Millions of us struggle with sleep several nights a week, if not every night. In the The Healing Power of Sleep, Dr. O`Brien explains the basics of sleep architecture, the effects of common illnesses on sleep, how our daily habits can help or hinder sleep, and straightforward solutions.
Describes the normal functions of insulin. Discusses what it means to be “resistant” to insulin. Lists ways to determine whether a person is insulin resistant. Outlines consequences of insulin resistance. Identifies steps to improve insulin sensitivity or reverse insulin resistance.
Identifies the countries included in the Mediterranean region and discusses their traditional way of life. Describes the food-based guidelines that make up the Mediterranean pyramid. Explains the significance of physical activity, diet, and social interaction as part of the Mediterranean way of life. Discusses the research that supports the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet with respect to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cognitive function, cancer, and other chronic diseases. Describes how the Western diet and lifestyle can be modified to comply with Mediterranean lifestyle recommendations.
States the CDC’s, and the American College of Sports Medicine’s recommendations for daily physical activity for adults, children, and adolescents. Describes the health benefits of walking. Explains how walking can reduce the risk of various diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression, and dementia. Describes how walking can benefit children, adults, pregnant women, and the elderly. Identifies the physical, occupational, and other therapeutic benefits of walking. Outlines how to start and maintain a walking program.
Describes the anatomy of the thyroid gland. Describes the complex thyroid gland physiology. Distinguishes between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Discusses thyroid nodules. Discusses thyroid cancer.
Explains the difference between normal anxiety and an anxiety disorder. Describes the causes of anxiety. Outlines the demographics of anxiety. Describes the anxious personality. Recognizes and describes the most common anxiety disorders in adults and children including symptoms and treatment. Describes the role of exercise in treating anxiety. Describes common methods of assessing anxiety in primary care settings. Explains how state anxiety and trait anxiety differ. Outlines common comorbidities frequently seen with anxiety.
Lists the various lipid components of total cholesterol and describes how they are formed in the body. Describes the physiological function of each lipid faction. Discusses how abnormal lipid levels may contribute to cardiovascular disease. Describes the lipid profile test and explains what values are considered desirable. Explains how lifestyle factors such as diet and inactivity can contribute to lipid abnormalities and treatment options. Describes the various categories of drugs used to treat lipid abnormalities. Describes some effective, realistic, and easily implemented strategies to improve patient adherence.
This course, “Viruses & Germs” is designed to help clinicians update their knowledge of basic immune system function and recognize serious neurologic and psychological complications of severe infections. Health professionals are in an excellent situation to help educate patients, stem the hysteria, and save lives. Those working with adolescents, adults, and elderly patients will undoubtedly gain insights into the myriad ways infections can and do affect behavior.
Some topics of particular interest to clinicians include 1) How psychological stress can impact immune system function, 2) How sleep deprivation contributes to lowered resistance to infection, 3) Why positive emotional states can enhance resistance to infection and even facilitate recovery, 4) How influenza epidemics develop and ways to protect staff and patients in office and hospital settings, 5) An update on recommended vaccines; the link between vaccines and autism, and 6) Cognitive loss, weakness, fatigue, motor deficits, and pain in the chronic phase of Lyme disease and West Nile infection.
Discusses the historical incidents that led to the discovery of vitamin D. Recognizes the synthesis and function of various forms of inactive and active vitamin D. Describes the role that vitamin D may play in the physiological function of various systems. Lists the current guidelines for supplementation of vitamin D. Lists the blood levels that define the various categories of vitamin D deficiency and sufficiency. Identifies the best food sources of vitamin D.
This home-study course describes the newest research on losing weight and maintaining weight loss for life. The book provides details about the connection between weight gain and medical conditions, and obesity and sleeplessness. It also gives information about popular weight loss plans, describes scientific studies on the effectiveness of these plans, and discusses research on the connection between emotions, cravings and overeating.
Identifies the benefits of regular exercise and fitness at all stages of life. Describes the current physical activity guidelines for healthy American adults, focusing on those specifically applicable to women. Explains the components of a good physical activity program and why each one is important for a woman’s health. Describes the fitness requirements for women during pregnancy and after menopause.
Describes the difference between chronic and acute pain. Identifies the symptoms of and treatments for chronic pain conditions affecting women. Discusses the role of home remedies, relaxation techniques, and other non-drug therapies for treating chronic pain. Explains the psychosocial aspects of treating chronic pain. Describes how to manage use of pain medications, including opioids, to ensure patient safety.
Discusses the physiology of sleep. Describes healthy sleep patterns. Identifies the different types of insomnia. Discusses women’s sleep problems across their life cycle. Identify treatments for insomnia including optimal sleep hygiene, behavioral methods, and pharmaceuticals.
Identifies the hormonal and neurologic changes that occur during menopause. Discusses the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, as well as effective treatments, including medication and behavioral approaches. Describes the latest research on the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy, and identifies the conditions and symptoms for which HRT may be appropriate. Discusses the pros and cons of a variety of alternative remedies for menopausal insomnia, hot flashes, and depression, such as black cohosh and vitamin B supplements. Addresses recent developments in the prevention of chronic disease risk at menopause, including lifestyle changes and prophylactic medications.
Tooth decay could be a precursor to many health problems – notably obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Dental decay is the first to develop, and it predicts these and many other illnesses. That is because periodontitis, excess weight, hypertension, and other ailments such as hemorrhoids and deep venous thrombosis, often stem from the same cause: poor dietary choices. All dentists see the same patients again and again, suffering from plaque, cavities, infection – all of which are needless, preventable, and reversible. In this course, Dr. Somborac makes the connection between overall health and dental health. He describes how to prevent tooth decay and health decline, through easy-to-apply guidance you can use to help save patients` teeth and their lives.