Head Trauma in Children – A Podcast

DocHandal latest podcast lets you in on the important considerations in children of mild head trauma, concussion, and what parents need to know. Warning signs, when to go to the ER, terminology and much more as only Doc can tell you.

Some warning signs of mild versus severe types of brain injury are hard to ID. That’s why check out by a physician early is important. Signs include: when a child is not acting as usual, complaints are getting worse especially a. headache, not walking well or unbalanced walking, a speech change, dizziness, excess sleepiness, blacking out or a seizure.

Whenever a head injury results from a forceful event – ex.  car accident or fall from a height, an immediate medical exam may be warranted be warranted.


How Much Sleep?

Recent research suggests we totally rethink our ‘proper’ sleep times. Listen Up to DocHandal’s latest podcast there is surprising information, including more is not always better!

Recognizing Stress

Stress is well worth noting. When anyone is stressed or even approaching a stress level it is time to be concerned. Once a person reaches a  full-blown crisis, your intervention and safety are almost always out the window. A professional is now necessary. Let Doc Handal, in this podcast, share a few easy to pick up tells of mounting stress in yourself and others. Stress effects more than our social world it goes to altering the state of our health.


Smart Food Choices

At times dietary choices become the lesser of 2 evils either it is calories, fat content, salt, artificial ingredients like sweeteners and dyes. DocHandal’s latest podcast shares scientifically sound food choices wither eating in or out. From soup to dessert and don’t forget wine learn why certain choices are smarter!

Learn which is the healthier choice: soup vs. salad, fish vs. meat, tea vs. coffee, hot dog vs. hamburger, red vs. white wine, strawberries or bananas?

Please share this podcast with your friends – Smart Food Choices

Eating Fish – Good & Bad!

Yes at least 2 serving a week but lurking in your fish are good omega-3s, high protein with low fat but watch for the environmental contaminants-mercury, dioxins and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). Listen as DocHandal let you in some important health facts.

Podcast Teaser:

Every diet toots eating fish 2/week is healthy, the American Heart Association (AHA) states ‘at least 2 servings of baked or grilled fish each week, especially oily fish.’ Servings are typically a minimum of 3 oz is common quantity (deck card size when cooked) and no more than 6 oz per day.

While fish esp. shellfish are high in cholesterol (but lower in total fat than meat/poultry) it is chuck full of omega-3 fatty acids which is good for you on many fronts. Mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon esp. the skin can displace the daily fish oil gelcaps.

Now to the dark side of consuming fish. This podcast is about the Mercury (Hg) present in fish along with PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), dioxins and other environmental contaminants. Learn more about mercury and fish here.

Some types of fish may contain high levels of mercury. Shark, swordfish (170ug Hg, tilefish (golden bass or golden snapper) and king mackerel are examples.

Women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or nursing — and young children — should avoid eating potentially contaminated fish.

In-flight Smarts

Every once in a while practical, easy to apply to daily life concepts are arrived at by scientists.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  published (March 19) their deduction regarding airplane travel and illness. Lots happens to the human body on-board and mostly bad. No one knows the true numbers when it comes to deplaning with something you did not get on board with, so much passes undetected.

Listen Up! for the distilled findings and more insights in Doc Handal’s latest podcast ‘Healthy  Flying’. Sign into iTunes and write a review!

Comments always welcomed!

Share In Your Health Decisions

It is your body and yes doctors are caregivers, but they do not know everything! Do they know what you may want, that you want to hear all possible treatment options, need expectations compared and more – so Listen Up! (iTunes) Doc Handal will again empower you to be your own best advocate.


Stroke Medical Care Changes

Once symptoms of stroke start a stopwatch starts with time lost being brain tissue lost. Timing is everything, quick to stroke center, for a rapid workup to determine extent, type and care of the stroke. The clock starts when symptoms start.

2018 Guidelines for stroke care are:

-a blood thinner must be given up to 3-4.5 hours of symptoms starting.

-If you are a candidate for mechanical removal of the clot, it should be done as soon as possible but within 6-16 and possibly 24 hours.

Decades ago blood thinners (‘clot busters’) were the revolutionary bullet doctors used to reverse strokes caused by a blood clot in the brain. Today there is another method felt to be equally effective and in some cases advantageous. Mechanical removal of the clot in some cases resulted in excellent outcomes – stroke reversal. Presented last month and immediately adopted and published are new guidelines.