fbpx
Addiction

Addiction

It is a common misconception that drugs and alcohol are the only offending substances to cause addictions. Many of us battle something during our lifetime that can become an unhealthy preoccupation, whether it be with drugs, money, pornography, food, gambling,...

read more
Common Symptoms of Depression

Common Symptoms of Depression

Generalizations are risky at best, but a common way of thinking, and are often applied to the symptoms of depression.  A person with depression isn't always extremely tearful or outwardly suicidal.  There are a vast number of other findings that can indicate the...

read more
Common Supplement-Drug Interactions

Common Supplement-Drug Interactions

Natural supplements can be beneficial to one's health.  More than 50% of people with chronic medical conditions take natural remedies, with a large majority also taking one or more prescription medications.  While most supplement-drug combinations are generally...

read more
Recreational Waterborne Illnesses

Recreational Waterborne Illnesses

Summertime draws area residents and visitors alike for a swim in our beautiful lakes, rivers and pools,  to cool off from the daytime heat.  While most outings are relaxing and uneventful, waterborne intestinal, respiratory and skin infections can ruin the best...

read more
Fainting

Fainting

Fainting, or syncope, is the loss of consciousness for a few seconds or more, usually due to either a drop in oxygen and/or blood pressure to the brain.  Symptoms of an impending faint usually include a sensation of vision tunneling, blurred vision and/or sudden...

read more
What is Celiac Disease?

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease (sprue) is a fairly common, often inherited condition that frequently goes undiagnosed.  Patients with this disease have difficulty absorbing nutrients and vitamins due to inflammation of the lining of the small intestine (see picture).  Foods that...

read more
Common Causes of Muscle Cramps

Common Causes of Muscle Cramps

Muscle cramps (not to be confused with illness related stomach cramps) are very common and quite painful.  They usually happen suddenly and can involve any muscle, but most often the legs and frequently in the middle of the night.  Gently stretching the affected...

read more
Corneal Abrasion

Corneal Abrasion

I saw a patient a couple of years ago who was driving with his window down when an insect flew directly into his eye, lodging itself under his upper eyelid.  He attempted to remove it by rubbing his eye and then irrigating with tap water, but he was unable to dislodge...

read more
What is a Cold Sore?

What is a Cold Sore?

Ouch!  Once you get a cold sore blister, odds are quite high that it will recur in the same spot over and over again for the rest of your life, sometimes up to a dozen times a year.  Known as herpes labialis, it is caused by the same kind of virus that causes genital...

read more