**Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Flu Season is Here

Flu season is here once again, and experts are warning that this year's flu is expected to be much worse than normal.

As a reminder, go out and get your flu shots now. It is late in the season for them, but getting them now will greatly help still.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Brighter Life, Free From Addiction

Numerous medical fields are now focusing more heavily on the "quality of life" aspect of treatments and therapies, as it truly is the bottom line of the medical profession. While quality of life has always been a big focus for medical professionals, modern medicine has the ability to provide an even higher quality through medications and therapies.

The drug addiction treatment industry is also shifting its focus toward higher quality of life as well. In the past, detoxification and sobriety was the main focus addiction counselors and drug addiction treatment centers all concentrated on. With the realization that they were lacking attention toward how the patients' quality of life had increased or decreased, steps were taken to put more emphasis on this throughout treatment and post-treatment times.

With these new focuses within drug addiction programs, now is the best time for addicts or the loved ones of addicts to look into drug addiction intervention and/or treatment facilities.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Preventing Drug Relapse

Drug relapse can be a devastating time for addicts. In a blink of an eye, all of the hard work it took to get sober and remain sober is is wiped out. This devastation can make detoxing and seeking treatment a second time even more difficult than it was the first time.

Rather than having recovering addicts learn this lesson the hard way, many drug rehabs are taking steps to prevent any likelihood of relapse by utilizing treatment programs that equip recovering addicts with the skills necessary to stay on the path and continue in their sobriety.

Above it All Treatment is one such rehab that offers 12 step addiction recovery programs in California. By implementing the 12 steps into all of their various treatment programs, they are able to instill tools for success in their many patients. With these tools and life skills, many recovering addicts are able to stay sober and continue their sobriety without temptations or relapses.

To learn more about the 12 step process, or about Above It All Treatment, visit their officeial website at:


Monday, November 19, 2012

Award Winning Chemical Dependency Programs

New Dawn Treatment Centers -- with 4 locations in Northern California -- have been treating chemical dependency through their many treatment programs for over 25 years. Their commitment to excellence in wellness and recovery has been a standout for decades, employing a variety of different techniques to ensure rehabilitation in its clients.

All of New Dawn's chemical dependency treatment programs first address the underlying conditions that affect and enable the dependency to the drug or drugs causing the addictions. By addressing these underlying issues, and bringing them to the forefront of attention, a higher rate of success can be attained in stopping the habitual use of the drugs, and preventing incidents of relapse.

With four locations conveniently located around the Bay Area of San Francisco, their treatment centers offer peaceful and serene setting that are both conducive and integral to the healing process. New dawn has locations centered in:

New Dawn Recovery Center: Citrus Heights #1

New Dawn Recovery Center: Citrus Heights #2

New Dawn Recovery Center: Sausalito #1

New Dawn Recovery Center: Sausalito #2

Visit the official website to learn more about program options, requirements, and amenities of New Dawn Recovery HERE.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rebuilding a Woman's Confidence

The female breast is more than just a simple body part, it is also a symbol; a symbol of life, nurturing, and a symbol of womanhood.

Often times, breasts are also a symbol of a woman's personal self-image. This being said, the appearance of a woman's breasts can have either a positive or negative effect on their overall self image and self esteem.

Women who naturally have a smaller cup size can sometimes feel less adequate; their emotions and self worth battered by their mental perception of the view of this symbol. In these cases, breast augmentation can be a physical procedure that restores confidence and self esteem, and ends up being a mental treatment as well.

Rocklin Cosmetic Surgery is a reputable company that performs thousands of breast enlargements in Sacramento every year. Through the process of consultation, procedure, and follow-up, they see first hand how breast implants can have a very bright and positive effect on a woman's psyche. Nowhere is this more evident than procedures that have been performed on patients that have previously had a mastectomies or double mastectomies. These patients that have had their breasts removed do breast cancer, regain a sense of "normalcy" to their lives and bodies from the implant procedures. As many patients often say, "I feel like a woman again," the emotional bond between a woman and her breasts becomes quite apparent.

Whatever the underlying reasons for electing to have breast augmentation surgery, the truth is that confidence, self esteem, and positive self image is also being implanted.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Healing Eating Disorders with Care

Eating disorders truly are diseases, they are mental diseases. An eating disorder can manifest itself either as over-eating or compulsive eating, yet it can also be characterized as a lack of sufficient eating by a person who sees themselves as being made ugly by food.

Whichever side of the spectrum an eating disorder will leave the afflicted individual on, there is help. The problem lies in the negative mental image a person has of themselves, and the emotional response they have to that image. Negative feelings that arise from the negative self image will force the eating disorder to worsen and further the cycle.

By treating the mental triggers that spawn the eating disorder, progress can be made in fighting against and winning the battle against the disease. New Dawn Treatment Center, an eating disorder center in California is making strides to successfully treat a myriad of eating disorders.

To learn more about eating disorders, the processes from treating them, and treatment program options, visit their official website at:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New Authority on Women's Health

There are many destinations on the web to go for information dealing with healthy. Women's health -- specifically -- is tricky because it deals with issues separate from just overall health. When dealing with women's health, it is important that the information, articles, and tools be assembled in a true community run-by and for women specifically.

healthywomen.org is truly a community of women and experts sharing information and experiences related to women's health, women's fitness, dieting, menopause, pregnancy information, and pregnancy advice.

To start interacting with this community of real women just like you, visit http://www.healthywomen.org/

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Facts About Coffee

Not only can a cup of Joe help ward off depression, but it has even been linked with a decreased rate of skincancer and increased fertility.

1. It may help ward off depression. 
Anyone who perks up after the first sip of morning coffee will tell you that it has mood-boosting effects. Now there's proof: A study from the Harvard School of Public Health, published last month in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that women who regularly drink fully caffeinated coffee have a 20% lower risk of depression than non-coffee drinkers. The study, which followed a group of women for 10 years, found that as more coffee was consumed (up to six cups per day), the likelihood of depression decreased. 
2. It may help promote a healthy weight. 
Drinking an espresso or cappuccino after a meal is more than a relaxing habit. "When you drink coffee after a meal, it causes your body to more slowly process the meal you just ate," says Chris Kilham, medical researcher, founder of Medicine Hunter, Inc. and author of Psyche Delicacies. According to David Levitsky, PhD, professor of nutritional science at Cornell University, "Caffeine decreases the rate at which the stomach dumps its contents into the duodenum-a part of the small intestine where digestion takes place-and also increases metabolic rate." Keep in mind, though, that java isn't a miracle brew: Downing it after dinner won't make the pounds melt away; rather, sipping a cup post-meal could, in small part, help promote a healthy weight.
3. It may boost fertility in men. 
"Studies have shown that caffeine has a positive effect on sperm motility-the ability of sperm to move toward an egg-and could increase your chances of [getting pregnant]," says John Wilcox, MD, FACOG, managing partner and reproductive endocrinologist at HRC Fertility in California. In fact, a study conducted at the University of Sao Paulo found that sperm motility was markedly higher in coffee drinkers versus non coffee-drinkers. And it turns out that it doesn't matter whether you drink one or ten cups a day: The only detectable difference was found between coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers. 
4. It can harbor bacteria. 
When you think of the germiest places in your house, you probably picture the kitchen sink or garbage disposal. But your coffee machine's reservoir also tops the list. A study performed by NSF International, a not-for-profit health and safety organization, found that the coffee reservoirs they studied were "loaded with yeast and mold organisms," says Robert Donofrio, PhD, director of NSF International's microbiology labs. "Hardly any of the volunteers we spoke to cleaned or disinfected their reservoirs. The residual water in that area, plus the fact that it's a humid part of the machine, contributed to bacterial growth." To properly clean your coffee machine, follow the manufacturer's cleaning protocol. If nothing is specified, clean it once a month by adding three or four cups of undiluted vinegar to the reservoir, allowing it to sit for 30 minutes and then running the vinegar through the unit. Finish by adding fresh water to the reservoir and running the machine through two or three cycles to wash away vinegar residue.
5. It may reduce the risk of skin cancer. 
Staying out of the sun and regularly applying a liberal amount of SPF should always be your number one line of defense against skin cancer. That said, a new study out of Brigham and Women's Hospital found that women who drank more than three cups of coffee a day had a 20% lower risk for basal cell carcinoma, and men had a 9% reduced risk. However, the research did not indicate that coffee consumption reduced the risk of squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, making it all the more important to protect your skin when outdoors. 
6. It's not truly addictive. 
While many people claim that they can't make it through the day without a few cups of java, Liz Applegate, PhD, faculty member and director of sports nutrition at the University of California at Davis, explains that caffeine is not addictive. "Caffeine is a mild stimulant, and the World Health Organization states that it is wrong to compare caffeine intake to drug addiction, since people can reduce or eliminate caffeine from their diet without the serious psychological or physical problems that result from a true addiction." However, serious coffee drinkers may experience symptoms such as fatigue and irritability if they reduce their intake. According to Dr. Applegate, people who consume 600 milligrams of caffeine (about six small cups of coffee) daily are most likely to experience these symptoms, but they will usually resolve themselves after a few days.
7. It doesn't necessarily cause stomach pain. 
If you've ever blamed java for stomach discomfort, you might want to visit your doctor to see what else could be at the root of the problem. According to Lauren Gerson, MD, MSc, associate professor of medicine and gastroenterology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, "There is no evidence from reviewed studies that coffee causes ulcers or more pain in patients with documented ulcers." She also notes that there is no evidence that coffee could be the cause of stomach pain in patients with indigestion. However, there is one type of digestive issue that coffee can aggravate; Dr. Gerson explains that drinking coffee may worsen heartburn symptoms, since it stimulates the stomach to produce gastric acid.


Friday, September 14, 2012

The Right Place

"Refuse To Sink"

We have all known someone who is or has suffered from addiction. 
Improving the quality of life for those suffering from substance abuse through advanced treatment and lifetime aftercare support.
I believe that the best way to sober up is seeking help. For my brother who was suffering from alcohol addiction went to New Dawn Recovery and has been completely sober for 4 years. They gave him the knowledge and courage to live a happy life without alcohol. I hope that this post reaches out to someone and they realize that their is help out there no matter what you are addicted to. 

Healthy Ways

TAKE HEALTH SERIOUSLY and start young!