Women and Heart Disease Awareness Month

Women and Heart Disease Awareness Month by Caroline Garrett Leading into February and what happens to be American Heart Month I would like to shed some light on a very important topic. Sadly, heart disease claims more lives of women each year than any other disease including cancer. In the US alone, every 80 seconds a woman dies of heart disease. We know that multiple risk factors, both modifiable and non modifiable, play a part in increasing a woman’s risk and there is clear evidence that differences exist in the disease between males and females. Empower yourself by knowing the risk factors and what changes you can make to reduce your chances that might save your life. First let’s review the risk factors we cannot change. These include gender, age,…
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The Best Way to Lower your Sugars without Medication.

The Best Way to Lower your Sugars without Medication. by Dr. Nasir Asghar Over 400 million people world-wide suffer from diabetes and the estimated cost of Diabetes in the United States is well over 200 billion dollars. Those numbers are mind bending. How do we reign in control of this disease? Are there ways to do it without medication? The answer to that question is usually the last thing a diabetic/glucose intolerant patient would like to do. CHECK YOUR SUGARS. Once you start checking your sugars, you are in control of the disease. You are in the driver’s seat and the diabetes is not taking you for a ride. When you start monitoring your sugars, you automatically start making proper life style changes, eating right, (increased vegetables, no soda, juice,…
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Using Neuro toxins and Fillers together, the perfect combo

Using Neurotoxins and Fillers together, the perfect combo by Lottie Davenport, FNP-C Popcorn and a movie, salt and pepper, fillers and neurotoxins. Fillers and neurotoxins might not sound as snappy as some other pairings, but they do go together very well. When these two injectables are used in tandem, the result is a nonsurgical face lift. Most candidates for dynamic lines also have early volume loss of their cheeks, corners of their mouth, lips and or nasolabial folds. Dermal fillers can address the volume loss in the face while neurotoxins can address the lines. Fillers are used to rejuvenate the face by restoring soft tissue volume loss to the cheeks, smoothing out deep creases like the nasolabial folds, and plumping up thin lips or diminishing vertical lip lines. Fillers can…
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Non-hormonal Management of Hot Flashes

Is It Hot In Here? by Dr. Kumi Swart As the weather cools down in North Georgia, one might think the change in temperature brings welcome relief to those who suffer from hot flashes, but that is not the case.  The unfortunate fact is that an estimated 70 to 80 percent of women, and 20 percent of men, experience hot flashes.  One in five women will continue to suffer so badly through the winter that they cannot tolerate it and seek treatment.  The average woman suffers up to six a night! We have a fairly good understanding of what causes these flashes, also called vasomotor symptoms, to occur and an even better understanding of what helps them go away.  Where conventional medicine struggles is with non-hormonal therapeutic recommendations for those…
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POISON IVY, OAK, AND SUMAC – Nip it in the bud!

POISON IVY, OAK, AND SUMAC – Nip it in the bud! by Amy Mitton. -FNP-C Most people associate poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac with the arrival of summer. However, these hardy plants continue to give us problems even when they appear dead. Statistics show that around 85% of the population is allergic to poison ivy, oak, and sumac, and up to 15% of those are extremely allergic.  These plants grow everywhere in the United States except Alaska and Hawaii. The most common appearance of these plants is the three leaves but this may vary depending on the location.  It is common to see groups of 5 or 7 leaves. Urushiol is the substance in these plants that cause the rash. This substance is sticky, colorless, and odorless and…
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INFLUENZA

INFLUENZA - by Dr. Neil Sinha Summer is coming to an end. The temperature will start to cool down. With this change comes a crisp, invigorating smell in the air. The leaves brightly display themselves in beautiful colors as they fall to the ground. Unfortunately, this is also the time when people begin to fall ill to upper respiratory conditions such as influenza and bronchitis. In fact, we sometimes see flu cases as early as August and as late as May of the following year. August? May? But those are summer and spring months! The flu is a winter disease, right? While the highest incidence of influenza cases occur during the fall and winter months, the virus doesn't simply go into a spring/summer hibernation. If it's out there, it will…
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HEALTHY HOLIDAYS

With the cold chill of fall officially here and the start of the holiday season in full gear, let the bells of indulgence ring! Indulgence in spending, indulgence in ego, but especially indulgence in eating…. And not just eating larger amounts than usual, but eating more portions of rich caloric foods that are more easily justified to indulge in during these 3 months. And then when you add the indulgence of more alcohol into the scene—WATCH OUT! There usually will be an indulgence avalanche followed by an aftermath of unintentional weight gain and mind ridden with guilt…. JUST SAY “NO!” If you are already full or actually don’t really care for a particular food, politely decline. This may annoy loved ones, but make a continuing effort to set the tone…
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SCIATICA

SCIATICA Attention to all bicyclists, long-distance commuters and pregnant and or sedentary individuals. All of you may share a common disorder, resulting in one-sided gluteal pain, radiating down the leg, caused by a variety of different pathologies. The result is one disorder, called sciatica. Essentially, sciatica is a nerve root compression by a variety of causes, of at least one of the five spinal roots (L4. L5, S1, S2, S3), that give rise to the sciatic nerve. The important point here is to remember sciatica is a syndrome resulting from a variety of different causes and subsequently requiring different treatments. These include conservative management such as alternating hot and cold packs, specific stretching, NSAIDS and muscle relaxers. More advanced treatments include chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy and medical massage. Finally invasive…
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TESTOSTERONE

TESTOSTERONE Testosterone is an androgenic steroid hormone also known as the principal male sex hormone. In males, it is primarily made in the testes and is 6-8 times in higher concentration than in females. It is the hormone responsible for puberty in boys and in adult males it essential for health and feeling of well-being. In the adult male it regulates muscle mass, fat concentration, bone density, sexual desire and erectile function. Initial symptoms of low testosterone are fatigue, general malaise, trouble concentrating and decreased libido. A simple blood test, usually done before 10 am can give doctors an initial testosterone reading. If levels are low, then blood work is repeated with more intensive tests done to rule out other disorders such as pituitary disease. Once a diagnosis of low…
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DEPRESSION

DEPRESSION With this country still recovering from the aftermath of the recession, I have seen the medical consequences of this financial disaster. Individuals of most ages are highly stressed. They can’t eat what they may prefer and might not be able to keep their membership at the gym. People are consumed with work and worry. For the past couple years I have made it a point to pry because one particular condition may masquerade around as other things in hopes of not being caught….. Depression. We now have a better understanding of what causes depression. Neurohormones, such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, that play a role in making us feel happy are broken down faster in those suffering from depression. Medicines prohibit this from occurring. People have no qualms in…
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