Thursday, September 20, 2018

How To Tell If Someone Is Having A Stroke

While it is hard to tell if someone is having a stroke, it is important to be able to identify if one is happening because prompt medical treatment can save a life. You can ask someone to do three simple tasks to determine if a person is having a stroke. The test is known as Smile-Arms-Sentences (SAS Test) and the tasks are: Ask the person to smile Ask the person to raise both their arms Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.

So…if the person has difficulty with any of these tasks, call 911.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A New Arrow Against Alzheimer's Disease

A study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that curcumin, a dietary staple in curry in the Indian diet, may be a potential weapon in the fight against Alzheimer. The researchers found that curcumin, when given to genetically altered mice, inhibited the accumulation of destructive beta amyloids. Earlier studies found that curcumin also has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help ease Alzheimer's symptoms.

So…curry with curcumin in it, anyone?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Chromium Picolinate Improves Mood Swings & Depression

A recent double-blind study on 113 subjects, reported at the Conference of National Institutes of Mental Health, found that 600 mcg of chromium picolinate improved symptoms of mood swings, fatigue and weight-gain perception. It also significantly reduced carbohydrate craving. People with the highest levels of carbohydrate cravings had the greatest reduction in depression symptoms after taking chromium picolinate.

So…if any of these depression symptoms hit you, try using chromium picolinate to stop them as soon as you begin to notice the symptoms.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Many Choices Can Lead To Not Choosing

As a culture we have been moving to having more and more choices on everything. Having all these choices may be making it hard for us to choose anything. An article in AARP Bulletin clearly makes this point. With 85 types of crackers to choose from, 80 pain relievers, thousands of mutual funds to pick from, we are becoming overwhelmed with all the choices we face on even the simplest of purchases.

Some studies have shown that as a supermarket increases the variety of jams or chocolates on its shelves, the number of sales actually go down. As the number of mutual funds in a 401(k) retirement plan goes up, the likelihood employees will pick any of them goes down. Even patient satisfaction goes down when the choice of medical treatments for an ailment goes up. All these choices are enough to make a person depressed, and it does.

So…to reduce your stress, recognize that it's ok not to have to pick the perfect product or service. Rather ask yourself "is this product or service going to be good enough for what I need it for?" Then, make a decision..

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Hospitals Are Employing Patient Advocates

There are now doctors called hospitalist's that are being employed by hospitals to manage a patient's entire hospital experience from admissions to discharge. A six year study in Florida found no difference in the quality of care, but it did find that a hospitalist cut the patient's stay by 16 percent and the cost by 8 percent. So…if you have to go to the hospital, immediately ask if they have a hospitalist available so you can get home faster with less cost.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A Great Travel Bag

If you do a lot of traveling and have several bags with you, I want to tell you about a great travel bag that I've been using for many years. It's called Porter Case and it's a hard sided small bag with wheels and a handle. What makes this different is that the handle can be altered so that it turns the side of the bag into a luggage cart platform that can handle 225 pounds of weight on it. It even comes with a 5-year warranty and their customer service has been exceptional. To learn more about the Porter Case go to And no, I'm not receiving any commission for recommending that you go to their site.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Folate and B6 Are Used To Fight Colorectal Cancer

If you want to prevent a reoccurrence of colorectal polyps, then make sure you are taking 400 mcg of folate and 2 mg of B6 each day. Researchers at UCLA found in a study of 1,000 people that this was the amount necessary to turn folate into a cancer fighting machine. People in the study who were taking these amounts had a 39% lower chance of having polyps reoccur. So…even if you have never had polyps, include folate and B6 in your diet as it may prevent you from getting them.