Vitamins & Supplements. Are They Safe?

Vitamin supplementation is a topic frequently asked during visits with the doctor. What vitamin should I be on? How can I get tested for vitamin deficiency? There is a whole consumer driven market promoting vitamins and dietary supplements that advertise their products and it can be difficult to decide what is beneficial to take. Be sure to discuss with your doctor, any vitamin or supplements you are taking or interested in taking. Just because you can buy it over-the-counter doesn’t mean that there are no health risks. ​ Vitamin deficiencies can lead to certain medical conditions, however, most significant vitamin deficiencies are seen in third world countries where the diet is very

Breast Cancer Awareness & Screening

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month which encourages people to take part in early detection of the disease. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and early detection provides a 100% 5 year survival rate. Finding out early makes sense in this disease! Talk to your primary care provider on what you can do to participate in early detection. As most people are already aware, breast cancer not only affects women but can affect men. Knowing your body and its changes is important to picking up on early signs of cancer. In addition to monthly self-breast exams and annual physicals by your health care provider, getting a screening mammogram is recommended for wom

Drop the Stigma

Do you have trouble sleeping, experience mood fluctuations or generally feel anxious all the time? These can be symptoms of underlying mood disorders and can be treated if diagnosed properly. Don’t keep these symptoms hidden from your doctor. Be sure to mention any and all symptoms to your doctor so they can get you the right help you need to feel better and enjoy your life to the fullest. Much of our history has included social stigmas to psychiatric disease and disorders. Depression, anxiety, and Bipolar disorder are not only common but unfortunately conditions that are not openly talked about. The idea of getting help for such conditions are a taboo in certain cultures since they do n

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