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Posts for: June, 2011

By contactus
June 22, 2011
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For those of us living in southeastern Louisiana with very high humidity and high temperatures, we need increased consumption of water especially during the summer months. The tap water in our community is perfectly safe and it is not necessary to consume inexpensive bottled water. Tap water is far better than sodas, flavored waters, coffee and tea. In most situations you can rely on your thirst to determine how much water you need to drink. However with increased sweating and increase outdoor temperatures, consider increasing your fluid consumption. Other exceptions are patients who have a history of kidney stones need to increase their fluid consumption especially during the summer months.  Two rules of thumb: #1- you need to drink 1 cc of water for every calorie you've consume. For example, if you have a 2000-calorie per day diet, you will need two thousand cc of water per day or approximately 66 ounces of water.   #2-If you want to know how much water you need, consider looking at the color of your urine.  During the summer months the urine should be clear and white. If your urine is dark and yellow, that is an indication that you need to consume more fluids. So drink up and enjoy the summer and every now and then take a look at the color of your urine-your body and your health will thank you!

Want To Tame That Overactive Bladder? Here’s 10 Food Groups to Avoid

June 20, 2011 by neilbaum

1. Avoid citrus juices like oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple

These fruits are highly acidic and irritate the bladder.

2. Avoid Chocolate

Chocolate contains caffeine, a substance that irritates the bladder.

3. Avoid: Caffeine containing beverages such as Coffee and black tea

Caffeine is a diuretic, which causes you to urinate more often, and the caffeine stimulates the bladder. Even decaf versions have this effect. That’s because decaffeinated coffee and tea are seldom caffeine-free.  Herbal teas are without caffeine and are not bladder irritating.

4. Avoid: Hot sauce, chili peppers, wasabi

Spicy nachos, hot peppers, jambalaya, kabobs, and curries are significant bladder irritants.

5. Avoid: Sugar and honey

Sugars tend to stimulate the bladder. Know that for some people, even artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame) are bladder irritants.  Good news: Stevia is a natural sweetener that does not irritate the bladder.

6. Avoid Tomatoes

Tomatoes, like citrus fruits, are acidic; hence their bladder-irritating quality.

7. Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol interferes with brain signals that tell you when to “go.” It’s also a dehydrator and a diuretic that makes you need to go to the bathroom more.

8. Avoid milk and cheese

Different dairy products tend to affect people differently. For some, all dairy is a bladder-baddie. Others are bothered only by very rich and creamy milk products, such as cream cheese, sour cream, or aged cheeses.

9. Avoid Energy drinks

These drinks are very high in caffeine, which bothers the bladder.

10. Avoid Carbonated Drinks

Quenching your thirst with a carbonated beverage (colas, other flavors, fizzy water, seltzer) is counterproductive if you have an overactive bladder. The carbonation is a bladder trigger, an effect that’s intensified if the drink also contains caffeine. You may consider drinking straight water or one of the flavored vitamin waters.

Now I’ve told you what to avoid.  How about what to add to your diet?  Numero Uno is good, ol’ water.   If you drink too little (fewer than about eight cups a day), urine becomes concentrated, which can cause even more bladder irritation.

Bottom Line: There are so many foods and fluids that cause bladder irritability.  I suggest you look at your diet and see if you are consuming too many of these foods and fluids that exacerbate your condition.  Your bladder will thank you!

By contactus
June 10, 2011
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Today, healthcare is criticized by the public as too high on technology into low in tech.  Computers take patients histories, provided differential diagnoses, and even supply educational materials to patients. A new specialty, tele-medicine, offers healthcare services to rural areas that were previously underserved or couldn't afford the latest diagnostic technology. A humorous story about technology occurred when the patient’s secretary called to say that her boss was too busy to come in for an appointment. However, she would fax the doctor a list of her boss’s symptoms and asked if the doctor could just call in his prescription. Of course, that's the extreme of high tech and no touch.

I was seeing another patient who was having difficulty with urination associated with chronic low back pain. I asked if his urinary problem was improving and inquired about his back pain.

"Dr. Baum," he said, "I have had a terrible 3 days, with such severe pain and discomfort that I almost took out my pistol and ended it all."

I completed my exam and stepped out of the room to alert the patient's primary care physician to my findings. I was told that my patient was seen and psychiatrist and that his primary care physician would make sure that the psychiatrist was aware of the patient's depression and suicidal comments. Then I asked the patient to accompany me to the reception area where I gathered my staff and the patient next to a prominently posted sign that says, "if you are feeling less than a B+, please let us know and we will give you a hug." I whispered to my staff members that the patient needed a hug. When we hugged him, the patient's head tears in his eyes because I believe we showed real concern for him and his well-being, which included his mental health as well as his urinary stream.

Later, my staff members wrote to the patient and expressing their concerns and saying that they look forward to seeing him at his next appointment. When the patient returned to my office several weeks later, he said that he had found my staff's hugs were far more effective and  far more encouraging than his psychotherapy sessions and the three  antidepressant medications.

This patient encounter remains one of the highlights of my medical career. The patient clearly demonstrates the power of high touch and that as long as physicians are willing to use high touch, they will never be replaced by high tech.