Category: Health & Wellness

Know the Signs: Concussions

July 5, 2021

Concussions He fell out of his treehouse and hit his head hard. She bumped her head at practice. The car behind you didn’t stop and your head hit the windshield. Now his head hurts, she’s feeling dizzy and you are feeling nauseous. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a direct blow or bumps to the head. The impact rattles the brain, which can lead to a variety of problems. There are 3 levels to concussions. Grade 1...

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That Bites!: When to Treat a Spider Bite

May 19, 2021

Getting a Spider Bite When I was a kid, we used to play in the empty lot next door. The grass would get about three feet tall so we would build tunnels and hideouts and play all day. One night after tunneling through the grass, my leg started to hurt. There was a big red bite on my shin that bothered me a lot more than a mosquito bite. And it itched – a lot. By the next morning, I had a knot on my shin and it was getting hard to...

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Health Benefits of Pickles

January 25, 2021

Health Benefits of Pickles For years, you couldn’t find pickle juice in my house. My youngest son, Joe, would drain the jar, slurping down all the juice and leaving the pickles to dry out in the jar. It was weird. But Joe was on to something. Turns out, pickle juice doesn’t just taste good, it’s good for you. Pickle juice content varies, depending on who makes it, whether it’s Grandma or a factory. All have various levels of...

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Sign of Alzheimer's

November 20, 2020

Sign of Alzheimer's You left your keys in the front door and forgot to put the ice cream back in the freezer. Is it old-age, forgetfulness, or could it be a sign of Alzheimer’s? For most, there’s no reason to be concerned, unless you put the keys in the freezer and stored the ice cream in the car. While old age is inevitable (if you live long enough!), Alzheimer’s is not. While most people begin to forget things as they grow older,...

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Living with COPD

November 13, 2020

COPD If you watch television, you’ve heard of COPD. You can’t miss those commercials. But what exactly is it, is it serious and how do you know if you have it? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an inflammatory lung disease that blocks airflow from the lungs. COPD is usually caused by exposure to irritating gases, like cigarette smoke. Basically, it’s hard for people with COPD to breathe. And living with COPD requires...

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Social Distancing 

October 28, 2020

Social Distancing  In the past year, people all over the world have been spending a lot of time alone social distancing. The COVID-19 global pandemic has been quarantining entire countries for months, and when then if people are exposed or ill. They have to go back into self- or government- or physician-imposed isolation. For some people, being alone is a dream come true or not that much different than their normal routine. But for most, it’s...

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Proper Handwashing

October 9, 2020

Proper Handwashing While is COVID-19 still a constant in the DFW area. We wanted to share some good handwashing techniques to help with the spread of this and other viruses going around. If your hands contain any apparent and visible dirt, grease, or another residue, soap and water are best. Here is the proper handwashing technique: Wash with warm or hot water Apply soap Rub hands together to lather Actually, scrub your hands,...

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When Do I Go to the Emergency Room for the Flu?

October 2, 2020

When Do I Go to the Emergency Room for the flu? Knowing when you should go to the emergency room, when to make an appointment with your doctor and when it’s better to just stay home, can save you time and money as well as possibly reduce the risk of getting sicker or getting others sick. The need to go to the emergency room is generally based on how sick you are and not what type of flu you may have. So, when should you simply tough it out at home...

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Gardening is Good For You

September 30, 2020

Gardening is an exercise. With more people staying home, the popularity of gardening is growing like a weed. And we're starting to see the physical benefits behind gardening as well! Getting a perfect organic tomato or a gorgeous rose from your own garden can give you a feeling of an amazing accomplishment. Even growing a misshapen pepper or a daisy can make you proud. But did you know that gardening is a good workout, too? You might not...

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Heartburn Or A Heart Attack? 

September 18, 2020

Heartburn or heart attack? That is the question. You’re at home and you start having chest pains. Should you be concerned? Heartburn or indigestion creates discomfort and pain when digestive acid backs up from the stomach into the esophagus. Indigestion usually starts as a burning sensation. You might feel it in your upper abdomen, and the pain and discomfort might spread to your chest area, thus the term “heartburn. Many foods can trigger...

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Coronavirus 2020 Series – Building a Better Immune System

April 4, 2020

Building a Better Immune System There are many things that can affect your immune system, making it weak and unable to fend-off infections and viruses such as COVID-19. What can you do to build your immune system? Take more vitamins Vitamin C is one of the biggest immune system boosters by increasing the production of white blood cells. Take vitamin C daily to replenish your body since it does not produce or store it. Vitamin B6 is vital to...

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What's Going Around? Is It A Common Cold, Infection, the Flu or Worse?

December 24, 2019

What's Going Around? Most people will catch a cold sooner or later each year. Colds consist of coughing, runny nose, chills, fatigue, body aches and a fever. Some colds are short, but some linger on just enough to make your winter miserable. Colds that hang around too long can develop into much more serious infections, the flu or worse. A combination of these can be life-threatening. Flu People who get the flu usually recover in about 5 to...

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Men’s Heart Health

June 10, 2019

June 10-16, 2021 is Men’s Health Week While men experience many health issues, the main one that seems to always take precedence is cardiac. Some men hit the gym to increase strength in their body muscles, but the most important muscle is your HEART. Heart disease is the most common cause of death for men in the United States. Heart disease is a term used to describe any disorder of the cardiovascular system, which affects your heart’s ability...

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Sunburns and Skin Cancer

May 22, 2019

Sunburns and Skin Cancer School is out. The weather is hot and the sun is shining. Time for that family vacation. So why not soak up some rays at the beach? Sunlight is a great source of Vitamin D and can be beneficial for your body, but too much of it can be dangerous, especially if you have fair skin or are prone to sunburns. How much sun is too much? And when should you be concerned about sunburns or getting screened for skin...

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Are You Stressed Out?

April 16, 2019

Are You Stressed Out? April 16, 2019, is National Stress Awareness Day. In fact, the whole month of April is National Stress Awareness Month. Why do you ask? Well for one, taxes are due in April… coincidence or not?! Whether it's rushing to finish your taxes or dealing with stresses such as your job, traffic, kids, or whatever else, it’s beneficial to relieve stress as often as possible. Some suggestions are: Physical...

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