It’s Women’s Health Week and You’re In Your 70’s…

The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018. The Mother’s Day kick-off provides the perfect impetus for women of all ages to honor and respect themselves by making better health choices. Sadly, women’s health issues and care are often lamentably not a priority in many male-oriented physician practices. As such, it is important that all women take a proactive stance in ensuring they receive the best healthcare possible; this can only happen by educating ourselves. Knowledge is POWER. The following are steps/choices that women can take towards living their best life at any age:

70s – Vaccines.

  • Are your vaccines up-to-date? Shingles, Influenza and Pneumonia are deadly to those folks over 70.  Vaccinations can ensure you enjoy your golden years as optimally as possible.
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It’s Women’s Health Week and You’re In Your 60’s…

The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018. The Mother’s Day kick-off provides the perfect impetus for women of all ages to honor and respect themselves by making better health choices. Sadly, women’s health issues and care are often lamentably not a priority in many male-oriented physician practices. As such, it is important that all women take a proactive stance in ensuring they receive the best healthcare possible; this can only happen by educating ourselves. Knowledge is POWER. The following are steps/choices that women can take towards living their best life at any age:

60s – STD and bone density testing!

  • The little blue pill means that men are eagerly having sex much later in life and thanks to women no longer able to get pregnant STDS are rampant in retirement and assisted living communities and nursing homes. According to the CDC, between 2007 and 2011, chlamydia infections among Americans aged65 and over increased by 31 percent, and syphilis by 52 percent. Why? Viagra for men + hormone therapies for women + can’t get pregnant = STDS.
  • The 60s mean its time to schedule a bone density test to determine if you have osteoporosis. The test estimates the amount of bone in your hip and spine and other bones as well. The stronger your bones the lesser your chance of falling and perhaps breaking a bone. No bone breakage means no rehab and no extended long-term care which means you will better able to keep your freedom and, most importantly, freedom of movement! Your test result can help your healthcare provider make recommendations to help you protect your bones.
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It’s Women’s Health Week and You’re In Your 40’s or 50’s…

The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018. The Mother’s Day kick-off provides the perfect impetus for women of all ages to honor and respect themselves by making better health choices. Sadly, women’s health issues and care are often lamentably not a priority in many male-oriented physician practices. As such, it is important that all women take a proactive stance in ensuring they receive the best healthcare possible; this can only happen by educating ourselves. Knowledge is POWER. The following are steps/choices that women can take towards living their best life at any age:

40s – Perimenopause

  • Hot flashes, night sweats, mid-section weight gain, low libido are all tell tale signs that women are in the perimenopause years.  Thankfully, women have choices that work that can help to lessen or completely stave off these uncomfortable symptoms: bio-identical hormones in the form of a pellet, troches, creams or patches can bring much needed relief that can be taken safely up through…

50s – Menopause

  • Menopause begins when a woman has not had a period for one full year. The average age for the onset of menopause is 52. Women, it WILL happen to you. It is a natural part of life that can’t be avoided. With that said, bio-identical hormones that are created specifically for you and your genetic make-up (mirroring what your body naturally made) can help you navigate the menopause years much more smoothly. You do NOT have to suffer in silence. There is help and there are choices!
  • The 50s also mean it is time to schedule your first colonoscopy. I know no one who looks forward to getting a colonoscopy (myself included) but I can tell you that, thankfully, colonoscopies have come a long way too!  A colonoscopy is the most accurate test for cancer of the colon and rectum, proven to detect the disease early and saves lives.  Thankfully, if a colonoscopy doesn’t find adenomas or cancer and you don’t have risk factors, the next test should be in ten years. For most people, one and done for at least ten years. Because colonoscopies are done under sedation, truly the most uncomfortable part will be the restricted diet and laxatives you have to take before the procedure. It really isn’t all that bad of a procedure any longer. Thank goodness for sedation!
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It’s Women’s Health Week and You’re In Your 30’s…

The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018. The Mother’s Day kick-off provides the perfect impetus for women of all ages to honor and respect themselves by making better health choices. Sadly, women’s health issues and care are often lamentably not a priority in many male-oriented physician practices. As such, it is important that all women take a proactive stance in ensuring they receive the best healthcare possible; this can only happen by educating ourselves. Knowledge is POWER. The following are steps/choices that women can take towards living their best life at any age:

30s –  First mammogram and discuss family planning

  • It is important to establish a baseline from which all future mammograms can be compared especially if there is a family history of breast cancer.
  • It is time to have discussions about wanting to conceive. The longer you wait to start a family the higher the risk rises for birth defects especially after the age of 35. With so many high-profile celebrities giving birth in their 40s and even in their 50s (Janet Jackson) the perception is that delaying childbirth is easy to do. The reality is these women have unlimited sources of income and access to the best fertility doctors in the world which, of course, is not normally the case for the majority of women. The reality is the health risks for babies and mothers are extremely high and dangerous.
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It’s Women’s Health Week and You’re In Your 20’s…

The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018. The Mother’s Day kick-off provides the perfect impetus for women of all ages to honor and respect themselves by making better health choices. Sadly, women’s health issues and care are often lamentably not a priority in many male-oriented physician practices. As such, it is important that all women take a proactive stance in ensuring they receive the best healthcare possible; this can only happen by educating ourselves. Knowledge is POWER. The following are steps/choices that women can take towards living their best life at any age:

20s – Get your well women check up/birth control how to choose the best method for you. There are now many more choices…

  • IUDs – they’re not your Mother’s IUD anymore. IUDs have come a long way since their wide spread use in the 1960s and 1970s. IUDs provide great, long-term protection against pregnancy, are more than 99% effective and work as well as sterilization and the birth control implant. IUDs are one of the most effective birth control methods because you can’t forget to use it! How many times have we heard our friends freak out because they forgot to take their oral contraceptive? Too many times for me to count ! Why take the risk of forgetting to take a pill when you don’t have to? An IUD protects against pregnancy for 3 to 12 years depending on which type you choose and many are non-hormonal. You can have the IUD removed at any time without affecting your fertility.  Best of all, the IUD allows your ovaries to continue producing much needed estrogen and testosterone daily, allowing you to avoid symptoms of hormone deficiencies.
  • NuvaRing/Ortho Evra Transdermal Patch –  again, these newer birth control  methods help decrease the daily probability and risk of pregnancy that can occur by forgetting to take an oral contraceptive. Once a month birth control is highly effective and much more “user” friendly for many women. 
  • Ge the HPV vaccine (26 years old or younger) –  the HPV vaccine is important because it protects against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  HPV is a common virus; nearly 80 million people—about one in four—are currently infected in the United States. About 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year. Most people with HPV never develop symptoms or health problems. Most HPV infections (9 out of 10) go away by themselves within two years, but, sometimes, HPV infections will last longer, and can cause certain cancers and other diseases. HPV infection can cause: cancers of the cervix, vagina, and vulva in women, cancers of the penis in men; and of the anus and back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils (oropharynx), in both women and men. Every year in the United States, HPV causes 30,700 cancers in men and women. HPV vaccination can prevent most of the cancers (about 28,000) from occurring.
  • STD testing – common sense dictates the more sexually active you are, especially, if you have multiple sex partners, the greater the odds you will have of contracting an STD. Many STDs are symptomless or take years to manifest (stress is a great trigger). Always wear a condom to protect yourself and your partner AND get tested!
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GOOP is Dangerous To Your Health: Part 1

No, I’m not talking about GOOP Hand Cleanser, although if ingested it most certainly be dangerous to your health, but instead I’m referring to actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s on-line luxury site, Goop, which offers “cutting edge wellness advice from doctors.”

Firstly, I know of no doctors that would make some of the recommendations suggested for “wellness” on this site. Not only are some of the suggestions absurd, they are flat out dangerous to your health!

Absurd Suggestion #1 – Steam Clean Your Vagina

Officially called a “Mugworth Steam” mugwort is used to steam clean your uterus, et al. Personally, I think mugwort sounds like something from a Harry Potter movie. Do you REALLY want to clean your vagina with something called mugwort? In a word, no. Mugwort is a plant that can be found in the British Isles and was used, primarily, to flavor beer before hops because widely into use. In addition, the Happy Herb Company espouses that if placed under your pillow, mugwort will “induce dreams of prophecy and meaning as well.” My thought is if you are thinking about partaking in the mugwort vagina steam and, believe in prophecy, your vagina will tell you this is a CRAZY dangerous practice!

As I have stated in my book “How Your Doctor is Slowing Killing You: A Women’s Health Guide,” the vagina is a self-cleaning oven; it doesn’t need to be cleaned, douched or doused. Not only could you burn your very sensitive nether regions you could also disturb the good bacteria naturally found in the vagina.

The following is a direct quote from Goop: ”It is an energetic release not just a steam douche – that balances the female hormone levels. If you’re in LA, you have to do it.”
Apparently if you aren’t in LA, you don’t have to do it? By the way, the above statement was part of Goop’s endorsement of the Mugworth V-Steam offered at a Korean spa located in Santa Monica.

Absurd Suggestion #2 – Steaming the Vagina “balances the female hormone levels”

The uterus has nothing to do with balancing the “female hormone levels.” Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone (yes, females make testosterone) are happily ensconced in the ovaries. If they happen to be out of balance, it’s not the vagina’s fault! Blame the ovaries!

Better yet, DON’T waste your time and money steam cleaning your vagina in any shape or form, much less with a mugwort steam! If you think your hormones may be out of balance simply reach out to any of our qualified, professional health providers at DeRosa Medical who can get you back into hormone balance with NO vagina steam cleaning involved! Remember, we are here to help you Feel Better. Live Better!

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Unexpected signs of Menopause

Most women know that night sweats and hot flashes are sure signs they are in either perimenopause or menopause but do you know the UNEXPECTED signs of menopause? 

The Five Unexpected Signs You Might Be in Menopause

1)     You need a close clean shave…on your face!  

The story of unwanted facial hair is often all about estrogen, or to be more precise, the relationship between levels of estrogen and testosterone. 

2)    Ah Choo! Suddenly, you have allergies when you used to have none.

Estrogen is fluctuating and declining which puts more pressure on your adrenal glands during and after menopause. This extra work undertaken by the adrenal glands can lead to adrenal fatigue plus thinned mucosa in the nose.

3)    Mystery bruises – where did those come from?

Fluctuation in hormones results in thinner skin and easy bruising! The two main reasons for the change in skin are loss of estrogen during menopause and long-term exposure to the elements, namely sun and wind.

4)    Visine is your new best friend. Dry, itchy, sand paper eyes is a thing!

Dry eye syndrome is a little-known symptom of menopause. About 61 percent of menopausal women suffer from dry, itchy eyes — but only 16 percent of them realize menopause is to blame.

5)    What was the question? I can’t remember!

Decreasing estrogen, estradiol and testosterone levels PLUS stress are the biggest enemies of memory during menopause. But, luckily, it’s usually only temporary!  During research studies of menopausal women, it was proved that when their estrogen and estradiol levels were low, they performed worse on memory tasks.

When you add on stress, it’s a double whammy. Chronic exposure to the hormones released during stress affects brain function. In fact, one of these hormones, cortisol, prevents the brain from laying down new memory. 

Whether you are experiencing classic or unexpected signs of menopause, any of our DeRosa Medical providers can offer hormonal therapy solutions to help you FEEL better. Live better!

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Hepatitis C – Booming with the Baby Boomers

3 in 4 people with Hepatitis C = Baby Boomers

What do Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler, actor Ken Wantanabe, and country singer, Naomi Judd, have in common? All are baby boomers and all have been treated for Hepatitis C.

If you have an image in your mind of someone infected with Hepatitis C, it might be far removed from that of a celeb. The reality is, according to a May, 2017 CDC report, in just over just five years, the number of new hepatitis C infections reported has nearly tripled, reaching a 15-year high. The highest overall number of cases, were among young people 20-29, with injection drug use as the primary cause of infection. However, the majority (three-quarters) of the 3.5 million Americans already living with hepatitis C are baby boomers, born from 1945 to 1965, who are six times more likely to be infected with hepatitis C than those in any other age group and are at much greater risk for death from the virus.

What is Hepatitis?

“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. Toxins, certain drugs, some diseases, heavy alcohol use, and bacterial and viral infections can all cause hepatitis. Hepatitis is also the name of a family of viral infections that affect the liver.

The difference between Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C-
Hep A, B and C are diseases caused by three different viruses. Although each can cause similar symptoms, they have different modes of transmission and affect the liver differently. There are vaccines to prevent Hepatitis A and B; however, there is not one for Hepatitis C. If a person has had one type of viral hepatitis in the past, it is still possible to get the other types.

What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that attacks the liver. It results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person i.e., injection drug use, blood or organ transfusion and outbreaks in healthcare facilities (very rare). Hepatitis C can be either “acute” or “chronic.”

Acute Hepatitis C virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the Hepatitis C virus. For most people, acute infection leads to chronic infection.

Chronic Hepatitis C virus infection is a long-term illness that occurs when the Hepatitis C virus remains in a person’s body. Hepatitis C virus infection can last a lifetime and lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver failure and even liver cancer.

Who Should Get Tested?

  • You were born between 1945 and 1965 = BABY BOOMER
  • Injected or snorted drugs, even once
  • Received a tattoo outside of a licensed setting
  • Had sexual contact with someone who is hepatitis C positive
  • Received blood products before 1992 or outside the U.S.
  • Have ever been on hemodialysis
  • Are a veteran, especially of the Vietnam war
  • Are a healthcare worker or first responder

Contact a DeRosa Medical provider today to get tested for Hepatitis C. A simple blood test can safe your life!

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Teresa’s Testimonial

I have been a patient of Dr. Alice McCormick’s for just about a year. In the past, I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to a doctor’s appointment. I can honestly say that Dr. McCormick changed all of that by simply being a great listener. In a world of churn and burn, get them in/get them out, Dr. McCormick takes the time to listen to your concerns and suggest options that make sense for YOU. But, I think it is her inherent kindness and warmth that truly won me over. 

Thank you Dr. McCormick.  You are never allowed to retire!

Teresa W.

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Christina’s Testimonial

“I am 36 years old and for the last six years have been suffering from severe systems that were impacting my day to day quality of life as well my family. Year over year, my symptoms got worse and I was unable to find the root of my issues. I was referred to DeRosa Medical by a co-worker who said, “This will be the greatest gift you give yourself.” Skeptical, I made an appointment. The office staff set proper expectations on the process. I returned exactly five days later (which is important as I have a tight schedule).

Jen Collins provided a deep dive into my blood work, educating me on elements critical to my health and well being. From beginning to end my experience at DeRosa Medical has been efficient, warm, and consistent! Since the analysis and recommended treatment, my quality of life has improved and I am relieved to have to have found a solution that is realistic for my lifestyle. DeRosa Medical is not about medicating, but finding natural balance in the changes that women AND men go through. It is important to know that we have options and choices to improve how we feel every day! I have recommended DeRosa to my co workers, family, and friends because I believe in the education and services they provide.

– Christina F.

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