Most people with lactose intolerance can enjoy some milk products without symptoms. It may be possible to increase your tolerance to dairy products by gradually introducing them into your diet.
Some people find that they can tolerate full-fat dairy products, such as whole milk and cheese, more easily than dairy products with no or reduced fat. Continue reading
Most mothers will agree that the last thing on their mind after having a baby is sex. However, this is not often the case with their partner! On the other hand, some women may be ready to resume sexual intercourse shortly after having a baby. But when is the right time to resume sexual intercourse?
In general, it is recommended that sexual intercourse is avoided for the first 4-6 weeks following a vaginal or cesarean (C-section) delivery; however, it is important to speak with your health care provider before resuming sex.
Most often, especially in cases of a C-section, perineal tear or episiotomy, it is recommended to wait until after you are seen for your 6-week postpartum visit for the green light from a health care provider to resume sexual activity. Continue reading
Source: Mayo Clinic News Network
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am determined to get fit and lose weight this year. I’ve recently heard a lot about interval training. What is it exactly, and is it safe for everyone? How do I get started?
ANSWER: To improve the fitness of your heart and lungs — known as cardiorespiratory fitness — you need to exercise at a higher level of intensity than is typical for you. High-intensity aerobic interval training, also called HIIT, involves alternating periods of moderate-intensity exercise with brief periods of high-intensity exercise. Incorporating HIIT into your exercise routine can be a safe and effective way to help your body adapt to a more intense workout and become more fit. Continue reading
Every spring, Denise Wilson tweaks her daily routine. Instead of running outdoors, she hits the gym. She puts on the air conditioner rather than open a window for fresh air. And she tucks her contacts into a drawer and switches to eyeglasses.
Wilson, 46, a public relations exec in Brooklyn, NY, says these are absolute musts if she’s going to get through allergy season.
Otherwise she’s bombarded with congestion, coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, an irritated throat, and asthma brought on by exercise.
“I usually don’t let myself get to that point anymore,” Wilson says. Instead of waiting for symptoms to blossom, she starts her allergy medicine before the season begins. Continue reading
The rules on the labeling of sun protection lotions sold to consumers mean that all sunscreen products are labeled with a sun protection factor (SPF) and whether or not there is broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
Before the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) simplified its regulation of over-the-counter (OTC) and other consumer sun lotions in June 2012, there was a confusing array of claims that could be made about the level of protection given against harmful UVA and UVB sunrays.
The simpler rules mean that the labels now show only an “SPF” number and whether this confers “broad spectrum” protection – but what do these terms mean exactly?
And what is the best way to use sunscreen to avoid the risks of UV light, which include sunburn and cancers of the skin such as carcinoma and melanoma?
How much sunscreen should I use? When should I wear suntan lotion? Does my skin color alter the level of sun protection? The straightforward answers to these questions and more are provided below. Continue reading
A placebo is an ineffectual medical treatment or procedure designed with the express intention of deceiving a patient or a participant of an experiment.
Although, at first glance, this might seem like an unprofessional and, perhaps, pointless thing to do, it is quite the reverse. Placebos are essential in the design of reliable clinical trials, and their surprising effect has become the focus of many studies.
The placebo effect refers to the impact that a placebo has on an individual. In other words, even an inert and inactive treatment can produce a measurable, positive health response. This outcome may fly in the face of common sense but it has been repeatedly demonstrated.
In this article, we will look at what the placebo effect entails, when it works, how it can be manipulated and when it is used in clinical settings. Continue reading
Supporters of the low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) “Paleo,” “stone-age” or “caveman” diet recommend consuming only foods that were available to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Continue reading
The “adequate intakes” officially recommended for total water from all sources each day (for adults between 19-30 years of age) are:
These dietary reference intakes, however, are based only on survey results of the average amounts that are consumed by people, on the assumption that these amounts must be about right for optimal hydration.
But the amounts measured for people in the temperate climate of the US, with plenty of access to water, may be too high, and intakes do vary greatly according to activity, environmental conditions (including clothing) and social activities such as drinking with friends. Continue reading
A urinary tract infection (UTI) can affect any part of the urinary system, kidneys, bladder or urethra.
More than 3 million Americans, mostly women, experience a UTI every year.
Symptoms include frequent, painful urination, pelvic pain and traces blood in the urine. The infection does not normally last long, and most patients self-diagnose. Continue reading
Source: Can Stress Cause Weight Gain?
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has an excellent website for patients and their caregivers and loved ones.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a blood cancer, you surely have many questions. You can get answers there. You’ll find step-by-step guidance and resources.
Find the website here.
Source: Mysteries of Weight Loss
The standard advice — to eat less and move more — isn’t so helpful when it comes to the “how.” You probably know you need to cut calories, but how many? Are you better off getting those calories from low-fat or low-carb foods? And what’s going on with your metabolism, your personal energy-burning furnace? Is it programmed to keep you overweight? Is there any way to fan the flames so you can dream of one day eating a piece of pie without gaining a pound?
Even science is still stumped on many of the basic questions of weight loss.
“Amazingly, in this era of obesity, there are still many things that we really don’t know,” says Robin Callister, PhD, professor of human physiology at the University of Newcastle in Australia.
Here’s what we do know about some of the most persistent mysteries of weight loss.
The flu shot, which includes a killed version of the virus, cannot give anyone the flu. But since it is grown in eggs, it can cause an allergic reaction in people with egg allergies. The flu and the shot have also been linked to a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome in a very small number of people, so anyone who has developed the disorder within six months of a previous flu vaccine should get professional advice before getting a flu shot, according to Dr. Shira Doron, an infectious disease physician and associate hospital epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Continue reading
There is no indication that frequent, long-term use of teeth whitening strips cause damage, said Dr. Denis Kinane, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Continue reading
“By far what [I] google the most,” Amy Schumer said in her SNL monologue this weekend, “is ‘Can I drink on these antibiotics?’ and ‘Do these antibiotics make my birth control worthless?’” Comedy aside, these are actually good questions—and ones most of us probably ask when we’re given that prescription. Here are some answers.
After all, 80% of us take antibiotics each year (according to the most recent data, from 2011). These drugs are powerful, common, and we don’t always know what’s going on in our body when we take them.
In most cases yes, but check the label. Continue reading
Cannabinoids have been used for medical purposes since a very very (very!) long time. However, medical marijuana is still constantly debated in the media – is it good? is it bad? is it underused? should it be legalized? “it saved my child’s life so EVERY child with a seizure disorder should take medical marijuana”,…
Our body produces cannabinoids naturally Continue reading
I’m getting a lot of questions about diet lately, it seems. Well, a healthy diet is important!
The Paleo diet is based on non-processed foods, similar to what our ancestors would have eaten: meat, plants, some fruits,… However, it completely excludes dairy and some other important components of the modern diet that were discovered after our cavemen ancestors.
I have to admit that, as a doctor, I find it very difficult to keep my cool whenever friends tell me about their new “healthy” diet, especially the Paleo diet!
So let’s make it clear: the Paleo diet is a trend, not a healthy diet! There is a reason for the modern diet to be Continue reading
I have seen people take vitamins and supplements for many reasons:
“I am afraid I don’t get enough vitamins & nutrients in my diet.”
“My friends take them, so it must be good.”
“Vitamins can’t harm me.”
“I am a woman – every woman needs supplements like iron and calcium.”
However, most of those reasons are not good! We get often confused about whether we need vitamins and supplements or not. And, let’s face it, other than our physician there are not many non-commercial non-biased reliable resources out there to explain this to us. Often, we take vitamins for reasons that are not valid, and thus we spend a lot of money and just end up producing expensive urine (where most of the vitamins end up when our body doesn’t need them). Moreover, some vitamins are very bad for you Continue reading
Dandruff is small pieces of dry scalp skin that are visible. Many people have dandruff, more or less. It is a very common problem and usually doesn’t mean anything bad… other than having dry skin on your scalp.
There are many reasons why someone would have dandruff, Continue reading
I have created this new category where I will frequently post answers to your health & well-being questions.
Stay tuned! 🙂
a big part of my blogging consists of promoting healthy habits and clarifying medical questions and misconceptions that people commonly have. As promised, I intend to make my posts as much about YOU as possible. So, I am opening the discussion.
I am a doctor, and Continue reading
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