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SHE COLLAPSED AND WAS UNCONSCIOUS!

We have all heard the horror stories about the child left in the hot car who overheats and tragically dies. As a parent who happens to be a physician I never thought my child could be a victim of over-heating! Before I tell you what happened let me give you a few basic definitions. Normal body Temperature: about 97.7 -99.5 degrees fahrenheit. It fluctuates depending on your environment and physical activity, with meals and the time of cycle for women.…

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Tips and Treatment for Combating Insomnia

At some point we have all experienced some form of sleeplessness,  lying in bed, unable to fall asleep or having trouble staying asleep.  The last time this happened to me I was in bed contemplating  my day ahead and worrying about  traveling to a different location for work. I had gotten into bed at what I thought was a reasonable time. But there I lay intermittently looking at the time on my cell phone. Midnight became two, then four in…

Walking in someone else’s shoes

It is understandable in our busy lives that we are unable to see the forest before the trees. The pressures of personal finances, professional demands, and personal obligations can strain one's ability to empathize with the troubles of others. However difficult it may be, it is essential that we take a moment to reconnect with our universal humanity; not only for the sake of others but for our own spiritual health lest we lose sight of what is good and…

Sex after a hysterectomy – Why is it different?

I  was recently sent a question from a reader who stated she had a hysterectomy last year but still thinks she has her ovaries and wondered why sex felt different and why “it is like no feelings when we have sex?” I thought this was a question that many women may have and not have the courage to ask their doctors so I am answering it here as a benefit to everybody. As I have stated in my previous blogs…

What’s Going on with My Vagina?

At one point or another we (including men) have all wondered what’s going on down there.  Problems with the vagina are very common and not an issue you should be embarrassed about. Think of me as your sister who just happens to be a medical doctor.  No topic about the body is taboo and I feel it is my duty to be honest and open with you.   I can’t tell you how many times women have called my office…

Why is my hair falling out, thinning or not growing?

  Let’s face it, most people desire thick, healthy hair as a sign of good health and youth. Over the years concerns about hair in my practice were very common and chances are at one time or another you have been worried about your hair too. As an individual who loves to express myself creatively, I change my hairstyles as a big part of my personality and as an expression of my culture. I totally understand your concerns. So here…

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Depression during the Holidays

Depression is very common during the holidays, especially when you are feeling vulnerable. The holiday season brings greater stress with all the hustle and bustle of family get togethers, social gatherings, work deadlines, vacations to plan, and gifts to buy. For many additional stressors, such as unemployment, illness, divorce or death of a love one only compounds one’s sense of frustration and loneliness, increasing levels of anxiety and/or depression. The darker days and longer nights, resulting in less sunlight, can…