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May 29

Gimme the poop on resistant starch

I have been seeing a lot of random articles about resistant starch lately, but lot of the information seems to conflict. What are the best resources for accurate information? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 1:18 PM - 3 answers

Help us survive

My partner was recently injured in a traumatic accident that, miraculously, resulted only in orthopedic injuries that have him on bed rest for at least 8 weeks. The upside? I have the whole summer off the care for him. The downside? I have the whole summer off and we both might go crazy. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE at 8:43 AM - 15 answers

May 28

Options for old, dark hypertrophic scars on back/shoulders from acne?

Scars are 5-10 years old and my derm doesn't think they can be faded! Would love to wear tank tops, bikinis, etc. but hate showing these dark scars on my shoulders. [more inside]
posted by leftshark at 5:15 PM - 11 answers

What are some natural remedies for adult acne?

I am a 27 year-old woman and have had acne for the past two and a half years. I have tried an oral antibiotic and two prescription creams (all very expensive and ineffective), and am looking for other routes to treatment. I am looking for any holistic remedies, such as products to use topically, and dietary and lifestyle measures. Any advice is welcome and appreciated. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 at 4:11 PM - 54 answers

Smoke Pot Get Thin

I enjoy smoking pot, but I'm also trying to lose weight and the two seem incompatible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:06 PM - 25 answers

Remove My Fallopian Tubes?

I went to a tubal ligation consult yesterday and left ready to schedule a bilateral salpingectomy (removal of fallopian tubes). Given that I didn't know it was an option, am I crazy for considering it? [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 9:08 AM - 8 answers

What can I do to deal with anxiety episodes

I would describe them as mini panic attacks. I had a full blown one a couple of times about 10 years ago that were complete agony. Lately I've been feeling the same way I'd feel leading up to those attacks. [more inside]
posted by manderin at 7:14 AM - 17 answers

I Have Been Gifted With A HUGE Amount of Kudzu - What Can I Do With It?

So someone gave me like a few pounds of ground kudzu root with many other herbs as well - what could I possibly be doing with all of this kudzu root? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 6:43 AM - 10 answers

What effect does fat and muscle have on bp readings?

If you have a substantial amount of fat or muscle between a blood pressure cuff and the artery it's compressing, what effect does that have on the recorded blood pressure? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 5:08 AM - 8 answers

What's the protocol when it comes to speaking to your doctor by phone?

I feel generally disempowered when I'm around doctors so i need help knowing what's expected and appropriate. [more inside]
posted by swheatie at 4:27 AM - 11 answers

May 27

Shopping for a cervical disk replacement

My girlfriend has a herniated disk in her neck, for which disk replacement seems to be the best option. Her medical insurance isn't cooperating, and so we're starting to look into private options and medical tourism. Any advice on going down that route, particularly the medical tourism route, since it seems important to find a good surgeon (and we're not quite sure how to do that abroad).
posted by sirion at 12:05 PM - 7 answers

The Knee Mutiny

Recently did my first 5K, which went great, except my knee got tweaked. Now it won’t go back to normal. What are some good exercises I can do to make my knee feel better and stronger? Hoping to avoid physical therapy. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 9:27 AM - 12 answers

Can you ease my neurological freak-out?

I've had some very upsetting neurological symptoms last night possibly related to a medication change, and I'd like to get some input from the hive mind while I wait to talk to my doctor. Lengthy snowflake details inside... [more inside]
posted by jammer at 7:18 AM - 12 answers

Michael Winslow I am not.

Parents of Mefi, how do I calm my baby without using the only thing that calms my baby: a running water faucet? [more inside]
posted by pepper bird at 6:50 AM - 26 answers

learning to eat gluten free when too poor to buy dirt

In the on going saga of me not being able to catch a break I've now been diagnosed with celiac disease. How do I handle the holy trinity of extreme poverty, very little cooking skills, and this latest addition to my health woes? Pity party inside. [more inside]
posted by kanata at 4:25 AM - 60 answers

May 26

Wanted: The Diogenes (Fitness) Club

Please help me select a new fitness activity that will push me to greatness without pushing me over the edge. Difficulty level: awkward solitude-loving INTJ. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 10:32 AM - 19 answers

May 25

Bedtime is in 3 hours. Help me sleep tonight.

I had a terrible fight with a loved one today, and my stress levels are sky-high (to the point of nausea). At this rate, I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep tonight. Bedtime is in three hours - Please help me get to sleep. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo at 4:30 PM - 33 answers

Any good videos to prepare a three year old for getting shots?

My daughter will be getting two jabs soon (second dose of MMR and 4-in-1 preschool booster). She has not needed a vaccination since since was too young to remember. Can anyone suggest any videos etc that would help her to be a little more prepared for it? I'm imagining something like an episode of a kids TV show about vaccinations but any other suggestions are welcome, e.g. books or iPad apps.
posted by tomcooke at 1:45 PM - 19 answers

Golfer's Vasculitis

My partner is going on a long 4-day march in July. He has developed Golfer's Vasculitis. We have an appointment with our GP, but I wanted to ask the hive if anyone has treated this successfully? [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 11:17 AM - 2 answers

Daily "Mental Alertness" Quiz?

Is there a short quiz or activity whose results I can plot over time to gauge how "alert" I am? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 10:17 AM - 5 answers

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