Inflammation

Inflammation means activation of the bodyโ€™s immune system.ย  It does not mean โ€œswelling;โ€ thereโ€™s always some kind of inflammation involved when a part of the body swells, but many kinds of inflammation donโ€™t involve any.ย  The word is commonly misunderstood. Inflammation is natureโ€™s way of fighting germs and foreign substances that enter the body.ย  WhiteContinue reading “Inflammation”

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis, literally hard (-sclerosis) arteries (athero-), is responsible for heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and many other diseases of old (or older) age.  It’s due to unwanted plaques made of fats, blood clots, calcifications, and damaged tissue of the walls of arteries, causing the blood vessels to clog or rupture.  Causes include combinations of: SmokingContinue reading “Atherosclerosis”

Constipation — Basic Treatment

If basic treatment works for Constipation, it’s usually not necessary to perform tests. This can even be managed without a physical exam, by telemedicine. Very Basic (and Essential) Lifestyle Interventions: Increase fiber in diet Increase fluid intake Increase exercise (cardio) Simple Medications: If hard stools, options include: Stool Softeners (taken twice a day, every day).Continue reading “Constipation — Basic Treatment”

Ovulation and The Brain (& Its Diseases)

The menstrual period occurs 14 days after ovulation, when the uterus sheds the lining it had been preparing to nourish an expected pregnancy which never occurred.  High levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones from the ovary had been directing the uterus, but since there was no pregnancy, the ovary stopped producing them (โ€œprogesteroneโ€ means โ€œtoContinue reading “Ovulation and The Brain (& Its Diseases)”

Prostate Medications

There are various medication to help men with urinary symptoms that are likely related to prostate gland changes due to age (see Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy).  Generic names (brand names in parentheses) include: 1.ย  Alpha-Blockers — The most common ones are Tamsulosin (Flomaxยฎ), Terazosin (Hytrinยฎ), Doxazosin (Carduraยฎ), and Alfuzosin (Uroxatralยฎ).ย  Side effects may include dizziness uponContinue reading “Prostate Medications”