womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Tuesday, Sep 03rd 2013

Please Don't Eat Kale

authored by Sheryl Kraft

When I was a kid, I wasn't exactly a veggie lover. My repertoire consisted of (canned) corn, carrots and, occasionally, zucchini. Anything else was met with stubborn resistance. If the dog was nearby, I'd sneak her whatever I refused to eat—and she got a virtual rainbow! The more my parents begged me to eat my peas or lima beans ("There are so many reasons you should eat your vegetables," they insisted), the more stubborn I became.

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Tuesday, Aug 27th 2013

How to Steer Clear of Food Poisoning

authored by Sheryl Kraft

It wasn't until I got a frantic phone call this past Sunday that I remembered how absolutely dreadful feeling nauseous looks.

"Can you meet me downstairs please?" I heard the muffled sound of traffic in the background. "I'm in my car, two blocks away, and I'm feeling so nauseous." My friend K. sounded absolutely awful.

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Tuesday, Aug 20th 2013

Fear of Falling

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Confession: I think I have turned into one of those slow walkers.

Perhaps it's because last week I was away visiting the West Coast and was in unfamiliar—or less familiar—territory that I began to feel paranoid about falling and moved around a bit slower than my usual robust pace.

OK, I'm not really a s-l-o-w walker. But I am a bit more cautious than when I was younger.

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Monday, Aug 12th 2013

The Girls' Guide to Pain-Free Feet

authored by Sheryl Kraft

This summer has brought out a variety of shoe styles. Rainy days (and there have been lots of them!) preclude me from wearing sandals (unless I want soaked feet). And on the hot, humid days, wearing the wrong sandals can cause swollen feet to feel misplaced in even the most comfortable pair.

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Tuesday, Aug 06th 2013

Botox: Not Just About Vanity

authored by Sheryl Kraft

When you hear someone has gone for Botox injections, do you assume they're doing it all in the name of beauty? After all, the most popular use of Botox is as a cosmetic therapy—used to erase facial wrinkles by slightly relaxing the contraction of muscles.

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Tuesday, Jul 30th 2013

Dr. Wulf Utian Speaks Out on Hormone Therapy

Unnecessary premature death as a consequence of the WHI study

by Wulf H. Utian, MD, BCh, PhD, DSc(Med), FRCOG, FACOG, FICS

It is never ever pleasant in the practice of medicine to live to see a health warning you issued become fact.

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Tuesday, Jul 30th 2013

Cancer: The Wrong Word?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

The word "cancer" conjures up many images, among them fear, death, disability, chemotherapy, radiation, mutilation and anguish.

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Friday, Jul 26th 2013

Depression: It's Not Only in Your Head

authored by Sheryl Kraft

A reader wrote to me recently with this email:

"All winter long, I can't wait until summer. I love the warm weather and always feel better in it. Yet, for some reason, I am depressed. I'm used to being depressed in the wintertime—I hate cold and snow—but I always am so happy in the summer. Any idea why this could be? I am healthy. I am happily married. And I had a good childhood. Where would this come from?"

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Wednesday, Jul 17th 2013

10 Steps Toward Finding Dr. Right

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Since recently moving to a new town, I find myself busier than ever. Like out-of-control weeds, my expanding lists are growing sub-lists—and those, in turn, have spurned "now" and "later" lists … it's hard to keep track of it all. Each time I cross something off my list, five new things take its place.

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Tuesday, Jul 09th 2013

Protect Yourself in the Heat

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I'm one of those people who rarely complain about the heat. Give me 80, even 90 degrees, and I'm fine—and happy—being outside. But winter? That's a whole other story. The minute the temperature dips below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, my body feels perpetually cold and doesn't thaw out until we're well into spring.

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