My first experience in talking with someone who desired a sex change was back in the early 1990's. "Mark", who was my coworker, began the transition to become a woman and remained on this path for a few years. However, in the end, he decided not to go through with the surgery, and went back to living as a man. Since, then, I've often wondered if transgenders are happy after surgery, or if they experience sex change regret, once it's too late.
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Two of my friends recently stated that they took 5 HTP for depression, while both used the exact same words testifying to its effectiveness. "It changed my life", is what each said. I took note. I am not a fan of pharmaceuticals, however, both friends, touted 5 HTP as a natural supplement. How could I not take note, when two people, whose opinion I value, who don't even know each other, both made the claim "It changed my life"?
We are living in tough times. It seems, in this world of the 24/7 news cycle, and constant streams of information, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Anti-depressant use is at an all-time high. According to the US Government Statisticians who published the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a whopping one in every 10 Americans are taking some type of antidepressant, and a full 23% of American women in their 40’s and 50’s rely on them daily. There are those who say this is a good thing, because depression has been under-diagnosed and under-treated in the past, but other critics say that aggressive pharmaceutical marketing may be, in part, responsible for the 400% rise in antidepressant prescription use in recent years, and antidepressant usage certainly does not come without significant risk and side effects. What if there is some middle ground? What are the secrets used by people who seem “happy”? Keep reading for 10 strategies that actually work to help you to feel better, and take control of your mental health.
Deep breathing for one minute a day is like taking a mini vacation and why not make it a family vacation. Here are five key benefits of deep breathing and how to start with a simple breathing exercise.
Sometimes it's amazing how much you benefit from little things like essential oil bath salts. Taking a nice soak in a hot bath is one of these things. Soaking in hot water is more powerful than one might think.
Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or an occasional camper, the right tools can mean the difference between comfort and a miserable outing and even life and death. When packing for a hike, sailing, or canoe trip, I make sure I have the right equipment. One of the most important and yet often forgotten items on a trip is a good knife.
Wearing a device similar to a FitBit or Apple watch could tell you if you're sick. Wearable technology of the future could make medical care more individualized and even alert you and your doctor that something's brewing before you have symptoms.
Patients no longer have to struggle to get to the doctor's office or wait anxiously for an appointment. Here are 5 ways to connect with a medical doctor now without leaving your home.
It’s that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping and we’re turning up the heat. One danger is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning which has been called the “silent killer” for good reason. But, did you know there are many other sources of CO that can kill you - including tobacco smoke?
Heart disease is often referred to as a silent killer because it seems to pop up out of nowhere and destroys seemingly healthy individuals. Although you cannot completely eliminate the risk of heart disease, there are some practical and simple ways to decrease your chances of having complications. The following ideas are important for maintaining heart health.
Although it may sound strange, your feet are excellent indicators of your health. If you know what to look for, then you can make certain deductions about your health that range from signs of diabetes to nutritional deficiencies.
As a parent I dread putting lips or hand to a feverish forehead and wondering what the next few days will bring. But, as a nurse and mother of two children with auto-immune diseases I learned that a sub-normal temperature (less than 98.6) is much worse because it means the innate system our bodies use to fight infection – be it viral, bacterial, fungal, or even parasitic is not intact.
Malocclusion involves more than being afraid to smile in front of the camera. Crowded and crooked teeth can also cause serious oral health complications that will require extensive procedures to fix. This is why it is important to fix the problems early through braces, or you can try invisalign treatments that can give you a straight smile without the hassle of wire braces. If you want to learn more about malocclusion and the negative health effects, then continue reading.
Plants of the Solanaceae family contain various anticholinergic tropane alkaloids such as scopolamine, atropine, and hyoscyamine that have been used in both prescription and over the counter drugs. Anticholinergic drugs block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter that is involved in memory and learning. Older adults commonly use over-the-counter drugs with anticholinergic effects as sleep aids and to relieve bladder leakage. This class of drugs is frequently prescribed for many chronic diseases including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Treatment Participation, Access to Emergency Services and Choice of Plans All Part of Patient Rights
You have the right to accurate and easily-understood information about your health plan, health care professionals, health care facilities and treatments. However the entire process can be daunting. If you speak another language, have a physical or mental disability, or just don’t understand something, help should be given to clarify, help you understand and make well informed health care decisions. So, what are your rights?
We live in an era of “choices” in every aspect of our lives and they feel infinite. We are flooded with technology that will help us choose the right gadgets or houses to buy, select a restaurant for the weekend or pick the right mate and so on. But when it comes to choosing your health care giver, we usually go with the flow and find ourselves in a doctor’s office chosen (referred) by another doctor. That’s mostly alright, but if you want to be more involved, you should probably start with a directory of doctors that your insurance carrier will provide.
A new study is searching for a connection between excessive sweating and antidepressants. Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia are conducting a clinical trial and testing the use of glycopyrrolate as a treatment. Excessive sweating can be an embarrassing condition that limits some people’s social interactions.
Plasticizers known as phthalates have been found to be associated with lower levels of testosterone that is important for overall health and well-being. According to University of Michigan researchers the finding has public health implications that should be noted by policy makers.