I wrote this long article because many women were approaching me for help related to complaints of fatigue. Yet, they did not present with the Chinese medicine diagnosis I expected. Some were self-treating with substances [including Chinese herbals] that were dis-harmonious with their constitution, making accurate diagnosis and treatment difficult. While women are mostly impacted by CFS, 20% of sufferers are men who remain undiagnosed [Clayton, 2015, p.
Western research is proving the mechanisms by which foods, supplements, and Chinese herbs regulate blood sugar
levels. Also, how they help prevent the progression of, and ameliorate/reverse the
complications associated with Type 2 Diabetes-namely neuropathy, nephropathy, and retinopathy.
It is hopeful that combining Western
research with Chinese herbal theory can reduce oral diabetic drug dose, prevent
the need for more than one drug, or insulin-dependence. The ultimate goal being to nip pre-diabetes in the bud and decrease the
overall morbidity associated with the disease.
Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) is a common gynecological complaint. The diagnostic criteria from ACOG and the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV agree that symptoms of PMS are distressing and moderate to severe enough to interfere with a woman’s normal activities and quality of life. Yet, there has been an absence of internationally accepted diagnostic criteria for PMS (Andrea, Rapkin & Winer, 2009). So, how is PMS really diagnosed & distinguished from other similar syndromes?
The PAP smear is important because (in simple terms) it
screens for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) & Cervical Cancer. In this article is explained how the PAP more specifically:
- Screens for ASC-H to determines the need for colposcopy to rule out HSIL..
- Differentiates between LSIL vs. HSIL. HSIL is
indication for loop electrosurgical excision procedures (LEEP).
- Identifies women with a negative histology, but
clinical evidence of viral (e.g. HPV) persistence and risk for progression
(Solomon et al, 2002).
Got vitamin D from sunshine and diet? If not, are you taking the proper dose of a vitamin D supplement?
are good questions to ask given the emerging role vitamin D potentially plays in
health maintenance, and disease prevention. This includes improving bone
mass density, enhancing immunity against respiratory infection; decreasing the
risk for diabetes, certain cancers, and cardiovascular disease; preventing
bone spurs in osteoarthritis. Vitamin D is actually a hormone [cholecalciferol], but will be referred to as a vitamin throughout this article.