Category: Dr. Dad

Marathon Metaphors

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. You don’t conquer the marathon, you survive it!  I am writing this on the way back from running marathon number 42!!! Let me just say for the record that sitting in a car for two and a half hours after running 26.2 miles, and being an old codger at that, is about as pleasurable as having your finger nails pulled out by a crazed, masked manicurist. However, the “runner’s high” carried me through until my body reminded me just how dumb this repeated punishment is. The race does give you plenty, and the way...

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I Bet You Didn’t Know

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. As the weather improves so should your desire to get outside and get moving. If I had a pill that would make you look better, feel better, reduce your incidence of breast cancer or prostate cancer, didn’t cost anything and had no side effects, then most of you would beat a path to the pharmacy to get one. That pill does exist. It’s called exercise and it takes about 30 minutes to swallow! Exercise is truly the fountain of youth. There is no single activity that you can do that will have a more...

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What Patients Want

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Several years ago, Richard Gere made an awful movie called Dr. T & the Women in which he played a gynecologist (badly) who understood what women were thinking by audibly hearing their thoughts. The movie, as well as the premise was a disaster but I bring this up because I am doing something similar now by claiming that I know what people are thinking about their health (No, I’m not hearing voices). My premise is that after 30 years of listening, partnering, and treating, I have determined that many people have four things they...

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Estrogen and the Brain

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   A middle aged woman came into my office the other day telling a tale of woe that sounded like a bad country song. Her husband was fooling around, her son was in prison, her daughter was pregnant and her dog had the mange. She said she was depressed and then commented, “I suspect it’s my hormones.” I looked at her incredulously and told her it had nothing to do with her hormones. It was her life! Hormones or lack thereof have been blamed for everything from hot flashes to homicides. While the mystery...

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The Truth About Bioidentical Hormones

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   In 2008, I surveyed vast information regarding the uses, types, benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy and wrote, A Woman’s Guide to Hormone Health. To this day, the hormone replacement field reamins torn over the hormone controversy. Even with large studies available, it is often still difficult to find information that is coherent, consistent and believable. Information concerning hormone health remains scattered and confusing. Therefore, I want to take a moment and throw some light on the myths and misperceptions surrounding natural or bioidentical home preparations. First, let’s start with some definitions....

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