Incontinence Pill or Surgery

There are many people who suffer from some level of incontinence and there are quite several options available. One of the most readily available options is pads, briefs and diapers which can be purchased in the stores or discretely online, but this option is not for everyone and it does not address the underlying cause of the incontinence. Medications tend to be the next level of medical options with several types of drugs that work in different ways on the bladder. Mirabegran (Myrbetrix) is a drug that relaxes the bladder muscle to keep it from quivering and spasming, creating the […]

HIV and the Coronavirus – How to Protect Yourself

The new coronavirus has radically changed daily life for everyone, but for individuals living with HIV, the virus brings with it unique questions and fears. We asked Dr. Sebastian Ruhs, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Director of Infectious Diseases for Chase Brexton Health Care, to address these questions. Who faces the highest risks from the coronavirus? We know from data coming from China and Europe how COVID-19 behaves. Based on the data we have available, those at highest risk from the disease are those with severe conditions like cancer, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease. Is someone living with HIV at higher […]

ICE detention for adults and children; how many will die?

The world is in the grip of a global pandemic, the COVID-19. Governments are mandating safe distancing to reduce the chance of getting infected with COVID-19. Stores, restaurants, bars, and gyms are ordered to close to protect the local communities. And what is happening to those who are being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”)? Are they being released to home detention to limit their exposure? NO! ICE officers are waiting like vultures for undocumented people to come out of hospitals and stores, and arresting them for the “crime” of being in the United States without proper documentation. ICE […]

Living With Isolation

As you read this, it will be about 3 weeks that we all have been practicing social distancing, and isolating in case of those who may have had contact with someone who tested positive. It is difficult to predict how we will be affected by this in the long run, but we do know that prisoners in solitary confinement suffer tremendously. Levels of anxiety and depression go up to be debilitating. We are dealing with a situation most of us never even imagined could happen to us. So let’s take a look at how we may deal with it in […]

My Inner Critic

Do you have that voice in your head that criticizes you when you do something? The one that wants you to be perfect in everything? The one that triggers a sense of blame? Alfred Adler, the Austrian psychiatrist and therapist, held that, “To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest.” His Individual Psychology was based on this belief. He has stated that “… a child enters the world. It is helpless, small, and needs attention. What effect does this have on the child? What influences how the child adapts […]

Celebrating LGBT Health Awareness Week March 23rd to 29th

LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care Our center is among those preparing to celebrate LGBT Health Awareness Week, happening from March 23rd to 29th. In addition to thinking broadly about health equity for our community, we also encourage you to consider your own individual health and well-being. Health and well-being are different for every person but here’s a good place to start: do you have a primary care provider? Having a primary care provider is important even if one is generally in good health. Your primary care provider will be your go-to when you’re not feeling well […]

Responding Reasonably to Coronavirus

A lot has been written and said about what people should do, and should not do, in response to the new coronavirus. Some of it makes sense, some seems extreme, and some is confusing and even contradictory. Here are some medically-informed suggestions to questions people are asking. I am using the common term coronavirus rather than the more technical terms “novel coronavirus” or “COVID-19.” Why is it called ‘novel’? Doesn’t that mean fictional? “Novel” can refer to fiction, but it also means “new.” When a virus human have never been exposed to starts infecting people and causes a new kind […]

Incontinence You Are Not Alone

It is estimated at 400,000,000 adults worldwide suffer from some form of incontinence, so if you find yourself peezing (peeing when you sneeze) then you are among friends! This also means the competition is getting fierce in order to get your attention and ultimately buy brand A over brand B, C, D, etc…. The sales of incontinence products is a $9 billion market and growing, with sales increasing by 9% from 2018 to 2019! There are a lot of products out there and a lot of companies wanting you to buy from them….so how do you decide? It comes down […]

The Best Aphrodisiac

Nearly every culture in every period of history has a record of substances alleged to stimulate sexual desire and improve virility. Medical science has found no evidence that these aphrodisiacs work, but that has not stopped people from using them. If you’ve been looking for a substance to boost your sexual performance, make sure you have all the facts before you ingest, apply, or otherwise try anything advertised as an aphrodisiac, including these five items: 1) Plant- and animal-based herbal remedies – Spanish fly, L-arginine, gingko, ashwagandha or “Indian ginseng,” the Mexican herb damiana, the plant extract called pygeum, and […]

What is Integrative Medicine And how is it different from conventional, functional, holistic or naturopathic medicine?

A discussion with Dr. Eric Nager of Belcara Health By Dr. Eric Nager This is a question I’m asked almost every day. These terms – holistic, natural, homeopathic, functional, and integrative medicine – are often confused. While there are similarities between these healthcare approaches, there are, in fact, important differences. The primary commonality between these disciplines is that they represent an alternative to conventional Western medical healthcare. Essentially, conventional medicine views the body as a collection of separate systems and isolated parts, using pharmaceutical medications and invasive procedures to treat or suppress a patient’s symptoms. Conventional medicine is a great […]