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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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Why is there such an obsession over good health? Even more so over aging or getting old? I do not have the answer or formula, as there is a billion dollar anti-aging industry searching for that as well. What I do know, is that aging gracefully is quite possible for everyone – Love Yourself, Love Others, Be Kind, Be Grateful, Stay Active, Laugh a lot and LIVE for the moment…that is a GREAT start and canvas quite a bit!

Example:  To quit smoking is a part of loving and being kind to oneself…and by so doing improve one’s health!

It is not just to live longer either, but to enjoy a better, healthy life NOW, that will also be beneficial much later… to have something to look back at…when you are 80, 90, or 102 yo! Aging gracefully is … priceless! As Dr. Charles Stanley would say, “We reap what sow, more than we sow, and later than we sow.” …. sow wisely!

Stay Active!

Stay Active!

Staying Active: If dancing is not your thing, maybe daily walking after dinner, playing tennis, gardening, or anything else that is enjoyable and settles your mind – may do the trick. Don’t forget to exercise the brain too!

Laughing/smiling does the heart good! This video brought a smile to my face and lightens my heart…here’s hoping it does the same for you also!

Start practicing the “aging gracefully” process today…

102 yo DANCER… sees herself dancing for the FIRST time!

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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APRIL IS IRRITABLE  BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS) AWARENESS MONTH!

The symptoms of IBS can vary widely from person to person and may even recognize other common disorders/diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. A “loud/grumbling” stomach, does not mean you have IBS, but it is worth learning more about – just in case!!

IBSAbdominal pain is often described as:

  • Crampy
  • Generalized ache with periods of cramps
  • Sharp, dull, gas-like
  • Modest pains are common
  • Increased gas
  • Altered bowel habits
  • Food intolerance
  • Bloating (distention)

The IBS discomfort or pain usually feels better after a bowel movement.  IBS is a “functional” disorder. Some risk factors for IBS include (but is not limited to): diet low in fiber, excessive use of laxative, longterm use of analgesics (pain medications), etc.,

DO YOU HAVE IBS?  Click  HERE and read page and pdf at bottom left of page.

TREATMENT

  • Though irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) doesn’t have a cure, your doctor can manage the symptoms with a combination of diet, medicines, probiotics, and therapies for mental health problems (anxiety or depression)
  • Traditional drugs include; fiber supplement, anti-diarrheal, anti-flatuents (decrease gas), anti-spasmodic drugs.
  • Eating smaller meals more often, or eating smaller portions, may help your IBS symptoms. You should avoid foods and drinks that make your symptoms worse.

Disclaimer: Use of these videos are for information purposes only and not a form of endorsement.

IBS

For more information please see below

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
700 W. Virginia Street, #201
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(888) 964-2001
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(414) 964-7176 Fax
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Materials available
Contact: Nancy Norton

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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Last week, we discussed/reviewed the basics of Acetaminophen (Tylenol). Now, you are able to take this drug without fear!

Let’s discuss Ibuprofen this week.

Ibuprofen-DosageAs you may recall, Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a group of OTC medications used to decrease mild-moderate pain, reduce fever, and decrease inflammation without the worrisome effect of steroids.  Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Caldolor, Midol, etc.,), Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox, etc.,), Aspirin (Zorprin, Bayer aspirin, St. Joseph aspirin, etc.,), among others are in this class of drug. Acetaminophen is NOT a NSAID.

Ibuprofen overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal recommended amount of this medication. Your ibuprofen dosage will depend on various factors, including age, weight, and what is being treated.  Below are the generally recommended dosages listed by age.  However, be sure to read the cautions below, and remember to take the minimum dosage that is effective. Be sure to take with a glass of milk or food, to protect your stomach from bleeding (see video below for more info)

motrin1Children under 12: Motrin is generally used for fever, pain and/or arthritis. Please consult with a Pediatrician and follow guideline chart given.

Adult (12 and up):

Fever:  200-400mg orally every 4-6 hours as needed.
Pain:  200-400mg every 4-6 hours as needed.  There is no evidence that a higher dosage will provide more relief.
Arthritis:  Be sure to talk to a doctor who knows your medical history.  The usual dose is 400-800mg every 6-8 hours initially, increased to a maximum of 3200mg per day divided into 3-4 equal doses.

  • Be sure to read labels carefully.
  • Adults should never take more than 800mg per dose or 3200mg per day.
  • Ongoing or regular use carries its own risks.
  • Again, Be sure to take with a glass of milk or with food.

Please see video below.

Ibuprofen (Motrin)

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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Have a headache? Grab some Motrin (Ibuprofen).

Knee pain? Use some Tylenol (Acetaminophen)

Headache persists? Take more Tylenol? Hip now hurting too. Can you take more Motrin?

Having pain medications available over-the-counter (OTC) is a good thing. But too often, many are not aware of some of the necessary, basic, associated precautions.  Recently, while visiting my Dad, he jokingly noted the ever growing, long list of “side-effects” spewed about medications in commercials.  Like most he wondered, “why take the medication, if the side effects seem to cause more harm?” But, that is for another blog *smile* Let’s tackle the pain medications that millions DO use daily! Let’s define NSAIDs and then we will start with Acetaminophen (Tylenol).

JUST THE BASICS

tylenol1Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a group of OTC medications use to decrease mild-moderate pain, reduce fever, and decrease inflammation without the worrisome effect of steroids.  Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Caldolor, Midol, etc.,), Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Anaprox, etc.,), Aspirin (Zorprin, Bayer aspirin, St. Joseph aspirin, etc.,), among others. Acetaminophen is NOT a NSAID.

  • The primary difference between NSAIDs and acetaminophen (Actamin, Pandadol, Tylenol) lies in the way each relieves pain. Acetaminophen works primarily in the brain to block pain messages and seems to influence the parts of the brain that help reduce fever. That means it can help relieve headaches and minor pains. But it’s not as effective against pain associated with inflammation.
  • Inflammation is a common feature of many chronic conditions and injuries. NSAIDs reduce the level of chemicals that are involved in inflammation. Treatment with NSAIDs can lead to less swelling and less pain.
  • Some pain pills, such as Excedrin Migraine, combine an NSAID — in this case aspirin – with acetaminophen

ACETAMINOPHEN

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdose is one of the most common poisoning worldwide! Why? Because taking too much pain reliever can cause liver failure or even death! YES…sudden liver failure (see videos below).

The FDA has set the recommended maximum for adults at 4,000 milligram (mg) per day. It is quite easy to hit this max though!  One gel tablet of extra strength Tylenol, for example, contains 500mg. Do you ever take just ONE Tylenol though? My colleague just indicated that he never takes less than 3 extra-strength pills at a time! That’s 1500 mg at one time…do this 3 times in one day and will be above the max!

tylenolOverdoses from acetaminophen send 55,000 to 80,000 people in the U.S. to the emergency room each year and kill at least 500, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Acetaminophen can be found in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription products used by nearly one in four American adults every week, including household brands like Nyquil cold formula, Excedrin pain tablets, Theraflu and Sudafed sinus pills.

So how do these accidental acetaminophen deaths occur?

Imagine you’ve had major dental surgery, and your dentist prescribes a five-day supply of Percocet.

  • You take the recommended 2 pills every six hours for 2,600 mg of acetaminophen, well below the 4,000-mg-a-day safety threshold.
  • But you’re still experiencing pain, so you decide to add Extra Strength Tylenol, six caplets a day for another 3,000 milligrams.
  • Now you’re feeling better but you still have trouble sleeping, so you take Nyquil, for another 650 milligrams (unaware of the acetaminophen content of the other medications).

After a few days on this 6,250 milligram regimen, experts say acute liver damage is a real risk. Add a couple beers or wine to this…and, well, you get the picture! (Alcohol affects the liver also…)

DOSES:

  • Normal/Regular dose of Tylenol ~325mg
  • Extra-Strength 500mg to 650mg
  • MAX daily recommended dose 4,000mg

PLEASE continue to use Acetaminophen and Acetaminophen products, as needed. Just be aware of the dose limits and use wisely!

Now you know…

CNN REVIEW

ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE 

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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Life is in the blood.

So we are taught. Blood:

– If it is too low – we fatigue (get tired) easily (~anemia).

– If the body is making too many blood cells, that can also lead to another disease process (such as Polycythemia).

– If too much blood is lost, due to trauma or other processes, we can ultimately die, if not transfused quickly (given additional blood from another person).

– We gather blood is very important… but why?

The movies parade the life sustenance of blood through vampires and human desire for immortality. Blood is also the sole key for salvation,  the forgiveness of sins and eternal life  through Jesus’ crucifixion, which is recognized during this Easter Season. ( Thank you Jesus!)

But, what do you know about blood? Really, think about it…

The blood normally takes up about 7-8% of human body weight, which accounts for about 4.5 to 6 liters. Of this amount,  ~50% is made up of plasma (watery liquid) which contains blood cells, carbon dioxide, glucose (sugar), hormones and proteins.

TYPES OF BLOOD CELLS

bloodBlood cells are produced in the bone marrow. Bone marrow consists of fat, blood, and special cells (stem cells) that turn into the various kinds of blood cells. The main areas of bone marrow involved in the formation of blood cells are in the vertebrae, ribs, sternum, skull and hips.

  • Red blood cells– also known as RBCs or erythrocytes, are the most abundant cells, and contain hemoglobin (Hb or Hgb). Hemoglobin is a protein which contains iron; it transports oxygen from the lungs to body tissues and cells.  Each RBC has a life span of about 4 months. The body continuously replaces the ones that die.
  • White blood cells(leukocytes) – these are the cells of our immune system; they defend the body against infections and foreign materials. White blood cells will also fight abnormal cells, such as cancer
  • Platelets(thrombocytes) – are involved in the clotting (coagulation) of blood. When we bleed the platelets clump together to help form a clot, such as a scab from a skin wound

WHAT BLOOD GROUP ARE YOU? You should know! This is VERY important should (heaven forbids) you are in need of a blood transfusion (getting someone else’s blood)

Humans can have 4 main blood groups, either RhD positive or negative:

  • Group A – RhD negative or positive
  • Group B – RhD negative or positive
  • Group AB – RhD negative or positive
  • Group O – RhD negative or positive

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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