Health & Wellness

Ask This Doc: Q & A

Have you been wondering about anything?

Perhaps you have read something health-related on the internet but are not sure of its accuracy and would like the opinion of an impartial doctor…

Perhaps you just have a general question about how to improve your health…

I have noticed that many people have unanswered questions when it comes to health-related issues. Therefore, if you think I can help, I encourage you to ask them (of course this is not to replace your personal doctor’s advice, but just to offer you another source of information).

You are welcome to leave your question in the comment section or submit it to me directly. 

With love,
Phoebe

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 *Remember, any information provided through this blog is solely for educational purposes and is not intended to be used in place of medical advice. Always consult your trusted health care provider before starting or changing any medications/supplements, diet, and exercise regimens.  

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  1. What are some ways to combat early onset puberty? Are there any herbs I should use? Thank you, for your open, and Free support. Like Taraji P. Henson said, “When we come together as a Human race; we win every time.”

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        • I understand. Before I answer your question, I want to mention that many doctors now believe that puberty in girls as early as 6-8 years is normal and do not need to be treated. But to address your inquiry…

          Treatments that are proven to work:
          – The only thing that is proven to halt puberty are prescribed hormonal medications called “GnRH analogs.” The main reason doctors would prescribe this medication is to slow puberty and bone maturation so that the child can grow to average height.

          Other remedies that have been suggested to ‘slow down’ puberty (However there is no scientific proof that they are effective so I cannot recommend them as a treatment):
          – Weight reduction if the child is overweight
          – Decreasing the amount of sugars, soda, starches in the diet
          – Eating “organic foods” and more vegetables
          – Limiting dairy products and replacing cow milk with almond/rice milk (due to hormones)
          – Use glass containers instead of plastic (due to the possible chemicals)

          With that said, I assume you have already taken your daughter to see a doctor that can fully examine her and test for other medical issues? The reason is that many different things can cause early puberty–some are easy to treat (and by treating it will stop her puberty), others are more serious (and therefore would be good for her to see a doctor).

          I hope this information helps. 🙂

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  2. O.k. to get past the corney joke, “Hey doc it hurts when I do this…”
    Doc- “Don’t do that…”
    Seriously though it’s really nice of you to offer advice, I am wondering something. I have a bulging disk in my low back that I take care of through stretching and yoga and I usually don’t have problems with it. Well if flared up after some tennis in the cold (well Texas cold 45 degrees) and now about 4 weeks later its still causing spasms in my low back. But normally it would be bilateral, this time it’s mostly on the right side and the spasms actually go all the way to my abdominal muscles and make me feel a little nauseous also. I do have an appointment next week but I just worry about it hurting only on one side. Thanks!

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    • Lol at the joke (although I wouldn’t have been that mean) 🙂

      If you previously were told that you had a bulging disk, the change/worsening in symptoms could be caused by disk herniation (when a small crack forms in the outer layer of cartilage, allowing the central portion to protrude out).

      When a disk becomes herniated, it can impinge the nerves supplying your abdominal muscles and organs, and as a result cause abdominal cramps, nausea, or even loss of bladder or bowel control. And yes, the pain can be unilateral.

      It is good that you have an appointment soon. I would just caution that if your symptoms become unbearable or you develop a fever that you go to a doctor immediately instead of waiting.

      I hope this helps!

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  3. I am so glad you are answering all of these questions! I just started taking iron pills (1 per day) about 2 weeks ago. I’m anemic. How will I be able to tell if they are actually working? What should I be looking for? Thank you! 🙂

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    • You asked a great question. On average, if a person’s anemia is severe enough that they were having symptoms (fatigue, weakness, headaches, shortness of breath with mild exercise), they usually will notice some improvement in their symptoms within the first week (it would be longer for you since you are on a low dose). If you only had mild or no symptoms to begin with, you might not notice a drastic change in the way you feel, but you can trust that it is definitely working to replenish your body’s iron stores.

      A couple of important things to keep in mind:
      – You are on a pretty small dose of iron. Many times people are prescribed 3 doses a day. Either way is fine, but just note that for you it will take longer to “take effect.”
      – It takes about 2 months on average for your anemia to go away, but it can take up to 6 months for your body’s iron stores to be completely replenished. Therefore, don’t stop taking it until your doctor tells you to.
      – For best absorption, take the iron pill on an empty stomach and with some source of Vitamin C (orange juice or Vitamin C supplement)
      – If you cannot take it on an empty stomach (due to nausea/upset stomach), make sure not to take antacids (like Tums) or drink milk beforehand, as these will prevent absorption of iron.

      I hope this helps. Take care! 🙂

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