New Year, New You!

The New Year is upon us and 2020 may look bright and promising from where you stand. If you’re like most Americans, however, this may be a time for mistakes, for unrealized dreams, and unaccomplished resolutions. Of all the New Year’s resolutions made by people from all walks of life, only about 25 percent stay committed for the first 30 days, ...


Thyroid Disease:

Flying Under the Radar

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck. It is smaller than your palm but affects your entire body from your weight, appetite, digestion, vision, brain function, and more. The endocrine system is responsible for a variety of your body’s functions and at the heart of that system is the thyroid gland. Your thyroid glan...


Medical Expenses and Your Taxes

Things You Should Know

Whether you have a chronic medical condition or a large family with routine medical expenses, you may have costs that are not reimbursed by your insurance provider. If this is the case, you may be looking to deduct some of these medical expenses from your taxes this year. In 2019 there are changes to the threshold amount that qualifies for deductio...


HSAs and Medicare

What You Need to Know

Saving for the Future Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are accounts that are funded by pre-tax income and these funds remain untaxed so long as they are used for qualified medical expenses. HSAs are generally overseen by an employer or if it is an individual HSA, it is overseen by a bank, credit union, or insurance company. Anyone can open a health ...


Dangerous Diets

What You Need To Know

For years we have seen diet programs as a joke in the United States. Fad diets monopolize our television screens either by ad space or through subversive promotion in shows and movies. Fad brands take up retail space in our drug and grocery stores, and “diet and fitness” books account for a good deal of self-help and lifestyle publications in t...


2019-2010 Flu Season

What You Should Know

Flu season in the U.S. is in fall and winter, peaking in December and January, but can last as long as May in some cases. It’s during this time that the flue circulates the fastest, effecting the most people and putting some at great risk of complications and even death. Who Should Get Vaccinated? There are very little side effects to the flu v...


Seasonal Depression

Tricks and Treatments

As fall approaches, people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may begin to experience new symptoms. According to Psychology Today, SAD affects at least 10 million Americans, most of which experience symptoms of major depression beginning in the fall and throughout winter. If you experience symptoms of SAD as fall arrives and turns to...


Erectile Dysfunction

The little blue pill is not just for older men. E.D., or erectile dysfunction, is more common with age, but is becoming more and more common among men of all ages. While impotence my happen naturally in men as they age, young men are experiencing this problem more often due to factors other than age. Erectile dysfunction is characterized by the ina...


Measles Breaking Records in the U.S.

The latest record for measles cases in the U.S. was set in 2014 with 667 reported cases for the twelve month year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are close to breaking this record, and then some. Just shy of four full months into the year, the U.S. has seen 626 reported cases of measles in 22 different states. Some ...


FDA Approves Device for Children with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that most often occurs in children. In fact, according to The A.D.D. Resource Center, there are 6.4 million American children aged 4-17 diagnosed with ADHD today. This disorder affects children of all races, genders, and ages in all 50 states, and across all socio-economic ...


Tech Neck

Technology has reached into all aspects of life. Children and adults are using cell phones and small devices for activities ranging from reading, gaming, working, communicating, navigating, and more. This constant use of these devices has affected our posture, causing neck problems dubbed “tech neck”, a condition that occurs when too much time ...


Summer Travel and Health

Spring break has passed and now is the time to plan your summer. Whether you’re traveling for a day trip, or a 10-day vacation overseas, there are a few important things to consider to stay healthy while traveling.   1   Plan for Exercise Whether or not you think you will have time for fitness, pack the sports bra, jogging shorts, a...



Is Your Monthly Cycle Making You Crazy?

School children joke about it, young boys don’t understand it, men may seem afraid of it, but it’s the young girls and women of childbearing age who are most affected. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) are cyclical ailments which can affect women who menstruate, and even some who don’t. PMS is far more com...


Hand Sanitizer

Gyms, elementary schools, restaurants, gas stations, offices, and more. You can usually find they have one thing in common: hand sanitizer. Available in many brands, scents, moisturizers, and sizes, hand sanitizers are a consumer favorite. According to a recent FDA News Release, hand sanitizer ingredients are under scrutiny and the FDA is issuing a...


Family Care Versus Pediatrics

A family care practitioner and a pediatrician commonly see children of all ages. They both hold medical degrees and are board-certified. Both are medical doctors who can diagnose and treat children, may see children multiple times per year for physicals, well-child visits, and immunizations, and can complete necessary in-office procedures on childr...


Valsartan Recall Reaching into 2019

The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting public health and ensures the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and ensures the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation (What We Do). As part of this mission, the FDA sometimes ...


Neurofeedback to Treat Depression and ADHD

There are many alternatives to medications when it comes to treating cognitive disorders. Whether or not they work is to be determined. Neurofeedback is a fairly new method of treatment also known as "brain training" in which the brain is re-trained to focus. This method is being used to treat ADHD in children and adults, and depression in adults. ...


Spring Weight Loss

One of the most popular New Year's resolutions each year is about health and weight loss. This spring, make sure you're on track with your goals and resolutions, while also remembering your health every step of the way. There are many drugs on the market that can help you lose weight, but it's important that these are used as part of a whole-life p...


The Problem With Snoring

Depending on your age, your snoring may be more of a problem than you think. What may be a bother to your spouse or roommates may be a real medical issue that needs attention. Snoring is the direct result of obstructed airflow. When your airflow is obstructed, it means there is a problem causing  the obstruction. It also means you aren't getting e...

As more states legalized medical marijuana in last November’s election, you can imagine the confusion people experience as they weigh their options. Marijuana has been used for many years to treat medical conditions ranging from chronic migraines, seizures, and muscle disorders to name just a few. It helps to relieve side effects caused from chem...


So You Missed Open Enrollment?

Open enrollment for 2019 ran from November 1 through December 15, 2018. You may be kicking yourself for missing the dates, but there are still options if you missed open enrollment. You can still have insurance coverage. You can still have medical care. Pay Cash You can pay cash for medical care at a decreased rate when you make arrangements ...


Right to Try

In May, President Trump signed the Right to Try Act into law, making it possible for terminally ill patients to try medicines that are not approved by the federal government for market. This type of legislation has been around since 2014, when Colorado became the first state to enact Right to Try, but it is gaining attention in the news as patients...


Summer Essentials

Bugs, Burns, and Heat Exhaustion

Summer weather seems especially brutal this year! Whether you're in the north, south, east, or west you are likely dealing with increased sun exposure, mosquitoes, heat, and more. No matter where you are or what your plans are this summer, there is a way to plan for the best, and prepare for the worst. Stay Hydrated While indoors and out make sur...


The Truth About Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

Throughout the year on social media, certain posts reach viral status. Just recently, a post re-emerged after laying dormant for several months. It was originally published in March 2017 and is making the rounds again. The Mountains and Mustard Seeds blog post entitled "This Antibiotic Will Ruin You" has been shared on Facebook  2.1 million time...


Male Birth Control (and why it matters)

The women's activist community is getting more and more vocal about equality in arenas that have nothing to do with salaries and the workforce. There is a difference in the biology of males and females, and the products used for everyday life are different as well. Women must have menstrual products, they must be regulated for safety and efficiency...

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