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The Heart of Healthcare that Works: Know Your Personal Worldview Of Health

September 26, 2011

“All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization.” –  Abraham Maslow Google “healthcare” and it returns 99,900,000 results. Healthcare seems to be a vast, complex, inconsistent, and perhaps unavailable or expensive system ‒ sometimes seemingly devoid of personal connection.  At a minimum, it can be confusing to find what will work for you.  Really work for you, on all levels. Here’s the good news:  when you define healthcare for yourself, the path towards growth and actualization Maslow

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Navigating Invisible Illness in the Age of Modern Medicine

Much has been about said about empowering and educating patients to be partners in the healthcare dance. From the e-patient and e-health revolutions through the piles of research showing more engaged patients have better outcomes, all seem to point a more active role and increased responsibility for the patient in his or her own care. But how does that work when the illness is not clearly defined, is not easily diagnosed or for which effective treatments are limited? What does it mean to be an empowered patient with an invisible illness? This is the question that many women face on a regular basis. Indeed, for a number of predominantly female

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Women’s Hormones, an Intellectual and Ethical Cul de Sac

September 21, 2011

Menopause is barreling down with a ferocity that is difficult to ignore. Like many women my age, I’ve had my share of health challenges and until recently, blindly trusted the pharmaceutical industry to fix all that ailed me. Health by chemistry was a great thing; oral contraceptives, a fabulous invention, allergy meds- ditto, pain killers-wonderful and on and on. Take a pill and feel better, isn’t that what we all want? But I, like so many women, have lost faith in pharmaceuticals. It’s not because the science isn’t cool, it is, in every area of pharmacology, except women’s hormone therapies. Here, intellectual curiosity and innovation have been replaced by status

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What & Who Determines Normal Hormones Levels

When I was barely 38 years old I started having issues with my menstruation cycles, having hot flashes, trouble sleeping and mood swings. Doctors told me there was nothing wrong with me so I let it go. It was not a constant issue so I couldn’t pin point a specific cause or time line. When I turned 40, it started getting worse and my cycle stopped all together. I went to the doctor again; they ran blood tests and urine tests and told me that my HORMONES were normal and that I was experiencing depression. At this they put me on two types of antidepressants, Paxil and Buspar. They helped

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The Nightmares of Pre-menopause

For the past two years I have been suffering from the pre-menopause syndrome. For me it has been hot flushes, especially at night, flooding and awful menstrual cramps. I sometimes feel like screaming out loud because of the pain. The hot flushes I can live with, but the flooding and the pain are just too much. I’ve had to take iron supplements because of the amount of blood I lose. Tests for fibroids and cervical cancer came negative and I am just wondering how long this will take before it is over! I started reading more on the subject on Internet and I learnt that evening primrose helps in alleviating

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Menopause Monday: To Patch or Not to Patch

September 19, 2011

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women in the form of estrogen products were first approved by the FDA in 1941 for symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness (1) and to put it bluntly, shriveling up. One of the earliest known references to menopause is from an Egyptian medical text dated 2000 B.C.: “If a menopausal woman has pain or makes trouble, pound her hard on the jaw.”(2) or give a “decoction of myrrh and apples”, and if that did not work, “a cure may sometimes also be affected by pouring some of this same substance into her sandals, and urging the patient to walk.”(3) As one

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Find Your Inner Chris Columbus

September 14, 2011

How you can support the heroine in your life. Being ill is overwhelming.  Anyone with ongoing illness is a heroine on an epic journey.  This journey can be filled with plenty of bumps, roadblocks, U-turns, and forks (aka decision-making opportunities). There are some awe-inspiring moments as well. Everyone’s experience of illness is different.  Even heroines with the same diagnosis or symptom list will have different experiences of the illness or dis-ease; and the impact on their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being varies.

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My Child

When my daughter was a little girl, we used to create fairy tales together. I would draw them, and she would write them. As she grew up, she started to feel a lot of pelvic pain, which her doctors ultimately told her was from cancer. This is my story about how she battled cancer.       My Child      

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Every Man Knows a Woman

And we all have hormones. Those wonderfully mysterious chemicals circulating and cycling with the regularity and rapidity that makes one’s head spin, female hormones are at once the bane and the joy of man’s existence. Our hormones are what make us find you attractive, laugh at your jokes, date you, sleep with you and bear your children. Our hormones can also turn us into stark, raving lunatics at seemingly benign comments. Most men know and understand this, at least intuitively. You are prepared for the ‘wrath of raging hormones’ if not from direct experience with your mothers, sisters or girlfriends, then from the many locker room and sitcom epithets ever

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Living and Coping with My Wife’s Fibromyalgia

September 13, 2011

I’m a relatively healthy guy. Most of the aches and pains I experience are from doing stupid things in my youth, that are now showing up as I get older. My wife Bonnie and I just celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary. To look at her you’d think, first, she doesn’t look her age (52) and second, she looks positively healthy. In fact for most of our lives together we’ve been very outgoing and outdoorsy people. Hiking and camping were regular activities along with swimming and other sports. But within the last 5 years things changed quite a bit. She was no longer able to do long hikes when we went

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