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Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired?

By Kimberly Blend, MS, ARNP-BC – Anyone out there not feeling stressed? For many people today, stress overload has become a “normal” facet of everyday life. But repeated exposure to high levels of acute stress (or even chronic daily “background” stress), whether emotional, physical, or psychological, is anything but normal and its detrimental effects are cumulative, often leading to discomfort …

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Wellness from the Inside Out vs. Outside In

By Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic – A wellness approach to health is focusing on the underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption within the body and making interventions and lifestyle adjustments that optimize the conditions for normal function. The main difference between wellness care and standard conventional medical care is that wellness care seeks to turn on the body’s natural healing …

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“God Help Us Keep Our Farm”

By Alex Anderson, Senior Associate Pastor at Bayside Community Church  – About 45 minutes east of Des Moines, Iowa is a little Dutch community of about a 1000 people called Sully. And just a seven minute drive from Sully is a large 200-acre farm. It seems very large to me since my subdivision lot is barely six tenths of an …

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Available Alzheimer’s Medications

Although current medications cannot cure Alzheimer’s or stop it from progressing, they may help lessen symptoms, such as memory loss and confusion, for a limited time. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two types of medications – cholinesterase inhibitors (Aricept, Exelon, Razadyne, Cognex) and memantine (Namenda) – to treat the cognitive symptoms (memory loss, confusion, and problems …

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How Does Diabetes Impact My Feet?

By Dr. Robert Katz – Simply put, diabetes impairs the body’s ability to convert sugars and other similar foods such as starches into energy. The long-term effects of elevated blood sugar (also known as hyperglycemia) can lead to serious damage to the eyes, heart, kidney, nerves, and feet. Diabetes affects the lives of nearly 26 million people in the United …

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I Think I Broke My Back

By Philip W. Tally, M.D. – Most of us, at some time in our life, have fallen down landing hard resulting in a sudden severe pain in the middle or lower back. This pain may be minor and only last a few days, or it may persist and gradually worsen. The outcome of a fall may include straining ligaments, slipping …

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Positional Vertigo: When the human gyroscope is not working

By Cheung Teav, P.T. – Before you read further there is one thing to always remember, if you have sudden onset of severe dizziness, stop what you are doing and call 911. Sudden severe dizziness may be a sign of a stroke and as we all know time is of the essence and immediate treatment is vital. The faster you …

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Preparing for Travel Emergencies

By Joseph M. Soler, M.D., F.A.C.E.P. – It’s summertime, and for many people summer months are filled with frequent traveling and vacations. This is especially true for those with children on summer break and the increasing population of retirees. Traveling to new places is exciting within itself, a medical emergency is not required for making memories. To avoid a medical …

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All About Earaches and Children

By Bindu Nair, MD and Liliana Palacio, MD – Ear problems are painful and all too common during childhood. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are 10 million new cases of ear infections in children and infants each year. Up to 35 percent of pediatric treatments are ear infection related, and almost two-thirds of U.S. children will have …

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Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Promotes Optimal, Healthy Aging

By Timothy Blend, M.D. – Many patients come to me in mid-life inquiring about hor- mone replacement therapy. Advances in understanding the function of hormones and the role of hormone replacement has made it possible to manage many of the negative side effects associated with age-related hormone decline. Synthetic Hormones vs. Bio Identical Hormones When discussing hormone therapy, it is important …

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