More than 75% of us take an OTC pain reliever at least once a month. What is safe and effective and for what types of pains: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Reduces fever. Relieves mild to moderate musculoskeletal pain. Relieves mild to moderate back pain. Relieves mild to moderate headaches. Often helpful with colds, sore throat pain, toothaches. Cautions: Alcohol and Tylenol in excess can damage the liver; can interact with the blood thinner Warfarin (Coumadin). Aspirin (Bayer, Excedrin, Ecotrin, St Joseph, Bufferin) Reduces fever. Relieves mild toothaches. Relieves moderately sore muscles. Relieves mild to moderate back pain. Relieves mild to moderate headaches. Cautions: DO NOT TAKE if less than 18 years old;… Continue Reading Over-The-Counter Pain Medications: What’s Safe and Effective For You
Water is the single most important nutrient we consume and a person cannot live more than a week without it. The old way of thinking was “drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water daily”, 8 X 8=64 ounces. The truth is you can get almost all the water you need from FOOD? Yes! Myths and Truths About Water Consumption: Myth: need to drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water daily. Truth: most individuals can get all the water they need from their diet alone. Myth: increasing water consumption can facilitate weight loss. Truth: consuming more water through water rich foods can reduce hunger, lowers calorie intake by feeling… Continue Reading WATER: Do You EAT Enough Water?
Why Men Avoid The Doctor Stoicism High cost Busy schedules The challange of getting an appointment Embarrassment-getting the DRE Afraid of what the Doctor might tell them-stop smoking, eat too poorly, drink too much, not enough exercise Men’s Preventative Health Screenings Blood pressure check every 2 years starting at age 18 Cholesterol blood test starting at age 20 Fasting blood sugar test every 3 years starting at age 45 PSA blood test and DRE starting at age 40 Colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50 Skin exam if find any changing or irregular moles Testicular exam starting at age 20 Immunizations-tetanus every 7-10 years
Five Simple Things To Do To Stay Healthy Eat a sensible diet including all the food groups Thirty minutes of exercise daily Protect your bones eating 3 servings of low fat dairy products daily, weight bearing exercise or activities 3 x a week Regular Health Screenings Take time out for yourself of at least 30 minutes a day to relieve stress Current Recommended Regular Health Screenings For Women Thyroid screening blood test every 5 years starting at 35 Blood pressure check every 2 years starting at 18 Cholesterol screening blood test starting at 20 and then your Doctor to decide thereafter Bone Mineral Density test (DEXA) baseline at 40 Fasting… Continue Reading Dr. Snook takes a look at preventative care for women
Are you getting enough sleep? Sleep Deprivation Effects Memory problems Depression Decreased immune system Increased perception of pain High blood pressure Adverse effect on cognition and performance 24 hours without sleep impairs you to the extent of or greater than if you are legally drunk (0.08% alcohol) Facts Adults need an average 8.2 hours per 24 hours (infants 16, teenagers 9) Impairment occurs with as little as 2 hours of sleep lost Sleep debt occurs if get only 5 hours and as this accumulates your awareness of sleepiness declines Circadian timing of when you sleep is crucial sleep deprived individuals may not “feel” sleepy Clinical Signs of Sleep Deprivation Irritability,… Continue Reading How Do You Know If You’re Sleep Deprived