Archive for November, 2011

Are Hysterectomies Always Necessary? Part 2

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

“Really, I don’t think women ask enough questions of their doctors. But the reason they don’t ask enough questions is that they don’t know what to ask. It’s an unfortunate predicament,” West said. “You look at our bodies, we have complementary biology. (more…)

Are Hysterectomies Always Necessary? Part 1

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Kim Zuver felt the warm gush the moment she stood up behind her desk. Blood was everywhere — on her legs, on her shoes and even on the floor.

The Toledo, Ohio, executive assistant had experienced menstrual periods with heavy bleeding, but nothing like this had ever happened. (more…)

Horoscope with a Twist

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Monday will be a relatively calm, settled day, compared to yesterday’s tumultuous Mars/Jupiter opposition, plus the shift from Sun in airy Aquarius to Sun in watery Pisces. However, this day may wind up being “calm before the storm,” since the Mars/Jupiter opposition actually will reverberate until the New Moon on Friday. (more…)

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

What is it?

Several things never stop growing until they die –trees, reptiles, the hair in your ears and your prostate. This walnut-sized gland is located in front of the rectum and just below the bladder. It wraps around the tube that drains your bladder (the urethra). (more…)

Hearing

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Significant hearing loss can be determined at birth, when a child is known to be at risk. Moderate loss can be determined within a few weeks, and slight hearing impairment can be diagnosed later. (more…)

Shin Kicking in Kickboxing?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Dear Expert:

My daughter is taking a kickboxing class in which classmates kick each other’s shins. She is badly bruised, but says that they do it in order to destroy the nerves there.

Answer:

I would recommend taking your daughter out of the class immediately. I have never heard of any such practice in any kind of organized sport or activity. It does not make sense of any kind; in fact, it is dangerous and negligent.

There is absolutely no benefit to her bruising her shins for the purpose of kickboxing.

Kickboxing classes that I am familiar with all use proper protective gear in the areas of high contact. The purpose of the class is to enhance fitness, provide discipline, build self-esteem and teach self-defense. It is in no way intended to promote injuries.

Illness as Asana (Yogic Posture). Part 2

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Illness and Yoga. Illness and yoga both require us to step outside our comfortable daily habits. They both try us with fear, resistance, pain and fatigue. And both can be reservoirs of wisdom. Just as asana practice needn’t be exclusively painful and tiring, illness needn’t be an unalloyed tragedy. (more…)

Illness as Asana (Yogic Posture). Part 1

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

A 45-year old yoga student develops a pain on the right side of his neck. Over the next two weeks it radiates agonizingly down his right arm, until his arm and hand are numb except for the pain. Holding a coin in his right hand, he is unable to identify its denomination. A month later, noticing atrophying muscles in his hand and forearm, he decides it’s time to seek medical advice. (more…)

Is there an Increased Risk of other Malignancies in Patients with Renal Cell Carcinoma?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

There have been conflicting reports in the literature regarding the association of other malignancies with renal cell carcinoma (RCC).

In this study by Beisland and colleagues, out of Norway, the association of RCC with other malignancies is again examined. (more…)