blog I wanted to focus on the National Breast Cancer Awareness
Month (NBCAM) which is a collaboration of national public service
organizations, professional medical associations, and government
agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share
information on the disease, and provide greater access to
NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast
cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on
breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides
have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there
remains much to be accomplished. They remain dedicated to educating
and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.
Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and
educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the
year. In July, my neighbor passed away from breast cancer and
I would like to honor her and many women who are survivors and
fighters of breast cancer.
Please encourage you patients, friends and family about yearly
mammograms and self-breast examination. I will be showing my
support by wearing the pink ribbon this month. There is also a
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of DuPage County on Sunday
October 20, 2013, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton,
IL. There are pamphlets about the 5k fundraising walk are available
at the LRC front desk. This is a great cause and students can
receive off-campus hours.
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM blog. Fall is
I had another topic planned for this week's blog, but I decided
to write about strokes and warning signs. My fellow intern had a
stroke this week during our clinic shift at the Lombard campus
clinic on Monday afternoon. She was rushed to Good Samaritan
Hospital and spent 2-3 days in the ICU unit and is now in a
rehabilitation center. She is doing much better but the stroke
affected the left side of her body.
Signs of Stroke
Even when stroke symptoms only last a few minutes, you should
get immediate help. Time is of the essence. Call 911 or rush the
person to your local emergency room if they experience any of the
following 5 warning signs of stroke:
Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.
Although these 5 warning signs of stroke are the most common,
the latest research shows that signs of stroke for a woman can also
include the following stroke symptoms:
One-third of all stroke victims die and many of the rest end up
with major disabilities.
Prevention of Stroke
It's estimated that 80% of all strokes can be prevented
according to the American Heart Association and American Stroke
Association. Those are really good odds. So it only makes good
sense to structure your life for stroke prevention, especially if
you have family history of strokes and hypertension.
I would like to dedicate this blog to my fellow intern and her
family. We pray for her speedy recovery. Her body may be broken but
her spirit is strong.
Thank you for your continued support of the AOM blog. Have a
Statistics and stroke information cited from livestrong.com, Mayo Clinic, American
Heart Association, and American Stroke Association, and class
Before we get started on the blog, I want to wish everyone at
NUHS a Happy New Year and a Happy Chinese Year of the Snake!. I
have some great tips for everyone this week to keep us healthy in
the winter season especially if you cannot make it into National's
Whole Health Clinic.
"During the winter months, all
things in nature wither, hide, return home, and enter a resting
period. This is a time when yin dominates yang."
-- The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Chinese
Thinking of Midwest winters, the first thing that pops into our
heads is snow, and more snow, more and more snow, and lots more
snow (just kidding, but typically true), winter break, family
gatherings, overeating, holiday parties, desserts, hot cocoa, puffy
coats, and of course, colds and flu. How do we take care of
ourselves mentally and physically? I have four lifestyle changes
that we can integrate in our daily lives to keep us healthy in the
winter season. I also added Chinese nutritional food therapy, which
includes a classic herb and cooking spice that we can add to our
Keys to Healthy Winter Lifestyle
Cumin: Nutritional Food Therapy Herb
Gui Zhi Tang is the most important formula in the classical
medical text Shang Han Lun, which translated in English
means "On Cold Damage" or "Treatise on Cold Injury." This formula
can be taken regularly to harmonize your Yin and Yang and to
strengthen your immune system. Cumin is a spice that boosts
immunity and improves liver function, reduces flatulence and aids
in digestion. It is an excellent addition to meat curries, stews,
vegetables, seafood, and sauces.
According to nature, our bodies are meant to slow down and
conserve energy during the winter. Times have changed since the
times of the Yellow Emperor thousands of years ago in China, but
the basic principles should not. Keep in mind winter's wisdom in
order to stay healthy throughout the New Year! Remember this is
cold and flu season, so prevention is the key. I would recommend
herbs and getting acupuncture at least once a week during this cold
and flu season will strengthen your immune system.
Happy New Year and thanks for continuing to support the AOM
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