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Is it a good idea to take your own food on an airplane if diabetic?

Is it a good idea to take your own food on an airplane if diabetic?

Yes: Make sure you have food with you. Especially something that can bring your sugar levels up quickly if they drop suddenly. You may not be able to get someone's attention as fast as you'd be able to reach in your bag and grab a hard candy or other item. ...Read more

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If you believe you are pregnant, is it a good idea to go to the denstin but is it alright they can take an X-ray of your teeth, will it arm the baby?

If you believe you are pregnant,  is it a good idea to go to the denstin but is it alright they can take an X-ray of your teeth, will it arm the baby?

First things first: Determine if you are pregnant. Unless you have a dental emergency, it can wait until you take a pregnancy test. you can be treated either way, but it would be better if everyone knew your medical condition. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on "Emergen-C" vitamin powder supplement? Do you think it actually boosts the immune system? Is it good to drink a packet a day?

What is your opinion on "Emergen-C" vitamin powder supplement? Do you think it actually boosts the immune system? Is it good to drink a packet a day?

Vitamin C has a: half-life of about 12 hours, that's how long it stays in the body. Whatever form of it you take, take it in the a.m. and in the evening for round the clock help w/immunity. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have bad public speaking anxiety. Is it a good idea to go for a run beforehand to ease the stress? Or is the added pressure on the heart a bad idea?

I have bad public speaking anxiety. Is it a good idea to go for a run beforehand to ease the stress? Or is the added pressure on the heart a bad idea?

Great idea: You're on the right track- you want to find ways to reduce your stress. Many people use running for that since it releases natural endorphins - brain chemicals that help you to feel better. The fatigue is a natural way to help you stay calmer afterward as well. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to go to sleep if I think i've overdosed on oxycontin?

Is it a good idea to go to sleep if I think i've overdosed on oxycontin?

Why are you typing?: If you think you have od'd on oxycontin, call 911 and get to an emergency room. If you fall asleep, it may be the last thing you ever do. Get help for your drug problem. ...Read more

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Is it safe and okay to wear a big ankle brace on a 5 hour airplane flight? Is it dangerous or will it cause blood clots? Thank you for your time!

Is it safe and okay to wear a big ankle brace on a 5 hour airplane flight? Is it dangerous or will it cause blood clots? Thank you for your time!

How tight?: If the brace is not tight so as to interfere with venous return, it would not add to the risk of blood clots. If the brace has metal in it you may have to go through extra-screening at the airport. If it not medically indicated you may wish to leave it home. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Is the new year a particularly good time to think about your health for coming year? If so, why is it a good time to get prepared?

Is the new year a particularly good time to think about your health for coming year? If so, why is it a good time to get prepared?

Maybe: Anytime is a good time to assess your health and think about what you might do to be healthier and make healthie choices. Many associate the new year with a 'fresh start' so that may make a good time but there is also an argument that people tend to break new year reslutions soon. Make a conscous choice to choose to be healthy , exercise, loose weight, change your diet, but make it a life change! ...Read more

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Is it safe to go to school with a corneal infection if already on medication?

Is it safe to go to school with a corneal infection if already on medication?

Yes: As long as the infection is being treated, and there is no danger of injury. If the eye is patched, we don't advise driving, because of lack of depth perception. ...Read more

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If you have depression is it a good idea to keep a journal?

If you have depression is it a good idea to keep a journal?

Very Good Idea: Keeping a journal while depressed can have many benefits. A journal does not talk back, but encourages us to record our true emotions. The physical act of writing is slower than our racing thoughts forcing us to focus. You may see patterns of behavior that only appear in writing. Once treatment begins you can record the benefits or lack there of and be able to review. Keeping a journal is good. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take you own fat and/or body tissiue and have it added to bust to make them bigger.?

Is it a good idea to take you own fat and/or body tissiue and have it added to bust to make them bigger.?

Depends...: On: why are u doing it? Will it enhance your self-esteem and social life? It's expensive and insurance won't cover any plastic surgery: can u afford it? It is significant surgery: are u willing to take the risks? Do you live where the men ur interested are attracted to big-breasted women, like florida? If u go ahead, you need to be very cautious about the surgeon: get consultaion & recommend. ...Read more

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If your doctor refutes your reaction to a medication is it not encumbent on you to prove it? Taking med. Before eeg. Guarantees a seizure.

If your doctor refutes your reaction to a medication is it not encumbent on you to prove it? Taking med. Before eeg. Guarantees a seizure.

Work with not agains: Do not try to be defiant. The doctor is just trying to thoroughly understand what is going on. The best approach would be to work with the eeg tech who needs to be prepared for a seizure. Tell him that you would like to demonstrate one of your seizures using the medication. You and he could work out the best setting for catching the seizure on eeg. The doctor needs to know as well. ...Read more

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How long would a sleep med stay in a childs system would it give me enough time to take him to a dr. To draw blood and find out if this is happening?

How long would a sleep med stay in a childs system would it give me enough time to take him to a dr.  To draw blood and find out if this is happening?

Don't drug: Unless your child is under what we call deep sedation or general anesthesia, no med is going to make him oblivious to the fact you are sticking a needle in his arm. As soon as tourniquet goes on, he or she is going to wake up and put up whatever fight they would put up unmedicated. You are really only trying to make yourself feel better. Tell yourself this is for their well-being, and then do it. ...Read more

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Would you recommend someone with a perforated eardrum to see a doctor or is this something that will heal on its own?

Would you recommend someone with a perforated eardrum to see a doctor or is this something that will heal on its own?

Best to see a doctor: Eardrums can perforate as a result of a middle ear infection that causes perforation from inside the ear drum or trauma from outside (being slapped over the ear). Some perforations can heal spontaneously over a few weeks but many do not heal. In any event, it is wise to see a doctor who can advise you based upon the specific circumstances of your perforation, such as the size of the perforation. ...Read more

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Hola .. Is it good to lose weight by walking ..With respect to the diet.. Is it a good sport or not.. And what about the timing..Thx all?

Hola .. Is it good to lose weight by walking ..With respect to the diet.. Is it a good sport or not.. And what about the timing..Thx all?

Walking for exercise: Walking is fine for exercise and weight loss - low-impact, burns calories, and enjoyable. In combination with a proper nutrition plan, walking can help you lose weight. I recommend walking in the morning before you eat breakfast, if possible. ...Read more

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When should you go in for a head injury and would it make a difference if your a diabetic ?

When should you go in for a head injury and would it make a difference if your a diabetic ?

Several answers: If you have been unconscious more than 1 minute, if you have a penetrating injury (scalp laceration), fluid or blood emanating from nose or ears, speech disturbance, sensory loss, imbalance, visual disturbance, weakness, or memory loss, you need to be checked as soon as possible. Diabetics are more likely to complications but the same general rules apply. ...Read more

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Would it be a bad idea to take nyquil before going to the dentist?

Would it be a bad idea to take nyquil before going to the dentist?

Yes: Nuquil should be used at bedtime. If you are taking this during the daytime you may be too drousy to function well. If your cold symptoms are severe you do not want to spread your germs to anyone else so stay home. If you are taking this because you are apprehensive about the dentist, talk to your dentist about other options that can help you during dental visits. ...Read more

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How long should we try to get pregnant on our own before it would be good to see a specialist?

How long should we try to get pregnant on our own before it would be good to see a specialist?

1 year or 6 months: If woman is younger than 35yo, a year of ttc prior to seeking infertility evaluation is reasonable. If a woman is > 35 years old, recommend 6 months of ttc prior to seeking evaluation. Duration may be sooner if suspect ovulatory dysfunction (irregular periods), tubal factor (multiple pelvic surgeries), or male factor (previous testicular surgery). ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take some anti-diarrheal medicine on a long trip?

Is it a good idea to take some anti-diarrheal medicine on a long trip?

Yes: Always better to be prepared just in case and depending on where u are going u may need to avoid the water and fresh vegetables. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's a good idea to donate blood and go skiing on the same day?

Please advise if it's a good idea to donate blood and go skiing on the same day?

Only if a 'regular': First / few time donor, may have issue with the volume loss and not feel well with exertional activity same day as donation. With experience and good hydration, find you are able to do more afterwards without problems. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i would like to make it a lifestyle.. With a diet like veggies/coffee/oatmeal etc. Is this a good way to maintain health and lose weight safely?

What do you suggest if i would like to make it a lifestyle.. With a diet like veggies/coffee/oatmeal etc. Is this a good way to maintain health and lose weight safely?

To Lose weight: I admire you for your concern for Health and lose weight safely. Veggies/coffee/oatmeal is not a Healthy Diet. Have Balanced Diet with Protein, Fat, carbohydrates, Minerals, Vitamins and Anti-oxidants. Start with 1500 Calories/day and daily exercise to lose weight. Walk, hike, swim, dance Set goal of losing 5-8 ponds/month. Feel good about your achievements See a Physician and Nutritionist ...Read more