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When alternative medicine meets traditional medicine

04/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

There are many alternative therapies readily available; some have existed for thousands of years. Yet the debate between traditional and alternative medicine persists. Here is a conventional perspective on when and why you might consider alternative therapy. What exactly is alternative medicine? Unfortunately, no concrete definition exists. I specialize in osteopathic manipulation therapies; even that can be considered alternative. Chiropractic therapy is perhaps the most popular alternative practice…

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Women’s psychological health: the “responsibility” years

04/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

While the early 20s to late 40s is often referred to as the “reproductive years,” childbirth is only one stressor women may face. Everything from building a career to caring for aging parents can result in emotional pressure that feels overwhelming. Perhaps a more appropriate description might be the responsibility years. Some difficult challenges. We’ve come a long way since the days women rarely worked outside the home. Educational opportunities and career paths have truly broadened…

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Common symptoms of pregnancy

04/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Women experiencing first pregnancies often wonder if the body changes and symptoms they feel are normal. While every woman is different—and every pregnancy is different—there are some common symptoms of pregnancy that many women share. Fatigue – Even early in the first trimester, pregnant women may feel tired. Like many pregnancy symptoms, fatigue is often caused by higher levels of pregnancy hormones. Women experiencing fatigue should get plenty of rest and eat foods rich in protein…

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Tips for visiting the doctor

04/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Preventive care is an important part of staying healthy and feeling good. For both adults and children, practicing good preventive care includes regular visits with a doctor to discuss overall health issues and determine appropriate schedules for preventive tests and other proactive health measures, such as immunizations. All adults—even people without health concerns or symptoms—should see their primary care doctor once a year for a physical exam. Yearly exams give the doctor an opportunity…

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Women’s psychological health: adolescence through early adulthood

03/10/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

This three-part series is devoted to the specific challenges women face throughout their lifetimes. While no two women will experience the same problems, there are predictable risks that can develop at each stage of life. Part one focuses on the teenage years through early 20s. Girls’ bodies go through much physiological change during adolescence. From the greater risk of urinary tract infections, to breast development, to the onset of menses, it’s not always fun being a girl. Regular…

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Effective ways to manage weight

03/10/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Weight management is a health concern for many adults. Since being overweight and obesity are linked to a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes, controlling weight—especially as you grow older—is an important health priority. Here are some tips for effective weight management: Eliminate “comfort foods” and foods that cause temptation. In addition to purging your pantry and refrigerator of junk foods that offer no nutritional value, consider which…

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Feeling flush and overheated? Is this menopause?

02/04/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Some women feel the onslaught of menopause years before their periods stop. Others don’t know they’ve gone through it until it has passed. While every woman will experience menopause differently, here are some basics you should know. Perimenopause, menopause, postmenopause. It’s a confusing brew of terms, but, simply put, menopause refers to the 12-month timeframe after a woman has had her last period. Perimenopause refers to the years leading up to the last period, and postmenopause…

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Two pink lines? Plus sign? It’s not too early to prepare

02/04/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

You just found out you’re pregnant. If this is your first, you’re probably asking, “Now what do I do?” The thought of bringing a baby into the world may be overwhelming, but there are a few important steps you can take now to help smooth the way. First and foremost: eliminate smoking and alcohol right away. I know it’s difficult, but the research is clear. Smoking during pregnancy causes birth defects and risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Drinking alcohol…

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When and how to fight germs

02/04/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Can there be too much of a good thing when it comes to fighting germs? Antibacterial products like soaps, hand gels, wipes and cleansers may not always be beneficial. In fact, studies show that exposing ourselves to germs keeps us from developing illnesses like asthma, allergies and other diseases. This is especially true for children early in life. Our bodies need exposure to germs to build up our immune systems. It’s also worth noting that the majority of bacteria and viruses we come in contact…

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Food choices: This or that?

02/04/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

We make food choices every day based on a variety of factors such as taste, calorie count, nutritional value and preference. Sometimes we think we’re making the healthier decision, when in fact we aren’t considering the whole picture. Here are a few examples: Fat free or regular – Some fat-free foods are also taste free. To compensate, food manufacturers often add other ingredients like sugar, flour, thickeners and salt to boost the flavor or enhance texture. So while we’re…

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