Category: Dr. Dad

I Cook; Therefore I am…

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   With apologies to René Descartes and Karin Calloway, I am celebrating my newfound culinary prestidigitation. For years my idea of a home cooked meal was going through the drive through at Chick-fil-A, so being excited  about the art of cooking is as new  to me as tax cuts are to Democrats. This new hobby was sparked by joining one of those new home food delivery services that seem to be springing up like mushrooms in my front yard. Many are familiar with the concept. You pick from a variety of meals and miraculously...

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4 F’s of Menopause

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   Applicants classified “4F” by the U.S. Selected Service System are considered not physically or emotionally fit to serve inthe U.S. military. Unbeknownst to many women in the menopause, they may achieve a different “4F” status because of a combination of factors. Frazzled, Fatigued, Frigid and Fat Frazzled We live in Frazzled times. A recent study by a University health group estimates that 70 percent of visits to a primary care physician are at least partially stress related. Stress can act as a volume control on your symptoms stereo, turning up or down the intensity of a problem. ...

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Parenting Is Terminal

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   Parenting is a terminal condition. I don’t mean it will kill you…usually. Once you catch parenting, you have it for life, much like herpes. Years ago researcher Elizabeth Kubler-Ross came out with her five stages of grief and recently I reflected on those stages. I was amazed at how similar those grief stages were to the stages of parenthood. Let’s explore!   Step One: Denial and Isolation For many new parents their first reaction is, “But why didn’t you tell me your birth control pills ran out last month?” Denial can reach monumental proportions...

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Breastfeeding—Got Milk?

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   Most folks acknowledge that breast-feeding babies is a good thing. In fact, the most recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control indicate that almost 80 percent of infants that are discharged from the hospital after birth are breastfed. In Georgia almost 70 percent of babies start out life as breastfed babies. At six months that number drops to 40 percent and at a year only 20 percent are still on the breast. In comparison California has the highest rate in the country at 92 percent and Louisiana has the lowest rate at...

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Deflated Desire

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D.   Has your sex drive driven off? Does a romp in the hay imply a fun time riding in a wagon with a bunch of straw? Are you more likely to win the lottery than have enjoyable sex with your spouse? If you answer affirmatively to any of those questions, you may be like a significant number of women who have a medical condition known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder.   The medical definition of this common issue is a persistent or recurrent lack of interest in sex that causes you personal distress. Two...

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