We recommend that those of you who are reluctant to take medication, read the controversial new book No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy Seal, by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer. If you haven't heard about No Easy Day, it is a firsthand account of the assassination of Osama bin Laden (or UBL if you prefer). Now, we don't recommend the book because of the fascinating plot, or because of the firestorm brewing around the book. The reason we recommend you read it is because the prescription sleep medication, Ambien, is mentioned at least six times in the book. The author talks about how most (if not all) of the Navy SEALS use Ambien to ensure that they get a proper night's sleep. In fact, the ...Read More
(Image ©Pam Roth) A new study -- unveiled at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society -- showed that half of men, with type 2 diabetes mellitus, showed resistance to aspirin. It turns out the aspirin was not as effective at preventing heart attacks and strokes in half of diabetic men because the diabetes interfered with the anticlotting abilities of aspirin. The solution is simple: increase the levels of aspirin the patient is taking. (The aspirin still works, it just requires more to get the job done). If you or someone you loves has type 2 diabetes it is important to be under the supervision of a medical doctor.
(Image ©Benjamin Earwicker) When you are trying to lose weight, it is important to have friends that are supportive of your weight loss goals. Ideally, they would encourage you to lose weight, and help you when you are discouraged. Any friend that makes you feel guilty or discourages you in anyway is not a friend you can afford to have when you are on a diet or exercise regiment. Be wary of "friends" that will attempt to sabotage your weight loss goals, often by making you feel guilty for not eating high calorie foods with them or making you feel like you cannot possibly lose weight. These fake friends often wield back handed compliments, that make you feel like giving up. If you have ...Read More
(Image ©greenchild) People frequently eat when they are bored. If there is any more unnecessary way to add calories to your diet, we can't think of one. It is important to keep yourself occupied so you don't eat when you are bored. This is especially important at night, when boredom is at it's peak, food surrounds us, and cravings are particularly strong. Pay attention to your daily routine, and determine when it is, during the day, that you eat because you are bored. Then find an appropriate activity -- that YOU enjoy -- to help pass the time. It can be anything that keeps you away from food: a sport, hobby, taking a drive, exercise, a subscription to Netflix (if it stops you from eating ...Read More
(Image ©Stephen Stacey) It is normal for a person's weight to fluctuate throughout the day, by a few pounds. This happens to everyone. In general, a person weighs the least in the morning and the most later in the day. This is because throughout the day we are eating and drinking, and the food and drink we consume add their weight to ours. A person who drinks lots of water will see an increase in their weight, but luckily it is never permanent. Water has zero calories!
(Image ©Michal Zacharzewski) Don't get into an accident after the hurricane hits, know the traffic laws when the power goes out. When traffic lights are not working they are treated as four-way stop signs. It's the law. Each lane stops and yields for the cars that came before, or the cars with the right-of-way. The only exception is State Road 84 where people will generally move through as if there is a traffic light there. We know this is not necessarily "medical", but preventing injuries is better than treating the injuries after they already happened!