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Author: Kara Clapp Created: 7/9/2007
This blog is a place where Dr. Kara can share her personal viewpoints about the health care industry and the practice of health and illness care. Postings about Dr. Kara's various hobbies, readings, and other life experiences may find their way here also. Disclaimer: any subject matter discussed in this blog should not be used for medical advise and self-treatment. Please consult a medical provider who can assist you with making informed medical decisions based upon your unique medical history and needs.

Another Thought about my Day at the Water Park
By Kara Clapp on 8/31/2011

Good Morning Readers!

Yesterday I talked about my day at the water park and how surprised I was that I looked more normal than not---that there were fewer normal weighted people and more overweight/obese people. I also mentioned some of the children who made me sad, because of their obesity.

Here’s why I am sad: those kids have more health concerns to worry about earlier in life. My worry about fatty liver disease didn’t start until age 45. Imagine what it must feel like when a 10 year old is told they have fatty liver disease. A 10 year old! One third of Ameri ...

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Prunes Are Your Friends
By Kara Clapp on 8/29/2011

Good Morning Readers!

OK have your laugh. Make it a real big belly laugh, the kind of laugh that would make Santa Claus proud! It turns out that prunes really are your friends. All joking aside, a recent study has shown that women who eat 10 prunes a day have better bone quality and less osteoporosis than those who don’t cuddle up with Mr. Prune.

We have it really good these days compared to our mothers and grandmothers because

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Health Messages and Emotional States
By Kara Clapp on 8/29/2011

 Good Morning Readers!

 

This weekend my hubby and I finally made it to the water park. It was a blast! Like every woman who doesn’t have the bikini-perfect body, I spent a few minutes dreading the donning of the swimsuit and appearing in public. It turns out in the decade since I have put on a swim suit, the world had changed a great deal. Bear with me because my circular argument today will come back to the title of today’s blog.

I was worried about being the proverbial “fat lady” at the ...

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Sleep Drugs
By Kara Clapp on 8/29/2011

Good Morning Readers!

Today we are wrapping up the week long discussion on insomnia. I hope I have given you a lot of food for thought and a new appreciation for allowing your provider the time needed to do a proper assessment of your sleep complaints before jumping into the Ambien pool. There is a lot of content I couldn’t cover, as discussing each medical reason for insomnia would probably keep me blogging for a month.

So today is about sleep drugs, the prescriptive kind. If you like I can blog about non-prescriptive supple ...

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Sleep and Lifestyle
By Kara Clapp on 8/25/2011

Good Morning Readers on this glorious Friday!

I hope you have been following along all week on the topic of sleep. Today I am going to discuss how to avoid insomnia and the treatment of primary and chronic insomnia.

A  careful assessment about your medical history, your family medical history, and work up for a variety of medical conditions will help your health care provider uncover the roots of your insomnia. The work up is too long to post here, so be certain to schedule at least a 30 minute appointment to allow enough time to discuss what is drivin ...

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Signs of Sleep Deprivation and Potential Causes
By Kara Clapp on 8/24/2011

 Good Morning Readers!

Yesterday I discussed sleep myths and how much sleep is needed, based on age. Today I am going to discuss signs of sleep deprivation and the effects of sleep deprivation.

This list of signs is best understood if you conjure up your best Jeff Foxworthy impression of “You might be a redneck, if……” while you read through this list:

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Sleep Myths and How Much Sleep Do I Really Need?
By Kara Clapp on 8/24/2011

Good Morning Readers!

Yesterday I mentioned what regular sleep cycles are and why they are important. Today I am going to discuss how much sleep is needed and some myths about sleep.

It won’t come as a surprise when I say that newborns need the most sleep. They have the most growing to do and that causes a body to need lots of repair time. ...

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Sleep Stages and What They Do
By Kara Clapp on 8/21/2011

Good Morning Readers!

I promised to talk about sleep all week, so let’s get to it!

Yesterday I told you that insomnia is the number one reason that patients visit my office, well, I should have said Ambien is the number one reason----because that’s why they are in my office. Patients have already diagnosed themselves and decided Ambien is their friend and they couldn’t be more wrong. For that reason, I’m going to start at the beginning and walk you t ...

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Testosterone and Sleep
By Kara Clapp on 8/20/2011

Good Morning Readers!

I’m going to do something different this week. I am going to blog every day about sleep. Normally I blog about a different subject each day. Sleep is so important and so abused that I’m going to spend a whole week on it, just for your benefit. It's also the number one reason patients visit me.

Here’s just a short teaser about why sleep is so important. Healthy young men who sleep less than 5 hours a night for only one week have a

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There is No Replacement for Sound Medical Judgment
By Kara Clapp on 8/19/2011

Good Morning Readers!

Today’s article is about having generic Lipitor go Over-The-Counter. I know many of you would be happy if that happened. You won’t have to be bothered by getting a prescription and having those pesky lab tests once a year anymore. I’m right there with you. I can’t even hold up the bogus argument that we’d have more rhabdomyolysis cases if Lipitor went OTC because Brits eat it like candy and still have the same rhabdo rates (5%) we do under prescriptive control.

So I’m not going to argue about the virtues ...

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