Friday, April 6, 2012

Today's Health

All About Health.

Health articles today.

That dreaded diet pop:

Finding your inner self:

One ignored side effect of a stroke:

Comment Away.


Pat said...

I go back & forth from drinking sodas to drinking juices. Right now, I'm on a soda kick, drinking basically one per day, sometimes diet, sometimes regular. So is this really something I should worry about? Along with all the other things they tell us to worry about? I think I'll worry about all the studies that get done that probably shouldn't, and how they should probably just leave us alone in our ignorance.

The second article inspires the question: "Huh?"
I'll grant you I was skimming and not studying what he said, but I was baffled and had no idea what he was talking about.

Well, duh! People get depressed after having a stroke? What a surprise! Not. If doctors are not aware of the possibility and on the lookout for it, they are shirking their jobs.

Lady DR said...

I don't drink sodas, so really can't comment. My drink(s) of choice are two-three cups of half and half caf/decaf coffee in the AM (okay, I add sugar) and water the rest of the day.

I think the guy has a point about internal narratives, but not sure he made it well. Basically, I think he's trying to say it comes down to perspective and that's an individual issue, but if we can't change some of the nat'l/int'l perspectives about changes that need to be made for the good of all (like get rid of greed, hatred, intolerance), we're kinda swimming upstream.

I thought the last article and the various videos were interesting, but I think they missed one critical point. In order to treat depression, the patient/individual has to admit to having depression. The majority of our elderly (who have the majority of strokes) aren't going to admit to that. It's a "bad day" or whatever, is as close as they come. It's like getting heart attack survivors to understand that one of the underlying reasons for their attack was likely stress and/or anxiety.

I know Mom's depressed. I've done enough reading and research about the various disorders surrounding depression, anxiety and stress and panic to recognize it. She's been depressed since she had the heart surgery. I tried to talk to her about it. Her internist here recognized the symptoms and tried to talk to her about it. Nope, she's not depressed, never mind she continues to exhibit all the classic symptoms. My sister refuses to acknowledge there are such "disorders" as depression and anxiety. I believe Mom is depressed and also has high anxiety, based on her various complaints no one can diagnose. The bottom line is, if the patient or individual won't admit to being depressed, it's darned hard to treat, whether with medications or holistic approaches or therapy or some combination thereof. You cannot help someone who doesn't think they have a problem. Which is very frustrating for those who do perceive a possible problem.

William J. said...


I also go back & forth with drinking sodas. If I didn't eat or drink everything said to be bad for you I'd starve to death which sort of defeats the purpose.

I think the second article was a case of look inward instead of outward.

The doctors may be aware of it but the patients often ignore their advise because they don't want to admit to being depressed.


William J. said...


You add sugar to your coffee? You are going to have to to health jail.

I also think the guy has a point about internal narratives but wrote it done so poorly that a lot of people didn't understand what he was saying. I think you hit the nail on the head that he was talking perspective.

I just said the same thing to Pat. Getting the patient to admit depression isn't easy.

I also know my Mom is depressed. But she will never admit it. How could you not be depressed if everything you do depends on someone else? You are right, you can't help someone that doesn't think they need help.