Be in the Know!

by,

Suzanne Coleman, MD

Knowledge is power.  Educate yourself on these issues, and help spread the word to help end the abuses of others here and around the world.

The enslavement and abuse of humans by others for their own personal gain (sociopathic behaviors) can and does happen everywhere, everyday, so be aware and speak out against it when you can!  Link:

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/may/28/beatings-rape-non-stop-work-uk-women-enslaved-forced-marriages

 

Social abuses of women and girls negatively impacts them, their families, and their societies when they are unable to access their education, focus on India:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/28/asia/india-menstruation-myna-mahila-intl/index.html

 

Step up, speak out, help.

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Hawaii’s Testing Error May Help Save Lives

by,

Suzanne Coleman, MD

Based on the information provided in a report by the “Washington Post” last week, the emergency services employee in Hawaii who sent out a false alert about incoming missiles might have actually done the state and its people a big service in the long run.

Clearly the mistake was terrifying, not only to the people of Hawaii, but to everyone in the country, but its occurrence revealed serious flaws in the preparedness of the agency and the state for an actual emergency.

Flaws in the system were many, according to the article:

Emergency alerts are only supposed to go out in coordination with the FCC, FEMA, and the wireless industry. But reportedly one individual was able to bypass this systemic procedure.

The military involved in the region did not seem to be aware that a test was in-progress which reveals a lack of communication and coordination between the emergency services agency and the military.

Reportedly the staff involved in alerting the public knew about the upcoming drill, but the day and night-shift supervisors had not properly communicated the responsibility for running the drill to each other, nor to their respective staff.

The drill alert was too similar to a real alert, causing staff confusion.

There was no contingency plan put in place by the emergency management agency to communicate with the public in unplanned situations like this one. The response by their staff and other governmental figures to the erroneous public alert was grossly inadequate. The people received no updates for an excruciating 38 minutes, though emergency management staff was aware of the error in three minutes. That is unacceptable. Immediate communication should have occurred in order to clarify that there was no actual threat. The use of radio and television would have been simple and effective, but that was not done, according to reports. Posting on their official facebook page would have been an effective option as well.

Since this event occurred, reports note that Hawaii is addressing these issues. If the agency is able to properly correct these exposed weaknesses, it will provide Hawaii with a stronger and more effective system that can properly serve its people, and that is a good outcome. The government will need to follow through and ensure that these issues are truly fixed, and that the new and updated procedures and systems function as needed, in both planned and emergency situations. As a result, this unfortunate event will hopefully make all Hawaiians, and all Americans, safer in the long-run.

 

 

Vitamin D is Essential for Your Health, Is Your Doctor Getting it Right?

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Suzanne Coleman, MD

Vitamin D is a type of healthy, naturally-occurring steroid.  It works within our body’s cells and is necessary for our health.  We are only now learning more and more about how important it is, and about how many people do not have sufficient levels to be optimally healthy.  It’s important for everyone to get their levels tested, regardless of their race or age.  Low vitamin D can cause both physical and mental health problems, and correcting low vitamin D may help to treat some problems that were previously thought to be untreatable.

A lot of research is being done lately on vitamin D, and rightly so.  So far evidence points to its importance in our mental health, allergies and atopy (like eczema and psoriasis), heart health, bone health, immune system, and likely others.

Here in the United States, doctors will check vitamin D levels using a test called 25 (OH) vitamin D.  The results of this test are important, and you should ask to look over them together with your doctor.

The test result will show a number that represents how much vitamin D is in your blood, and the test will have a range of what that particular laboratory thinks is an okay number for you to have.  The range is usually between 30 and 80 ng/ml or so.  These numbers bring up a very important point.

Some doctors will tell you that a number of 30, or even 20, is enough vitamin D.  I am going to tell you that in my opinion, that is NOT enough.  I have seen both severe osteoporosis and depression in people with levels in the low 30s.  When they started taking an appropriate amount of oral vitamin D3, their blood levels increased to around 50 over the next several months or so.  Their moods and energy improved significantly.

In order to stay healthy, both mentally and physically I recommend trying to keep your blood levels around 50-60.  Your doctor can monitor these with testing every 3 months or so.  If your initial level is low, she can tell you what to try to take to improve it.  Vitamin D3 is the correct type of oral vitamin D to take.  For the people I mentioned above, with levels around 32, taking 5000 IU a day of a USP-tested vitamin D3 was sufficient to raise their levels into the healthy range of 50 or so.

Not all vitamins for sale are tested to ensure that they actually contain what they are supposed to contain.  That is why I recommend using only vitamins which have a USP seal on their label.  The USP seal means that the vitamins have been tested and should contain what they say they do.  Taking a vitamin without the USP seal on the label is not a good idea as they may not contain the vitamin, and they may also contain unhealthy substances.

Depending on where you live, sun exposure will raise your vitamin D level.  So if you get a lot of sun in the summer, you may not need to take a vitamin D supplement during that time.  If you never get much sun, then you likely will benefit from taking a supplement year-round, as long as your levels are being monitored.

When you first start taking vitamin D3, if you have low levels, you may feel a burst of energy.  Because this may impact your sleep, I would recommend taking the vitamin in the morning, or avoiding taking it anywhere close to bedtime.  After a while, maybe a month or so, once your body’s levels start to become more normal, this effect will not necessarily be seen.

If you have any other medical conditions, be sure to check with all of your doctors before starting vitamin D supplementation, to ensure that you can take it safely.

You also need to know that you can get too much vitamin D.  Levels can be too high for your health, that is why if you take supplements, your levels need to be monitored on a regular basis.  Vitamin D toxicity can present with symptoms like nausea, loss of appetite, feeling tired, having pain, being thirsty, and other somewhat vague symptoms.

I hope that everyone will get their vitamin D levels checked so that they will be as healthy as they were meant to be.  For some, possibly many, vitamin D deficiency just may be one problem that you can correct that will change the rest of your life for the better.


 

I have found very useful information on vitamin D from the Vitamin D Council who has great online resources.  Here is a link to their page on general vitamin D testing and the various lab levels recommended by different groups.

My recommendations and views in this article are based on my experience and readings, previous recommendations by endocrinologists, and the views of the Vitamin D Council.  This article is for informational purposes only and does not establish a doctor-patient relationship.  I hope this information is helpful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hottest Item this Holiday Season, the New Apple Watch, Get it Now!

by, Suzanne Coleman

After Apple’s new product announcements yesterday I am surprised that more people aren’t seeing what I am seeing.  The important take away message is this:  the Apple Watch will be an independently-functioning device that you will be able to  use to make and receive phone calls.  People can leave their cell phone at home, at work, or in the car.  They no longer need to lug their heavy, awkward devices around 24/7 to stay in touch.

THIS IS HUGE.

If my predictions are correct, the Apple Watch will be this year’s have to give it/ have to get it gift at Christmas.  Everyone will have to have it, it will be the new COOL.  Think Sony Walkman, Apple iPhone… and now the Apple Watch.

Just wait and see.

My Apple price target for during the holiday sales period is 200-210 and up to 240 during that quarter’s reporting period early next year.  Buy now, make money.

That’s all for today people, I hope you are paying attention 🙂

 

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Yes, I do own Apple stock, but I also report my observations as objectively as possible.

 

What’s it Like to Have Dyslexia?

by,

Suzanne Coleman, MD

I just came across this great blog post about what it’s like to have dyslexia.  Check it out, it’ll give you a great understanding of how this altered way of perceiving can make life more difficult for some people.

http://geon.github.io/programming/2016/03/03/dsxyliea

 

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