leave satisfied. While the price may seem a bit expensive at first glance ($600-800), keep in mind that a boost to a woman’s self esteem and confidence level is priceless.
Clink the link below to check out a video documenting a woman’s trip to get new nipples and areolas from Vinnie.
Are you relying on birth controls as your family planning method? Keep reading…
Birth control pills are a great way to avoid pregnancy and allow you to live the life you want to live baby-free, but only if used correctly and consistently. When used as the manufacturers and healthcare providers intend, oral contraceptives have a failure rate of less than 1%. Pretty good statistic. But due to human error (forgetting to take the pill, taking them at various times of the day everyday, etc), the actual failure rate is actually higher.
Studies have shown that the failure rates of oral contraceptive pills are higher in women with higher body mass indices (BMI), women who already who children, and women with lower educational levels. So clearly the take home message for pill users are to achieve and maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise (BMI should be 18.5 – 24.9), delay childbearing until you’re ready (financially, emotionally, mentally, etc.), and obtain a high school diploma or higher. Reach for the stars!
Of course, there’s always the option to switch to a more effective birth control methods, such as Depo injection, Nexplanon, Mirena/Paragard IUDs, or permanent methods. I personally love IUDs, but speak with your healthcare provider to decide on a method that is best for you and your situation.
Remember ladies, to keep a healthy demeanor, both inside and out.
Hot Off the Press! Researchers have made an astounding discovery recently that may shock many OB-GYNs, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners to their cores. The placenta, which was considered sterile by the aforementioned, is full of about 300 types of bacteria. Thankfully, most of the bacteria found in the placenta during this study was determined to be harmless. This new data is important because it has the potential to affect a woman’s pregnancy and the health of her unborn child.
Past and present preggos: Remember how you have to give a urine specimen at every prenatal visit to check for urinary tract infections (UTIs), glucose/sugar, and protein spilling into your urine? Annoying, right? But, keep in mind that UTIs have been linked to increased risk of premature births. We need those little angels making their grand entrance any earlier than they’re supposed to arrive. Scientists are speculating that the wrong mix of bacteria in the placenta is a bad recipe that may result in the baby being born prematurely. The study also brings to light that we need more research on the true effects of antibiotics taken by expectant mothers during pregnancy.
Here’s something to keep in mind: During the study, even when women were diagnosed with a UTI early in the pregnancy and subsequently successfully treated with antibiotics, the placenta still showed traces of the bacteria. UTIs are a risk factor for premature births. No bueno.
So why is so much attention being paid to the placenta? Well, the answer is simple one. The placenta is a unique organ that is only present during pregnancy. The placenta is able to provide oxygen and important nutrients to the developing baby. It is also responsible for secreting certain hormones and removing harmful wastes from the baby’s temporary oasis.
Interesting information, right? During your next prenatal visit, mention this to your healthcare provider so you guys can have a discussion about and come up with a game plan to reduce your chances of infections and having your baby too early.
As always, remember to keep a healthy demeanor , both inside and out!
So a lot of patients come into the clinic with complaints of vaginal discharge. Sometimes there’s cause for alarm, but more often than not, it is perfectly normal to have vaginal discharge. The vagina is similar to a self-cleaning oven. It cleans itself, which is part of the reason why we (as in females) have discharge. Normal physiologic discharge should be clear to white, thin or creamy, and odorless for the most part. It may or may not be sticky or mucus-like. All of the above is normal.
However, if you begin to notice:
- Fishy or foul odor
- Green discharge
- Yellow discharge
- Grey discharge
- Frothy discharge
- Burning with urination
- Pain or bleeding after sex
- Clumps of discharge similar to cottage cheese
Please make an appointment to visit your healthcare provider. None of the aforementioned characteristics of vaginal discharge is normal and warrants further investigation. Keep in mind, it is not necessary to bring in a sample of your discharge. Your healthcare provider will want to get a sample of the discharge themselves to examine. Most providers I know, including myself, would really rather not be subjected to looking at old discharge, blood clots, or whatever rolled up in a ball of tissue.
It is important to remember to NEVER douche. Doing so only interrupts the balance of normal vaginal flora and makes everything worse. Keep in mind, the vagina cleans itself. It doesn’t need any help.
I hope this helps!
Remember ladies, keep a healthy demeanor both inside and out!
October is breast cancer awareness month, which means that more and more women become increasingly concerned about their breast health and will schedule appointments with their healthcare providers. While it’s great that you want to have a clinical breast exam to detect any abnormalities, remember that healthcare is a partnership between you and your healthcare provider. The first step to taking control of your breast health is having a sense of breast self-awareness. Follow these easy four steps and your healthcare provider (HCP) will be impressed with the amount of effort you’ve put into your health.
- Risk analysis: Are you at risk for having breast cancer?
- Have an open and honest talk with your family to learn about your family’s health history
- Speak with your HCP about your own personal risk of breast cancer
- Screening: Have you been properly screened for breast cancer?
- If you are an increased risk for breast cancer, ask you HCP about certain screening tests that are more appropriate for your situation.
- If you are 40 and over, you should get a yearly mammogram and clinical breast exam.
- Starting at 20 years old, you should have a clinical breast exam performed at least every 3 years.
- Self-Awareness: Everyone is unique and different; what’s normal for you?
- Be sure to do your monthly self breast exams a week after your menstrual cycle so that you can get better acquainted with your breasts and be able to detect any changes.
- If you notice any of the following symptoms, be sure to report to your HCP’s office expeditiously for an exam and to execute a plan of action.
- New onset of constant breast pain in one spot
- Change in size, shape, or contour of breast
- Nipple discharge
- Sudden inverted nipple or other parts of breast
- New lump, knot, or thickening in breast
- Itchy, scaly sore or rashon your nipple
- Swelling, warmth, redness, or discoloration of your breast
- Dimpling of skin of breast or if your breast begins to look like an orange peel
- Live a healthy life: Are you doing your part to live a healthy lifestyle?
- Get to a healthy weight for your height
- Breastfeed your baby
- Exercise or get some physical activity at least 30 mins a day 5x a week
- Avoid alcohol, drug, and tobacco use
- Limit postmenopausal hormone use (Would you rather deal with hot flashes or battle cancer?)
Become an active participant in your health and your body will reward you…and you’ll earn cool points with your healthcare provider!
Remember ladies, keep a healthy demeanor, both inside and out!