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As most of you know my oldest daughter Melina had acid reflux as an infant and outgrew it. Most of my recent blogs have been about our youngest refluxer Ella and her journey with this painful disease. Unfortunately Ella's twin sister Ava has also started to have some symptoms of reflux and her physician recently placed her on medication as well.
Ava is pretty tiny to begin with and this bout with stomach pain has really been hard to watch. She just does not have a lot of reserves should she skip a few meals due to stomach aches. Obviously this is very concerning to myself and my husband.
Last week we decided that in addition to the mediations we needed to take a more proactive role in maintaining Ava's weight. We pulled all of the reflux triggers from her diet and started doing more calorically dense meals. Smaller and more frequent feedings have also helped her immensely.
We have also added a supplement called DuoCal to Ava's diet and switched her back to whole m...
A supermarket chain in the Midwest United States, Meijer, has just announced that they will be giving away metformin at their pharmacies. Their program will include the 500mg, 850mg and 1000mg tablets of the immediate-release version of metformin. Of course, their pharmacies will want a doctor's prescription.
They're not the only ones: Publix, another supermarket chain, also recently announced a similar program of free metformin. These announcements surpass the pricing at Walmart and Target, both of whom have been selling metformin (and several sulfonylurea diabetes drugs) at $4.00 for sixty tablets. Walmart and Target do sell the extended-release version at this price, whereas Meijer's free offer excludes the extended-release form (and apparently excludes other diabetes drugs). By comparison, 90 metformin tablets cost between $17 and $20 at Medco by Mail, and probably more at your local bricks-and-mortar pharmacy.
Metformin, sold under brand names such as Glucophage and Gluc...
Dietary Management There are many approaches to dieting and many claims for great success with various fad diets. To date, although many diets achieve effective immediate weight loss, none has emerged as an effective tool for maintaining healthy weight. The only definite recommendation that can be made about any diet plan is to be sure it includes an exercise program, assuming there are no health problems to forbid it. The original food pyramid, with four food groups, has been replaced with an updated food guide called "My Pyramid." This illustrates the relative proportions of different foods that make up a nutritious, well-balanced diet and includes exercise. Calorie Restriction Calorie restriction has been the cornerstone of obesity treatment. The standard dietary recommendations for losing weight are as follows: As a rough rule of thumb, one pound of body fat is the result of eating about 3,500 calories. A person could lose a pound a week by reducing daily caloric intake by about 500 ca...
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