6 Steps to Ending Screen Addiction

Screens are
ubiquitous in most peoples’ lives from the moment you wake up with a morning
alarm clock, checking the weather or the news, texting, checking e-mails,
social media, and the constant, and often unimportant, notifications. When I
discuss this issue with people, everyone seems to agree, we’re on screens too
much.

Some of the
concerns I hear include:

True human connection has been replaced by a more superficial level of interaction. Many people, especially in younger generations, have less confidence communicating by phone or having longer and more meaningful conversations.We have moved into an [...]

Everything You Need to Know About COVID-19 Antibody Tests

Did I Have It?

This is the
question many of us are asking. As our society adapts to living in a world with
Sars-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 illness, efforts have turned
to not only testing to see if someone is currently infected, but also testing
that can help us determine if someone has had the infection in the past. This has
the potential to open the doors for safely reintegrating people into normal society
without the risk of transmitting the virus. Here is what you need to know about
this testing, including some potential problems.

What is the [...]

A Guide to COVID-19 Masks and FAQ

Confused about whether a mask is effective? You are not alone.
Depending on the type of mask you are using it may be able to help prevent you
from getting sick, or it may be reducing the chances you are spreading the
virus to other people. 

N95 masks are some of the most protective masks for the wearer, filtering out at least 95% of small 0.3 micron particles when worn properly. Currently, due to short supply of masks and other protective gear for healthcare workers on [...]

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    Why Acid Blockers Are Not Good Long-Term Solutions for Heartburn

Why Acid Blockers Are Not Good Long-Term Solutions for Heartburn

Acid-blockers are very effective at controlling the symptom of heartburn but do not address the underlying cause, and long term they can cause a number of health consequences.

What Causes Lipedema and What is Happening to the Affected Area?

Dr. Aylah Clark

Lipedema is an adipose tissue (fat tissue) disorder primarily affecting the lower extremities and sometimes arms that spares the hands and feet. It almost exclusively affects women with symptoms beginning often after hormonal change like puberty, menopause, or pregnancy.

Lipedema (Wikimedia Commons)

There is a lot we don’t know about lipedema. We don’t know exactly why it happens or what sets it off. It is thought to have a genetic component as it is common for people with lipedema to have family members with it (or suspected to have it). It is also thought that estrogen, or changes [...]

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    The Role of Inflammation in Body Weight: An Intro to the Biology of Fat

The Role of Inflammation in Body Weight: An Intro to the Biology of Fat

By Dr. Aylah Clark

Inflammation comes up a lot in my
practice. It promotes many chronic diseases and correlates with worsening signs
and symptoms of many conditions, whether it be autoimmune disease, arthritis,
cardiovascular disease, or others. Inflammation is also intrinsically tied to
obesity.  How are inflammation and body weight related and what can
we do about it?

What
is inflammation?

Inflammation is your body’s attempt
to protect itself. It involves complex biological processes that are activated
by things like foreign invaders (bacteria and viruses for example) or
damaged cells (injury). We need inflammation to protect ourselves from these
harmful events and to initiate [...]