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Eating Lettuce

Aug 07, 2008 - 0 comments
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Diet and Exercise



Well, I finally passed the 20 pound mark in terms of losing weight and my BMI has transcended into the normal range.  Lots of salad.... lots of low fat items and a pinch of exercise.  Seems to work!

PS- The MedHelp Weight tracker is FANTASTIC!!!  Kudos to all the Engineering Staff on all these great trackers!!!




Heart Attack?

Aug 01, 2008 - 1 comments
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So, awhile back I started getting left arm pain, which is generally a wake up sound for a heart attack? Rather than ignore it and hope it goes away I actually did something about it... and went to a cardiologist.  After a few tests he tells me my heart is fine but by cholesterol is very high (260) and puts me on lipitor. Cardiologists are very big on driving blood pressure and cholesterol down towards zero needless to say.

Anyway, deciding to be a good patient I pretty much eliminated most fats, oils and stuff that's bad for you from my diet, I dropped around 15-20 pounds and have been walking a few miles per week, thus far not too painful in terms of lifestyle changes. Maybe it's the Lipitor or a combination of the above, but the doctor calls me and tells me I'm doing great... the cholesterol is now cut in half to 130.  I could probably still do better by shedding another few pounds but in hindsight doing these few things makes one feel good about one's self, sort of a self-positive-reinforcement!

Phil
Co-Founder
MedHelp


who woulda thought?

Feb 04, 2008 - 1 comments

Last nights win by the Giants got me thinking and reminiscing quite a bit.

Jen was diagnosed a tad shy of her third birthday.  Initially the doctors approached us in the ICU quite somber after the brain surgery, and declared that she had a terminal brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme.  She was given a few months to live and little hope for any effective treatment.  Afterwards a full pathology indicated a malignant tumor called a ependymoma with a bleak prognosis but much less certain outcome.  

This then started a chain reaction where we sent the tumor to some of the best pathologist in the country who started debating as to the type of tumor and whether or not it was malignant.  In order to add to the chaos, the treatment plan for little Jen was also the focus of major debates between the specialists, here in NY and across the country.  One camp argued for chemotherapy to delay radiation and the other camp insisted that chemotherapy for pediatric brain tumors had no proven benefit and there was no time to waste treating her with radiation therapy which would cause certain brain damage to one so young.

Ultimately the specific type of tumor was never resolved and Jen made it through a year of chemotherapy and followed this with radiation to the site of the tumor. The kid was tough and was a fighter.  

Jen popped in over the weekend, and then drove back to college yesterday, opting to see the Super Bowl at school last night.  Just goes to show that sometimes the underdog indeed wins.

Regards,
Phil



Be careful what you ask...

Jan 28, 2008 - 1 comments

A bit of advice from one who has been there...... be careful what you ask!

One of the main goals of MedHelp was to empower newly *Diagnosed* understand more about their condition in order to make informed choices or at a minimum be able to have intelligent conversations with their health care providers.  I've noticed over the years that those with serious conditions go through a 'learning curve'.  Initially there is a level of shock and for many this is followed by a quest for knowledge.

At the beginning of the curve, people go through articles to get the basic understanding of the disease of condition.  Those that are tenacious keep digging and may eventually go though professional journals in seeking more knowledge.  This is especially true for rare or potentially fatal medical conditions.  

MedHelp has evolved from simply providing a set of articles to gain a basic understanding to providing a large amount of support to those who have been diagnosed.  Our site offers the largest variety of professionally staffed forums as well hundreds of patient-to-patient forums. Even with this tremendous level of support, this is no substitute for personal medical attention from your health care provider. We can help you understand but we can't diagnose.  No one can diagnose you via the Internet, it is also ill advised for you to self diagnose!  It will most likely take you down a path which will waste your precious time and yield few fruitful results.

Once you know your condition, you can then leverage off of our site more effectively... speak with others who have been diagnosed with similar conditions.... pose specific questions to some of the leading experts in the world. Be more empowered to help yourself and your loved ones.

Again... don't ask.. "what's wrong with me" ... it's better to ask... "I've been diagnosed with ... and what do you think about...in relation to ...."


Regards,
Phil
Co-Founder
www.MedHelp.org