Disclaimer: This piece has been entered in the Patients Have Power Writing Contest, run by Clara Health. It is designed to raise awareness about clinical trials and the importance of breakthrough research. I am passionate about this cause, as it brings hope to millions of individuals, like me, who have chronic illnesses for which there … Continue reading A Lesson In History: Clinical Trials Mean Patients Have Power
As a purveyor of health and wellness education, I am no stranger to the controversies that surround seemingly benign topics. While it is uncommon to see the pro- and anti- vitamin camps fight as bitterly as those talking about vaccinations, vitamin supplementation is surprisingly controversial. In its early history, vitamin supplementation in the United States … Continue reading Vitamins: Should You Supplement?
My husband took a week of vacation time, just to spend the whole week on home improvements. Living in a home built in the late 1800s means you have the joy of some unique architectural features. It also means that you occasionally spend time wanting to bang your head against the wall, as you … Continue reading Drugs, Plaster, and The Great Purge of 2016
I had a little bird, Its name was Enza. I opened the window, And in-flu-enza. (children’s rhyme) Last week, the flu came to my house. My oldest daughter, the normally healthy one, was out of school for the whole week. On top of the initial virus, she developed a bacterial infection in her sinuses … Continue reading And In-Flu-Enza
So, today is St. Patrick’s Day. Here in the U.S. it is something of a point to celebrate one’s Irish heritage. Given the historically crummy treatment of Irish immigrants (particularly throughout the mid-19th century), I certainly appreciate the irony where we all proudly claim our Irish ancestry. To be fair, most groups of immigrants face … Continue reading Happy St. Patrick’s Day- Now Put Down That Green Beer!
Happy International Women’s Day! Last week, while I was still attempting to battle the germs that took up residence in my house, I received a really interesting question from one of my faithful readers, PG. I would like to take a moment to thank PG for being a loyal reader, but more importantly, I would … Continue reading Meal Timing
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Today, I thought it would be great to travel back in time and look at healthy eating during WWII. During the 1940s, the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs commissioned Walt Disney Studios to create series of cartoons to provide health education for those in Central and South America. "Health for The Americas: Planning … Continue reading Health For The Americas: WWII, Espionage, & Disney
In my last Source Evaluation Series post, we covered sources and accuracy of information appearing on the American Lung Association website*. Today, we will look at the realism of claims. While somewhat related to source accuracy and validity of data, it does require a slightly different approach. If someone were to offer a diet pill … Continue reading Source Evaluation Series Week 6: Realism of Claims