Looking Ahead to U=U in 2020

More than three years ago, the Prevention Access Campaign launched the U=U initiative, an international effort to spread the scientific consensus that individuals with HIV who maintain an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit the virus to others. On World AIDS Day 2018, Baltimore joined that consensus with the unveiling of U=U Maryland, a community-led coalition working to spread the U=U message in Baltimore and beyond. As U=U looks ahead to its fourth year, we caught up with Murray Penner, the North American executive director for the Prevention Access Campaign, to learn more about the current state of the U=U […]

Gua Sha: What the Heck is It?!?

As a manual physical therapist, I’m always looking for new ways to work with the body and was recently introduced to gua sha, a 2000-plus year old Chinese medical treatment involving scraping the skin with a spoon or a coin. Gua sha originally used either a spoon or a coin in order to scrape the lubricated skin in one direction in order to free the chi stuck in an area, such as the lower back, neck, shoulders, thighs, etc. I’ve been told this was often performed at home by grandma, who would just pull a soup spoon out of the […]

MENTAL HEALTH MOMENT – Break Free from Digital Addiction!

by Dr. Thomas Franklin As we begin a new year, it’s a good time to pause and reflect. When were we our best selves in 2019? What can we do differently or better in 2020? I believe one of the most important things you can do to be your best self in 2020 is to put down your phone. Here’s what I mean: we have all become addicted to our phones. It is understandable. Our smartphones provide real value to our lives. But their ubiquitous overuse has caused a digital addiction epidemic. This overuse is especially apparent in young people. […]

I’m overweight and Considering HCG

Is it safe and does it really work? A discussion with Dr. Eric Nager of Belcara Health By Dr. Eric Nager If you want to lose weight, an HCG diet program can be a great way to jumpstart your weight loss journey. It involves a very low-calorie diet, combined with injections of HCG, a naturally occurring hormone that has been used to assist with weight loss for decades. HCG helps by allowing men and women to lose weight rapidly, without hunger pains, weakness, irritability or muscle loss. HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) is a hormone that women produce when they become […]

Simple, Healthy Changes for 2020

Dear Readers, Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions. When a person can’t stick with the changes they planned – which is what usually happens – they may feel like a double failure. Not only are they continuing the behavior they meant to change, they also have been unable to keep their commitment. Considering this, my first thought was that it might be best to swear off the whole idea of New Year’s resolutions. But on second thought, it would be a shame not to make good use of the motivation for positive change that many people feel at the […]

Do We Need Conflict in a Relationship?

Imagine this scenario: Your partner and you have similar temperament. You both like some solitude and time for yourself separately, and then enjoy being with one another and with friends. You are on the same page with political views, religious beliefs, and even follow a vegan diet. Heavenly? Or not? Personality theories on relationships predicting harmony vary from it being enhanced by similarity or by compatibility. The more similar we are to our partners, the less the conflict. However, one of the glitches in the human mind is that change towards improvement does not come when all is well and […]

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft in the New Year

Identity theft remains a serious threat to the financial well-being of individuals of all ages, and LGBT elders face additional challenges in keeping their personal information secure. Tips and strategies to help keep personal information out of the hands of thieves will be offered at an upcoming workshop hosted by the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, January 9th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). Anyone interested in attending or receiving more information on this upcoming Lunch […]

I love smooth skin but hate shaving Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It?

A discussion with Kierstin McClanahan, RN, of Belcara Health by Kierstin McClanahan Yes! There is no need to suffer through another waxing appointment or contend with ingrown hairs and bumpy, irritated skin. Laser hair removal is a fantastic way to get rid of unwanted hair and enjoy silky-smooth skin. We all have hair we don’t want. In fact, men and women have been striving to remove unwanted body hair for centuries. Traditional solutions – like razors, tweezers, depilatory creams, and wax – work well enough, but they must be repeated frequently, making them inconvenient, time-consuming, and relatively expensive when added […]

Four Reasons You Should Have a PSA Test

A virtual firestorm erupted in 2011 with the publication of the US Preventive Services Task Force’s draft recommendation that healthy men should no longer receive a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test to screen for prostate cancer because “the test does not save lives overall and often leads to more tests and treatments that needlessly cause pain, impotence, and incontinence,” according to an October 2011 New York Times article. The final version of the USPSTF recommendation was released in May 2012. As of 2019, the USPSTF has amended its recommendation to say that the decision to run a PSA blood test […]

What is s Fascia?

We hear the terms “fascia” and “myofascial release” used a lot in the therapy and massage industry, but what are we talking about? What is fascia and why does it matter to you? Muscles have a nerve going to them to allow our brain to tell the muscle to contract or relax depending on what we need it to do. Fascia, on the other hand, has been thought of as a passive elastic connective tissue that runs through our entire body, varying in thickness depending on its purpose in that location. The skin has fascia. So do the muscles, and […]