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Data Matter

January 31, 2012

A dirty little secret in medical literature, systematic reviews are only as strong as the individual studies they examine. And when negative data are not published in the major medical or scientific journals, as is commonly the case, these reviews cannot help but be skewed.  A report by the British Medical Journal found that when outcome data were re-analyzed to include the unpublished data for 42 previously FDA-approved drugs, a whopping 93% of the outcomes changed. All data matter, especially in medicine.  With systematic reviews and meta analyses, the gold standard in scientific publishing, researchers seek to make claims about a particular drug or health event based upon the totality

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I found my cure for migraines

January 30, 2012

I suffered for years with migraines. I felt as if my head pain was destroying my otherwise wonderful life. My neighbor suggested I see a “LEAP certified dietitian”. I was desperate and felt I had explored all other options with no relief. I made an appointment to have my blood tested for food sensitivities (different from food allergies). The results showed that I was reactive to 44 foods and chemicals. I followed a diet which eliminated those foods to which I was reactive and as a result, I am now 100% head pain-free and have been for 2 years!!! After, I discovered Signet Diagnostic’s Mediator Release Test (MRT) and Lifestyle

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It Was Not All in My Head!

January 29, 2012

By the time I was 29 years of age I had a full hysterectomy. The shocking part of this is that it took 6 years of pain and suffering to get a diagnosis. I married young and had two beautiful children by the time I was 21. Both deliveries were easy – no pain medication needed. In fact, I had no health issues until two years later. I began to have painful menstrual cycles which included a week of premenstrual aches and soreness followed by a week of heavy bleeding and cramping which was followed by another week of discomfort. These pains and cramps were worse than labor pains. After

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Who IS this woman????

For most of my life, I’m fairly confident that, if asked, anyone would say “Yeah. Bea’s a really nice, lady. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body.” Yes..for most of my life. That is until I hit (gulp) 52 and some CRAZY madwoman began randomly and without notice taking over my mind, my body and my MOUTH! WHO IS THIS WOMAN??!! I cry unexpectedly and at completely inappropriate times – like when the credit union teller says she’ll have to get someone from the credit card department to help me with my question on a charge that I don’t recognize. Well, first I got “snippy” and THEN I

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Treating Menstrually Related Migraines

January 24, 2012

As a woman with Migraine disease, there have been times during my menstrual cycle when my migraines have been difficult to treat. Many women I’ve spoken with have shared the impact menstrual migraine has had on their life with me. In fact, 50% -60% of women with migraine disease have menstrual migraine and may be disabled two to three days a month depending upon the severity. It is important to have an accurate diagnosis so we can get the correct treatment plan, learn about our particular type of menstrual migraine and learn how to cope with them. According to the International Headache Society’s International Classification of Headache Disorders, second edition

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Have your cake…

January 23, 2012

The admission that Paula Deen, the queen of all that is battered, fried, sugared and generally unhealthy, has Type 2 Diabetes is flooding the social media and news networks. The fact that she has had diabetes for the last three years, while continuing to promote unhealthy living, adds insult to injury. Now the announcement that she is promoting Novo Nordisk’s Victoza to treat Diabetes, alongside her unhealthy lifestyle is just wrong. I’m not here to lambaste Ms. Deen’s choices, or maybe I am, but is it really so difficult for us as human beings to take responsibility for our actions or is everything about the almighty dollar?

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7 Diseases Big Pharma Hopes You Get in 2012

January 16, 2012

What results do you want to experience as you work with your healthcare providers?  What do you want to experience as your physical, emotional and mental aspects are influenced by the impact of “medicines?”  If you were doing a vision board, journaling, or talking with friends about your journey to well-being, how would you describe your ideal journey?  Big pharma is big business. This article about how big pharma works demonstrates that your needs, wants and dreams of well-being and the road to well-being may not be aligned with the focus of the pharmaceutical industry.  Big pharma is big business.  Their number one priority is to make a profit and

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Thoughts on How Physicians Die

How one views death, says a lot about a person.  Should one avoid death at all cost, even when the end is near or should one accept it gracefully and live what life is remaining?  Or should one barrel through life without regard? While death is highly personal, health and illness are social. Both affect those around us, sometimes perhaps more so than they affect us.  As a mom, I think about health, illness and death, probably more so than when I was young, single and childless; I am sure many of you do the same.  When I consider my own death, it is always with respect to how it

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Menstrual Migraine and Patient Advocacy

January 10, 2012

I am a patient advocate and educator who has been helping patients empower themselves to take an active role in their health care since 2003. I experienced what I now know were menstrually-triggered Migraines during puberty. I was able to manage these with over the counter medications for many years. On a cloudy December 9 morning in 1996, my life changed forever. I slipped and fell on a patch of black ice in my driveway, hitting my head, hard. I sustained a traumatic brain injury or TBI. In addition to daily chronic head and neck pain and having Migraine disease, I live with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, a cervical spine fusion,

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My Journey through the Land of Menopause

January 9, 2012

My Journey through the Land of Menopause By Gazelle Simmons-Moore I started my journey right after my 35th birthday. I woke up in the middle of the night to my hair being wet, my PJs sticking to my body, my pillow and the bed were wet as well. I crept around my bedroom, striving not to awaken my husband as I search for a towel, clean clothes and all while striving to figure out what had happened. I returned to bed, went back to sleep thinking I should probably talk to my doctor about what happened. When I awoke the next morning, I went about life and forgot all about

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