• Should I Get the Flu Vaccine?

    Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and the influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized, and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated against the flu every year.  There are a lot of myths regarding the flu vaccine.  Here’s what you need to know. THE FLU VACCINE CAN GIVE ME THE FLU. The flu shot cannot cause the influenza virus. It…

  • Skin Cancer Facts and Prevention

    Six years ago I was diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma on my face just below my left eye.  I knew that I was high risk for developing skin cancer due to my fair skin and history of sunburns so I wasn’t completely surprised by the news, but I was scared.  The doctor didn’t know how deep or wide the cancer was so I had to have Mohs surgery to remove the carcinoma and preserve as much healthy tissue as possible.  The surgery went well, but when the nurse handed me a mirror afterward to look at my face I about passed out.  I had 15 stitches that went from the…

  • 20 things you can do right now to improve your health and happiness

    20 Things You Can Do Right Now To Improve Your Health and Happiness

      “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”  -Buddha   The other day, I had a friend ask me to suggest some things she could start doing to get healthy.  As I began writing down a plan for her, I came up with the list below.  I thought this would also be a perfect first blog to share as I am trying to inspire others to be healthy as well.  These are all research-backed tips that you can start working on…