Several of you have written to me asking me to share more about myself, so here is my personal story. Following the narrative, I'll answer a few of your most frequently asked questions. Health History Twenty years ago, I was a busy and ambitious lady. I worked an average of 60 hours a week as Assistant Director of a statewide nonprofit serving developmentally disabled individuals. On top of that, I went to school part-time, taught aerobics, and did choreography and costuming for our local theater group – all while raising three teenagers by myself. There was so much I wanted to accomplish in life. Then, at the age of 40, I came down with mononucleosis and never completely recovered. I was always exhausted and had periodic, unexplainable pain. Although one doctor speculated that I might have something called chronic fatigue syndrome, most insisted my problem was a combination of stress and “getting older.” One by one, I b...
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Healthcare is no game, although sometimes it feels like a big joke. With a million forms to fill out at the door and a five minute appointment with a healthcare provider (not necessarily a doctor), many consumers are left in the dark with no answers. Where is the information? Where is the education? Where is the "health" in healthcare? The answer to these questions eludes even the most astute consumer while the bottom-line watchers and ulitilization reviewers absolutely ruin the system. So, here is a pop quiz for you:
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2. Where does a vast amount of information about health exist?
3. Where can someone turn to for support?
4. Where can one get health questions answered?
5. What is going to put the "health" back into healthcare?
If you answered HealthCentral.com to all of these questions, you are absolutely correct. Now, maybe I am sounding a bit like a commercial. So to make my ...
Swallowing problems consist of any problem in which the normal movements associated with swallowing do not occur. Normal swallowing of food and liquid requires coordination of a large number of muscles in the mouth, throat (pharynx) and esophagus (the tube that leads from the pharynx into the stomach). As food is placed in the mouth, we close our lips to prevent drooling . Muscles of the tongue and jaw move around in the mouth for chewing. When chewing is finished, the food is collected into a ball by movements of the tongue. The swallow begins as the tongue pushes the food upward and backward towards the back of the mouth and the throat. As the tongue pushes the food or liquid toward the back of the mouth, the muscles in the pharynx begin to move to receive the food. The top of the windpipe (larynx) begins to lift, move forward, and close to keep food from going into the lungs. The soft part of the roof of the mouth (the soft palate) lifts to close off the entrance to the nose. As food pa...
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