On your side: The importance of kidneys

Organs are our friends III: Kidneys   I once stated how if my family needed it, I would donate one of my kidneys to them. “Sike!”, I was just kidding. That stuff looks like it would hurt. Major surgery, major pain, major loss. The kidney is an important organ. Ok, they all are. Mr. and Mrs. Kidney get a little disrespect because there are two but you could live with only one. Don’t get it...

June 29th, 2016 by Melissa Mitchell 

Organs; The Pancreas

Organs are our friends Pancreas Number two in our series of organs is the pancreas. It is a squiggly little organ that sits behind the stomach. It is about six inches long but it is a work horse. When it is healthy all is right with the world! When it shuts down or acts up, there is serious trouble afoot. What does it do? Well, it doesn’t think like Mr. Fancy pants brains or get the blood pumping...

June 26th, 2016 by Melissa Mitchell 

Liver and onions…

Organs are our friends….   Hello, friends. Today I was trying to think of something to blog about in the health realm. There is so much to talk about. I have a million diseases to gross you out with and numerous body functions and health topics to lecture about. To be honest it’s one of those days I wish I had saved my books from graduate school on anatomy. What I decided to do was a series...

June 9th, 2016 by Melissa Mitchell 

SHUT UP and RUN

“Shut up and Run: How to get up, lace up, and sweat with swagger” is a new book coming out in late June by ultra-marathoner and health enthusiast Robin Arzon. I am definitely going to buy it when it comes out! The book will have a lot of information about running as a sport and lifestyle. It will also have plenty of glossy pictures whose goal, it seems, is to inspire others to run and work hard...

May 27th, 2016 by Melissa Mitchell 

How to survive the upcoming zombie apocalypse: new stupid drugs to worry about

How to survive the upcoming zombie apocalypse AKA New Stupid Drugs to worry about…. Ok, how do you survive the upcoming zombie apocalypse? Don’t hang out with Zombies, that ish is contagious Just say “No” Yes we made fun of Nancy Reagan’s anti drug slogan, but it still rings true Leave the experimenting to folks with Ph.D’s in chemistry and lab rats   Yes, I am making light...

May 21st, 2016 by Melissa Mitchell 

Mother May I?

Mother, May I?   What is the role of “mom” in the health of the family? Ok who am I kidding? Mothers rule the world! Yes, there are a few moms out there who probably wished they would have dished out a few spankings over time outs. In general, the female head of house has a lot of sway over the health of the members of that household. Single moms may be at *90% but even women with partners...

May 8th, 2016 by Melissa Mitchell 

Legal but not always healthy

Legal but not always healthy     We often take medicines to make us feel better. Some say we are quickly becoming a nation of wimps! The slightest little ache or pain and we run to the doctor for medicine. Me, myself, am all for better living through chemistry. We have to be careful when we use pain relievers. There is a thin line between using some for pain versus using them for euphoria. I...

May 1st, 2016 by Melissa Mitchell 

Earth Day Fun

Earth Day fun   April 23rd was Earth Day and we had a blast. It was a perfect opportunity to meet with community members, leaders, and a lot of kids. I was the section leader to clean up an area as a volunteer for “Friends of the Parks.” My back was killing me. I wanted to squeeze the young ones and drink their energy juice. Ok, that sounds gross. However, it is a sentiment I shared with a...

April 29th, 2016 by Melissa Mitchell 

Teach Your Children Well…

Teach your children well It is spring time here in America and boy do we know it! Spring break just ended and the local public school kids are headed back to school with sad expressions and funny attitudes. A spring break or in some parts “Easter vacation” is never long enough. You know you enjoyed yourself when you are mad it is over. Remember the last time you went away and had a ball only to...

April 26th, 2016 by Melissa Mitchell 

Tingling toes

Tingling toes   Do your toes tingle? Do you have a pins and needles type of pain in your feet? It may be diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is one of the main signs of having Type II diabetes in adults who never had Type I Diabetes. It could be something else. In any case, scoot to the nearest doctor as soon as possible. What is Type II diabetes? It is a medical condition that occurs when...

April 26th, 2016 by Melissa Mitchell