Does IV therapy really cure hangovers? 

Listen, we’ve all over done it. Took that whole party like a rock star thing a little too seriously. I may or may not have just overdone it this past Sunday…

We’ve all been in a place where we really need to fix the hangover and we need to fix it fast. Enter stage left, IV therapy. But does the shit really work?

When you have a hangover it is your body’s way of telling you that you are an idiot. Or that you are very severely dehydrated. Or both. We can drink all the water, tea, Gatorade, Pedialyte we want and they will help the hangover to varying degrees, but nothing will hydrate you faster than actually putting those lost electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals directly back in your tank. This is where I’ll be therapy comes in.

We use this great concoction in the hospital called a banana bag. People who are chronic alcoholics, going through withdrawl, and in some cases just people who are severely dehydrated, get this bag of IV fluids. It’s yellow because of the liquid multi-vitamin that’s in it… hence the name “Banana Bag.” Thiamine, folic acid, magnesium sulfate, all kinds of yummy shit is in this bag to replace what you lost trying to be Scott Disick the night before.

For the record, the best way to prevent a hangover is not to get one in the first place. Drink lots of water or Pedialyte during the day if you know you’re going to be drinking at night. But let’s be real, how many of us actually take the time to do that?

 

 

The Daily Dose- An Aspirin a day now keeps the cancer away?

Aspirin has clear and proven benefits for reducing heart disease and stroke. In fact, you should keep some old school, uncoated aspirins with you at all times in case you or someone you know is having the big one. But now some scientists are suggesting that Aspirin may actually help prevent cancer, too. WTF?

Save your eyes, save your feet, save your heart, save your life!

Today is World Health Day and the World Health Organization is focusing this year on the growing epidemic of Type 2 diabetes. What does this mean for you and how can you prevent it!

Real People, Real Stories – Lew Body Dementia

The blog below is from my best childhood friend. Her father died of Lew Body Dementia and the world will never be the same. We truly lost one of the great ones to a terrible disease that needs much more awareness and research.

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When I think of Robin Williams and Casey Kasem, descriptive words such as entertaining, hilarious, loving, and knowledgeable come to mind. They provided smiles to so many people throughout their lives.  Coincidentally, so did my dad.  Frank was an introverted pastor, but when he was “on” he could appeal to any audience and music knowledge was inspiring. So when it came to light that Robin and Casey had Lewy Body dementia just like my dad, I was relieved to know that we could now put some great faces to this terrible disease.

You likely had never heard of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) until Robin and Casey passed away from the disease.  I hadn’t heard of it either until 2010 when our fifth different doctor suggested that my dad displayed many of the symptoms of LBD.  In every day terms, LBD is a condition in which proteins and plaques attach to parts of the brain and affect the brain’s neurologic functions.

My dad had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease back in 2007.  Trying out different types of medications was like putting a puzzle together with missing pieces.  He would have declines, then plateaus.  But there were always other factors, ones that puzzled his doctors and nurses. He would have hallucinations.  My dad wouldn’t be able to sleep on a regular schedule. He would shuffle his feet when he walked.  He would fall often and his hands would shake.  Maybe he has Parkinson’s, one doctor suggested.  Late diagnosis for LBD is common. On average, it takes at least three different doctors to diagnose LBD correctly.

Lewy Body climbed higher on our list of possible diagnosis as my dad continued not responding well to the medications that were supposed to help with his hallucinations. That is one of the many hurdles with LBD.  The medication that works for certain dementia diseases, does not work with Lewy Body.  The hallucinations were horrible.  A memorable hallucination that was also somewhat comical was when he truly believed he was a Sargent in the US Army.  This is hilarious since he encouraged others to be a conscientious objector when he came time for men to sign up for the draft.

However, my dad and I always had a pact when dealing with his disease.  We often said, “we’d rather laugh than cry about it.”  We always tried to find ways to find light at the end of dark tunnels.  I feel that Robin did that through his acting and Casey did that through his work with music.  That is my advice when loving someone with LBD, or any type of dementia disease.  It will be a roller coaster of emotions.  Know that you are not the only one.  Join a support group either physically or on social media.   Don’t be afraid to be an advocate for your loved ones. Most importantly, just be there to help with a smile…just like they have provided to you.

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For more information visit the Lew Body Dementia Association at http://www.lbda.org