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Doctor insights on: How Do Family Traditions Help Strengthen Family Values

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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

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How can you strengthen family relationships in order to improve your social health?

How can you strengthen family relationships in order to improve your social health?

Therapy: Family therapy can be effective, provided all family members are open to the experience and are willing to participate. Contact your local state psychological association(s) to see who does family therapy in your area. ...Read more

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Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema , family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones. ??ideas?

Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema , family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones. ??ideas?

For one: You probably should remove the hardware. Increased uptake is informing you there is bone activity. You don't state on what phase. This could indicate a fracture or infection.... The doctor should have a clinical suspicion of what he is looking for. If removing the hardware a bone biopsy can be performed if suspecting infection. ...Read more

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What is the value of the family meal?

What is the value of the family meal?

Huge: The family meal has been shown to have huge benefits in a number of ways. It allows the family to slow down, decreases stress, and open communication channels. It gives the children a sense of unity and solidarity, helping with social development and confidence. Plus the family dinner is much more nutritious than most "grab and go" type meals, helping with weight and obesity. ...Read more

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Do birth and death rates in the family bible have value to genetic counselors?

Do birth and death rates in the family bible have value to genetic counselors?

Definitely yes: Any records of births & deaths in the family can be useful to genetic counselors. Extra helpful if any info on health status, cause of death, age at death, how many children & any fetal/infant/child deaths. ...Read more

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My husbands monocytes are consistently elevated to 15 with lab normal values at 0 to 12%. He has a family history of auto immune disorders. Concerns?

My husbands monocytes are consistently elevated to 15 with lab normal values at 0 to 12%.  He has a family history of auto immune disorders.  Concerns?

Forget it: The percentage of monocytes is meaningless at all times unless multipled by the total white count. I'd raise an eyebrow if it's above 1000 but again, this is most useful as a tipoff that we're might have missed TB or a deep fungus or one of the rare ones. And 15% with a usual-range of 12%? No worries at all. Those ranges just say what most inactive adults have. "look at people, not numbers.". ...Read more

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45yr old female has +ve family history of ca breast did canser screen(tnf=8.9 normal value up to 8.1) ca135 normal.Same results befor 2 mo.Is there risk?

45yr old female has +ve family history of ca breast did canser screen(tnf=8.9 normal value up to 8.1) ca135 normal.Same results befor 2 mo.Is there risk?

Breast cancer: Your best option is to get a mammogram. If you have a strong family history , brca1/2 testing may be a good idea since these genes are strongly linked to the development of breast cancer, ovarian cancer as well. See your doctor. The blood tests you mentioned don't give us much information. ...Read more

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Elevated lipase lab value 180/290 mine 309,329 then 369 on Lipitor (atorvastatin) ,mother passed at 84 pancreatic cancer no family history I'm so scared. ?

Elevated lipase  lab value  180/290 mine 309,329 then 369 on Lipitor (atorvastatin) ,mother passed at 84 pancreatic cancer no family history I'm so scared.
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Not enough info: by itself this number can not tell a doctor if there is a problem. This elevation is not that impressive. If you have concerns, see a surgeon or a GI for further blood work or just a discussion to see if you have any signs of a problem. Once again, lipase alone is not enough ...Read more

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What are the best diet preparations to start a family, for the woman (mid 30's) and the man (late 30's) to produce a healthy baby?

What are the best diet preparations to start a family, for the woman (mid 30's) and the man (late 30's) to produce a healthy baby?

Avoid toxins: Eat a balanced diet rich in vegetables. A good prenatal vitamin containing Folic Acid is a good idea even prior to becoming pregnant. Don't smoke. Don't drink. Avoid toxins, there are some who believe that excess fish consumption can be a problem due to possible mercury contamination. Exercise and have a positive attitude. ...Read more

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Which disorders cause a 7 years old boy (having good grades) to sit alone in school despite he's social in family?P.S:he visits an orthophonist weekly

Which disorders cause a 7 years old boy (having good grades) to sit alone in school despite he's social in family?P.S:he visits an orthophonist weekly

Shyness: Some children are shyer than others, but some kids can get stressed at school. Talk to him about how he is doing. Is he anxious or stressed? Does he enjoy school? How are his grades? If you are concerned that he is depressed or having school problems, talk with his doctor or a therapist. ...Read more