Dr. T's Health Blog (Recent Posts)

Possible Signs of Sleep Apnea

Published: December 19, 2013
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A recent review published by Medscape ("The Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Chronic Pain," May 24, 2013) showed that 49% of people taking narcotics for pain had sleep apnea. 35% had obstructive sleep apnea, associated with snoring. 14% had what is called central sleep apnea where there is no snoring but simply where people stop breathing repeatedly during the night. Poor sleep then aggravates the pain.

Thyroid Function

Published: December 3, 2013
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Your thyroid gland is a very important endocrine (hormone-producing) organ located in the front of your neck. It pumps out two key hormones: T3 (triiodothyronine, the active form), and T4 (thyroxine, the inactive storage form). Those hormones affect virtually EVERY system in your body, determining how fast or how slow it goes. Think of the thyroid gland as the body's gas pedal.

Prostate Health

Published: December 3, 2013
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The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that produces semen, the fluid that transports sperm. After a man turns 50, or in those with urinary symptoms, the prostate may begin to need support. And men who have CFS/FMS can be particularly vulnerable to a form of prostate irritation called prostadynia.

Sleep

Published: December 3, 2013
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Getting a good night's sleep is critical not only for energy, but also to decrease pain related to muscle overuse, improve authority, and support a healthy immune system.

Energy

Published: December 3, 2013
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Are you one of the 31 percent of adults suffering from ongoing fatigue? Tired of being hooked on coffee and "loan shark" energy drinks? Here’s how you can get long-lasting, healthy energy — and feel great every day.

Emotional Wellbeing

Published: December 3, 2013
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It's a normal down from time to time — especially if it's because of a recent disappointment or loss you've experienced. But sometimes it’s persistent and there is no obvious cause for your feeling moody, anxious or blue. When this happens, it may be due to specific psycho-spiritual or physical needs that you aren't properly meeting. If this is your situation, then the suggestions below may be just what you need to start feeling great again!

Respiratory Health

Published: December 3, 2013
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Your lungs flank your heart like two guardians, delivering life-giving oxygen to your cells and expelling carbon dioxide, the waste product of energy production.

Joint Health

Published: December 3, 2013
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27 million of us deal with pain and stiffness from the wear-and-tear of osteoarthritis, where the cartilage that covers and cushions the ends of your bones becomes thin or disappears, and your bones rub together and hurt.

Advice for Caregivers

Published: December 3, 2013
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The media puts a lot of attention on the treatment of illnesses, but very little on those who do a lot of the treating — the healthy spouses (and other family members, like adult children and siblings) who take care of their sick loved ones. In my practice, it's not uncommon for me to see caregiver-spouses who literally had to become sick themselves to avoid burning out.

Blood Sugar

Published: December 3, 2013
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Blood sugar (glucose) is the body's main fuel, with the brain claiming a hefty 20% for itself. That's why low blood sugar can leave you feeling exhausted, anxious, irritable and brain fogged.

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