I get migraines from MSG (including many "hidden sources"), meat cured with nitrates, and red wine (I think tannins or sulfites or something). As long as I avoid those triggers, I'm relatively headache-free. However, I really love red wine. I haven't had it for about 4 years, and I miss it. Are there types of wines that are better than others for keeping headaches at bay? Organic or certain types?
Here's the situation: I changed health insurance plans about two years ago ago. I have a good plan, based in Californa, that costs me about $250 a month. Since starting the coverage, my major medical expense - for about a year - have three monthly medications which I take for recently-diagnosed bipolar disorder. I have never claimed these expenses on my insurance, nor have I ever put any of my psychiatric costs on a claim. The reason is that I've been advised not to do this, especially with a bipolar diagnosis, since, in the words of my psychiatrist, "once that's on your record, you'll have a very hard time if you need to change insurance plans." (I should add that the diagnosis, while scary, and the resulting treatment, has changed my life so much for the better that I'd sell pretty much sell a kidney to keep paying for the meds, if I had to.) [more inside]
How do I feel like I'm still 25 when I turn 50? [more inside]
What will happen if I take 3 out of 10 ten days worth of antibiotics? [more inside]
Talk to me about health insurance in Austria for US Citizens (Or useful anecdotes about healthcare in Europe in general) [more inside]
WWII Medical Mystery Filter: Why did this young woman have an aneurysm? [more inside]
Please explain health insurance to me from an employer's point of view!!! [more inside]
i'm do for my yearly womanly checkup, but there is just one catch... [more inside]
Please to identify this childhood drink I had in HK. [more inside]
How do I cheer up my SO? He just found out that his dad is in hospital following a hemmorhage. [more inside]
Why is it I seem to get head colds so easily? [more inside]
Is there a link between deli-style pickles and grapefruits that both cause a baby's face to have a skin allergy? Do they share any traits or ingredients that would have that reaction? Are their juices too acidic/basic?
Is there a word to describe a person who repeatedly becomes convinced that someone else is sick with various obscure ailments, based on flimsy or imagined evidence? [more inside]
My friend has a weird reaction to coffee. What's happening? [more inside]
What's it like being morbidly obese? [more inside]
SportsNutritionFilter: Help me find a good protein and a good meal-replacement powder. [more inside]
Why is my anus suddenly itching relentlessly? [more inside]
Are girls who eat salad and watch every calorie worth it? [more inside]
How can I ensure that I don't puke (or get nauseous) when I start working out with a trainer? [more inside]
Help me learn more about nutrition and eating for wellness and energy. I'm looking for recommendations for resources -- books especially - I can make use of along the path to healthy eatin'. [more inside]
I'm beginning to lift weights for the first time in my life. Help! [more inside]
Question for New Yorkers. I was thinking about switching from Oxford health insurance plan to the mid-level HIP plan. I can save a bundle. Is HIP just terrible though? Anyone have any thoughts, seen any rankings?
I am in pretty decent shape (nothing amazing, but 5' 7" and 138 pounds which is normal) but find that I can't do much of ANY running without feeling horribly, horribly nauseated within minutes of finishing. I can lift and do pushups, squats, etc., but running is basically out of the question. Sometimes it's so bad I have to stop even though it's rarely more than 10 minutes. Since I'm not unhealthy or overweight, I'm pretty concerned about this. Why does running, in particular, make me feel so awful? Does this happen to anyone else? Should I be trying to push through it?
Please help me find affordable individual health insurance as a recent college graduate who is unemployed.
I need affordable individual health insurance not merely a discount health plan - where do I get it? [more inside]
Truth or myth: distinct breeds of hydro deliver markedly different highs. [more inside]
Our doctor is dropping all insurance and Medicare participation but isn’t telling his patients until they show up at his office, or if they just happen to read his web site. Should we do anything about it? [more inside]
How best to shower with a bloodied up face? [more inside]
When should I resume my active birth control pills? [more inside]
Russian kettlebell training: great exercise for shedding fat and building muscle, or another fitness fad? [more inside]
NYC Filter: Gym recommendations? [more inside]
Can stress 'cause' weight gain? [more inside]
How do the weight-loss companies choose their before & after spokespersons/guinea pigs for their diet product testimonials? [more inside]
Swollen knee, any ideas? [more inside]
Heart rates and exercise safety [more inside]
How can I stop my concerns about declining health? [more inside]
How do I stop my husband from getting sick every time I'm sick? Whenever I come down with a cold, headache, whatever, he also CLAIMS to get the same thing...often the same day, no later than the 2nd day. [more inside]
i have everything i've ever wanted. why am i not happy? [more inside]
"When you hit your 30s and 40s, your metabolism slows, resulting in weight gain." What does this mean, in raw biological terms? Is it rational to aim for a sub 10% bodyfat level after 40, assuming we're not marathon runners? [more inside]
After a long battle with mysterious chronic health symptoms, I'd like a "medical detective" to help me get to the bottom of what might be ailing me. But, what kind of doctor do I need? (If you are squeamish, move along...nothing to see here.) [more inside]
Our feisty little cat has snapped a canine. What should we do? [more inside]
I'm interested in reducing dairy, wheat and sugar from my diet. Any tips on how to do it without losing weight? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good chinese herbalist or an acupuncturist in NYC? Thanks.
Are there real, decent options for getting group insurance other than from an employer? I'm mostly thinking about unions, associations, professional organizations, etc. [more inside]
Health Insurance question: My father is in his upper 50's and his wife is in her early 50's. They don't have health insurance, but they do have a "health cost sharing plan." I think it's hooey. But they think it's great. I'm worried they are going to get sick and be in alot of trouble without some real health insurance. [more inside]
Why do I always burp or feel like I have to burp when I go running? This happens even if it has been several hours since I last ate. It doesn't happen every single time, but probably 80% of the time. I like running, its just gross getting a taste of that yogurt you ate 2 hours ago when its 100 degrees outside. Anyone have similar problems? Anything you can do to solve this?
Need to find a reasonable (i.e. don't have health insurance) drop in clinic to treat a severe sprained ankle in NYC. [more inside]
What is the safest artificial sweetner to overdose on? [more inside]
A test by the Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed Coliform bacteria is present in well water. The sample does not contain E. coli, which would be indicative of fecal contamination. How does one go about determining the source of this contamination, and what remedial action should be taken?
Please help a small business owner find an insurance plan that covers maternity and isn't 700 a month. What have you used? [more inside]
What relevance could my son's fingers and thumbs - and his mum's fingers and thumbs - have to diagnosing a stomach disorder? [more inside]