MedicarePart-D:North Carolina Plans--any suggestions? [more inside]
I want to maintain my weight, but continue to lower my body fat percentage. Should I lower caloric intake or just increase my exercise, or both? [more inside]
I finally decided to make good on a long standing resolution to learn how to meditate. transcendental Meditation, I wa told, was among the best programs to learn from. I found a TM franchise nearby, and attended a free intro class. After a long boring lecture and no actual meditation, in which the lecturer showed study after study showing how TM cures everything including ingrown toe nials, she drops the karma bomb: $2500 "tuition" for the course. My questions: Is TM really superior? Has it really become the peaceful tonic of the upper classes? Is TM really superior to other forms of meditation? Does TM always have to be so expensive? Can it be learned from a book instead of avaristic new age meditation moguls?
What should I do, in the way of homework, before elective surgery? [more inside]
Asbestos exposure and pregnancy: at my wife's workplace, they've announced that they are closing off a bathroom for asbestos removal over a weekend. Is it wise for her to avoid the office (all in close proximity to the space) on, say, Monday? Longer? Or needlessly paranoid? She's feeling especially cautious as she is five months pregnant. [more inside]
What digests better and quicker, veggies or meats? [more inside]
So my girlfriend got the dreaded phone call last night... [more inside]
How do I avoid exercise hangovers? [more inside]
Should I look for work as an attorney? [more inside]
If I were to stop drinking, what would happen physically, and when would I notice? [more inside]
Last minute COBRA coverage. A what-if scenario.. [more inside]
Mild Autism? Asperger's? Student A is having some far reaching problems. [more inside]
Deeply conflicted, the circumcision we'd reluctantly decided upon was rescheduled until his seventh day. My husband and I got within a block of the doctor's office, our perfectly-formed week-old baby in his carseat, and simultaneously decided he was just right and we were just wrong. We turned around and never looked back, until . . . [more inside]
Posted for disillusioned: DogAnemiaFilter: (Asking for disillusioned) My dog has a low red & white blood cell count. Expectations? Experiences? Help? [more inside]
How does one explore whether or how to sue a drug company? [more inside]
Recently went freelance (graphic design). My COBRA coverage ran out and I applied for insurance through a place called "Golden Rule" (my accountant's advice). I received a letter saying that they are unable to provide coverage because my "height and weight do not meet our guidelines". [more inside]
About three weeks ago I broke my big toe and the doctor said there's not much you can do with it, just let it heal on its own. But how long will this take? I use a treadmill most evenings as part of my daily routine and want to know when I can start back again - should I start just walking for a while before getting back up to speed? What is the healing time for a broken toe to get back to "normal"?
Medfilter: Possible tuberculosis exposure. I want to know the answers to some questions that the doctor was unable to provide. [more inside]
Olive Oil Mousse - Is it possible? [more inside]
recently discarded, i'm on a mission to do some "soul searching." how does one find their soul?
Is it a good idea at the moment to have a viral PCR test for HIV 10 days after being exposed to risk? [more inside]
Dermatology filter - My fiancée is a very fair skinned (I call her translucent) Irish girl. When ever she gets nervous, exercises or otherwise flustered she gets blotchy red spots. We are getting married in a year and she doesn’t want to be red and white spotted for the big day. Anyone know about this and or have any suggestions? [more inside]
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist in New York City that takes Aetna insurance? [MI] [more inside]
Are Nalgene water bottles really unsafe? [more inside]
What is up with my immune system? I'm always getting sick! [more inside]
How to convince an 18 year old that loud music is harmful? [more inside]
Intense Extended Exercise Makes Me Sleepy Why? [more inside]
What is the difference between plant stanol esters and plant sterol esters? Two popular butter substitutes claim to have been proven to lower cholesterol by using these substances. Which one is better at doing it? [more inside]
I'm gotten really addicted to mineral water. Are there any health risks, especially if that's all I drink? [more inside]
Bird Flu Vaccine Are we safe? [more inside]
What qualifications should I look for in a personal trainer? What do the ACE certifications actually mean? I'd like to hire a trainer for a few sessions, but I really don't want to hurt myself or hire a nut. Please help me sort through the options! [more inside]
Would anyone know of a good vet (and pricing) for heavy cleaning and extraction of some teeth for Chihuahuas in the Toronto area? Today I found a molar on the floor...and then the horror which are my Chihuahuas' teeth. Thanks...
What's the best way to recover from sleep deprivation? I'm a 28 y/o guy and I've had three consecutive nights of 5 to 5 1/2 hours sleep (not by my choosing -- busy period at work). Naturally, I'm exhausted by now. [more inside]
Realistic risks of disease from visiting a sex worker? [more inside]
Having a problem climaxing while on anti-anxiety meds. Any suggestions? [more inside]
I love the luxurious face cream, Creme de la Mer, but the price breaks my bank; is there an affordable cream comparable to it? [more inside]
My mother has asked me to tell my father that she has been diagnosed with genital herpes. [more inside]
I need to lose the weight I gained while I was pregnant ASAP, any suggestions?? [more inside]
When I was in jr high I had wry neck. The pain is intense and you can not move your head. Anyway, two other times I believe it has come back. I did not return to the doctor. The second time was years ago when I fell on some ice. This time I think it's because I started lifting weights again (after a long time off) and I dorked something up in there. The pain is almost as intense but extends a little down in to back behind the shoulder. It takes a few days before the pain lets up enough to be manageable but even after a weak I can turn my head and still feel it. There is also like a "click" or twitch or something when I move my head a certain way. What should I do about this? Is it worth going to the doctor and paying some money for them to tell me what? Deal with it? What kind of exercise can I do for those muscles? The only thing I do is pop tylenol (how much can you really take before it dorks your liver?) and take long hot showers.
perianal cyst treatment. I have a perianal cyst which periodically becomes inflamed and then returns to normal. I usually get a prescription from the doctor for an antibiotic which helps reduce the inflammation. I take fiber supplements to loosen the stools so bowel movements are not so painful. I have recently had an inflammation which hasn't responded as quickly as usual. I'm aware that surgery is the treatment of choice for this problem however I've had a number of surgeries in the last 5 years that make me very reluctant to once again return to the hospital. I've had triple bypass surgery, emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix, a carotid scraping which was somewhat bungled and resulted in my losing my voice for 6 months, shoulder surgeries... well you get the picture. I'm looking for recommendations to alleviate the pain and help treat this without surgery at this time, such as sitz baths etc... I just can't bear the thought of another surgery right now.
Is this my submandibular salivary gland and why does it hurt when I'm sick? [more inside]
I'm about to lose my health insurance. What can I do? [more inside]
So I am living in a hotel for the past month. Every day the maid leaves a standard hotel branded chocolate on my bedstand. Every night when I arrive I put the chocolate on a drawer. [more inside]
I am looking for an extra long exercise DVD. I need one that is at least 1 hour long, but preferably closer to 2 hours. [more inside]
How can I develop a healthier lifestyle despite my significant lack of initiative? [more inside]
5 Day poker session planned... practical & poker advice needed. [more inside]
I never used to bruise easily, and now I do... [more inside]
Nutrition filter: I am looking for unique ideas for making quick, easy, heathy, inexpensive dinners (in my case, for two) every night... or at least most nights. "Dinner Hacks" you might say. I feel like I've tried all the standard "solutions" already (for example, cooking a few big meals on the weekend and eating leftovers the rest of the week). There must be something else I can try. [more inside]
Is my chiropractor talking nonsense? I have been seeing a cranial chiropractor since hurting my neck in a car crash. So today in my session she was gently fingering the top of my spine, base of my skull area, and she said that she had pinpointed the problem area because she could feel my nerves 'fizzing'. I think she is right about finding the location of the injury cause thats where I get the most pain when she touches me. But can she really be feeling my nerves fizz. Is that scientifically possible?