Photo by Julie Soefer
A little background…my wife Rachel and I fell in love and dated long distance (Houston to Detroit) for just over a year before we got engaged. My love was so strong for her, the only thing that made sense was if my proposal took place in the center of a heart made by picture frames and pictures of our adventures together.
It was only fitting a couple like us get married on a day that celebrated love. So we got married on the day of hearts, Valentine’s Day. Mind you it was the coldest Valentine’s Day in Detroit history at negative 8 degrees, but we managed to warm everyone with our love.
One of the most common misconceptions I’ve heard among fearful patients is that eating foods high in fat will subsequently increase body fat. I grew up during the low-fat diet craze of the 90s, when health trends began pushing people to believe fat was the root cause of our country’s growing obesity epidemic. I distinctly remember going to the grocery store with my parents and returning home with low-fat crackers, cookies, margarine, etc. Yet, when companies remove fat from foods, they’re actually adding in sugars, salt and chemicals to make the products tasty and shelf-stable. The right types of fat, in moderation, are good for you.
Is it possible to be allergic to exercise? I always get hives after I go the gym, run outside or exercise at home. Others may develop a fine, itchy rash. Friends and family members might laugh at the suggestion of being allergic to exercise and demand to witness it happening, but there really is an explanation.
Urticaria, also known as hives, is usually associated with allergies. However, it might appear as a result of exposure to unexpected environmental triggers including:
- Physical stroking of the skin (dermographism)
- Heat/elevation of body temperature (heat contact urticaria/cholinergic urticaria)
In the aftermath of any incident of mass violence, it’s easy for all of us to feel shaken and distressed. These acts of violence can pose a serious threat to our worldview and make us doubt our own sense of safety and security. School shootings can be especially troubling for children and adolescents, who normally view their school environment as a safe haven. Below are some tips for concerned parents looking to help their children cope after learning about a mass shooting.
Talk about it
In this day and age, children will most likely hear about a school shooting through social media or their friends, so it’s helpful to...
Texas Children’s Heart Center is ranked No. 1 in the country for cardiology and heart surgery, a well-deserved and accomplished status, by U.S. News & World Report. With over 23,000 patients seen every year, our Heart Center offers a unique, family-centric approach to providing high-quality care to our patients and families. We are the home of groundbreaking technology, implementing some of the most complex surgeries and continued therapies in the country.
Words of wisdom for parents of heart warriors
When a child is diagnosed with a heart condition, parents are faced with a wide range of emotions. Social...