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How Testosterone Therapy Can Help

According to the 2014 Census, the U.S. is experiencing considerable growth in its aging population. While the aging of our citizens will have a wide-range of implications on our country, their medical needs interest me the most. It’s amazing to watch the metamorphosis in our bodies as we mature. The physical is evident to all of us. We notice it when we look in the mirror … our hair is not as thick and shiny; our skin is not as supple; our muscles are not as pronounced. And it goes without saying that the inside is going through its own…


February is National Heart Month

February is all about the heart – literally and figuratively. On the 5th, we “Go Red for Women.” On the 14th, we profess our lasting affection to our loved ones. And the other 27 days, we should be educating ourselves about heart disease in honor of National Heart Month. For years we were taught to recognize the tightness of the chest and the pain traveling down the arm as the telltale signs of imminent danger. But thanks to extensive research, we now know heart attack symptoms are significantly different in men and women. For women, major symptoms prior to their…


Need Another Reason to Eat Fresh Foods? Tyramine

Tyramine is a substance produced by the amino acid Tyrosine.  It’s found naturally in some foods, plants, and animals . It can also be created when food is cured or aged, or through fermentation and spoilage. Patients who take monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), including certain antidepressants and medications for Parkinson’s disease, may experience serious side effects if they follow a tyramine rich diet. Tyramine builds up in these patients resulting in side effects such as palpitations, headaches, nausea and vomiting. The most dangerous side effect is extremely high blood pressure that may result in stroke or death. Also, patients who suffer from frequent headaches…


The Dangers of Prescription Drugs

Americans are in a lot of pain. In fact a study published a few years back found that nearly 70% of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug. Sadly, the prescription pain drugs that should be dulling the pain sometimes create a new kind of problem for the patient–addiction. For people recovering from major surgeries, suffering from chronic pain or under treatment for cancer, the use of prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin is sometimes the only thing that makes the day bearable. The downside is that these are highly addictive prescription narcotics.


Glucosamine Supplements: The Simple Solution to Aging?

Glucosamine is a natural chemical found in the body. It is used by the body to make chemicals that help build tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and the fluid that surrounds joints. As a supplement glucosamine is most often used to try to ease the joint pain caused by arthritis.  


Erectile Dysfunction: What You Need to Know

Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. And while the stigma associated with ED sometimes prevents men from seeking help, the condition is quite common, affecting as many as 30 million men each year.   What Causes Erectile Dysfunction? Though age is considered the biggest culprit of ED, there are several other triggers, both emotional and physical. It’s not unheard of for many men to experience it during times of severe stress. Erectile dysfunction can also manifest itself during a time of relationship difficulties. Under these “cause and…


Cope with the Stress of Traveling

During the warm summer months, when kids are out of school, most Americans plan summer getaways. In fact, as many as 66% of Americans vacation this time of year. And while traveling is fun and exciting for some people, it also comes with its fair share of stresses. Here are a few tips to help you cope with travel stress:


What You Should Know When Traveling With Pharmaceuticals

Summer months go hand-in-hand with vacations. That got me thinking … if roughly 48% of Americans are on at least one prescription drug at any given time, it’s safe to say a good number of those will be traveling this summer with pharmaceuticals. I’m sure most of those people know which medications require plan-ahead travel arrangements. Do you? From aspirin to insulin and EpiPens to inhalers, traveling with medication often requires special care. You’re permitted to bring


Sunscreen Demystified

The calendar indicates it’s spring, but many parts of the country are still recovering from the remnants of winter. Here in South Florida it’s already starting to feel like summer and that means it’s time to think about sunscreen. Unfortunately, sunscreen has become one of those products that has started to confuse people. There are so many different variations of it on the market; it’s difficult to know what’s necessary, what’s a nice perk and what’s down right superfluous. On top of that, there is a lot of misinformation fluttering about. So today, let’s try to put some misconceptions to…


Are Prescription Sleep Aids Your Answer To A Good Night’s Sleep?

It’s no secret I’m a big believer in healthy sleep habits. Sleep is as critical for good health and well-being as nutrition and physical activity. Getting too little sleep may affect your mood, your weight, your memory, even your sex life. But what do you do when the problem is outside of your control? If you’re routinely having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you might be suffering from insomnia. Although treatment depends on the underlying cause, sleeping pills can help when stress, travel or other disruptions keep you awake. The drugs below have been proven most effective in treating…

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