- Category: Building Health
- Published: 05 February 2016
- Written by Dale Peterson, M.D.
By Dale Petersen MD -
Among other things February is American heart month. The first week is designated National Women’s Heart Week. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women, with one out of four women dying of heart disease.
Heart attacks are the most common type of heart disease. A heart attack occurs when an artery supplying blood to the heart becomes blocks. The area of the heart muscle supplied by the artery will die if blood flow is not restored quickly. Best results are obtained if the blockage is cleared within 2 hours.
I have seen many articles suggesting that heart attack symptoms are different in women than in men, yet when the symptoms are listed they are virtually the same in both sexes. I believe that the reason heart attacks are missed in women is that the symptoms are more likely to be ignored or attributed to another cause.
- Category: You & Your Family's Health
- Published: 24 January 2016
- Written by Administrator
by Janine Sherman, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC -
When I was 18, my mother made me an appointment to see her gynecologist to have my first Pap smear. I was not yet sexually active but my mom wanted me to have an exam before I left for college. Many years later, working as a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner, I would similarly tell my patients that age 18 is when a girl who is not sexually active should come in for her first pelvic exam and Pap smear. I would also tell moms that if their daughter was younger, but sexually active, she needed to be seen even sooner for a Pap smear. Back then, this was thought to be the right thing to do; now, most girls no longer need to have this test performed at such an early age.
A Pap test
(officially called a Papanicolau test or smear) has been around for decades; its development was a huge breakthrough in the detection of cervical cancer. Prior to the advent of the Pap smear, cervical cancer was a common cause of cancer deaths among women. The Pap smear allowed for early detection of pre-cancerous cells and treatment before cervical cancer was present, leading to a very significant decrease in the cervical cancer rates in the US.
- Category: Path to a Better Life
- Published: 24 January 2016
- Written by Dr. Howard Peiper
By Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. -
unhealthy and unfulfilling relationships can drain us physically, emotionally and spiritually, while letting go of them empowers us to shift our reality and create space for new relationships that enhance our growth.
Releasing unhealthy and unfulfilling relationships with love and integrity, can teach us how to forgive the past, heal ourselves, and generate positive energy to progress on our path toward greater growth and fulfillment. If we do not break clean from an unhealthy relationship and stop investing energy in it, we will continue to desperately keep it alive while knowing in our hearts that our spirit has already left it, causing us to feel dead inside.
Many relationships come to a pivotal point when one person has grown to such a degree that the other partner needs to transform as well or the relationship will be in jeopardy. Usually the partner resists the natural shift that is occurring by creating distraction or drama, which ignites tension and conflict. At this crossroads, one or both partners may choose to end the relationship or use the creative energy that has been awakened to transform the relationship.