RadioMD: HER Radio

RadioMD: HER Radio

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  • Restraining Orders: When to Get One & Why

    Aug 7, 2014 | 10 min
    Did you know that one out of three women are abused at some point in their lives?Did you know that one out of three women are abused at some point in their lives? Making matters even worse, about 4,000 women die each year due to domestic violence (Domestic Abuse Shelter). A restraining order is a court order that can protect you from being physically abused, threatened, stalked or harassed. A restraining order is a legal remedy for both women and men to protect themselves. Some people are really afraid of obtaining a restraining order, they would rather deal with the abuse over trying to get the order of protection. Others feel like a restraining order is melodramatic and unnecessary. Althou...
  • Post Traumatic Love Disorder: A Real Heartbreaker

    Aug 7, 2014 | 10 min
    PTLD occurs after a devastating love event, most likely a breakup, separation or divorce.What is Post Traumatic Love Disorder? PTLD occurs after a devastating love event, most likely a breakup, separation or divorce from your significant other. A Canadian study of 5,254 women and 4,521 men aged between 20 and 64, found the same effects for people who split up after living together. These effects included a rise in depression and a decline in physical health.Why is it that people have such problems moving forward from dysfunctional relationships? After the end of a relationship, pain is inevitable. But suffering is something that is optional. If you're in an abusive relationship, but unable t...
  • Can Dieting at a Young Age Affect Your Future Health?

    Aug 7, 2014 | 10 min
    The earlier in life a woman starts dieting, the more long-term consequence it can have for her health, a study suggests.The earlier in life a woman starts dieting, the more long-term consequence it can have for her health, a study suggests.In the study, researchers asked 1,340 college-aged women when they first started dieting, and then followed them for 10 years to examine their dieting habits and health later in life. They found out that early ages of dieting correlated to laundry list of issues, stemming from: extreme weight-control behaviors, greater alcohol consumption, abuse and addiction, as well as a greater chance of being overweight or obese at the 10-year follow-up.Shockingly, the...
  • What to Eat if You Have Celiac Disease

    Aug 7, 2014 | 10 min
    What are the latest research and information on labeling laws pertaining to gluten in foods?Celiac disease affects at least 3 million Americans. If left untreated or ignored, it can lead to a number of serious health conditions and extremely uncomfortable side effects like: boating, IBS, diarrhea, indigestion and constipation. If you are experiencing these symptoms everyday and they are disrupting your life, you should seek a specialist, a gastroenterologist, and find out if you have celiac disease or some kind of gluten sensitivity. Currently, a strict gluten-free diet is the only way to treat this ailment.Until recently, a considerable amount of the baked and packaged gluten-free foods add...
  • Healthy Fast Food Options Even a Nutritionist Eats

    Aug 7, 2014 | 10 min
    How do you eat SMART at the drive-thru?The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that fast food accounts for more than 15 percent of daily calories for people in their twenties and thirties.Everyone knows that there are healthier options to fast food, but sometimes the convenience overrules nutrition. If you are on a road trip, late to work or just don't have time to make dinner for the kids, the drive-thru seems like the ONLY option.So how do you eat SMART at the drive-thru?Kimberly A. Tessmer, RDN, LD, is a published author and consulting dietitian who's philosophy is, "Permanent lifestyle changes must be made for successful weight loss, long-term weight maintenance and good he...
  • 5 Top Skin Care Myths

    Jul 10, 2014 | 10 min
    Myth: Toothpaste is a good spot treatment for a pimple.According to the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, acne can be irritated by many factors, such as hormone levels, oil from skin products, the environment and stress. While these factors are proven causes of acne, there are still many myths about skincare and acne breakouts. Crystal Wellman, a master aesthetician, reveals the truth behind skincare myths.For optimal skin health, here is the truth about the following myths:1. Myth: Oily skin does not need a moisturizerFact: Oily skin tends to become dehydrated (lacking water moisture) and can stimulate oil glands to produce more oil to balance the skin. Use ...
  • 6 Tips for Perfect Skin on Your Wedding Day

    Jul 10, 2014 | 10 min
    For healthy, glowing skin, follow these five steps and leave little for your photographer to re-touch...According to theKnot.com, the average wedding today is approximately $28,858, oftentimes even more expensive. Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful, which can lead to acne breakouts. Your wedding day is considered one of the most important days of your life, you want to feel confident with your skin looking flawless. For healthy, glowing skin, follow these five steps and leave little for your photographer to re-touch:1. Plan ahead2. Monthly skincare treatments 3. Reduce stress 4. Take omega 3's! 5. Get your diet in check6. SPF: Solar RX is the recommendation for acne-prone skin Cry...
  • Why Women Strive to Look Thinner Than "Normal"

    Jul 10, 2014 | 10 min
    Why the heck is a size 4, which is a health weight, considered to be fat?Popular clothing store J Crew recently introduced 000 sizing. It's shocking that anyone can even be that thin to fit into that size! This is yet another example of how the fashion industry is manipulating society into trying to achieve an unrealistic body shape and size. But it's not just the fashion industry who's to blame. 80 percent of women feel insecure by images they see of women on television and more than two-thirds of women are influenced by underweight models in magazines and media outlets (Radar Programs). During the Miss USA 2014 show, Miss Indiana Mekayla Diehl, created a lot of buzz when she showed off her...
  • Are You Going Through a Midlife Crisis?

    Jul 10, 2014 | 10 min
    Physiological changes are hard to accept, especially for women, since a lot of women identify themselves with how attractive they are.We live in a culture that really honors and adores youth. We are obsessed with trying to prevent the inevitable aging process from happening. This all plays into when you experience the physical and emotional transition in your life, why there may be some regrets, questions and uncomfortability. Physiological changes are hard to accept, especially for women, since a lot of women identify themselves with how attractive they are. They are unfortunately not changes that are admired in our culture, which is really hard on your self-esteem. There have always been s...
  • 5 Surprising Consequences Linked to Snoring

    Jul 10, 2014 | 10 min
    There are five attention grabbing consequences that could result from you not getting a good nights rest.Did you know that over 40 million Americans are suffering from insomnia, sleep apnea and snoring? It's estimated that only five percent of people with a sleep issue are being properly evaluated and diagnosed. Snoring may seem to be innocuous, but it's a problem that should be addressed. There are five attention grabbing consequences that could result from you not getting a good nights rest. 5 surprising consequences:1. Low testosterone and erectile dysfunction: Men who were treated for their sleep issues had improvement in sexual function and testosterone levels.2. Car accidents: It's est...
  • The Powerful Effect Stress Has On Your Appetite and Food Cravings

    Jun 26, 2014 | 10 min
    Have you noticed stressed is desserts spelled backwards?Stress can have a powerful effect on your appetite and food cravings. Stress affects the way your body chooses healthy foods, how you digest those foods and how you absorb nutrients.Poor diet contributes to stress, which, in turn, contributes to a poor diet. For a number of people, food becomes a mechanism for coping with stress.For example, after a night of not sleeping followed by a day crammed with work deadlines, the stress is piling and at the end of the day, you're not going to want to cook. Instead, you decided tonight was the perfect pizza night. It may seem harmless, but when your stress hormones are all out of whack, staying e...
  • How to Deal with Pain and Suffering

    Jun 26, 2014 | 10 min
    Is there a way to turn your pain into positivity?At the age of 27, Dr. Nikhil Joshi, MD felt on top of the world. He was engaged to what he believed to be the love of his love, going through residency to become a doctor.Often life throws you curveballs and in Dr. Joshi's case, he was just about to strike out. Turns out, his fiancé was not the one for him and the engagement was broken off. Months later, he was diagnosed with lymphoma. Soon after, a great friend of his past away.You all experience heartache and loss, it's easy to fall into a state of depression. Is there a way to turn your emotional trauma can turn into something positive?What did experiencing heartbreak, cancer and the death ...
  • Flibanserin: The New Viagra for Women?

    Jun 26, 2014 | 10 min
    How come there are so many sexual enhancement drugs available for men and zero for women?Sometimes you're just not in the mood for sex, which is a normal reaction to a long day of stress induced meetings, your turn for carpool and still needing to whip up a healthy meal for dinner. However, when you're NEVER in the mood, you could be suffering from a type of sexual dysfunction.43 percent of women suffer from some sort of sexual dysfunction and With many failed options available, women are constantly looking for something to boost their mood.Have you heard of Flibanserin?The drug Flibanserin is locked in a heated battle for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raising controve...
  • Your Weight May Affect Your Ability to Have an Orgasm

    Jun 26, 2014 | 10 min
    What if your weight, or your diabetes is affecting your ability to have an orgasm?You're tired, you're bloated and your moodiness has put you in a sexless mood. On nights when you do engage in intimacy with your partner, the sex is good, but you're left without an orgasm.You notice it's happening more than once and even after the switch ups, the extra help and confidence boosting chatter with your partner, you're still unable to climax.What if your weight, or your diabetes is affecting your ability to have an orgasm?According to a study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, middle-aged women whose diabetes requires insulin are 80 percent more likely to report trouble reaching an ...
  • 7 Steps to a Healthier Life after 40

    Jun 26, 2014 | 10 min
    Instead of dreading life after 40, learn how you can embrace it.Are you someone who dreads turning the big 4-0? Just because you still don't want to grow up, your life doesn't stop after 40. There potentially could be more challenges but, it's still never too late to turn your life around.After 40, hormones and inactivity can contribute to weight gain, dieting fails and health issues. Whether you're someone who was inactive throughout your entire life, or played competitive sports, there are so many life changing things you can do to improve your health after 40.All you have to do is revaluate and reframe your beliefs, goals and what brings you the most joy in your life.There are seven steps...
  • Dr. Oz Scolded by Congress: Is it Fair?

    Jun 19, 2014 | 10 min
    Dr. Mehmet Oz, is known for his syndicated daily talk show, “The Dr. Oz Show,” came under intense scrutiny from Congress.Dr. Mehmet Oz, is known for his syndicated daily talk show, “The Dr. Oz Show,” came under intense scrutiny from Congress. Members of the Senate’s consumer protection panel scolded the celebrity doctor for making misleading and unscientific claims about various weight-loss supplements, specifically the green coffee extract dietary and weight loss supplement. Dr. Oz is a recognizable name, but tons of companies and media outlets say that this is "the latest and greatest product" and claim there is scientific backing. Are they using Dr. Oz to make an example of? When consumer...
  • Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+

    Jun 19, 2014 | 10 min
    Instead of adding more beauty products to your face, it's time to take them off.There's no denying fashion is constantly changing. With every year, or every season there are new beauty and fashion trends. Some of these trends however, are not worth putting your skin and wardrobe through.One of the main concerns women have as they age is their skin. Wanting to look and stay as young as possible maybe a time of the past. You can look and feel sexy at any age, and it's time to embrace the skin you're in.No more smothering your skin anti-wrinkle creams or the newest beauty trends.What are the common mistakes in their beauty routines that women make after 50?One of the most noticeable things is s...
  • Financially Distraught? 8 Ways to Avoid Debt

    Jun 19, 2014 | 10 min
    Are you a slave or a master to your money?It's been drilled into your head since you took a home economics class in high school, you need to know where your money is going and live within your means.Signing up for a credit card may seem like a great idea to you, especially when you think to charge it now, pay later. However, many get this confused and don't realize how easy it is to lose sight of how much money is being spent.Just because you have a credit card, doesn't mean it's free money. You're going to have to pay it back eventually.Did you know at the end of the second quarter in 2013, there was an approximately $850 billion in outstanding revolving debt, mainly credit cards?Whether yo...
  • Your Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet

    Jun 19, 2014 | 10 min
    Allowing your body and mind to go 10 days through a detox resets your taste buds, your neural pathways and really unhook from your sugar addiction.You may or may not know this, but your blood sugar levels are crucial keeping your body at a healthy weight. Your blood sugar concentration, or known as your blood glucose level is the amount of sugar present within your bloodstream.Your blood sugar levels are usually lowerst in the morning and before your meals. Having abnormal blood sugar levels doesn't allow your body to perform daily tasks.It's no shocker how addictive sugar can be. However, it may come to your surprise how MUCH sugar you're eating on a daily basis.Recently published, The Bloo...
  • The Lost Art of Dress

    Jun 19, 2014 | 10 min
    Are more mature women trying to follow the trend of dressing to young for their age?Linda Przybyszewski (Preh-beh-SHEV-ski), earned her Ph.D. in U.S. History at Stanford University. She was trained as a legal historian, but she also comes from a long line of sewing women, and these two sets of skills -- research and dressmaking.Women value their youth and tend to want to dress so that they do not come across as "old". Are more mature women trying to follow the trend of dressing too young for their age? Linda tells the story of how women learned how to dress for the 20th Century. Linda talks about how the principals of art can be applied to clothing and how you dress.
  • Love Sick? Dating In Your 50s and Up

    Jun 12, 2014 | 10 min
    It seems like EVERYTHING in your life has changed. What makes dating in your 50s so difficult or challenging for people?What makes dating in your 50s so difficult or challenging for people?It seems like EVERYTHING in your life has changed. Your career is significantly further along than it was decades ago, if you have kids they are grown up and probably in their own relationships, and you yourself may be past a previous marriage or relationship. People don't mingle the way we used to. Online dating is now the norm, with people getting to know each other online. The one thing that hasn't changed about dating when you are older is that sex does still matter. Sex isn't something that you grow o...
  • Sex: What is There a Right Amount?

    Jun 12, 2014 | 10 min
    What is a "healthy" amount of sex for couples to be having? Everyone is different and there is not a "norm" for sexual behavior.Couples are usually afraid that they are having too much sex or not enough. For starters, couples don't generally talk about this with each other. They will talk to everyone else about it, their therapist, friends, family, but not with their significant other. Some women or men feel like their partners what to "do it" at ALL times, like rabbits! Where the other person may feel obligated to satisfy their partner, when they themselves aren't fully enjoying it.When you are in the "infatuation stage" of your relationship, you are probably have sex all of the time. Peopl...
  • Nymphomaniac: Is Sex Addiction Real?

    Jun 12, 2014 | 10 min
    Sex addiction is very real. People generally don't view activities like sex, eating or gambling as a dependency, but they definitely can have potential for a habitual problem.Sex addiction is very real. People generally don't view activities like sex, eating or gambling as a dependency, but they definitely can have potential for a habitual problem. Do you remember when Halle Berry's ex-husband came out as a sex addict? Everyone thought, "how the hell can he cheat on her?!" And that it was a total cop out.It turns out these behavioral addictions aren't just moral or conscious issues that someone can make a decision to change. What are the difference between people who like sex and people who...
  • How to Prevent the Spread of Lyme Disease

    Jun 12, 2014 | 10 min
    Author of A Twist of Lyme, entrepreneur and mother Andrea Caesar offers specific advice on Lyme disease as someone who has lived with it for majority of her life.Andrea Caesar doesn't even really know what life would be like without Lyme disease.Andrea was an active, happy, vivacious ten-year-old, a year later, Caesar had trouble catching her breath, has debilitating migraines and battled consistent muscle aches. She was left undiagnosed for 26 years, and now has chronic Lyme disease.Unfortunately when it comes to treatment you have to get worse before you can get better with Lyme disease. Some people don't understand the different between acute Lyme disease and Lyme disease; acute Lyme dise...
  • Smoking Addicts: 4 Tips to Quit Stress Free

    Jun 12, 2014 | 10 min
    Did you know that the physical withdrawals will go away after a few days? You can get through this.Why the heck are people still smoking anymore anyway. Everyone knows that it is extremely deadly. No one wants to be a prisoner of their own addiction or bad habit. When you decide that you want to quit smoking, you really need to dedicate yourself and make sure that your desired outcome is clear. Some people consider quitting, and quickly throw in the towel since they realize they feel like it's an impossible uphill battle. You may think that you need to smoke or can't live without it, but luckily you can come up with a plan to help make the process as painless and stress-free as possible. Did...
  • Takeout Food: How to Eat Healthier

    May 29, 2014 | 10 min
    Typical takeout is high in fat, calories and sodium. Is it possible to order takeout food and not end up in a food coma?Typical takeout is high in fat, calories and sodium. Is it possible to order takeout food and not end up in a food coma? Thankfully, with a little bit of effort, you can. Eating is a mindset, with takeout you just need to know your options and how to work with different types of cuisines. Don't feel bad if you tweak the menu and stay on the phone for a few minutes longer; most places are willing to accommodate you. Tips: If you ask for your sauce on the side you can significantly cut calories. If you also ask for your protein to be "dry", that is restaurant code for: n...
  • Women & Statins: Do You Really Need Them?

    May 29, 2014 | 10 min
    The reality of women taking statins may be far less pretty than the pictures that are painted in the advertisements you see.The reality of women taking statins may be far less pretty than the pictures that are painted in the advertisements you see. Statins are a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver, which produces about 70 percent of total cholesterol in the body. With the research that has been conducted in just under 10,000 women, there is ZERO evidence that you lower a woman's risk of heart attack, heart disease or stroke, when you compare women on placebo ver...
  • What Affect Does Giving Up Your Child Have On Your Health?

    May 29, 2014 | 10 min
    Most women choose to opt for adoption, not because it's an easy way out of being a parent, but because it is in the best interest of the child.Most of society views women who give up their child for adoption as selfish or irresponsible; This may be is a contributing factor as to why some women feel ashamed or guilty, even though adoption was the best option for them.ÂÂ Most women choose to opt for adoption, not because it's an easy way out of being a parent, but because it is in the best interest of the child.ÂÂ Albeit, how does a woman know that she is making the right decision?These women aren't just giving up their child and saying, "I'm done," they are making a careful, thought out decis...
  • Rhinoplasty or Septoplasty : What's the Difference?

    May 29, 2014 | 10 min
    People often confuse these two procedures and think that a septoplasty is a copout for wanting a cosmetic nose job.Nose jobs, also known as Rhinoplasty, is a cosmetic plastic surgery to reshape or resize your nose. A Septoplasty, also known as a deviated septum, is a corrective surgical procedure done to straighten the nasal septum, the partition between the two nasal cavities.Some people confuse these terms and think a septoplasty is a copout for wanting a cosmetic nose job. However, your nose could be deviated at birth or you could have injuries from contact sports or falls that calls for surgery on your nose.If you have a deviated septum, you can suffer from headaches, have difficulty bre...
  • Beauty Treatments During Pregnancy: What's Safe?

    May 29, 2014 | 10 min
    What chemicals should be avoided exactly and what other beauty treatments should you stray away from during pregnancy?Pregnant women tend to be more vulnerable, hormonal and want to be perceived as beautiful and attractive while their body is going through a huge transformation. Often times, women would like to continue beauty treatments to help maintain their appearance and confidence but they have to forego, while pregnant.One treatment you've either fallen in love with or have always wanted to try is laser hair removal. By using special light lasers that specifically targets the darker pigment of your hair destroys your hair follicle and eventually won't grow back. However, this treatment...
  • Binge Eating: 4 Dangerous Myths

    May 15, 2014 | 10 min
    Do you really know what it is and how dangerous binge eating can be to your overall health?There is a lot of misguided information out there regarding binge eating. Do you really know what it is and how dangerous binge eating can be to your overall health? You may think it's a joke and can't understand why binge eating is considered a health hazard.Binge eating is when you compulsively overeat with large quantities of food while feeling out of control and that you have no power to stop. Binge eating can cause high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes and musculoskeletal problems.One of the most common myths out there is questioning if binge eating is a 'real' disorder. T...
  • 4 Ways to Stop Binge Eating in Its Tracks

    May 15, 2014 | 10 min
    Binge eating is compulsive overeating when you consume large amounts of food while feeling out of control and powerless to stop.You may not know this but binge eating is a serious health problem. In fact, binge eating is considered an eating disorder amongst bulimia and anorexia. There is a HUGE difference between occasionally eating a bag of Cheetos to by yourself than not knowing how and when to stop eating all the time.How do you stop binge eating in its tracks?The first thing to do when planning a meal or snack is to never eat directly out of the bag, box or carton.By doing this, you're allowing yourself to overeat because you know how much food is contained in the packaging. Instead, ta...
  • Tattoo Regret: How to Remove your unwanted Ink

    May 15, 2014 | 10 min
    Tattoos are meant to be permanent, so removing them is difficult. Is complete tattoo removal possible?Today, it seems that younger generations are obsessed with covering their bodies with ink. Tattoos may have become more acceptable in society, but some of you may want your tats removed.Remember that one time you got your (now ex) boyfriend's name tattooed on your body because you thought it was going to last forever?Even though your relationship ended, that ink is forever. Now you're panicked, embarrassed and tired of hearing from friends that you were going to regret that tattoo. What do you do?Don't worry; you're not the only one. According to a small survey conducted out of the UK, nearl...
  • Retrain Your Brain: Conquer the 4 common fears

    May 15, 2014 | 10 min
    There are common fears found in everyone, but do you know how to get over them?There are certain things in your life that you would rather pass at because of the amount of fear that is instilled on them. What you're afraid of may not also be what your sibling, friend or significant other is afraid of. However, did you know that are several common fears amongst everyone?One of the most reassuring feelings is knowing that you're not the only one who is experiencing these common fears. This may allow you to breathe a little easier as you move past the fear and into a positive light.One of the most common fears is the fear of failure. This fear can eat away at you so much to the point where you ...
  • How to Say Yes to Change

    May 15, 2014 | 10 min
    Changes, whether big or small creates anxiety and the fear of the unknown.Your life is constantly changing and evolving, sometimes for better or worse. Your career has changed and you are moving to a new city, your kids grow up and you experience the empty nest, or you and your spouse have just called it quits.Are you one of the many people who get uncomfortable with stress and anxiety? Don't you think it would be easier to just learn how to say yes to change?Change you initiate yourself is different that the change that happens to you. No matter what the change is, accepting it will be the best thing for your health.What are some ways to deal with change?In order to deal with the constant c...
  • Should You Lose Weight as a Couple?

    May 1, 2014 | 10 min
    It’s no secret that millions are affected by the unhealthy results of being overweight, but few people recognize the strain it puts on close relationships. It’s no secret that millions are affected by the unhealthy results of being overweight, but few people recognize the strain it puts on close relationships. Competition can be a great motivation, not so much when it’s against your significant other. Everyone’s body operates differently. Men and women lose weight in different areas and weight proportion looks different depending on height and body type. If your partner loses more weight than you, it’s possible to have feelings of anger and jealousy. Is there a balance between getting health...
  • How to Prevent Childhood Eating Disorders

    May 1, 2014 | 10 min
    Ways to prevent and teach your children how to have healthy relationships with food and themselves. Are you aware that the age of onset for an eating disorder is younger than ever? You may be concerned with what you are eating and how you look in the mirror every once in awhile, but an eating disorder takes your perceived body image to an extreme level. An eating disorder is an illness that causes extreme changes in your everyday diet such as eating small amounts, overeating or eliminating food altogether. It consumes you. The age of onset used to be between the ages of 13 and 17, now it’s between nine and 12 years old. What can you do as parents to prevent or help your child with an eating ...
  • Is Barbie too Perfect? Evaluating the Standard of Beauty

    May 1, 2014 | 10 min
    Dolls have alluring, yet unrealistic body shapes, and are marketed to little girls as "the toys that every girl should have." Society, culture and the media send you powerful messages about body weight and shape ideals. Young girls are encouraged to have a thin physique. On average, girls ages three to 11 have up to 10 Barbie dolls. These dolls have alluring, yet unrealistic body shapes, and are marketed to little girls as "the toys that every girl should have." So how concerned should parents be? What really is the association between the dolls you let your child play with and their self-esteem? What may seem like "childs play" could actually affect your daughter (or son's) body image. Ther...
  • Obesity: The Psychological Effects

    May 1, 2014 | 10 min
    Obesity can trigger psychological disorders including mental illness, depression, distorted body image and low self-esteem.Studies have found that 30 percent of adults who are categorized as obese first developed weight problems in childhood. If you have weight problems as a child, chances are you have experienced low self-esteem as a result of social discrimination. Studies have indicated that teasing at school, fatigue, sleep disorders and other obesity-linked problems severely affect children's well-being. Your genetics aren't just passed down via your family tree. "Body shame" can also be something that is passed down, and parents may unconsciously perpetuate insecurities. Unfortunately,...
  • Is Social Media Unhealthy?

    Apr 17, 2014 | 10 min
    The way you communicate with your significant other, your best friend, colleagues and family is changing, but do you need a social media detox? In today’s world it’s not uncommon to see every person attached to a smartphone. In fact, according to research conducted from Business Insider, Americans spend an average of 37 minutes daily on social media, a higher time-spend than any other major Internet activity, including email. 60 percent of social media time is spent on smartphones and tablets.Like any other habit, there are positives and negatives from spending your time on social media. When it starts to dominate your life, you might want to consider a social media detox.You may have over 4...
  • Why Women Are More Vulnerable to Alzheimers Disease

    Apr 17, 2014 | 10 min
    Alzheimer's disease is a U.S. health crisis affecting more than 5 million Americans, and new figures show women are bearing the brunt of the damage.Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive mental deterioration that occurs in middle or old age that extinguishes your ability to learn, reason, communicate and carry out daily tasks.Alzheimer's disease is a U.S. health crisis affecting more than 5 million Americans, and new figures show women are bearing the brunt of the damage.Did you know that women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as they are to develop breast cancer?In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s latest finds, 1 in 11 men over 65 are estimated to ...
  • 10 Ways to Navigate Through Your Hysterectomy Recovery

    Apr 17, 2014 | 10 min
    Many people feel like they are never fully prepared for a the post-operative of a surgery. The first few days, even weeks, can be really challenging.A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that is used to treat a number of conditions, such as excessive menstrual bleeding. The operation may be performed through an incision in your lower abdomen (abdominal hysterectomy), in your abdomen (laparoscopic hysterectomy), or through your vagina (vaginal hysterectomy). Many people feel like they are never fully prepared for a the post-operative of a surgery. The first few days, even weeks, can be really challenging. Kathy Kelly is the Founder and CEO of HypsterSisters.com, an online community of over 3...
  • How to Heal Yourself After Sexual Trauma

    Apr 17, 2014 | 10 min
    Sexual trauma happens more often than you realize. How does one reclaim the parts of themselves that has remained as if frozen from the experienced trauma?Sexual trauma happens more often than you realize. Childhood, adulthood, elderly and in the workplace are some of the ways in which sexual trauma can occur. People often associate sexual abuse with physical contact, like rape or sexual assault, but it can actually be verbal and emotional abuse as well. Many people who have been sexually abused feel that a major piece of their spirit has been robbed. People may pick up addictions and self destructive behavior like, binge eating and alcoholism, to help them cope with their past. How does one...
  • 5 Ways to Live With Passion and Purpose

    Apr 17, 2014 | 10 min
    The important steps to aid you in finding your mission in life filled with passion and purpose.It is sometimes hard to get out of bed in the morning with a purpose. Have you ever had someone ask you, "what you are passionate about?" And bashfully hesitate to come up with a genuine response? Lay off the loaded questions! This may sound morbid, but if you were able to witness your own funeral, and listen to your own obituary, what would you want it to say? What would you feel like is missing? Dr. Jane Simington, PhD is a speaker, author and therapist who provides her professional knowledge and experiences to help people find their purpose in life5 major points and questions to help direct you ...
  • Pregorexia: The Pregnant Eating Disorder

    Apr 3, 2014 | 10 min
    Pregnancy should be a beautiful; happy time in your life but can also trigger eating disorder habits, causing the experience to be overwhelming and dangerous for baby and mom-to-be.Pregnancy should be a beautiful; happy time in your life but can also trigger eating disorder habits, causing the experience to be overwhelming and dangerous for baby and mom-to-be. Pregnancy is also an emotional experience that can lead to overly sensitive and vulnerable feelings about your body changing. You’re supposed to consume a little extra amount of calories per meal while pregnant in order to help the growth of your baby. However, some women are terrified about the inevitable weight gain. Will you get str...
  • How to Maintain a Healthy Weight During Pregnancy

    Apr 3, 2014 | 10 min
    What can you be doing in order to make sure you’re gaining the right amount of weight?You’re pregnant! Whether you’re ready for it or not, your body is about to change and it’s important to know why you need to gain a certain amount of weight in order to have a healthy pregnancy. You have to remember that you’re not just eating for yourself anymore, there’s a two in one package deal and anything you put in your mouth can either help or harm the development of your baby. How much weight is normal and healthy to gain during a pregnancy?Normally, your baby will gain seven or eight pounds, but the rest of your body gains weight as well to help prepare for childbirth and the early stages of mothe...
  • Women: Your 9 Essential Health Tests

    Apr 3, 2014 | 10 min
    You’re not a little kid anymore, you body changes with age and it’s essential to know what to look out for during that process.As you grow out of your 20s into your 30s, your 30s to your 40s what are the health tests you should be aware of? You feel healthy, you’re exercising, you’re eating better than you did a few months ago and your energy levels are great. So there’s no reason for you to check in with your doctor every year, right? You couldn’t be more wrong. Even though things seem great on the surface doesn’t mean you should ignore doctor visits. You’re not a little kid anymore, you body changes with age and it’s essential to know what to look out for during that process. In your 20s, ...
  • Payback is a Bitch: Why You Retaliate

    Apr 3, 2014 | 10 min
    Even though the need for revenge can be understandable, it is not healthy. Is there a way to overcome these feelings of revenge without causing any harm?Have you ever heard the saying from Confucius, “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves”? You want to have revenge because you want others to feel the pain and embarrassment that it caused you. Even though the need for revenge can be understandable, it is not healthy.Retaliation is normal whether you just lost a mini golf game, your favorite sports team loses, your partner cheats on you or someone accidentally bumps shoulders with you on the sidewalk. This creates chemical changes in your brain, causing immediate stress on ...
  • The Myth of Monogamous Relationships: They Are Natural

    Apr 3, 2014 | 10 min
    Is it really natural to spend your life with just one person?Is marriage just an old fashioned institutional way to manage estates and money verses based off of love and companionship? Even today, there are a lot of financial benefits that come with marriage, like healthcare coverage, taxes and to manage joint assists. Today, it seems more natural to you when you hear of celebrity couples splitting after many years. Unfortunately, you're not surprised finding out your best friend was cheated on by her once devoted husband.Even though monogamist relationships exist and are still desired by some, a new approach to keeping a long, healthy relationship by younger generations allows room for mult...
  • Spray Tans and Self Tanners: Are They Safe?

    Mar 27, 2014 | 10 min
    Just a reminder: Spray tans and self-tanners are not equivalent to sunscreen, you still need to apply SPF and really regularly.Spray tanning and self-tanners and definitely much safer than sun bathing outside or going in a tanning bed. However, experts now know that the main coloring agent (dihydroxyacetone DHA) in spray tans and self-tanners is somewhat absorbed into the skin. There are also some risks associated with inhalation and ingestion, which is not recommended, over time or in large quantities. Spray tan salons give you eyewear and nose guards, but it is virtually impossible to not breath in the formula at all. Due to this unavoidable situation, spray tanning is best for the body an...
  • 9 Reasons for Hair Loss in Women

    Mar 27, 2014 | 10 min
    If you’re noticing significant hair loss and not shedding, it is very important to see a dermatologist to help find the reason you’re losing your hair.According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people lose 50 to 100 strands of hair daily, but on days that hair is washed that number increases to 250 strands.You may think that hair loss is more common in men than women. Even though men tend to start losing hair in the 30s and 40s, thinning for in women’s hair begins in their 40s and 50s but can occur as early as their 20s.However, the reasons on why women lose their hair are different from men. Stress, hereditary, thyroid disorder, autoimmune diseases and menopause are just some re...
  • Spring Cleaning: Refresh Your Life and Home

    Mar 27, 2014 | 10 min
    It's time to clear your clutter! Dusting, mopping, vacuuming, now that's easy, (at least for the cleaning lady) but getting rid of the all the piles of junk takes more time and effort.Does your home look like an episode from the Hoarders show? This Spring, learn how to de-stress your life with easy tips to declutter and organize your home and mind. It's time to clear your clutter! Dusting, mopping, vacuuming, now that's easy, (at least for the cleaning lady) but getting rid of the all the piles of junk takes more time and effort. First step is to start with one room at a time, choosing the room or area that is causing you the most stress.Now it's time to rid your closet that probably looks l...
  • Why Does Your Diet Always Fail?

    Mar 27, 2014 | 10 min
    Turns out 45 million Americans will attempt four to five diets each year and will most likely have a failed outcome.No matter what time of year it is, you feel like you are constantly dieting. You've tried everything ranging from the Atkins diet all the way to no carb diet but nothing is working.Turns out 45 million Americans will attempt four to five diets each year and will most likely have a failed outcome.Why are you destined to fail?Diets are short-term fixes for something that needs to be addressed throughout your life. It shouldn't be about your diet, it should be a lifestyle change. Restricting your caloric intake may help shed a few pounds at first, but eventually that will not be e...
  • Sugar: Are You Eating too Much on Accident?

    Mar 27, 2014 | 10 min
    Are you aware that everything you consume contains sugar, whether it's naturally there or added in?Sugar is one of the most popular and most addicting ingredients found in your food. However, you're probably unaware of how much sugar you are actually eating on a daily basis? In fact Americans consume around 156 pounds of added sugar each year. Only 29 pounds of that sugar comes from traditional sugar.Nutritionists suggests that Americans should only get 10 percent of their calories from sugar, or 13.3 teaspoons of sugar each day (based on 2,000 calories per day).Are you aware that everything you consume contains sugar, whether it's naturally there or added in? Foods such as granola, cereals,...
  • The 10 Beauty Products You Cannot Live Without

    Mar 20, 2014 | 10 min
    Celebrity beauty expert and national director of creative artistry for Giorgio Armani beauty, Tim Quinn shares the top beauty products that you cannot live without.There are so many products in the makeup world to choose from, trying to find the right products can become an overwhelming shopping experience, even for a beauty guru.For instance, there are several different types of foundation, liquid, cream, mineral, mousse and powder. Sometimes, depending on the quality of the foundation you just bought, your face can look a different color than your neck and cause flakiness. You want to look for something that has ant aging benefits, as well as a weightless feeling on your face.Do you use a ...
  • 10 Beauty Tips from a Celeb Makeup Artist

    Mar 20, 2014 | 10 min
    Have you ever dreamed of having your makeup looking as flawless as the celebrities you see on TV?Women spend at least three hours each week in front of their mirror trying to look good for every occasion. In fact, a recent study conducted by The Harley St. Clinic in London found that women spend 474 days of their lives putting on cosmetics.Looking your best doesn't always have to come with a price tag. Many beauty experts say it starts with how you are treating your skin. You might have a little understanding on what you should do to enhance your beauty i.e. putting on a moisturizer to help fight wrinkles, but do you know all the secrets to having beautiful skin and makeup every time you lea...
  • Women and Suicide: What's the Truth?

    Mar 20, 2014 | 10 min
    Reports of suicide have seen a dramatic increase among middle-aged women. In fact, 31 percent of women from 6.2 per 100,000 in 1999 to 8.1 in 2010. Why?Suicide can be complex, sometimes you never it see it coming in your loved ones, other times you’ve witnessed the emotional rollercoaster firsthand. Research has shown that 90 percent of people who end their life struggled with depression, or another mental health disorder.According to the CDC, 38,364 people killed themselves in 2010, an average of 105 each day making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. These numbers do not raise awareness enough, and people who are suicidal tend to keep their feelings inside.Reports of sui...
  • Truth About Sodium: The 9 Things You Need to Know

    Mar 20, 2014 | 10 min
    You're eating way too much sodium on a daily basis. People are always worried about their "sweet tooth" when they also need to be worried about their "salt tooth".You're eating way too much sodium on a daily basis. People are always worried about their "sweet tooth" when they also need to be worried about their "salt tooth". Ingesting this amount of salt is NOT pretty; it's bad for your kidneys, bones and, more immediately, it makes you bloated and feel like a whale. Salt is unfortunately hidden everywhere. Salt is generally incorporated into foods to make them taste better. Eating out at restaurants is a GIGANTIC contributing factor. The American Heart Association presented a study found th...
  • Is Your Purse as Germy as a Toilet Seat?

    Mar 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Your hands touch about 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, which means there is a lot of bacteria that is traveling with you.For most women, their purse is an item that they never leave home without. They can sometimes turn into a bottomless pit with bacteria ridden items like: money, makeup, skincare, hair products, digital devices, clothes, even food. Your hands touch about 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, which means there is a lot of bacteria that is traveling with you. Research finds that your handbag may be contaminated with a lot of bacteria, even MORE than the average toilet seat, according to a new study from Initial Washroom Hygiene, a hygiene and washroom services company in the U.K. How...
  • Breastfeeding & Postpartum Depression: What's the Connection?

    Mar 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Why do some women get postpartum depression and some do not?Why do some women get postpartum depression and some do not? If you have a natural childbirth without medical intervention, your chances of Postpartum Depression (PPD) decrease significantly. Also, if you are taught how to breastfeed 'pain-free' and feel successful as a new mother, your chances of PPD decrease. Lastly, if you get the support you need emotionally and physically, your chances of developing PPD are significantly lower (National Institutes of Health). Many new moms fear postpartum depression, but many nursing moms are unaware that depression can occur during and after weaning. What could cause this unexpected emotional ...
  • Moody New Moms: Are Herbs the Answer?

    Mar 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Herbs are a safe, gentle and non-toxic way to stabilize your mood.New moms are overwhelmed by the physical demands of motherhood: sleep deprivation, hunger, constantly concerned for your newborn, isolation, mood swings….the list goes on. Those mood swings are normal. Women experience dramatic changes in their hormone levels after childbirth, which affect their moods (Parents.com). Do your moods control you? Or do you control your moods? The first thing is to identify your moods and really understand your triggers. This way you can help control your emotions and manage your reactions to stressful situations. And, there may be a natural way to help decrease your mood swings: herbs. Sara Chana ...
  • Sugar Cravings: 5 Ways to Break the Cycle

    Mar 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Unfortunately, other than that satisfying momentary gratification, nothing good comes from eating sugar.Who doesn't love a cupcake? Doesn't your mouth salivate just thinking about a tasty dessert? And what about when it's "that time of month" do you feel like your hormones make you crave sugar even more? Sugar actually triggers the release of serotonin, so it can have a dramatic effect on your mood, emotions and energy level. Unfortunately, other than that satisfying momentary gratification, nothing good comes from eating sugar. It wrecks your immune system, crashes your blood sugar, creates fatigue and bloating, stores as fat, and sets the stage for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and can...
  • Reclaim Your Hormonal Balance

    Mar 13, 2014 | 10 min
    It's easier to get your hormones balanced than it is to live with the misery of your hormones being out of balance.There seems to be a universal story of mid-thirties women, who are stress-crazed, overweight and increasingly frazzled. Their entire life, not just their hormones, seem to be out of balance. But now for some good news: it's easier to get your hormones balanced than it is to live with the misery of your hormones being out of balance. What is the source for your hormonal imbalance? The key to pinpointing the source, is to evaluate your symptoms. There are three hormones that are often out of whack: cortisol, estrogen and thyroid. These are the hormones that you should be focusing ...
  • Sexual Dysfunction in Women: Is Viagra the Answer?

    Mar 7, 2014 | 10 min
    A whopping 43% of women report suffering from some sort of sexual dysfunction; but the numbers could be much higher.According to Fox News, 43 percent of women are suffering from some sort of sexual dysfunction, which is just the number of women who have reported it. There is heavy suspicion among experts that this number is much higher, somewhere around 60 percent.Viagra has become a high-profile research target for women's sexuality.The success of sildenafil (Viagra) in treating erectile dysfunction in men has resulted in studying the drug in women, which unfortunately have shown little promise. It has also given rise to a movement to establish female sexual dysfunction (FSD) as a new sexua...
  • The 9 Most Important Questions to Ask Your Gynecologist

    Mar 7, 2014 | 10 min
    What are the most frequently asked gynecology questions and the ones that people are hesitant to address?Going to see your gynecologist can sometimes feel like an invasive therapy session. What are the most frequently asked gynecology questions and the ones that people are hesitant to address? Richard Scott Thornton, MD has had an esteemed 30 year career as a gynecologist at Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center, located in Meadowbrook PA, just outside of Philadelphia. Dr. Thornton reveals the answers about everything related to gynecology. Most Important Questions: Why do you have an itch? Why do your breasts hurt? What can your do about hot flashes? Why do you have an odor…down there? ...
  • New FDA Food Label Proposal: Bigger is Better

    Mar 7, 2014 | 10 min
    Proposed changes for nutrition facts label are aimed to better inform consumer's food choices.Food labels can be deceptive, and you always need to read the fine print. Proposed changes for nutrition facts label are aimed to better inform consumer's food choices. Will the changes help you make healthier eating choices? Dr. Pam Peeke and Michelle King Robson explain what's different in the proposed labels and the intended goal behind the change.
  • How Different Running Surfaces Affect Your Body

    Mar 7, 2014 | 10 min
    Is there one best running surface, or is it important to add variety?Running can be very stressful on your muscles, knees and joints. The type of surface that you choose to run on can affect your aches and pains. Is there one best running surface, or is it important to add variety?Taneen Carvell, Coach T is a triathlete and marathon runner and coach in the Washington DC area. Taneen explains how different surfaces can impact the quality of your run and your health.
  • The Best Pre & Post Workout Meals

    Mar 7, 2014 | 10 min
    No, lunch isn't going to hold you through until that 6:30 spin class!No, lunch isn't going to hold you through until that 6:30 spin class! You can trust instead on certain late afternoon snacks that are easy to have available and really make those evening workouts worthwhile. Taneen Carvell, Coach T is a triathlete and marathon runner and coach in the Washington DC area. Taneen shares how you can improve your physique and maximize your performance through optimal pre and post workout meals.
  • Eternal Caregiving: How to Not Burn Out

    Feb 27, 2014 | 10 min
    Caregiver burn out is used to refer to a person looking after a loved one at home, usually full-time. During the process, the caregiver may start to neglect themselves and their own health.With over 44 million people in the role of caregiver to a child or elderly parent, sometimes both at the same time, "caregiving burn out" is on the rise in the United States. one in 10 caregivers report that the caregiving role has caused them major health problems like: stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression (Family Caregiver Alliance). Caregiver burn out is the phrase commonly used to refer to a person looking after a loved one at home, usually full-time. They look after their loved one due to some form...
  • The Major Gender Differences in Heart Health

    Feb 27, 2014 | 10 min
    You may know that heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women, but there are major gender differences in heart health.Lets get to the heart of the matter! You may know that heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women, but there are major gender differences in heart health.When someone is having a heart attack, the classic "elephant sitting on your chest" symptoms, doesn't always occur in women. Instead women may have jaw pain, stomach pain, unusual fatigue or shortness of breath. The problem is these type of real symptoms aren't triggers for women to go and seek care. People need sex and gender appropriate healthcare. Focus is now being placed on educating...
  • Sick While Traveling? What You Should Do

    Feb 27, 2014 | 10 min
    What do you do if you develop a life threatening illness or sickness while traveling?What do you do if you develop a life threatening illness or sickness while traveling? Sally Lynch's husband Wayne Lynch became very ill while traveling in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He needed to go to the local hospital and have a myriad of tests done. After talking to the specialist, and a neighbor who is a spine surgeon at Flagstaff Medical Center in the states, they decided that it was crucial for them to travel home. But they weren't able to get on a flight that day and did not tell the airline that it was a medical emergency, because they would not have let us fly home in his condition.Sally has gained so ...
  • Eat Like a Woman and NEVER Diet Again

    Feb 27, 2014 | 10 min
    Is it true that even many diet and nutrition books targeted at women are based on research conducted on men?Losing weight for women is stressful. Did you know that many diet and nutrition books targeted at women are based on research conducted on men? Based on the latest research showing that men and women metabolize food and lose weight differently, the book Eat Like a Woman (And Never Diet Again) is a groundbreaking three-step program tailored specifically to the needs of the female body.What does eat like a woman mean? Eat like a bird? A french woman? A skinny bitch? Eating like a woman means that you need to eat your to cater towards your chemical makeup. Women are not small men. Women a...
  • Diabetes: Lose Weight Safely and Keep it Off

    Feb 27, 2014 | 10 min
    Losing just seven percent body weight (as little as 10 to 15 pounds for many overweight people) can prevent type 2 diabetes, dramatically improve it, or in some cases even reverse its course.People with type 2 diabetes generally have a family history of disease and are mostly overweight or obese. When people gain weight, even five pounds, they begin to have insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps unlock the body's cells so that the sugar (glucose) from the food we eat can be used for energy.According to the US Department of Human Health and Services, insulin resistance is a condition in which the body produces insulin but does not use it effectively. When...
  • Professional Cuddlers: The Power Of Human Connection

    Feb 20, 2014 | 10 min
    Would you hire a professional cuddling service? If you need a hug, you can call Samantha Hess. Samantha is a professional cuddlier who owns Cuddle Up to Me, a professional cuddling service.Would you hire a professional cuddling service? If you need a hug, you can call Samantha Hess. Samantha is a professional cuddlier who owns Cuddle Up to Me, a professional cuddling service. Your initial reaction may be that the service sounds, well, creepy. If you are able to put your preconceived notions aside, there are many health benefits of cuddling. "Snuggling" can be healing, therapeutic, comforting and restorative. Human touch is important and people need it. It is one of the most important compone...
  • How Do You Define Emotional Abuse?

    Feb 20, 2014 | 10 min
    Loverrespect.org defines emotional abuse as non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring or “checking in,” excessive texting, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.Loverrespect.org defines emotional abuse as non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring or “checking in,” excessive texting, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking. Verbal abuse is only a portion of emotional abuse, because abuse can also be non-verbal. Every experienced the silent treatment? It's brutal. If you are worried you are in an emotional abuse relationship, you may question if you are the victim or the abuser? Society would like to think of the world a...
  • Winter Blues? Don’t Let SAD Make You Fat

    Feb 20, 2014 | 10 min
    Why do people tend to eat more in the winter months? There is a relationship because sadness during the winter months and weight gain.Don't you crave gluttonous foods in the winter time? The fatty foods seem to call your name. It may actually have more to do with brain function and serotonin levels verses knowing that you can throw on a big sweater to cover up your love handles. Why do people tend to eat more in the winter months? There is a relationship because sadness during the winter months and weight gain. Fox News reported that some researchers think this is part of our primitive impulses, just like many other animals have. Studies have been done to test this, and one in particular tra...
  • The Gut: 5 Tips to Cure Your Digestive Issues 

    Feb 20, 2014 | 10 min
    Slow Down Sistah! Stress is a major gut inhibitor and the how digestion can’t be rushed, chewing food, being mindful and making time for eating and the attitude around meal time.All Dis-ease Starts in the Gut- HippocratesThe gut really reflects what your body is being exposed to.Lisa Spencer sufferered from severe IBS symptoms and at 42 years old, she finally convinced her doctor to do a colonscopy, She discovered pre-cancerous polyps on her colon. NOTHING the doctors prescribed worked (basically Miralax), and the doctor had a “see you next year” approach. Lisa learned the importance of a healthy gut, and now her digestion is healed and last colonoscopy was clean as a whistle and colon looke...
  • The Weight Loss Myth: Count Your Calories

    Feb 20, 2014 | 10 min
    A calorie is not a calorie when it comes to how Efficiently our fat metabolism system converts it into body fat. The more inEfficient calories are at being stored as body fat, the better.All calories are NOT created equal. What exactly is a calorie? A calorie is a unit of energy. Calories fuel our bodies, it refers to energy consumption through eating and drinking. A calorie is not a calorie when it comes to how Efficiently our fat metabolism system converts it into body fat. The more inEfficient calories are at being stored as body fat, the better. Keeping the science of SANE eating simple, fiber and protein are entirely inEfficient. Keeping long-term fat loss can be simplified, the same te...
  • Facelift Facts: What to Know Before You Go Under the Knife

    Feb 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Surprisingly, waiting until facial aging changes are significant will reduce your chances for the best result.Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck. If you are bothered by your aging and sagging skin, a facelift surgery may be right for you. The most important point for anyone considering a facelift is to make sure that you have an examination of your face and neck. The surgeon needs to look at your face detail by detail, to figure out the right facelift for you. But buyer beware, make sure that you are choosing to fix the things that bother you when you look in the mirror, versus your doctor. A good patie...
  • NuvaRing Controversy: Should you Consider Another Contraceptive?

    Feb 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Merck, the NuvaRing’s manufacturer, faces roughly 3,500 lawsuits related to the product, including a major class-action suit.The vaginal contraceptive NuvaRing has been linked to to blood-clot-related fatalities, but the head of a group representing Canada’s obstetricians and gynecologists says the dangers are overblown. Merck, the NuvaRing’s manufacturer, faces roughly 3,500 lawsuits related to the product, including a major class-action suit. Plaintiffs allege they suffered serious adverse effects, including deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot in a deep vein that can travel to the lungs, causing organ damage and death. -New Health Day Concerns about the NuvaRing rest largely on two studies:...
  • Gender Equality: Not When it Comes to Your Rx Drugs

    Feb 13, 2014 | 10 min
    The FDA made a surprising announcement to cut the recommended dose of the most popular sleep drug in the country, Ambien, in half for women. The Food and Drug Administration made an unusual and surprising announcement to cut the recommended dose of the most popular sleep drug in the country, Ambien, in half for women. Men and women metabolize Ambien, known generically as Zolpidem, very differently, leaving women with more of the drug in their bodies the next morning. Ambien, Zolpidem, is now the only prescription drug in the country with a different suggested dose for men and women. Although all drugs need to examined. Low-dose aspirin, for example, lowers the risk of heart attacks in health...
  • Relationships: Does Distance Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

    Feb 13, 2014 | 10 min
    A study found that people in long-distance relationships share personal thoughts and feelings with their partners more often than in geographically close relationships.A study found that people in long-distance relationships share personal thoughts and feelings with their partners more often than in geographically close relationships. There was also an increased feeling of excitement and intimacy. The research argues that distance does make the heart grow fonder. Couples do not get to see each other as often, so their "infatuation stage" and excitement to see each other lasts longer. The study also found that women in long distance relationships were more likely to share meaningful thoughts ...
  • Should You Separate or Get a Divorce?

    Feb 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Have you exhausted all efforts in your marriage and feel like it may be nearing the end?Have you exhausted all efforts in your marriage and feel like it may be nearing the end?Divorce has rapidly turned into an epidemic where over 50 percent of marriages end in splitsville. Some couples are quick to split because they are unwilling to devote the necessary amount of time and effort into fixing their relationships or to understanding their partners needs and wants, while others stay in unhealthy marriages for way too long. Filing for divorce is a monumental decision. Some experts feel that a in-between stage, or separation, can provide you and your spouse with the space and clarity that is nee...
  • Suicide Warning Signs That Are Easy To Miss

    Feb 6, 2014 | 10 min
    Suicide is a public health issue that touches the lives of millions of people across the nation, and each of us has a role to play in preventing it in our own communities.Every day nearly 100 Americans die by suicide, and even higher is the number of people who contemplate suicide. Suicide is a public health issue that touches the lives of millions of people across the nation, and each of us has a role to play in preventing it in our own communities.Suicide should be everyone's business. On September 10, 2012 the Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, released the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention detailing the advances we've made in our knowledge, research, and practice of preventing ...
  • Surgeon General's Report on Smoking: How to Stop the Next Generation

    Feb 6, 2014 | 10 min
    The century-long epidemic of cigarette smoking has caused an enormous, avoidable public health catastrophe in the United States.The century-long epidemic of cigarette smoking has caused an enormous, avoidable public health catastrophe in the United States.Since the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health was published 50 years ago, more than 20 million Americans have died because of smoking. Smoking rates among adults and teens are less than half what they were in 1964; however, 42 million American adults and about 3 million middle and high school students continue to smoke. Unfortunately, women have caught up with men statistically in regards to smoking related lung cancer. In ...
  • What Leads to Heroin Use?

    Feb 6, 2014 | 10 min
    Soccer moms, lawyers, nurses and your next door neighbors are prescribed Rx pain meds and often end up becoming reliant on their prescription pills to feel good, the precursor to full blown addiction.Soccer moms, lawyers, nurses and your next door neighbors are prescribed Rx pain meds and often end up becoming reliant on their prescription pills to feel good, the precursor to full blown addiction. According to a recent National Survey of Drug Use and Health, once tighter restrictions and increased prices were in place, prescription painkiller abuse declined, particularly among young adults 18 to 25. But, at the same time, the number of heroin abusers rose significantly. Heroin is much cheape...
  • Mid-Life Crisis: How to Cope with the Anxieties of Getting Older

    Feb 6, 2014 | 10 min
    What's a mid-life crisis without a red convertible, empty nest, MUCH younger mistress and a trip to the plastic surgeon's office?What's a mid-life crisis without a red convertible, empty nest, MUCH younger mistress and a trip to the plastic surgeon's office? A mid-life crisis isn't just a cliche. Mid-life transitions can mark tremendous growth and struggles. The term mid-life crisis was first coined in 1965 where early analysis suggested that it could happen anywhere between the ages of 40 and 60. Although, mid-life is a moving target; life expectancy for women is 81, for men 76, so it is quite a different meaning for a mid-life nowadays.Something does happen to people when they turn 50: the...
  • Getting Older: 6 Ways to Feel Beautiful as You Age

    Feb 6, 2014 | 10 min
    Women feel as though looks are what they are valued for. It's your currency. Albeit, in reality, beauty does transcend.The aging process: wrinkles, fine lines, grey hairs, that painful back and hip, and the dreaded menopause, just solidifies that getting old sucks, right? Our youth obsessed culture is programed to feel in a state of crisis over our changing looks. Unless you are 25 and a size zero you are no longer considered to be beautiful. Women feel as though looks are what they are valued for. It's your currency. Albeit, in reality, beauty does transcend. Face It, by two psychologists who were former models, goes underneath the surface to help women cope with the complicated feelings th...
  • Want Bigger Breasts? The Latest Options

    Jan 30, 2014 | 10 min
    Many media outlets have reported that breast augmentation via fat transfer can now be considered a safe, effective means of enlarging breasts.Thinking about taking the plunge and getting a boob job? What doctor, size, material and incision should you choose between? There is a lot more thought that goes into deciding to get a breast augmentation than simply picking a C cup. An implant type and size is determined not just by your desired increase in size, but your breast anatomy, body type and skin elasticity. In 2012, more than 330,000 women in the United States elected to have breast augmentation surgery; worldwide that number exceeded 1.5 million.When choosing implants, are silicone breast...
  • Is Meat the New Tobacco?

    Jan 30, 2014 | 10 min
    America has done a national about face on tobacco, and the anti-tobacco campaigns are prominent. Is meat next?For many years, tobacco companies were able to maintain a strong pro-tobacco stance.America has done a national about face on tobacco, and the anti-tobacco campaigns are prominent. When thinking about the effect of animal products on human health, should we anticipate the day when the Times magazine features an apology from someone who promoted animal products, because according to health and wellness activist, the evidence is in and it continues to grow: Animal products kill a lot more Americans than tobacco does.The West's three biggest killers are: heart disease, cancer and stroke...
  • 5 Healthy Habits Every Woman Needs to Have

    Jan 30, 2014 | 1 min
    People are creatures of habit. So once we get into a pattern, it’s easier to keep doing the same thing than it is to make a change for the better.People are creatures of habit. So once we get into a pattern, it’s easier to keep doing the same thing than it is to make a change for the better.You want to be healthy, but when bad habits take hold, it’s always easier to stay on a non-healthy path than to back on track. If you approach the changes gradually you will be able to incorporate them into your daily routine and find yourself maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. Michelle King Robson and Dr. Pam Peeke came up with this list of healthy habits that they try to live by to help improve t...
  • What’s the Most Important Relationship of Your Life?

    Jan 30, 2014 | 10 min
    Studies have shown that individuals who take care of themselves are happier.You've probably heard how it's important to love yourself. Though, you may initially think that it sounds egocentric to say that the most important relationship in life is with yourself. Everyone wants to have successful and healthy relationships with their family, friends and significant others, but often find that to be easier said than done. We want to find love and improve our relationships, marriages, etc. But when you take care of your well-being, it has a positive effect on you and your relationships. Studies have shown that individuals who take care of themselves are happier. When you are happier, you are gen...
  • Unbalanced Hormones: Feeling Crappy is NOT Normal

    Jan 30, 2014 | 10 min
    The obstacles people have to encounter to receive the appropriate treatment and the benefits people achieve if they learn about their hormonal health.You may not initially think about the connection between having unbalanced hormones and mental health, but a hormone imbalance can leave you feeling depressed, sick or tired, so you consequently end up drinking too much alcohol, or eating too much/not enough food, or even having sleeping problems. So THEN you go to therapy and talk it out, and do your exercises and work on your attitude. But! If, physically, your hormones are still messed up... you're still going to feel crappy, no matter how productive your therapy sessions may be. Dr. Tracy T...
  • How to Deal with the Grief and Loss of a Loved One

    Jan 23, 2014 | 10 min
    Death is inevitable, but coping with a loss of someone you love isn't something that you can ever fully prepare yourself for.Death is inevitable, but coping with a loss of someone you love isn't something that you can ever fully prepare yourself for. You'll experience a whirlwind of emotions that are considered to be normal, but can still be debilitating. People says things to you when you have experienced a loss like, "The pain will go away faster when you ignore it," or "You need to be strong in the face of a loss." But everyone grieves differently and ignoring your emotions and not allowing yourself to respond to them is definitely not the way to deal with them. There are five stages of g...
  • Your Husband Looks at Porn, Now What?

    Jan 23, 2014 | 10 min
    If you don't think that your husband views porn, are you naïve?After an analysis of 400 million web searches, researchers concluded that 1 in 8 of all searches online are for erotic content. Men are 543% more likely to look at porn than females and men in relationships, on average, watch it 15 minutes a day, two times a week. So the question presents itself, if you don't think that your husband views porn, are you naïve?The Telegraph.co.uk stated that, "All men watch porn." This doesn't make your husband a bad person and maybe you should stop taking it personally. The problem is that a lot of women feel that viewing pornography is comparable to cheating.Many men feel pornography is just ente...
  • Help! Your Kid Looks at Porn, Now What?

    Jan 23, 2014 | 7 min
    Pornography is all over the internet and easily attainable my minors, which raised the inevitable question: What should parents do about it?Pornography is all over the internet and easily attainable my minors, which raised the inevitable question: What should parents do about it?Realistically, how concerned should you be?Just because your child has viewed pornography doesn't mean he or she is going to turn out be a sex addict. You probably viewed porn when you were younger and you turned out just fine!Dr. Marty Klein, PhD is a certified sex therapist that has studied the affects of porn on children. Dr. Klein says that, "Parents do really need to talk with their kids about porn. It’s everywh...
  • State of Slim: Fix Your Metabolism on the Colorado Diet

    Jan 23, 2014 | 10 min
    Colorado is the leanest state in the nation, since it’s where diet, activity, and environment seem to perfectly intersect.A third of Americans are now obese.One state has managed to buck the overweight trend: Colorado. Colorado is the leanest state in the nation, since it’s where diet, activity, and environment seem to perfectly intersect.From their Denver-based research facility, leading weight-loss experts Dr. James Hill and Dr. Holly Wyatt set out to discover why Coloradans are so slim and how they stay that way. Their research led to an "aha moment"— the six simple habits that keep people in a state of slim.Hill and Wyatt claim that there is proof that you can live like a lean Coloradan ...
  • Losing to Win: Conquer the Weight Loss War

    Jan 23, 2014 | 10 min
    Research that focuses on the habits of people who manage to achieve what we all want: sustained weight loss.When you want to lose weight it's hard to find where to start. James O. Hill, PhD is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colorado. Hill's research focuses on the habits of people who manage to achieve what we all want: sustained weight loss. How do people successfully lose weight and keep it off?Once you are motivated and have made a long-term commitment to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, you can find out what your body mass index is (BMI) and see where it compares to a healthy weight. After you start a consistent exer...
  • Want Bigger Breasts? The Latest Options

    Jan 16, 2014 | 10 min
    Many media outlets have reported that breast augmentation via fat transfer can now be considered a safe, effective means of enlarging breasts.Thinking about taking the plunge and getting a boob job? What doctor, size, material and incision should you choose between? There is a lot more thought that goes into deciding to get a breast augmentation than simply picking a C cup. An implant type and size is determined not just by your desired increase in size, but your breast anatomy, body type and skin elasticity. In 2012, more than 330,000 women in the United States elected to have breast augmentation surgery; worldwide that number exceeded 1.5 million.When choosing implants, are silicone breast...
  • Cure Your Procrastination: What Are You Waiting For?

    Jan 16, 2014 | 2 min
    "I work best under pressure." Is there truth to this statement or does it just perpetuate anxiety and stress?"I work best under pressure" is the typical response of a procrastinator. Is there truth to this statement, or does it just perpetuate anxiety and stress? Why do you sabotage rour own best intentions?Psychology Today reports that everyone procrastinates at times, but 20 percent of people chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions—which, unfortunately, are increasingly available. Procrastination in large part reflects your continual struggle with self-control and motivation as well as your inability to accurately predict how long something is going to take...
  • Food as the Enemy: A Real Addiction

    Jan 16, 2014 | 10 min
    People classify alcoholism as a real addiction, but when it comes to obesity, it's assumed that people should just eat less (or better) and exercise more.People classify alcoholism as a "real" addiction, but when it comes to obesity, it's assumed that people should just eat less (or better) and exercise more. There are more similarities between food addiction and addiction to drugs or alcohol than you may think. For example, dopamine "rushes" work exactly the same way with food as with cocaine.The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that could induce physicians to pay more attention to the condition and spur more insurers to pay for treatments....
  • Can a Sleep Divorce Save Your Marriage?

    Jan 16, 2014 | 10 min
    It's estimated that 25 percent of couples in the U.S. are sleeping apart, and the number keeps rising. Is this healthy or harmful to your relationship?Are you incompatible in the bedroom? Not sexually that is, but based on how you sleep? Your sleep patterns can affect your relationship; not to mention the affect snoring has on a harmonious marriage.A UC Berkeley study suggests that lack of sleep may diminish the positive feelings you have for your partner. Researchers found people with lower quality sleep demonstrated lower levels of gratitude and were more likely to have feelings of selfishness than those who slept well.According to additional research, more and more couples are sleeping in...
  • What’s Really Down the Aisle? Decode Food Labels Like a Pro

    Jan 16, 2014 | 10 min
    Bring this simple guide to the supermarket to help you interpret food labels like a pro.When you are walking down what seems to be the endless grocery aisles with limitless food choices, how do you know if you are really choosing the healthiest option?You may ask yourself questions like, "How much sodium is too much?" "What does all natural and organic really mean?" It's can be tough to decode food labels and figure out which brands are using tricky marketing ploys and which ones are truly trustworthy. Well you are in luck!Nationally renowned nutritionist, Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, walks you through a typical grocery store and points out the best food choices in every aisle. Use her simple gu...
  • Dry Down There? Treat Vaginal Dryness

    Jan 9, 2014 | 10 min
    In 2004 Gallup reported a study that as many as 13.9 million women 18 and older have experienced vaginal dryness.According to a Menopause Matters Survey conducted in 2006, vaginal dryness can affect woman of all age ranges, however after the menopause it is very common, affecting over half of post-menopausal women aged between 51 and 60. Dryness can start well before menopause, in perimenopause. In 2004 Gallup reported a study that as many as 13.9 million women 18 and older have experienced vaginal dryness.Many women may experience vaginal dryness during sex because they are not sexually aroused; most likely due to insufficient foreplay or psychological reasons such as stress (Women's Health...
  • Does Porn Hurt or Help a Relationship?

    Jan 9, 2014 | 10 min
    If you man views porn with large fake breasts and 24 inch waists, does that mean that he isn't attracted to you?Some couples think viewing pornography can be beneficial to the relationship, while others firmly believe that pornography qualifies as a form of infidelity. Are we so jealousy stricken as people that porn is too damaging for a monogamous relationship? If your man views porn with large fake breasts and 24-inch waists, does that mean he isn't attracted to you?So, should you share the experience with him? Dr. Barb DePree, MD, has been a women's health provider for more than 20 years. Dr. DePree shares what research has shown about how pornography affects a relationship when it is vie...
  • Is Social Media Your Therapist?

    Jan 9, 2014 | 5 min
    People use social media as a coping mechanism and an online therapy session. Is this is a healthy form of communication, or just too much over-sharing?Social media has fast become a new type of therapy. People turn to social media to share their lives from what they ate for breakfast, what mood they are in, if they are going through a breakup or mourning over a death.Even gang related incidences and bullying have been bragged about on social media. Social media has become a platform for self expression and a way to connect with others. People use social media as a coping mechanism and an online therapy session, for free. Why are people disclosing all of their personal information? Are you?Do...
  • Detox the Toxic People in Your Life

    Dec 19, 2013 | 10 min
    Toxic people cause a cascading effect of negativity in your both your professional and personal lives."Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." – Thank you, Mark Twain.Toxic people cause a cascading effect of negativity in your both your professional and personal lives. They dump their problems on you, kick you while you are down and aren't supportive when you are in need.How do you deal with these people in your life? Do you know when it is time to let go of someone? and if you are unable to just let go, how do you cope with the toxicity?A survey conducted by TODAY.com showed t...
  • Women & Alcohol Abuse: The Hidden Epidemic

    Dec 19, 2013 | 10 min
    Nearly one million American women are binge drinkers; and they aren’t just sorority girls.They are all around you. The young business professional, yoga instructor and soccer mom all have one thing in common: a drinking problem. So, who really meets the medical definition of an alcoholic? David Sack, MD, board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, reports that nearly one million American women are binge drinkers; and they aren’t just sorority girls. The more educated and well off women are, the more likely they are to imbibe, found a Gallup poll from 2010. Another study published in 2010 found that white women were more likely to drink than women of other raci...
  • Do You Have a Harmless Addiction?

    Dec 19, 2013 | 10 min
    Dr. David Sackstates, “while men are more susceptible to substance abuse, women are more apt to become addicted to a behavior.” Are you?Your addiction is harmless, right? That sounds like quite the oxymoron. Your everyday activities that you may find to be therapeutic, like shopping, tanning, or exercising, have the potential to become just as addictive and destructive as drugs and alcohol. You may justify or even joke about your “harmless addiction;” but the fact of the matter is, it can be a real problem. Ladies, listen up: board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine David Sack, MD, states that “while men are more susceptible to substance abuse, women are mor...
  • Painful Sex? Enjoy Intercourse Again

    Dec 19, 2013 | 10 min
    Do you experience pain during sex? The good news is that the causes are often reversible, even when long-standing.Dyspareunia (from Greek origin meaning "badly mated") is painful sexual intercourse, due to medical or psychological causes. The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that the sex disorder is significantly more common in women than in men, affecting up to one-fifth of women at some point in their lives. Pain during penetration may be associated with a range of factors, such as lack of lubrication, inflammation, injury or trauma. The pain can also stem from a condition called vaginismus. Vaginismus is a condition where there is involuntary tightness of the vagina du...
  • Hysterectomy: Estrogen Therapy Saves Lives

    Dec 19, 2013 | 10 min
    Researchers estimate 50,000 deaths could have been prevented if women who had hysterectomies had estrogen hormonal therapy.CBS News reported that researchers estimate approximately 50,000 deaths could have been prevented if women who had hysterectomies took part in estrogen hormonal therapy.Dr. Philip Sarrel, emeritus professor in the Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, and Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine has stated that, "estrogen avoidance has resulted in a real cost to women's lives every year for the last 10 years -- and the deaths continue."After the 2002 Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study, patients and doctors became hesitant of using estrogen therap...

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