An apple a day…

If you struggle with sadness, despair, depression, or other persistently negative feelings, please talk to clergy, a physician, or mental health professional to help you regain hope and joy.

It’s probably a myth that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but I hope it’s true for comics, cartoon, and jokes.

Every Friday on Facebook I share a “Funny”. Here are three recent ones with some affiliate links (use of them supports this blog’s mission). Nothing serious today, just enjoy. Maybe you’ll feel better too.

Thanks to Andertoons.com for sharing this cartoon

Dan Piraro at Bizarro Comics is one of my favorites

There’s really nothing funny about the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, but humor can help us cope with the stress.

From Speed Bump by Dave Coverly

If you are cheerful,

    you feel good;

    if you are sad,

    you hurt all over

Proverbs 17:22, CEV

Contemporary English Version®
Copyright © 1995 American Bible Society. All rights reserved.

sharing the HEART of health with humor

I hope you enjoyed these cartoons and feel a little more cheerful . If you struggle with sadness, despair, depression, or other persistently negative feelings, please talk to clergy, a physician, or mental health professional to help you regain hope and joy.

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                              Dr. Aletha 

5 gems of women’s health

Only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are familial (someone in your family has it). That means 90 to 95 percent are spontaneous, with NO family history. So don’t let your lack of family history of cancer lull you into thinking you have no risk and no reason for screening.”

Some  health issues impact women exclusively or differently than men, so we should be aware of new and updated information .  The issues we women face vary with our age, stage of life, and current health status.

In this post I offer “gems” on women’s health issues from women who are “gems” themselves- women physicians who practice medicine as well as take time to write about important health issues. 

This information is current as of the publication date; it is general medical information that helps doctors and patients make decisions about what is right for them. Medical recommendations and practice changes as we learn new things. If you deal with any of these issues , please discuss with your doctor before taking any action.

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Dr. Danielle Ofri offers
A Doctor’s Guide to a Good Appointment

Dr. Ofri explains how to find a doctor – online ratings sites are not always reliable. A good first step is -Check with your insurance to find a doctor who is in network.

Next she lists steps to prepare for the appointment. Establish goals for the visit, make a list, and gather any recent, pertinent medical records.

She goes to give some practical tips on what to do and say during the interview and physical exam. Read her post to learn more.

Dr. Ofri practices in New York City where she is also a professor at a medical school. She writes extensively and has spoken for TED Talks. You may want to read Dr. Ofri’s book, What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear. Here is my review . 

you cannot love without giving. Amy Carmichael

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBdoctormom explains
8 Things Your Doctor Wants You to Know About your Miscarriage

“Miscarriage is one of the hardest (and most common) challenges women face. If you have not had a miscarriage yourself, you most certainly have a best friend, sister, or daughter who has. There are many myths floating around the internet, however there are a few important truths everyone should know about miscarriage.”

woman sitting in a cemetery
photo from the Lightstock.com collection, an affiliate link

 

A psychiatrist, Dr. Melissa Welby lists and discusses
3 New Year’s Resolutions to Benefit Your Mental Health
  • Sleep better
  • Volunteer
  • Exercise

5 gems of women's health-Watercress Words.com

 

 

 

 

 In Go Pink ,Secret Life of an OB/GYN

answers typical patient questions about breast cancer and mammograms, including the latest recommendations for screening.

“Only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are familial (someone in your family has it). That means 90 to 95 percent are spontaneous, with NO family history. So don’t let your lack of family history of cancer lull you into thinking you have no risk and no reason for screening.”

a middle aged woman and a young woman together
Breast cancer can strike women of any age, although happens more often in older women.

 

 

Dr. Barbara Bergin, an orthopedic surgeon, offers tips to prevent foot pain and injury in an interview for Massage magazine.
  • Buy healthy shoes(and wear them)
  • Wear the right socks
  • Stand on a floor pad
  • Keep your feet warm
an African American young woman smiling

 

 

And a bonus gem-

 

Dr.Diana, an allergist who blogs at WHITE COAT PINK APRON
White Coat, Pink Apron web site

offers this recipe for ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH GARLIC , a vegetable I love. But if they’re not your favorite vegetable (or your family’s) , here is one for ZA’ATAR ROASTED CARROTS 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please review a previous post about women’s health

The “art” of women’s health- news from 2016

where I covered hormone therapy, the HPV vaccine, birth control pills, IUDs, hysterectomy, and osteoporosis.

The human heart tells us that we are more alike than we are unalike. quote Maya Angelou
graphic by Lightstock. quote by author Maya Angelou 

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exploring the HEART of health

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                              Dr. Aletha