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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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Is a family medical history important? 

Is a family medical history important? 

VERY VERY IMPORTANT: Dear bgonzalez, i feel that family history is at least 50% of a patient's evaluation. I still believe that family genetics is greater than 50%, perhaps 70% of my focus on a patients's potentially preventable disease. If there is breast cancer in the family at an early age-more attention to early diagnostic testing is appropriate. Myriad now has certain tests available. See their website, . ...Read more

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How important is it to be tested for glaucoma if it runs in the family?

How important is it to be tested for glaucoma if it runs in the family?

Once a year, or more: Family history is just one of several risk factors for glaucoma. Nearly all other risk factors can be detected only by a thorough eye exam (corrected entry). ...Read more

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What info is important to tell a psychologst about a loved one who had hallucinations? What family history, personal information might i know to help?

What info is important to tell a psychologst about a loved one who had hallucinations? What family history, personal information might i know to help?

Tell All You Know!: Which details are truly important sometimes can be hard to know ahead of time. A personal or family history of trauma, previous hospitalizations, drug use, psychiatric hospitalizations or treatment, should all be discussed. Also, specific illnesses like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, etc. Are important, because hallucinations can have many causes ....Drugs, genes, trauma, etc. ...Read more

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Hi, I want to know how do I deal with certain situations in life. family having issues with my relationship with someone. Im feeling reallylonely now.

Hi, I want to know how do I deal with certain situations in life. family having issues with my relationship with someone. Im feeling reallylonely now.

Schedule consult: Dear , please if u can make in line virtual consult- i would be happy to assist you. I need to know more and i believe its quite private situation . At least seek counselor help . You worthy and your life can be satisfactory again . Look what you can change and don't dwell on what u can not change. ...Read more

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Why is my family medical history important to my pregnancy?

Why is my family medical history important to my pregnancy?

Inheritance: Some diseases run in families (i.e. Sickle cell, cystic fibrosis, diabetes). It's important to discuss these conditions with your doctor as your baby could be at risk. ...Read more

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How important is the family in recovering from drug addiction?

How important is the  family in recovering from drug addiction?

Very: Understand what detachment is - family needs to maintain healthy boundaries, support with healthy consequences and need to step back and let the addict understand how to deal with ups and downs. ...Read more

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Borderline personality disorder thanks for reading and any help you can provide. I have a family member who i'm fairly certain is bpd. I believe she's had similar problems stemming from childhood. How can we express to this person how her actions make p

Borderline personality disorder thanks for reading and any help you can provide.  I have a family member who i'm fairly certain is bpd.  I believe she's had similar problems stemming from childhood.
How can we express to this person how her actions make p

Part : Part of the challenge with having borderline personality is an inability of the patient to manage their emotional world. Often they will be controlling in order to give them some sense of their internal chaos. I would recommend the book, "stop walking on eggshells" by randy kreger to help give you some perspective and tools to deal with your BP family member. ...Read more

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Which family members are most important to the prevention of drugs or alcohol abuse?

Which family members are most important to the prevention of drugs or alcohol abuse?

Depends: Any family member can help. Generally the better relationship you have, the more impact / higher "protective factor" you can have on helping to prevent alcohol or drug use in another family member. There is also no substitute for modeling. Avoid the "do as i say, not as i do" phenomenon. If someone you love is addicted, don't give up, keep trying to get help, but don't facilitate codependency. ...Read more

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Is it important to tell family members about your bipolar condition.So that they can understand moodiness..Or not worry them (wife excluded)?

Is it important to tell family members about your bipolar condition.So that they can understand moodiness..Or not worry them (wife excluded)?

It depends: If you have an understanding and supportive family it can be a good thing to do. If the family is highly dysfunctional and it's members are personality disordered and unable to show empathy it would be at the very least an exercise in futility. Discuss with your psychiatrist first.Best wishes. ...Read more

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