Well State


The New Life Support Debate

The matter of when (and if) to terminate life support has long been a matter of debate among the medical community. Currently, patients and their families have the power to choose whether to remain on life support or to have it cut off, based on their medical situation.

But, what if the patient is in the early stages of pregnancy? What happens to her right to choose in that scenario?

As a pregnant woman myself, I was surprised to first hear about the case of Marlise Munoz … a sentiment that later turned to distress and sympathy for the family, …read more

The Healing Aspects of Rhythm & Dance – Tackling Health Disparities among African-American Men

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Health disparities are most prevalent among marginalized communities, including communities of color. African-Americans historically have been barred from accessing health care or have been violated instead of receiving care (think Tuskegee Experiment).

African-American men, in particular, have a well-grounded fear or mistrust of modern medicine because of the aforementioned systemic disparities that exists within the African-American community.

However, just because doctors’ offices often will not have many African-American men in the waiting rooms ready to receive preventive care, this does not mean that they are not finding alternative ways to ensure that they remain healthy and receive the healing that …read more

Health Effects of Toxic Spill in West Virginia=Unknown

When MCHM, a chemical that is used to clean coal, spilled into the water of West Virginia, it resulted in an inconvenient, though very necessary water ban during the cleanup process. While the ban from using tap water is slowly being lifted, many of the state’s residents are still struggling to go about their daily routines faced with the restriction. In the meantime, much anxiety has been stirred about the immediate and future health problems that this spill may have caused.

Water drop (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Unfortunately, there is much that is unknown about how MCHM …read more

Resolve to be Healthy and ‘Well’thy

New Years Eve in Central Park (Photo credit: Hans J. Hansen)

Exercise regularly.

Run a marathon.

Eat less red meat.

If you are like me and millions of other Americans, a variation of one of the above statements probably at one time or another have been included in your “New Year’s” resolutions.

Why do we often wait until the end of one year to resolve to live healthier and ‘well’thier next year?

I think that we feel safe in making resolutions because we do not hold ourselves accountable – our resolutions become a part of our personal “wish” list …read more

Outraged about Obamacare? Maybe You Shouldn’t Be

Many Americans are irritated with the insurance cancellations that have recently occurred due to the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). This reaction marks a lack of true understanding about Obamacare.

I’ll share a personal example. My husband is currently covered under a very inexpensive ‘catastrophic’ health care plan, which is not ideal for many reasons; the most obvious being that he can’t go in to the doctor’s office for check-ups (unless we want to pay out-of-pocket for the visit).

My husband is only covered for a portion of the bill if he is hospitalized, meaning that we spend a …read more

Give Thanks and Raise Your Voice for Health Equity

For many Americans, Thanksgiving is synonymous with family and food. For me, it is a reminder of one Thanksgiving in particular when my aunt began experiencing shortness of breath and went to the emergency room. Doctors did a series of tests and then sent her home.

Photo of Thanksgiving day dinner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few days later she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Cancer. It was a shock to the whole family, but none of us felt that it would be a death sentence. Perhaps we were optimistic at best or disillusioned at worst. We went on and …read more

ACA Help is on the Way!

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If you find the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health insurance options confusing, you are not alone…literally. There is help on the way! Starting October 1, 2013, consumers in all states will be able to choose affordable health insurance options through new Health Insurance Marketplaces. Consumers can get help as they apply for and choose new insurance options from Community Navigator Organizations.

On August 15th, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the organizations who would be receiving nearly $65 million in funds to set up their Community Navigator programs. As stated …read more

Detroit: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Earthworks urban farm (Photo credit: detroitunspun)

Detroit’s economic woes, including the city’s recent filing for bankruptcy, have been well covered by mainstream media outlets. What has been less talked about are the ways in which Detroit’s citizens have come together to make something good out of a bad situation. They are taking Detroit’s numerous vacant lots and turning them into thriving urban farms.

The sprawling metropolis of Detroit, covering over 139 square miles, contains around 150,000 vacant lots, an area roughly the size of Manhattan. But, instead of letting these areas lie empty and decaying, Detroit residents have come …read more

Birthing in Baltimore, Part II

Childbirth (Photo credit: popularpatty)

Continued from Birthing in Baltimore, Part I …

As Shannon McGarry was preparing for last week’s post, Pushing Forward Childbirth in America, which examines the US’ approach to maternal healthcare, she asked me about my own experience – specifically if I had given birth in a hospital (yes) and if I had a positive experience (yes). Her inquiries and more specifically, her post got me thinking … what choices are women making to ensure wellness for themselves and their babies as they start and continue their families?

The following are real life accounts of maternal …read more

Birthing in Baltimore, Part I

As Shannon McGarry was preparing for last week’s post, Pushing Forward Childbirth in America, which examines the US’ approach to maternal healthcare, she asked me about my own experience – specifically if I had given birth in a hospital (yes) and if I had a positive experience (yes). Her inquiries and more specifically, her post got me thinking … what choices are women making to ensure wellness for themselves and their babies as they start and continue their families?

English: Major Christine Gundel, 779th Medical Group nurse midwife, checks on Monica McCoy, Public Affairs Specialist for Naval Sea …read more