I love the pomp and silliness of the Kentucky Derby Hat tradition. This year was so fun, and so I lead you to the official Kentucky Derby site for their lovely slideshow of hats. Click on this photo of the four black – white – and – pink girlfriends below to see the ladies and gents hats for this special day! Enjoy!
Feet blisters can happen to runners, walkers, workers or anyone whose shoes repetitively rub against the skin. Very painful, even leading to bleeding, and potential for infection, blisters can put an end to moving on your feet until the pain subsides and healing ensues.
An emergency medicine physician from Stanford University, Dr. Grant Lipman, looked for a method to better prevent them. He must have treated many long distance runners in his Emergency Room, or was a long distance runner himself, who wanted to find a better solution to prevent blisters from developing in the first place.
The solution he found was super simple, inexpensive and readily accessible. [Read more…]
Some of us have heart palpitations, or skipped beats, throughout our lives. Others, have them begin with advancing age or menopause. Recording them over a 24 hour, or longer, period so your cardiologist can determine if they are serious enough for medication or treatment has always been done with a wearable device. Usually called a Holter Monitor, it’s like wearing a cell phone with wires attached to electrodes adhered to your chest for 24 hours. No showering during the recording, and you need to record your activities throughout the day, especially when you feel your heart doing odd things in your chest. You will need to take it back to your doctors office when you’re done, as someone else is waiting to wear it (and not shower for a day), right after you.
Now arrhythmia monitoring just got a whole lot easier! When I went for a routine checkup to my cardiologist, he told me to get an app that would record whenever I have an event of palpitations. An app???? Wait! What? [Read more…]
More findings about how great chocolate is for your health! A study from the University of Warwick has shown that daily consumption of chocolate – and I would guess it would be a darker chocolate – can potentially aid in preventing insulin resistance and diabetes.
What a wonderful finding! I love chocolate – the darker the better – and I am seeing my hemoglobin A1C beginning to climb. If you haven’t had yours checked yet, you should. HgbA1C is a measure of how well your blood sugars are consistently controlled over a period of weeks rather than a one time blood sugar measurement. I shows how you are doing overall in trending toward diabetes or staying on the road of good blood sugar control.
These research findings from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the University of Warwick Medical School, the University of South Australia and the University of Maine. [Read more…]
Melanoma is the most serious of skin cancers, so much so that prevention is key. We know to use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, reduce sun exposure during sun intense times of the day, and if you’re fair skinned, stay out of the sun as much as humanly possible. Up until now, there was no research that proved sunscreen prevented melanoma. We’ve known sunburn can lead to melanoma, and sunscreen prevents sunburn, but not a direct correlation that sunscreen prevents melanoma. Enter the mouse model, a little 30 SPF sunscreen and UVB light which is the ultraviolet light that burns the skin.
A study done by Cristin Burd, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics at The OSUCCC — James, showed that “application of sun protection factor 30 (SPF30) sunscreen prior to exposure to ultraviolet-B (UVB) light delayed melanoma onset in a mouse model.” [Read more…]
When it comes to feeling full, not all foods are created equal. Did you know there are foods that fill you up in a way that satisfies hunger and keeps you feeling full longer?
As I was browsing Dr. David B Samadi’s blog today, I enjoyed his recently published blog post titled “7 foods filling you up without weighing you down“.
It was such a great read, I’m sending you all over there today, and please let us know which foods you like, and how they work for you as far as fullness and satisfying hunger goes.
My favorite is #7 which I enjoy just about every morning!
Depression is becoming more and more common, at younger ages. You don’t have to have been in combat to experience it. Many young people have faced traumatic life situations from family stress, bullying, to unexpected crises in health or relationships, and more. The skills and support needed for young persons to successfully cope with post traumatic stress, as well as for any one at any age, can be difficult to acquire. Pharmacological treatments have side effects, which can add to difficulty in coping and optimizing one out of depression.
“For many people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), available medical treatments offer only limited relief. In a series of studies conducted in rats, researchers have found that eating blueberries could help to reduce the genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression and suicidal tendencies associated with the disorder.” [Read more…]
Cleansing helps remove dirt, oil, and other impurities from the skin’s surface and in pores. It is the first step in improving skin appearance, preventing blemishes, discoloration, inflammation, and general dullness. It is also the first step in nourishing skin and protecting the delicate structure that keeps skin functioning in a healthful manner!
When cleansing, it is essential that you choose a product that is gentle, natural, and devoid of harsh, irritating ingredients. Unfortunately, many cleansing products are designed with soaps and surfactants that can actually strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it tight, dry, and susceptible to irritation. If you’ve ever washed your skin and feel it pull tight against your face afterwards, it’s likely that you have disrupted the natural layer that protects skin against bacteria and moisture loss. [Read more…]
Tiny Houses and Granny Pods seem to becoming more and more popular. When you look at the affordability, simplicity, and cuteness factors, you’ll want to take a second look. There’s even a show on HDTV called “Tiny House Hunters” where you can browse, along with a soon-to-be Tiny House owner, at several options in size, price and location. It leaves you thinking, “Hmmmm, how easy life would be” — and think of all the money you’d save and all the places to which you could travel ….with all the money you would save!
Here’s a sneak peek at a number of Tiny Houses in a variety of locations, courtesy of “Country Living”. While I’m a country cottage kind of gal, you will find log cabins, houseboats, covered wagons, A-frames and more while you click through 52 Tiny Houses they share. Click on this link to see them all: Country Living! Thank you, Country Living, for giving us such a great tour of Tiny Houses all across the world!
Here are a few to get you started:
Tiny House Hotel in Portland Oregon – Click the photo to learn more!
Then there’s the Wild West Wagon located in Cornwall, England:
Here’s a darling little 260 square foot house on a Northern California Coast Dairy Farm – this one is my favorite!
Can you imagine a gust of wind coming up one night? Who knows where you’d be in the morning with this one! I can hear the cows a-mooin’ and sheep a-bleatin’ and the smell?!?
My other favorite is this darling little California Bungalow with a gorgeous garden in Redlands, California:
It almost brings to mind the communities where many centurians live in small huts and all the villagers stop by during the day to visit and learn from the wisdom of the older folks. It would be a nice way to spend your retirement years!
Do you have food allergies? The bacterium Bifidobacterium longum KACC 91563 is an intestinal bacteria that when taken as a probiotic shows promise of decreasing allergic reaction to foods in the intestine. Great news for food allergy sufferers, to be sure. Think gluten, seafood, eggs and anything else that causes mild to severe intestinal symptoms when eaten. This would be life changing for many.
Take a look at this great diagram by the Institute for Basic Science. The probiotic bacterium release extracellular vesicles which deliver a protein from the bacterium that cause the mast cells (your body’s allergic response) to self destruct. (I heart this illustration – so easy to understand!)
Want to have a more meaningful life? Just start giving out advice wherever you go. Wait, what?
You know you run in the other direction when you see that older “advice giver”, the one who’s always got their nose in your business, who enjoys telling you how to do things differently. We say in our heads “I don’t need to hear it today” because life is just plain hard enough without someone telling you how to do it better or differently.
Reminds me of my general practitioner who I went to see a couple months ago, and we were catching up on family and the holidays. She told me her parents had visited, and it was especially painful to have her father there because he silently observed her family’s daily lives, then at the end of his two week visit handed her a hand written list of everything she was doing wrong and how she could do it better. Because it wasn’t me, I laughed, but I know I wouldn’t be laughing if it was my own father.
Why I bring this up is that there is new research that shows if you’re in your 60’s and give advice more freely (meaning others enjoy receiving your advice I gather), life has much more meaning for you. I can understand this. You will feel like your contributions are wanted, you are valued and validated. The key here is sharing with those who want to receive your advice. Not too many of those kinds around, right? [Read more…]
Yes. It is true. There is a British company who is providing time off for women when they have their menstrual period. Where were they when I was young, experiencing monthly pain and short tempers? How lovely for the “younger generation” who won’t have to be whispered about behind their back when they’re cranky that “it’s that time of the month for her”.
Sugar. I’m putting it aside. For now. Putting it aside versus giving it up. Someone suggested using the term “putting it aside” to trick my mind into thinking it’s not forever, and I’m in control of “not putting it aside” when I want to. Ha.
A couple years ago, I began going for a physical exam, including blood work, the first week of the new year. This year, some numbers were off a little more than I’m happy with. My diastolic blood pressure has trended upward and stayed there for the past year. My cholesterol and hemaglogin A1c, although normal, a little on the high side. Then there’s that homocysteine, increases with inflammation, potential stroke threat.
So, I made some changes. Two changes are intentional, two more were pleasant surprises.
Sugar is out. As much as in my control, no more sugar. It causes inflammation in your body, wreaks havoc with overall health, and it really doesn’t do one thing helpful, except calm me when stressed. No more.
Eat more nuts. Sounds silly, but I’m enjoying two nut options throughout the day. They have replaced my snacks with sugar. Cashews are lovely, and I enjoy crunching on “Paleonola” granola, apple pie flavor. Ingredients include almonds, pecans, pepitas, honey, walnuts, coconut oil, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, dried apple, dried coconut, spices and vanilla extract. Ok, so honey. [Read more…]
Varicose veins and Spider veins starting to show up on your legs? A little ankle swelling here and there? Achy legs and feet after walking?
There’s a new treatment approved by the FDA, touting great results, available by prescription now.
Vasculera is a new treatment for dietary management of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). It is being classified as a “Medical Food”. (Is chocolate a medical food?)
First let’s talk about what your doctor needs to find out before he will write out the prescription. He/she will need to take a thorough history of how long you’ve had the veins or swelling, what makes them worse, and better and other influencing factors. If he decides the symptoms of CVI are not due to any internal condition that needs attention, you will be on to the next test.
Ultrasound – You will be scheduled for ultrasonic evaluation of the valves of your major and minor veins in your legs. They will do real time evaluation of the integrity of each valve starting at the top of your thighs to the ankles, pressing on areas lower than the valves to watch it handle a burst of blood flow. You will be asked to take a deep breath, hold it and bear down to see the competency of the valves, making sure there’s no leaking or backflow which leads to pooling, swelling and varicosities. [Read more…]
Because heart disease is a leading cause of death in women, I am always on the lookout for ways to connect women for prevention and support.
I’ve found a great organization with excellent support in person and online:
“I HAVE HEART DISEASE. . . NOW WHAT?
After being diagnosed with heart disease, many women experience feelings of isolation and depression. Talking with someone who’s been there can make a difference in emotional recovery. WomenHeart has a unique model utilizing a series of peer to peer programs specifically designed to educate and support you each step of your heart health journey.”
Please click on over to their amazing website to see if there is something you can be a part of you know someone who might also benefit from their amazing resources and connections:
The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease