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Heat Is Not Our Friend…

July 3, 2020
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And it can trigger some pretty awful consequences.

Like the time I was gardening at high noon. (What was I thinking about?) I fell backwards, hitting my head on the walkway. And I couldn’t ask for help because I was out cold. Baking in the sun.

And I’m sure you have your own stories. About passing out, puking or just feeling like you’re as dizzy as if you were on a roller coaster ride.

An epileptologist explained that heat can trigger a seizure for some people because it’s firing up the neurons in the brain which can cause a seizure.

Some examples:


10 Ways to Cope with Your Stress and Anxiety

June 24, 2020
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You’re choking. You’re drowning. You’re going down for the count. How many times have we all been there?

I’m sure everyone has their own way of coping — or else we wouldn’t be here.

Nonetheless, here are some helpful tips to get you over that hump…


CBT — When you feel that you’ve hit rock bottom…

June 13, 2020
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Sara had a brain surgery gone wrong. She spent all of her savings and all of her resources on rehab. One year later, she went home, only to be able to toilet herself and say “dog”. She was lost.

Both physically and mentally. You might say she was “a basket case”.  

Sandy was in a near fatal car accident. She survived, but just barely. After her physical healing, she said she couldn’t put two sentences together.

Then she heard about CBT.


Epilepsy And Complementary Medicine…

June 11, 2020
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Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) is just what it sounds like. Something to complement the AED regimen you’re already on. And perhaps take an extra step (with your doctor’s go-ahead) to alleviate seizures.

There are lots of alternatives, so I’ll touch on the most popular ones here. (Somehow, I don’t think you’re going to be turning to stones or amulets for relief!)


12 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You…

May 29, 2020
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Modern medicine can do miraculous things — but every test and treatment has a downside.

And your doctor may not disclose the dangers without prompting, a new survey finds.

Researchers surveyed 2,700 patients who’d recently decided whether or not to have surgery, take a medication, or undergo cancer screening.

Most reported their physician spent far more time talking up the benefits of each choice than explaining the risks.


Breathing Your Stress Away…

May 10, 2020
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A little while ago, when I went to my doc, I told him I felt like I was jumping out of my skin.  I’m already maxed out on meds, so he suggested breathing exercises as a complimentary addition to my regimen.

I’ve started them and already, I feel better!


Judges reveal secrets for a doctor’s malpractice success

April 20, 2020
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When it comes to the outcome of a medical malpractice jury trial, a physician’s attitude, demeanor, and presentation make all the difference, say judges who’ve presided over many such cases.

So, here’s a look at the other side…

“The fact finder has to look at them and find them credible and sincere when they’re hearing their story,” said Lorenzo F. Garcia, chief magistrate judge emeritus for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.

“There’s truth and there’s perception, and perception can trump the truth. In litigation, being right isn’t always good enough.

You can be right in a claim or right in a defense and still lose if the fact finder doesn’t believe the testimony or dislikes a person, witness, or an attorney.”


New Neuroscience Reveals 3 Rituals That Will Make You Happy

April 12, 2020
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UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.

Here’s what you and I can learn from the people who really have answers:


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Some Stress and Anxiety Solutions…

March 21, 2020
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Sometimes my hands shake so much, I look like I’m leading a symphony. (Without a baton.) Legs too, I have to sit down.

Maybe you panic before a test, the very fear of having a seizure, social rejection, job anxieties, debt, fear of failure, an anticipated argument, holidays, fear of flying.

There are probably as many kinds of stress and panic attacks as there are those of us who suffer from them.


Here’s The Difference Between Coronavirus And Flu Symptoms

March 9, 2020
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There may be an epidemic of the Cornovirus, but there seems to be a pandemic of panic.

COVID-19 and the flu present in similar ways. This is how you can tell them apart.


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