Wise Words 02-21-12

What is fever? by Dr. Rebecca Wise This is cold and flu season, and one of the most common complaints is fever. Fever (also called pyrexia) is defined as body temperature that is higher than normal for each individual. It generally indicates that there is an abnormal process occurring in the body. Exercise, hot weather, […]

Wise Words 01-20-12

Diabetic Risks for Eye Disease by Dr. Rebecca Wise Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as complications of having diabetes. All can cause severe vision loss or even blindness, but diabetic eye disease often can be treated before vision loss occurs. All people with diabetes […]

Wise Words 01-09-12

Maintaining Your Personal Health Record by Dr. Rebecca Wise Since the first of the year, many people have gotten new insurance cards because of new plans or plan changes. Now, every time you visit a doctor, hospital, or other health care provider, a change in your record of your visit must be made. That means […]

Wise Words 01-03-12

Exercise: The Right Program and the Right Preparation by Dr. Rebecca Wise As we start the new year, lots of us make a resolution to exercise more. To be physically fit you do not have to exercise intensely for long periods of time. Experts agree that physical activity does not necessarily have to be vigorous, […]

Wise Words: 10/11/11

Reducing Medical Expenses: Part 2 by Dr. Rebecca Wise Save on prescription medications by ask for generics or larger quantities. Many insurance companies are now allowing you to get a 90 day supply instead of just a month at a time. However, if you cannot afford that large a quantity, ask the pharmacist to only […]

Wise Words 10-03-11

Reducing Medical Expenses: Part 1 by Dr. Rebecca Wise September is Prostate Health Month, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and November is Diabetes Awareness Month which together bring attention to some major health issues every autumn. But, some of the things you have to do to stay healthy seem like a hassle. So, let’s […]

Wise Words 09-26-11

Flu Shot: Got yours? by Dr. Rebecca Wise Influenza (Flu) Influenza (or flu) is a highly contagious viral respiratory tract infection. An estimated 5 to 20 percent of the population in the US contract influenza each year and approximately 36,000 of those who get the flu will die from it or from complications. Influenza is […]

Wise Words 09-19-11

Flu Fact and Fiction: by Dr. Rebecca Wise What do you know about seasonal influenza? Stomach flu is the worst kind of flu. False – there is no such thing as “stomach flu”. Influenza is a respiratory illness. Stomach symptoms are usually from some other kind of microorganism. The CDC recommends that ONLY people 50 […]

Wise Words 09-12-11

Trans Fats by Dr. Rebecca Wise Thanks to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), trans fats can no longer hide out incognito in your food. As of January 2006, trans fats joined saturated fat and dietary cholesterol on food labels—a move that could make a big difference in your health and that of your children. […]

Wise Words 09-07-11

Sleep by Dr. Rebecca Wise Sleep, marvelous sleep. It’s one of those things you might take for granted—that is, until it eludes you. How much sleep is needed varies greatly by age and from individual to individual. Newborns can sleep away three-fourths of the day. Toddlers and preschoolers need 11 to 14 hours of sleep […]

Wise Words..08-25-11

Skin rashes by Dr. Rebecca Wise A rash is a rash is a rash, right? Wrong. In fact, there are so many different types of skin rashes, you may find it hard to keep track of them all. Here’s a brief overview of just 10 of the more common types of skin rashes. 1. Eczema […]

Wise Words..08-16-11

The Power of Meditation by Dr. Rebecca Wise Worry, anxiety and stress can be more than distractions. Continually replaying in your mind daily problems and fears can affect your mental and physical health. By controlling your attention as you meditate, you begin to feel more relaxed and at peace. And this peacefulness usually lasts far […]

Wise Words..08-09-11

Back-to-School Health Advice by Dr. Rebecca Wise Kids should learn to share, right? But, when it comes to bugs and other contagious health problems in school, does your kid have to get everything that’s passed around? In a classroom, at a playground or in a locker room, kids do tend to share lots of health […]

Wise Words….08-02-11

Performance-enhancing Drugs by Dr. Rebecca Wise With the urge to get an edge, even young athletes today are tempted by the “promise” of performance-enhancing drugs. In fact, kids in middle school are trying them. Are they following in the footsteps of their professional sports role models? Performance-enhancing drugs carry big risks for both men and […]

Wise Words..07-25-11

Obesity by Dr. Rebecca Wise By now, you’ve probably heard the alarming reports. Since the 1970s, the prevalence of obesity in adults has doubled and the number of overweight children has tripled. As you know, this is not just a problem of appearance or self-esteem. Extra weight greatly increases the risk for many types of […]

Wise Words..07-18-11

Heartburn by Dr. Rebecca Wise Heartburn. It’s no wonder so many people are confused about it. After all, it has nothing to do with your heart. Heartburn earned its name from the burning sensation it causes in the middle of your chest – a feeling that may also be accompanied by a sour or bitter […]

Wise Words…07-11-11

Carpal Tunnel by Dr. Rebecca Wise Have you ever noticed a numbing or tingling sensation in your fingers or hands? Maybe you’ve heard of carpal tunnel syndrome and wondered whether it could be the cause of your discomfort. With such an ominous-sounding name, though, this condition may be a firsthand experience you’re inclined to ignore. […]

Wise Words…06-27-11

DRUGSTORES by Dr. Rebecca Wise When you need a prescription filled, how do you decide where to go? Convenience and price are the factors that drive most of us. I’d like to suggest that there are additional factors to consider. In fact, there are many reasons to think and act locally, not only to get […]

Wise Words..06-20-11

Multivitamins by Dr. Rebecca Wise Multivitamins What’s one of the best—and cheapest—insurance policies you can buy? Well, some experts consider it the bottle of multivitamins that sits on your kitchen table. Vitamins are substances that your body needs to grow and function the right way, ones your body can’t produce by itself. Not everyone agrees […]

Wise Words..06-09-11

Back Pain? by Dr. Rebecca Wise Back off! Has back pain ever made you feel that ornery? At some point in your life, you may join—if you haven’t already—the eight out of ten people who find their lives interrupted by back pain. Luckily, you can take many steps to prevent back pain or to manage […]