Being Gluten Free.

#GlutenFree, we seem to see it everywhere and eating foods without gluten is a frequent trending topic. We find that not only those with actual gluten intolerance (or celiac disease) are avoiding gluten, but also many other people. A sense of well-being, weight loss, and bursts of energy are all claims that people have made…

New Hypertriglyceridemia cause discovered

Hypertriglyceridemia is a common condition in the U.S. caused by obesity and diabetes. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious health problems such as coronary heart disease, cardiovascular heart disease, and pancreatitis. Hypertriglyceridemia is a condition in which the triglyceride levels in the blood are elevated to an abnormal level. Aside from obesity…

Osteoarthritis: Can Back Surgery help?

For many adults over sixty, back pain is a common reason they seek medical attention. Of those with back pain, many will end up facing back surgery before considering other effective and less invasive methods. A common cause of back pain in adults over sixty is a result of spinal osteoarthritis. Surgery is mostly ineffective…

The Dangers of Misdiagnosing Lyme Disease & using Unproven Treatments

Lyme Disease is a condition that is fairly well-known. With cases continuing to rise across the United States over the past few years, many are wondering if Lyme disease is being correctly diagnosed. We know that Lyme Disease is caused by an infection from a specific tick and the symptoms vary and usually appear in…

Exercise & Lyme Disease

Not surprisingly, exercise is a great way to manage, control and treat some diseases and Lyme disease is no exception. Let’s go over what Lyme disease is first. Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria by the name Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacteria is transmitted to humans from a bite from a specific type of tick…

Living with Osteoarthritis: Life Changes and the Importance of a Support Group

Most of us have probably heard about arthritis before and know what it’s all about. Although there are numerous types of arthritis, there is one that currently affects approximately 27 million Americans. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joints and is the most chronic disease of the joints. It mainly affects the knee,…

A Proven Diet for Hypertriglyceridemia Disorder

Hypertriglyceridemia is a common disorder in the United States in which triglyceride levels in the body are elevated. This can also elevate the risk for further disease development such as Coronary Artery Disease. Triglycerides are the most common form of fat in the body and your body uses them for energy sources in between meals….

#DidYouKnow It’s National Immunization Awareness Month?

It’s back to school time for the kiddo’s this month! With back to school shopping and getting everything prepared for a successful school year, it can be easy to let a few things slip through the cracks, such as getting your vaccines. August is National Immunization Awareness Month (#NIAM17), which highlights the importance of vaccinations…

3 Healthy Gluten & Dairy Free Lunches

All throughout elementary school my mom packed the same exact lunch for me each day, a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese, an apple, a Capri Sun, and an assorted snack. As an adult, I still reply upon my trusty brown paper bag lunch to get me through the day but the contents are much…

Why Every Diabetes Patient Needs Broccoli

As a child I, like many others, only referred to broccoli as the “little trees.” Because of this name, eating broccoli became more whimsical and fun – leading me to (almost) never complain about eating them. Today, I only refer to broccoli as the “little trees” in my mind but they’re still one of my…

Top 5 Movies For Chronic Illness Sufferers

At the end of a long week, I love nothing more than putting on my favorite pajamas, having a warm cup of tea, and settling down to watch a good movie. Trying a recent box-office hit is always exciting, but there is something special about returning to your favorite characters and story. When we spoke…

10 Ideas a PH Crew Can Do

This month at Peer Health, we’re celebrating our support systems; our friends and family members who support us through our chronic illnesses. On our good and bad days, your crew is there when no one else seems to be. A simple thank you can mean the world to someone, and our campaign, #MyPHCrew, is the…