My first colonoscopy a few years ago required drinking 1 gallon of a nasty tasting solution. This year, my colonoscopy prep drink was CLENPIQ instead. See why I love this new colon prep drink — it’s SO much better than other bowel prep drinks!
Specific Health Conditions
Have you or someone you know recently received a doctor's diagnosis? You probably have a lot of questions. Get tips & advice from others who've been in your shoes! Here, real people are sharing their personal experiences with specific health conditions -- to help others who are going through the same thing. You'll find everything from autism, allergies, Lyme disease, shingles and diabetes to PTSD, stress, anxiety, and panic attacks -- even sleep issues, low blood pressure, high blood pressure, and much more.
I had no idea I was suffering from the early signs of Lyme Disease – until I got the official Lyme Disease diagnosis. Here’s how I found out I had Lyme Disease, what I’ve learned about how to treat Lyme Disease, and what it’s like living with Lyme Disease in Tennessee.
Think you might have low blood pressure? The most common symptoms of low blood pressure are lightheadedness, dizziness, and fainting — usually when you’re going from a lying down or sitting position to a standing position. I have low blood pressure. Here are 5 things that initially surprised me about low blood pressure, plus some low blood pressure treatment ideas for you to try.
Scared of crossing bridges — either in a car or on foot? You may have Gephyrophobia. I had a similar fear and overcame it on my own without professional help. See how I did it… maybe these same tips will help you get over your bridge phobia too!! These are very simple things you can do to gradually minimize your fear of bridges.
Have sleep problems? Me too. I recently spent the night at a Sleep Center to participate in a sleep study to see if I might have obstructive sleep apnea. Here’s what my sleep test was like (with sleep study pictures), plus some of my best tips to help you prepare for your own sleep study test. See what I wish I’d known before staying in a sleep study room and being attached to all of those sleep study wires!
Want to know how to stop stammering and how to cure stuttering once and for all? I stuttered until I was 22 years old. After about 1 year of trying different things, I finally learned how to stop stuttering forever. Take it from this former stutterer, there are some rather simple techniques to stop stuttering — all it takes is consistency and patience. Here’s what worked for me.
Even the mere mention of lice conjures up nasty images for most of us. But let’s face it — lice happens. And it’s best to know about head lice removal before it happens in your home. The best at home treatment for lice is vinegar. Here’s what you need to know about this natural lice treatment, plus a few other options to treat hair lice yourself.
Have you had chicken pox? If so, you might end up with an outbreak of a different kind later on. The shingles virus can lay dormant in your system for years, and if you have a weakened immune system one day — you might very well be on the hunt for a treatment for shingles. I’ve witnessed this with my dad. Here’s what you need to know about the treatment options available — including home remedies for shingles, and what you need to know about the shingles contagious period.
I have PTSD and I’m not a veteran. Causes of PTSD aren’t the same for everyone. You might have it and not even know it. You or someone you love might be suffering from untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms. I’ll take you through the causes of PTSD, how to decide which PTSD treatment options are best for you, and how to find PTSD apps and PTSD therapists to help you recover.
Do you have a ganglion cyst? I do! I’ve had it for years — it comes and goes. Here’s what I’ve learned about Ganglion cysts, ganglion cyst treatment, and ganglion cyst removal. Basically a ganglion cyst does not require treatment, but if it’s causing you pain or is just in a bad spot then you might want to have it surgically removed. Here’s what I’ve learned.
I see a chiropractor for back, neck, and shoulder pain. My chiropractor gave me his tips for the best sleep positions, how to keep your body in alignment yourself, and how to treat lower back pain — so I’m sharing them with you.
A number of helpful essential oils for ears listed here. See why I like Basil, Helichrysum & Cajeput as the top 3 for earaches, hearing loss & ringing ears.
What do exercise, meditation & reading have in common? I’ve found them all to be great when dealing with anxiety. Plus 4 more natural ways to treat anxiety.
Tired of allergies and OTC medications? Incorporate these natural allergy remedies into your life – from neti pots to steam baths. You’ll finally get relief.
Frequently constipated? Feel bloated & gassy? Here are 4 ways to get constipation relief… naturally. The fastest one: raise your knees!
I have a pollen allergy. If you do too, then you’ll appreciate these 5 simple things you can do to avoid pollen – inside and outside of your home.
I always started sneezing and coughing when the real Christmas tree was brought into the home. My parents joked that maybe I had tree allergies. Actually, it was most likely Christmas tree mold! Here’s what you need to know about tree mold BEFORE you bring a Christmas tree into your home. There are many tricks and alternatives to suffering from tree allergies this holiday.
Many who are suffering from fatigue & muscle pain are quick to assume they’ve got fibromyalgia. 5 other illnesses have the same symptoms. Here’s how to tell
Trying to avoid the flu this year? These flu prevention tips have kept me from getting the flu for the past 3 seasons. They’ll help you too!
Are you tired of seasonal allergies? So am I. Here are 5 tips that have helped me cope with my seasonal sneezes and wheezes.
When I learned I was close to having pre-diabetes (also known as impaired glucose tolerance), I started looking to diabetes support groups for information on how to avoid becoming diabetic. Here’s where you can find the help you need to prevent pre-diabetes.
Whether you call it hay fever, seasonal allergies, or allergic rhinitis, here are 2 things I’ve learned about treating seasonal allergies: (1) An allergy remedy that works great for Person A doesn’t necessarily work for Person B and (2) Something that works well for you now may become less effective over time. Here are the OTC meds that I’ve found work best for seasonal allergies.
I have firsthand experience with Asperger’s and the meltdowns, tantrums, and shutdowns that frequently result. My grandson has Asperger’s. Here’s how we ultimately learned to deal with and manage his anxiety and Asperger’s meltdowns.
I suffered from panic attacks and was diagnosed with panic disorder. See all of the natural remedies for panic attacks that worked for me. As a result, I don’t have panic attacks anymore.
Brandon has Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s a developmental disorder on the autism spectrum. Brandon is high-functioning autistic. Here are some of the early symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome and how we dealt with each of them along the way.
High blood pressure — aka the silent killer — isn’t picky when choosing its 1 out of 3 Americans. If you or someone you know is dealing with high blood pressure, check out these natural cures for high blood pressure. These are ways to lower your blood pressure naturally at home yourself!
A normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. Here are little-known facts about high blood pressure or hypertension, plus some natural treatments for lowering your blood pressure.
There have been some changes recently in the way that Diabetes is diagnosed. See details here. Besides using the Glycemic Index Chart provided here to pick & choose your foods, you can also try a number of tasty Diabetic recipes. You will need some good diabetic testing supplies too.
I’ve had to deal with carpal tunnel for years and I’ve tried many carpal tunnel syndrome treatment options. My mother has struggled with it for years, and she recently went through the carpal tunnel syndrome surgery. So I am very familiar with this condition. Here’s my $.02 on surgery for carpal tunnel and other carpal tunnel treatments.
High blood pressure is the Silent Killer that victimizes thousands every year. Your diet is often part of the problem. By eliminating excessive fat and salt and eating more fruits and vegetables you can lower your blood pressure and live a healthier life.
I’ve been living with Lyme Disease in Tennessee for years now. Here’s my story — how I got Lyme Disease from a tick bite and the Lyme Disease rash that followed. Plus, a little about the Lyme Disease movie that had a huge impact on me, a list of people in Nashville Tennessee with Lyme Disease, and a little about Lyme Disease doctors in Nashville Tennessee.
After being diagnosed with Lyme Disease, my symptoms went away for 1 year and then returned with a vengeance. See the meds my doctor prescribed right away, what my first official round of Lyme Disease treatment was like, and how my Lyme Disease symptoms changed after beginning treatment for Lyme Disease.
As much as I wish I could speak for my Autistic niece Shelby… I can’t. And as much I wish I could scream and shout for all of the injustices that she and her parents have had to deal with on a daily basis… that wouldn’t do any good either. So, from my faraway corner of the world, I find peace and satisfaction when I can share some of the specific things that have helped to clarify things for me a bit. Or have helped me find an even greater sense of hope for Shelby’s future.
They have determined that we are ALL autistic to some degree. Personally, I am glad to know that. Because it means the people I know who have been labeled by the professionals as ‘autistic’ are really not that different from you and me. See what your autism quotient is here…
Do you know someone who is a whiz with numbers? What about mathematical equations? Do you see numbers differently than most people? Then you’ve got to read this article about Daniel Tammet, who gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how an ‘autistic savant’ functions.
We have a 5-year-old niece who is Autistic. With years of help from the Cleveland Clinic, she has made dramatic improvements — and she continues to do so, on a daily basis. But I changed my way of thinking about Autism last Christmas when Jim’s parents shared with everyone a photocopied list of ’10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew’.
What it’s like to have blood pressure issues — including why my doctor says my numbers fluctuate so much all the time. They say there are no signs or symptoms that you have hypertension or high blood pressure. I say baloney. Here’s how my body changes when my blood pressure is high.
Here’s a lengthy summary about my passionate search to educate myself about Autism.
If you have weakness in your hand or wrist, and your hand or wrist becomes easily fatigued after a certain amount of time at the computer, then you may be experiencing early signs of RSI — Repetitive Strain Injury. RSI is the underlying problem behind carpal tunnel syndrome.