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Important Vaccines, Healthy Travel, and Happy Feet (Part 2)

Part 2 of Vaccines, Healthy Travel, and Foot Problems

by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher

Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to read the first “installment” of this month’s article, which came out at the beginning of August.  If so, you’ll know this month, we’re looking at three topics, each of which has so much information pertaining to it, that it seemed best to divide the story into segments for easier reading.  As we continue our investigation of important vaccines, healthy travel tips, and troublesome foot problems, we should first take a look at an important caution regarding vaccinations.

Vaccines:

Important Caution:
Often times, people are tempted to ease the resulting pain from a vaccine by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.  Actually, that’s not a good idea from the standpoint of producing maximum immunity from the disease for which you were vaccinated.  Anything that reduces the body’s immune response, such as ibuprofen, or even ice, can potentially r…

Important Vaccines, Healthy Travel, and Happy Feet (Part 1)

Important Vaccines, Healthy Travel, and Happy Feet

by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher

            For many people, August is a time of transition into something new and a time for completion of summer time goals.  During the month of August and often extending into the first two weeks of September, people take their final summer trips, start new school routines, and slowly push toward concluding summer’s more relaxed, if very hot, pace of life.  People start thinking about the details of fall’s activities.             End-of-summer vacations, new school years, and fall trips for business or personal needs all have a few things in common from a health standpoint.  Those things are: (1) immunizations for the whole family, not just the kids; (2) helpful tips on how to stay healthy while traveling; and (3) how to deal with a variety of foot problems from the serious conditions to the everyday annoyances.             There is so much information about these three to…

Arm Yourself Against the Crippling Disease of Arthritis

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by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher

There are many forms of arthritis, but one thing they all have in common is their ability to produce debilitating pain, stiffness, and inflammation in the body’s joints and connective tissues.  Just as there are common threads of symptoms among the many forms of arthritis, there are also common threads of remedies to help treat the misery-inducing ailment, which afflicts millions of Americans every year.             Let’s look at some factors that can both help prevent (or delay onset of) arthritis and also help treat the condition.             •  To begin, limit intake of pro-inflammatory diet influences, such as simple sugars and carbohydrates.             •  Next, increase intake of fish and flax seeds and fish and flax oils for their inflammation reducing Omega-3 fatty acids.             •  Thirdly, keep moving.  Any sort of “exercise” can help improve blood circulation, strengthen muscles, bones, and connective tissues an…

Relieve Stress, Anxiety, and Chronic Pain

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by Darra McMullen, Women’s Health Network Writer/Researcher

Macaroni Grill in The Woodlands Spotlight

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If you haven’t been to the Macaroni Grill lately, you should. During this visit, we tried the restaurant’s fast lunch menu and were pleasantly surprised.

Val Gibbs, 2016 Board Chair Reflects on her Year

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Val Gibbs was the 2016 Board Chair and a continued supporter of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (GHWCC). In her time as chair, she helped take the GHWCC to new heights including 1,000 business members strong and setting a new record for 1,000 attendees at the Annual Women’s Conference.

Take Charge of Your Health with Medical Screenings

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by Darra McMullen, GHWCC and Women’s Health Network writer/researcher