Author Deborah Mitchell has provided the essential information about both common and uncommon medical testings, and the key information required for understanding, including:
• Simple screenings that could save your life
• Specialized tests for every member of your family
• How to tell if the risks of a test outweigh the benefits.
• Tips on choosing the best home testing kits
• The latest in prevention and diagnosis of common medical conditions
• The best way to prepare for tests and how to interpret the results
The book includes basic facts about conditions and diseases such as cancers, asthma, bronchitis, high cholesterol and many others.
Diagnosing Your Health Symptoms FD includes:
Part I: Spotting and Assessing Illness: The Basics
Chapter 1: Thinking about Medicine
Chapter 2: Dealing with Medical Problems
Chapter 3: Conducting a Symptom Check
Chapter 4: Looking for Out For Signs of Illness
Part II: Looking at Emergencies and ‘All-Over' Symptoms
Chapter 5: Coping with Medical Emergencies
Chapter 6: Approaching Non-Specific Symptoms
Chapter 7: Symptoms Affecting the Wider Body
Part III: From top to toe: looking at specific areas of the body
Chapter 8: Look at Me! Sussing Out Skin Problems
Chapter 9: Trouble at the Top: Symptoms Around the Head and Problems with the Senses
Chapter 10: Close to Your Heart: Exploring Chest Problems
Chapter 11: Untangling Tummy and Bowel Problems
Chapter 12: Getting Lower: Urinary and Other Disturbances ‘Down There'
Chapter 13: Bones and Groans
Part IV: Dealing with health problems in people close to you
Chapter 14: Spotting Illness in Your Baby
Chapter 15: Illness in Your Toddler or Pre-School Child
Chapter 16: Problems in Your School-Age Kids
Chapter 17: Dealing with Adolescent Problems
Chapter 18: Understanding Women's Troubles
Chapter 19: Looking at Some Specific Men's Issues
Chapter 20: Dealing with Common Later Life Problems
Part V: Spotting mental health problems
Chapter 21: Tackling Anxiety, Depression and Stress
Chapter 22: Approaching Unusual Thoughts and Behaviour
Chapter 23: Addressing Alcohol and Drug Problems
Part VI: The part of tens
Chapter 24: Ten First Aid Essentials: Helping Yourself and Others
Chapter 25: Ten Reliable Health Websites
Chapter 26: Ten Medical Tests you May Need
Glossary: 100 Useful Medical Terms
<li>The big data in our bodies: new devices are enabling users to quantify their inner chemistry, but what can they do with the info?</li>
<li>Statins as a wonder drug: they are so effective at lowering heart disease that some experts believe more people should be taking them</li>
<li>Unlocking women’s sex drive: new drugs are being developed to help stoke female sexual desire. Are there drawbacks?</li>
Containing quizzes, symptom checklists, web links, and recommendedreading lists, this invaluable guide will help you take charge of your ownhealth, save time and money, and alleviate anxiety over health issues today.
In this follow-up to the bestselling Never Shower in a Thunderstorm, New York Times columnist Anahad O'Connor uncovers the truth behind a hundred more old wives' tales and conventional-wisdom cures. O'Connor investigates nagging questions of domestic safety, such as whether you can get radiation poisoning from standing too close to a microwave. (You'll actually be exposed to more watts from your cell phone.) He unearths astounding first-aid "MacGyverisms," such as the attempts by Vietnam War battlefield medics and professional sports stars to seal wounds with super glue. (The bottom line: it works, but can irritate skin.) And he looks into the claim that a pregnant mother with heartburn should expect a hairy newborn (and is as baffled as the scientists who tallied up the clearly evident infant hairdos).
For anyone curious about whether to starve a fever or a cold, or whether stifling a sneeze will damage the body, O'Connor delivers yet another winning and irresistible collection of tips about our health.
Griffin begins with a gripping account of her own harrowing experiences with Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), a potentially life-threatening illness that has been misconstrued and marginalized through the label "psychosomatic." Faced with terrifying bouts of fatigue, pain, and diminished thinking, the shame of illness, and the difficulty of being told you are "not really ill," she was driven to understand how early childhood loss made her susceptible to disease.
Alongside her own story, Griffin weaves in her fascinating interpretation of the story of Marie du Plessis, popularized as the fictional Camille, an eighteenth-century courtesan whose young life was taken by tuberculosis. In the old story, Griffin finds contemporary themes of "money, bills, creditors, class, social standing, who is acceptable and who not, who is to be protected and who abandoned." In our current economy, she sees "how to be sick can impoverish, how poverty increases the misery of sickness, and how the implicit violence of this process wounds the soul as well as the body."
Griffin insists that we must tell our stories to maintain our own integrity and authority, so that the sources of suffering become visible and validated. She writes passionately of a society where we are all cared for through "the rootedness of our connections. How the wound of being allowed to suffer points to a need to meet at the deepest level, to make an exchange at the nadir of life and death, the giving and taking which will weave a more spacious fabric of existence, communitas, community." Her views of the larger problems of illness and society are deeply illuminating.
• The most comprehensive, up-to-date information you need to choose the safest, most effective natural supplements for you and your family
• A-to-Z glossary of all the essential vitamins, herbs, and supplements available—with detailed descriptions, dosages, benefits, and precautions
• Simple daily recommendations for every member of the family: men, women, and children of all ages
• A handy quick-reference guide to common ailments—from acne and bronchitis to migraines and ulcers—featuring simple natural remedies that really work
• The latest medical findings on women's bone health, children's immune systems, the health effects of aging, and other need-to-know subjects
• Plus a Natural Medicine Survival Kit—an all-purpose, easy-to-follow action plan to help you take control of your family's health
· A-to-Z lists of prescription medications, herbal remedies, and natural supplements
· Proven strategies for relieving symptoms—muscle pain, stiff joints, fatigue, sleep problems, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, fibrofog, sexual dysfunction, and more
· Alternative mind/body therapies—acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic, hypnotherapy, light therapy, massage, neurofeedback, and other methods
· Crucial information on dealing with doctors, health insurance, employment issues, disability, getting pregnant, child rearing, weight control, support groups, and much more
· Plus an easy-to-follow program of diet, exercise, and sleep that will help relieve your pain and restore your quality of life
Why is stress different for women than it is for men?
How does stress impact my body, mind, and spirit?
Am I at risk for stress-related health problems?
What are my treatment options?
How can I reduce stress—naturally?
THE WOMEN'S GUIDE TO STRESS RELIEF IN 7 EASY STEPS
A COMPLETE STRESS MANAGEMENT PLAN—Simple, stress-reducing techniques that can help you reduce, manage, and even eliminate stress in your life—and put you on the path toward peace and calm. Includes checklists for self-examination and tips for avoiding triggers.
THE MOST UP-TO-DATE RESEARCH—what medical professionals have learned about stress: the anatomy and natural process of stress; how it affects you and your health; and why you should find new ways to keep it at bay.
STRESS-RELATED HEALTH CARE—how to lower risks to your heart and cardiovascular system, hormones, stomach and digestion, and immune system.
DAY-TO-DAY STRESS-BUSTER TIPS for reducing stress levels at home and at work—from communing with nature, social event-planning, and creative self-expression to breathing therapy, guided imagery, and the most important practice of all: sleep. Dozens of women share their ideas.
PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT OPTIONS—when and where to seek professional assistance, therapy, or medication.