Dr. Susan Mathison
Some say the holidays were invented to inject some cheer into the darkest days of the year. But the truth is, dark days can hit us any time of year. From natural disasters, business failures, health problems, divorce, job loss, even death, we never know what dark valley lurks around the next corner.
I hope you had time for a summer road trip with wide open spaces, vast starry skies and new experiences. And as you headed toward home late at night you may have been beckoned by the orangey glow of your town or city awaiting your return. As you pulled into the garage, you may have taken one last look outside before you started to unload the car and return to life as usual. In your tired and wistful state, you may or may not have noticed ... where did all the stars go?
Though I grew up in Fargo, I never spent much time outside of the city. Most of our relatives lived in Minnesota, and not far off the major thoroughfares. When I moved back to North Dakota after residency training, I met new friends who lived in more rural areas. I noticed a curious phenomena. There was a lot of waving going on. "Who's that?" I'd ask as we met another car or truck or tractor along the road. "I don't know," was the answer. "Then why do you wave?" I'd ask. "Just because."
Summer vacation is winding down, and our thoughts turn to backpacks instead of beach balls. Despite the waning days of warm outdoor play and wake-boarding, we still need to think about sun protection. In addition to slathering on sunscreen (I prefer mineral-based blocks with zinc and titanium), you might find extra ways ways to protect your skin in the fridge or pantry or medicine cabinet. Research shows that certain foods and supplements can enhance your skin's natural protection ability and minimize sun damage.
Most of us suffer from an occasional headache. There's the sinus headache, the weather headache, the TMJ headache, the stress headache, the PMS headache, the over-tired headache, and of course the dreaded migraine headache.
A few nights ago, after a bedtime story and tucking my son into bed, I picked up my laptop and settled onto the couch. I'd been planning to answer a few emails before bedtime and sort out my to-do list for the following day, but I found myself clicking over to Facebook instead. (Facebook: It's like a magnet for sleepy people who should probably just go to bed! So hard to resist its alluring pull!)
The original Latin meaning of the word "doctor" is "to teach." As a physician, I consider myself to be an educator. I love teaching my patients about their medical, surgical and cosmetic options, as well as helping them choose the best treatment to get the results they want. Part of being a good teacher is being willing to learn new things. In the medical industry innovations emerge constantly, so it's important to be a "lifelong learner" and stay on top of all the latest trends, like these: Inflammation-fighting foods
A viral video was circulating the Internet the past few months. You may have seen it, or you've probably seen your friends talking, tweeting and Facebooking about it. It's a teenage love story set in a library with a harrowing twist at the end. Put out by supporters of the SandyHook community, you should watch it and see for yourself. Google "Evan" and you'll find. Then come back and read the rest of this article. Back? Feeling shaken? I'm right there with you.
Celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Scarlett Johansson get almost as much attention for their lips as they do for modeling gigs, TV and film appearances. Full youthful lips are one of the #1 requests at my clinic, especially from women in their 30s, 40s and beyond: "More, please!" With Valentine's Day upon us, thoughts turn to love and kisses, and kisses make us think of lips. Not everyone wins the genetic lottery and gets blessed with Kylie or Scarlett lips.
'Tis the season for resolutions, intentions and goals for the coming year. Many of us have an ambivalent relationship with goal-setting, maybe because we so often disappoint ourselves. Common sense suggests that when you've got a big goal, like committing to a new workout routine, eating better, losing weight, or perhaps writing a book or starting a business, you should tell as many people as possible. After all, if lots of friends know about your goal, you'll be motivated to work harder because you don't want to disappoint yourself or your community.