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Doctor insights on: Examples Of How Traditions Keep Family Legacy Going

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How do I lower my sodium intake when high-salt foods are part of my family s food traditions?

How do I lower my sodium intake when high-salt foods are part of my family s food traditions?

Salt and family: Minimize portions of the salty foods when served; have conversations about salt with family members; ask for salt substitutes in cooking, such as onion salt or MRS DASH. Do not add salt; if you need a special taste, use MRS DASH products. ...Read more

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Do custome and traditions have any value in the digital life we live?

What do you think?: Minority groups / grievance groups cherish the holidays, outfits, ways of talking, and social controls that maintain identity. Even in a world of science, the best holidays (thanksgiving for gratitude, "the christmas spirit" for generosity, days to be thankful for freedom) reinforce the best things that make us happy and keep good people together. Our new age gives us more options -- value them. ...Read more

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Other than religious tradition of course, what is the point of getting circumcised?

Other than religious tradition of course, what is the point of getting circumcised?

Way fewer infections: Americans turned away from the practice since the 60's - part of the wave of 'natural' is better and if we were meant to be foreskinless, we'd be born that way. But - recently a major study, with results reported in the ny times ; wall st journal differ strongly. Yes - do it - and do it in infancy if possible. Link: http://online.Wsj.Com/news/articles/sb10001424127887324798904578531063301112102. ...Read more

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I do not like my medium sized gap and i don't want tradition braces. Will invisalign close my gap?

I do not like my medium sized gap and i don't want tradition braces. Will invisalign close my gap?

Possibly...: I would visit with a reputable orthodontist. You can find online reviews if you do not have an orthodontist. ...Read more

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There is a Chinese tradition that you cannot ''eat ice cream during your period." Is there any science behind this?

There is a Chinese tradition that you cannot ''eat ice cream during your period." Is there any science behind this?

Perhaps...: I am not aware of any scientific recommendation to avoid ice-cream during your period. But maybe you have just explained why the Chinese are usually thin! Women tend to crave chocolate, sweets and fatty foods during their periods and can put on weight during this time so knowing this and avoiding it could be helpful. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is it ok to take a few different collagen supplements along with a tradition hair, skin and nails. Or is it too much?

Is it ok to take a few different collagen supplements along with a tradition hair, skin and nails. Or is it too much?

It may be ok: I'm not sure that oral collagen supplements will do anything and topical collagen is not absorbed. No one is injecting collagen any more, as it has fallen out of favor. Biotin is a good supplement for hair and nail health- 2.5mg daily (what you don't use you pee out). Your pcp should be able to assist with supplements or a personal trainer/nutritionist. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pcos, and the tradition medicines (metformin) for it make me very sick. What are some herbal options i can try taking?

I was diagnosed with pcos, and the tradition medicines (metformin)  for it make me very sick. What are some herbal options i can try taking?

No: You most likely are on regular metformin. The slow release version is cheap and much much better tolerated. If not trying to conceive, you should be on a birth control pill to control it best. There are no herbal options that have any significant impact on the problems. ...Read more

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FLU SHOTS: is the nasal mist spray with a live virus more effective than a tradition flu shot with a dead virus? Can the live virus make you sick?

FLU SHOTS:  is the nasal mist spray with a live virus more effective than a tradition flu shot with a dead virus?  Can the live virus make you sick?

Equal efficacy: In your age group they have equal efficacy. Immunocompromised people should not get the live viral vaccine i.e. the intranasal one. You cannot get the "flu" from either one. You will be best served by getting the injectable quadrivalent vaccine ...Read more

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Would marrying a female cousin from my mothers side cause any complications for pregnancy? For some people this is normal tradition.

Would marrying a  female cousin from my mothers side cause any complications for pregnancy? For some people this is normal tradition.

Genetic Disorders...: There are two copies of every gene. In some genetic disorders, if one gene is abnormal but the other is normal, the affected person will be normal. If both genes are abnormal, the disorder will manifest. Marrying a cousin carries an increased risk of these genetic disorders because the chance that both you and your cousin both carry the abnormal gene is higher so your children may be affected. ...Read more