Health

The importance of colorectal cancer screening

Colorectal cancer can be prevented and treated if caught early through a screening.

In many cases, anticipating an unpleasant event is much worse than the reality. Doing your taxes, going to the dentist, and taking out the trash are not high on the list of fun for most people, but we get through them. Like these necessary tasks, getting a colorectal cancer screening is one of those things that most people dread doing. However, it’s not only a ...

 
 

Mind Matters: Stress in America

A front page headline in the Boston Globe proclaims that the “newest topic of the therapist couch conversation” is politics. Since the election, says the Globe, mental health professionals have experienced a rise in politically induced anxiety. Yes, I have just moved to “liberal” Massachusetts. So you might say, “Oh, that’s just happening there and nowhere else.” In ...

 

Helping teens overcome depression

Teenagers have always been stereotyped as moody and brooding, and it’s true that young adulthood is a time naturally filled with difficult emotional challenges. However, major depressive episodes (MDE) – a serious condition that goes well beyond the boundaries of normal adolescent angst – is on the rise among teenagers. A recent national study shows there has been a ...

 

Understanding the Heart

Understanding the Heart: Heart Attack, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heart Failure Heart disease takes many people well before their time. The recent deaths of celebrities Carrie Fisher, George Michael and Alan Thicke – all from heart conditions – has put heart health and its related problems into the public eye, and for good reason. Heart disease is the leading cause of ...

 

Mind Matters: Moments that transcend

Sacred moments of connection to another person happen in the oddest places. The other day I was shopping at one of those big box stores. It must have been an in-between time since there were only a few shoppers. A woman, even older than I, was handing out samples of a drink and I stopped to try some. She hesitated for a moment, then spoke quietly, “Yes, we need to ...

 

Folic acid and prevention of birth defects

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, there are many things you can do to increase your chances of having a healthy baby. Getting the recommended amount of folic acid every day should be near the top of your list since it plays an important role in preventing major birth defects during the first few weeks of pregnancy. Folic acid, also known as folate, ...

 

Wellness, Jackie’s Way: Feed, exercise your brain

At the last nutrition conference I attended, there were several prominent neurologists, each of whom delivered very convincing presentations on the connection between food intake and neurological disorders. Since there isn’t a real “cure” we must examine other strategies for delaying cognitive decline or managing neurological disorders as best as possible. Today ...

 

Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer tests

Some families seem to have exceptionally bad luck when it comes to cancer. There are mothers and daughters, sisters and aunts who have battled with breast or ovarian cancer, frequently more than once. But it’s more than simple bad luck – the elevated risk for developing cancer is part of their genes. Every year in the United States, more than 207,000 patients are ...

 

Mind Matters: About pro-life

The phrase pro-life gets bandied about a lot and although I have a strong Catholic religious upbringing, I chafe at the words that for many have no meaning but “anti-abortion.” I am not for abortion, but I am pro-choice as well as pro-life. Let me explain how. You see pro-life is expansive. Pro-life means caring about children after they are born — providing ...

 

Mind Matters: Report from Washington

No, I did not come for the inauguration on January 20, but to see my son and attend the Women’s March on January 21. The organizers anticipated 200,000 people. At least 500,000 showed up. The British publication The Guardian estimated 1,000,000. What was so remarkable in a crowd so massive was how polite and considerate everyone was with each other. In other words, ...

 

How to demystify cholesterol levels

Maintaining good health requires frequent monitoring of your body. Your cholesterol levels should be at the top of your measurement list since understanding them can help you ward off serious health issues. You may know that having high cholesterol is bad, but it’s not quite as simple as that. There are different types of cholesterol in your blood – some good and ...