Fire up the Grill, Not your heartburn

Don't Fire up Heartburn this summerWith summer grilling season in full swing, more of my patients are coming in to talk about frequent heartburn. Frequent heartburn suffers can experience heartburn as often as two times per week which keeps them from enjoying the foods that they love at BBQ gatherings.So, for those of you who are enjoying the summer celebrations but not-so-much the consequent heartburn, it’s important to pay attention to how frequent your heartburn occurs. While a simple antacid can do the trick for occasional heartburn, those who are suffer from heartburn two or more times a week may need some extra help.Frequent heartburn can be very frustrating and uncomfortable. But fear not, there are medications that can help alleviate the pain. For frequent heartburn sufferers, a class of heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) work best. PPIs are taken in the morning, before your first meal, and can come in the form of prescription or over-the-counter medicines.In the last decade, it has become more and more common to see prescription heartburn medications become available over-the-counter (OTC). ...more

Weight Loss is Good for your Heart Health

Why Weight Loss is good for your heart healthWe all know what it’s like to make that resolution to get up off the couch and start going back to the gym at the start of the New Year. Good luck finding a spot on the elliptical – everyone has the same  resolution to finally get in shape and starts now. I hope you’ll stick with it and continue exercising on a regular basis every week this year....more

Flu Vaccine

It’s that time of year again when the flu is spreading and more people are getting sick. As a health care provider, I get vaccinated.  In full disclosure, I don’t like getting any shots, I’m a big baby. I keep my eyes slammed shut, grip whatever is closest, hold my breath, and then take a big sigh of relief that it’s over and done for another year....more

Meningitis Outbreaks in Santa Barbara & Princeton

Meningitis Outbreaks at Santa Barbara & Princeton...more

What is the Perfect Holiday?

Help! My Partner has Herpes

Help! My partner has herpes! I  was just drinking my coffee this morning and got a frantic call from a friend. He just met someone who is fabulous and he’s very attracted to her, there’s just one complication. She told him she has herpes and he’s petrified. Now what? He doesn’t want to risk getting the infection.Help! My new boyfriend or girlfriend has Herpes...more

Stress and the Perfect Holiday?

Stressed from trying to recreate a perfect holiday?You’re not alone!...more

Are Your Breasts Dense?

Are your breasts dense? What’s inside this 38 DDD?This bra, that I decorated myself after a trip to Michaels, helps remind me that you can’t always tell by looking and likewise a clinical exam may miss an early breast cancer....more

The Warford Foundation: Helping Military Widows & Single Moms

As a nurse, I was inspired by this an amazing woman, Parthenia Warford who now has devoted herself to helping military widows and single moms become self-sufficient through a nursing degree. She started the Warford Foundation, a non-profit organization run on a shoe-string budget. Parthenia herself was a single mom at the age of 17, yet with the help of family and friends was able to make sure her daughter was well cared for and she finished school....more

How do I know if I have Lung Cancer?

How do I know if I have lung cancer? How would I know? These were the question my mom asked me many years ago. I knew that she was trying to be brave, and just hint that she was gathering information, while at the same time she was a little scared.Just the idea of lung cancer is very scary...more