Category: Ask the Doctor

Nature Verus Nurture

Sixth in a series of Ten Habits for a Healthy Mom By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. The debate over nature versus nurture, especially as it relates to health, rages on like a California wildfire.  Almost daily, new discoveries are published detailing the impact of genetic makeup and one’s health.  Cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s  and a host of other maladies are clearly dependent on a variety of “nature” indices like genes and mutations. In particular, breast and ovarian cancer have been intimately linked to a myriad of genes that can be passed along to family members.  Many of you are...

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Start a Healthy Legacy

Fifth in a series of Ten Habits for a Healthy Mom By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. My dad was the king of, “Do as I say, not as I do”.  This maxim led to 50 extra pounds, hypertension, type 2 diabetes…and an early death. In his defense, he always encouraged us to practice healthy dietary habits but there wasn’t a barbecue pork chop that didn’t have his name on it.  There is nothing better (except maybe stopping smoking) that most of us can do for our long term health than eating well.  Raised in the South, I grew up,...

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An Ounce of Prevention

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. When it comes to your health, preventing a problem is always preferable to treating a problem.  I’d much rather not get cancer than find it early and deal with radiation, chemotherapy and surgery. A key concept in becoming a highly, healthy mom is understanding the subtle difference between prevention and early detection. To illustrate this I want to focus on three common procedures, the mammogram, Pap smear and colonoscopy.  Now there’s a lineup you can love to hate! Mammograms and breast cancer awareness go together like ice and tea.  In fact, many women view...

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Take a Chill Pill

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Number 3 on our hit parade of tips for highly healthy moms is, “Chillax!” Take it easy. Breathe…slowly. You know what you call a person who doesn’t experience stress?…Dead!  We all have it and it isn’t going away. Life is stressful and no matter how many platitudes you hear from Chicken Soup For The Soul (a diamond is just coal under stress, etc) accepting that stuff happens is the first step.  The one “Confucius says” that makes sense here is that how you react to stress determines whether you crawl in a cave or...

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The Goldilocks of Sleep

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. (Second in a series of Healthy Habits for Moms) If you were not raised in the jungles of Sumatra by wolves, chances are you have heard the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  So as to not raise any unnecessary childhood traumas, I will cut to the sound that has echoed through the ages…”It was not too hot and not too cold, but just right.”  This age old aphorism applies to many things such as watching Game of Thrones and eating banana bread, but nowhere is the aphorism more relevant than in the...

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