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Hey Doc Series/ Osteoporosis, An Affliction for Both Men and Women:The Truth

February 22nd, 2012|Categories: Hey Doc|Tags: , , , , , , |

Hey Doc… I am a 55 year old woman and recently had a bone density exam. My doctor told me I have osteopenia, and prescribed Fosamax. I read the potential side effects and I am concerned. Are there any alternatives?                                                                                                         -R.J. in Rancho Mirage- Dear R.J., You have many reasons to be concerned. First of all, osteopenia is actually a normal finding and does not require treatment. They are comparing your bone density to that of a 24 year old woman. Interestingly, a “normal” bone density in a middle-aged woman commonly indicates estrogen dominance and is associated with a [...]

Hey Doc Series/ Fibromyalgia

February 6th, 2012|Categories: Hey Doc|Tags: , , , |

Hey Doc… I’m a 46 y/o mother of 3.  Every morning I awake with pain in my lower back and my right hip.  I keep my teeth clenched and have severe fatigue.  I feel like I’m 80 years old.       Is there anything that can be done?        -S.B. in Palm Springs- ------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear S.B., You have the classic symptoms of fibromyalgia.  The pain is caused by a buildup of lactic acid in various muscles.  The fatigue is caused by keeping muscles tense – all day and all night.  In order to get relief, one has to approach the cause [...]

Hey Doc/ ADHD

February 6th, 2012|Categories: Hey Doc|Tags: , , |

Hey Doc… My 11 y/o son has trouble in school – he has trouble focusing and never opens a book.  He’s quick to anger at times and has trouble sleeping.  The school psychologist says he has ADHD and recommends he see a psychiatrist to get on medication.  Are drugs the only answer?   -C.A. in Cathedral City-  -------------------------------------------------------- Dear C.A., ADHD is probably the most misunderstood condition there is.  It is commonly referred to as a ‘learning’ disorder; in actuality it is an ‘interest’ disorder.  ADHD is all about adrenaline – a hormone that can cause an increase in [...]

Hey Doc Series/ Breast Cancer Prevention

February 5th, 2012|Categories: Breast Cancer Prevention, Hey Doc|Tags: , , , , |

Hey Doc… I recently read a front page article which said that hormones for the menopause cause a definite increase in breast cancer.  My doctor has told me the benefits outweigh the risks.  Is this true?                                                                                                       -B.L. in Palm Springs- ----------------------------------------------------------- Dear B.L., The original Women’s Health Initiative study was published in 2002 and raised questions about the safety of Premarin and progestins.  It was suggested at that time to discuss the issue with your health care practitioner.  This new study is a continuation of the original and this time they are more definitive, stating that now the benefits [...]

Hey Doc Series/ Interstitial Cystitis

February 4th, 2012|Categories: Hey Doc|Tags: , , , |

Hey Doc… I am a 42 year old woman with a chronic interstitial cystitis.  I have been told that they do not know the cause of this condition or how to cure it.  I am on a drug called Elmiron that gives me very little relief. Help! M.J.B. in Indio- -------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear M.J.B., Your condition is fairly common – they estimate 750,000 to 1,000,000 women have this condition. You are correct in saying they do not know the cause or the cure. This is a condition that is manifested by a gnawing discomfort in the bladder that is persistent and [...]

Hey Doc Series/ Breast Cancer – What it Takes to Occur in the Body

February 3rd, 2012|Categories: Hey Doc|Tags: , , , , |

Hey Doc… I am 48 years old and I have a history of breast cancer.  I am having symptoms of early menopause.  My doctors say that I can never go on hormones.  Is this true? -V.S. in Rancho Mirage- ----------------------------------------------------------- Dear V.S., One of the problems the health care industry in this country faces is the inadequate training doctors receive in medical school with regard to hormones.  The education they receive is based on research done by drug companies who have no interest in natural hormones because they cannot be patented.  In most cases, the occurrence of breast cancer [...]

Hey Doc Series/ Type II Diabetes

February 3rd, 2012|Categories: Hey Doc|Tags: , , , , , , |

Hey Doc… I have type II diabetes and I am taking Avandia.  I read an article in the Desert Sun recently that this may cause heart attacks.  If this drug can cause death, how come my doctor hasn’t said anything? Can something else be done to treat my diabetes? -J.R.  In Indian Wells ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Dear J.R., Simply put, the answer is yes.  If one were to approach diabetes from its causation then you allow yourself the possibility of curing it.  There are many people, including myself, that feel the main cause of Type II diabetes is an over-production of [...]