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How can I be kind to my liver and kidneys?

I'm taking a bunch of pain meds right now. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Aug 31, 2016 - 9 answers

Should I get short-term health insurance?

Hello. Thank you in advance for your help. I have had Kaiser insurance for many years for me and my son. I have been on auto-pay and I guess my auto pay expired and I never re signed up for auto pay so my insurance was canceled. Totally my fault, I get it. I suspect they sent me a million letters but I tend to throw mail away in a haste and probably thought it was junk or just a THIS IS NOT A BILL statement thing. But now what? [more inside]
posted by click on Aug 29, 2016 - 11 answers

So is coffee healthy or not?

I'm looking for evidence-based information about the health effects of coffee. [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow on Aug 28, 2016 - 6 answers

How do I get all my health/medical records from hospitals and doctors

I'll try to keep this brief. I will likely be moving to Southern-Europe and will need to form new relationships with new doctors. Now, what from what I've been advised - they told me they want everything since I have multiple issues (PTSD from war, Anxiety over loud bangs/sounds, fireworks, Phobia of small places..) had a couple of MRIs after my car being rear-ended as well. So is it as simple (I like in Mass) as emailing/calling them and asking me to send me all my records? I don't even know what records holds. Is it what things they diagnosed me with, blood results, my medication, my MRI results. Stuff like that? Does it cost anything? Any help is extremely appreciated. Thank you all!
posted by bostonhill on Aug 27, 2016 - 6 answers

Helping adult family with mental health

Interested in hearing from 1) adults who have suffered from mental health issues for most/major part of their lives (depression/schizophrenia in particular) and were persuaded* by family to seek help (aka go to a psychiatrist). 2) family of the adult who was suffering from mental health issues and recognised that something was off/not quite right/blatantly bizarre/had classic symptoms of mental health issues (isolation, hygiene, job loss, distorted thinking and more). Additional twist- the adult in question can't stand immediate family and is convinced they are "toxic". [more inside]
posted by xm on Aug 27, 2016 - 13 answers

ISO Alice in Louisville

My dear friend is battling a serious illness in Louisville, KY. She has two very young children. Hopefully she will be recovered in 3 months. I live far away. I would like to temporarily hire Alice from the Brady Bunch to help her and her husband manage their household chores and help them take care of their children. Barring that, looking for ways to support a young mom from a distance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2016 - 5 answers

Flying a lot. How not to get sick?

I'm going to be flying a lot over the next year, as much as a few times per week. These will almost all be long flights, both cross-country flights in the US and overseas trips. What are your best tips to feel good and not get sick? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Aug 24, 2016 - 17 answers

Help me find a health & weight-loss coach online

I am a woman in my late 30s and I have quite a bit of weight to lose. I am ready to really make a commitment to some changes, but as an extremely busy professional and new mother I don't feel like I can do this alone. I am looking for an online health/weight-loss coach who will help me make incremental changes and stick to them over the course of a year to lose about 50 pounds. I'm willing to pay generously for this. Where should I look? How do I find this? [more inside]
posted by quincequince on Aug 24, 2016 - 8 answers

Suggestions for Coping after major surgery: meds, etc

I'll be having major surgery next month. The doctors say I will be on opioid painkillers for 2-4 weeks. I'm worried they will give me digestive problems, as I have a sensitive stomach. My other issue is staying in shape while recovering. It has taken me a year to get to my current fitness level. Doctor says no workouts besides walking and physical therapy for 1-2 months. I'm very concerned I will lose the muscle I have worked hard for, and gain fat. Any advice on either issue?
posted by CancerSucks on Aug 23, 2016 - 14 answers

Getting a part-time job with major health problems

I need a job where I can make $1000 a month after taxes. The catch? I have serious health problems and limited skills. Much more info inside. [more inside]
posted by dork enlightenment on Aug 20, 2016 - 12 answers

The 33 Year Old (quasi) Virgin

I started out as Emma. But I've turned into Miss Bates. [more inside]
posted by ChickenBear on Aug 19, 2016 - 22 answers

Glass of Water, Hold the Lead

I'm moving to a nice but rather old apartment complex soon. There are lead and asbestos addenda in my lease (that I haven't signed yet). What, if anything, should I be careful about while living in this apartment? Should I be worried about the piping? If so, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2016 - 17 answers

Is my screwy blood pressure/heartrate worrying?

People of MeFi, I need some advice. Recently – the last week or so I've really noticed and started tracking it, but probably longer than that overall – I've noticed that my blood pressure and bpm have been acting a bit crazy. [more inside]
posted by BlueNorther on Aug 16, 2016 - 15 answers

Exercise classes in NYC after a long exercising hiatus!

Hi, Fitness Mefites! I am looking for exercises classes in NYC to get back into the swing of more intense exercise. Personal recommendations appreciated! Special considerations inside... [more inside]
posted by carmenghia on Aug 14, 2016 - 2 answers

What kind of rash is this?

My Lady Friend has a rash on her leg above the top of her foot. Does anyone have any idea what this could be. No pain and no itching either She hasn't been exposed to poison ivy. Thanks in advance for any help
posted by lynnwilson120 on Aug 11, 2016 - 9 answers

What does a chest x-ray rule out?

YANMD. In fact, I went to my doctor on Friday because I'd been experiencing some shortness of breath with exertion, but no pain. The shortness of breath resolves within five minutes of stopping activity. I'm 57 and obese. Over the past year, I've lost 30 pounds and gotten my blood pressure from high to normal through diet and exercise (this morning: 116/68). I've also been experiencing tremendous emotional stress for about six months. I've had a chronic cough ever since I had a severe upper respiratory infection in January. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal on Aug 7, 2016 - 7 answers

Good psychiatric hospital in Florida?

How can I find an inpatient schizophrenia program that will treat my brother like a human being? [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jul 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Should I find a new physiotherapist?

I'm seeing a physiotherapist as part of a treatment plan for chronic pain. Recent events have made me wonder whether I should try and find a new practitioner. But maybe I'm overreacting? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Jul 29, 2016 - 6 answers

GERD/LPR + beer: does the cancer risk compound?

YANMD, but: I have some sort of reflux-ish disorder, probably either GERD or LPR. Had it for years. I'm also an avid beer drinker. Recently, I've been reading about the link between alcohol and head/neck cancers and it's freaking me out a little. Advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2016 - 4 answers

Good old blogging

I miss the days when I could actually find people's personal blogs online. Does anybody do that anymore? I am interested in people who document their life, experiences and thoughts -- preferably recent blogs that are still being updated, but any blogs with a decent archive would be fine, too -- and I do not mind dark stuff (quite the opposite). [more inside]
posted by denika on Jul 27, 2016 - 12 answers

Which treatments or illnesses are most susceptible to placebo?

Surgery? Fungal cream & athlete's foot? Cough drops? What are the easiest ways to trick the body to heal itself? And in which domains is the placebo near-impossible? Thanks in advance!
posted by mrmanvir on Jul 26, 2016 - 7 answers

Active release technique - experiences?

I had surgery for compartment syndrome about six months ago. My question is for folks who are athletic and have had experience with the ART (or with an H-Wave machine): What were your personal experiences, and how long did your results last? YANMD, YANMC, etc. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Jul 20, 2016 - 1 answer

Lead Removing Whole House Water Filter Recommendations

Purchased a house knowing the supply line from the water main was lead. Options are purchasing a cooler for potable water, buying a whole house filter and replacing the hot water tank, or replacing the supply line and HWT. Assuming that the third option is beyond our means at the moment and the first option is a stopgap, please recommend a whole house water filtration system available in Canada that is durable, practical, and won't need to be replaced in three years because 'they don't make those kinds of filters anymore' or similar nonsense.
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Jul 19, 2016 - 6 answers

Fasting to reset health and endocrine system - any advice?

I have never fasted or done paleo. But I want to try both for awhile as I start a new health regimen. Can you give me some pointers? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Jul 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Do you know the muffin, man?

Looking for a for-reals healthy muffin recipe. Does such a thing exist? So, without stevia, sugar, syrup, honey, white flour... (I just don't care for stevia.) Maybe involving apples, blueberries, banana, carrot, etc. I'll take any baked goods recos that you'd consider low carb! Thanks! [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Jul 16, 2016 - 14 answers

Mental Health and Addiction Rounds - Halp me Plan

Does anyone know of any North American Psychologists or Psychiatrists doing any work on how patients are treated differently, dependent on gender? [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Jul 12, 2016 - 10 answers

Coughing Confusion

I know this might seem strange, but here goes: Over the past few months, I've noticed a few people tend to cough around me, but I have no idea why. [more inside]
posted by HundredGreen on Jul 12, 2016 - 22 answers

Experience with Z-Health?

Does anyone on MeFi have experience with the Z-Health system? I've used the Goog, there are only a few reviews around the web, and nothing recent. [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Jul 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Help me deal with an irrational loathing for a healthy thing

A few years ago, I had One Of Those relationships, and ended up with an irrational distaste for health smoothies/shakes, among other baggage I am mostly successfully recovering from. Anyone have any approaches to convincing myself to like a thing that reminds me of a really dark place in my life, because it's good for me? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jul 9, 2016 - 16 answers

Physical therapy for general improvement of health?

Is there a kind of physical therapist who can help me work through some general posture and muscle imbalance problems, and teach me exercises to avoid re-aggravating an old injury? How would I find one? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Jul 6, 2016 - 8 answers

I want to travel but I don't want to go anywhere

I need that mind-clearing, get-away-from-your-everyday byproduct of travel. But when I open up a trip planning site, I just get tired. I don't want to sightsee, I don't want to hike, I don't want to party. So what else can I do that I'm not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by pot suppeck on Jun 30, 2016 - 34 answers

Weed nerds-- Help me find a hookah alternative with a similar vibe?

My husband and I currently spend the majority of our time together wrangling our two year old. We have been getting in an 'adult time' frame of mind about twice a month by smoking weed from a hookah. It's awesome. However, I'm concerned about the health effects. Looking for an alternative that preserves the relaxing ritual feel. Snowflakes below [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2016 - 17 answers

psychologically and physically dealing with sudden weight gain?

Within six months of starting a prescription known for its tendency to induce weight gain, I gained over 50 pounds. I went from a size 0/2 to a size 12/14, just under 110 pounds to just over 160. I don't recognize myself in the mirror and feel like my body isn't even mine anymore, but I know losing this weight is going to be incredibly difficult. Can you help me find a way forward from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2016 - 27 answers

How do I learn to cope with other people's unwanted opinions about me?

How do I learn how to set aside people's comments and assumptions about me -- brush off the unimportant interactions, but defend myself when necessary? [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf on Jun 24, 2016 - 17 answers

Period’s very late suddenly, not pregnant, what do?

My period is very late. I’m not pregnant, I will be seeing my doctor but not until the 12th, what should I do now? What should I ask them? Ugh! [more inside]
posted by SockWombat on Jun 22, 2016 - 18 answers

Basics of raw food diet for dogs

Please tell me all the secrets to successfully feeding my dogs a raw diet! What mix of meats do you use? What percentage of organ meats? What add ins like yogurt, veggies, and eggs? What disasters and successes you have had. Finally, has it made a difference in your dogs health?
posted by Coffee Bean on Jun 14, 2016 - 6 answers

How to get help for brother who seems depressed?

My brother seems depressed - how do I suggest he get help? [more inside]
posted by thelivingsea on Jun 12, 2016 - 5 answers

Exercise @ Gym for Severe Depression & Brain Shift

I am looking for input or even some plans that might help me keep on track and ultimately get my brain and body in better shape. My main goal is the brain shift and habit and then if I lose weight that is awesome. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Jun 8, 2016 - 14 answers

Question following blood work

I (30, male) just got the results from routine blood work. My testosterone is pretty low (377 ng/dL on a reference range of 348-1197). I also had lab work done 6 months ago that showed a similar result. My vitamin d levels also seem lower than I'd expect given that I supplement daily. I'd like to naturally raise my testosterone levels--but also am unsure whether this is something I should even be considering. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Jun 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Graphic design 101 for health sciences

I am just about to start my masters degree in public health, and I'm trying to develop a few extra skills for my postgraduate career. I want to learn some basic graphic design principles, primarily when it's relevant to creating posters, power-point presentations, and making information generally beautiful. [more inside]
posted by supercrayon on Jun 6, 2016 - 16 answers

Sick of being sick

I am chronically ill. My former GP blew me off, and the stress of being constantly sick ruined my mental health, which led to a full on nervous breakdown. I'm seeing a psychiatrist this weekend. What is that like? [more inside]
posted by Ruki on Jun 2, 2016 - 10 answers

Mindful snacks for a busy person

I've started seeing a dietitian who has recommended a mindful approach to food and eating as part of my ongoing progress towards health. I'm a busy student and freelancer who is about 50/50 at home or rushing about town to uni, meetings, jobs and shows, but I love cooking: I'd really like to have some mindful snacks that I can have at home or carry in my bag on busy days. What do you recommend, Mefites? [Special snowflakes inside, produced and packed in Australia] [more inside]
posted by prismatic7 on Jun 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Plan B twice in one cycle?

Is it necessary to take Plan B twice in one cycle? Details below. [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on Jun 1, 2016 - 17 answers

How to cope with living in an awful place

I'm 21 and still live in my parents' apartment. It's awfully messy with trash and clothes and clutter all over the place. My room (the only bedroom) is fairly cramped. To make matters worse my mom insists on putting laundry bags full of clothes in my room. And my 13 year old brother is going to move in my room soon. [more inside]
posted by starlybri on May 27, 2016 - 17 answers

Feeling the burn and it's not going away

What could be causing an internal furnace-like heat on the left side of my body? And more importantly, how can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on May 26, 2016 - 15 answers

Help me turn wine into water please!

My mom drinks a lot. What can I do to encourage her to lower his alcohol intake and/or to help her stay healthy? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow on May 22, 2016 - 16 answers

How to be a partner to a person with cancer?

I don't know what I can do to help my partner come to terms with his illness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2016 - 15 answers

Choosing a school for 2 year degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

[Posted on a friend's behalf] I am researching schools for a 2 year degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Though there are limitless wormholes about "top schools" I haven't been able to deduce which ones possess both quality programs and a balance of cost-effective places to live while obtaining this degree. I have a background in the visual arts and am now in my mid-40s, so this is an epic step forward in viewing the Big Picture. [more inside]
posted by 4midori on May 20, 2016 - 5 answers

Blood pressure monitor won't inflate

I'm confined to the house for a week because of an illness (not bp-related) so can't go to the friendly local bp machine at the pharmacy. I have a home blood pressure monitor, and suddenly it won't work. It starts to inflate and then just goes off. It's pretty new. Any clue on why this machine just stopped working? [more inside]
posted by my-sharona on May 16, 2016 - 5 answers

help me learn to love green juice!

I am a longtime vegan who hates raw vegetables. Can you give me some blended juice and/or smoothie recipes that minimize the vegetal taste as much as possible without forgoing fresh veg altogether? Difficulty level: No celery, please, I cannot bear the idea of eating or drinking celery in this lifetime. [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets on May 16, 2016 - 20 answers

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