When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, there are many questions, fears, and concerns that need to be addressed. Among these considerations is whether to participate in a clinical trial if one is available and the patient is determined to be eligible. This is a highly personal decision that only the patient can make, but it’s an option well worth exploring in coordination with an oncologist.
Denial, dread, fear, anger, hopelessness. These are just a few feelings that come to mind when you hear the word “cancer.”
Cancer has no friends. It is a bully that will pick on anyone of any age, gender, or race. In fact, one of every four deaths in the United States is from cancer. This is second only to heart disease.
As our society becomes more health conscious there is a general trend toward a more natural approach to getting healthy. Many people are shying away from the idea of taking strong prescription drugs on a regular basis. The question then becomes, what is the alternative? While it is true that vitamins, minerals, coenzymes, herbs and such can help with established medical conditions, their more powerful role is in preventative medicine. With that in mind we will discuss the use of some of the more potent supplements as they relate to major organ systems.
Following menopause, approximately 18 percent of women experience a condition known as vaginal atrophy, which causes a wide range of bothersome physical symptoms, including vaginal dryness, itching, and irritation, and makes intercourse painful and difficult. As a result, intimacy is affected and interpersonal relationships can become strained. Unfortunately, many women with this chronic condition suffer in silence, believing it to be an inevitable part of the aging process.
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
–Trees, by Joyce Kilmer
The headlines and newscasts remind us on a daily basis: opiate addiction in our community has reached epidemic proportions. What is particularly unsettling about this trend is the fact that so many people currently grappling with opiate addiction are chronic pain sufferers who were legitimately prescribed these drugs for pain relief but then became physically dependent upon them.
Q: My family is going on a spring vacation in a few weeks. My son is prone to swimmer’s ear every year when we hit the beach. What can we do to prevent it this trip?
A: Swimmer’s ear is definitely preventable, and we highly recommend taking the necessary steps to avoid the pain it can cause during a vacation. Swimmer’s ear, or external otitis media, is a bacterial infection of the outer ear and ear canal and is most common among teenagers and young adults. However, we know there is no specific age when external otitis media hits. We have seen this occur in everyone from young children to avid adult swimmers.
Dr. Wade Banker of Luxe Laser Vein & Body Center observes that late winter through early spring is always the busiest time of year for his office. In fact, in his field, there’s even a name for this period that reflects the burgeoning interest in procedures that help clients look and feel their best—“cosmetic season.”
A few weeks after the holidays, and during the up-and-down unseasonably warm and then cold weather, I got the flu. It was terrible. Four days of continuous trips to the bathroom, chills, and fever. I was pretty weak but managed to call my doctor, who prescribed some anti-nausea pills and told me to drink fluids to keep me hydrated and Gatorade to keep my electrolytes at a good level. After about four days, I felt stronger and knew that I was over the flu. And yes, I did get my flu shot.