Prolapse: The ‘Fall’ of Womanhood

Posted: 590 days ago in Everything Else Health Wellness

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(Your vagina, that is!)

Puberty. Pregnancy. Peeing your pants. Perimenopause. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the bathroom, your body has another little “P” surprise for you:

Prolapse. In other words, are your insides hanging outside?

Whaaaaaat? Yes, you heard me correctly – sometimes, our insides fall out. Things like pregnancy and straining can weaken the muscles and ligaments of our pelvic floor, to the point where those tissues that are designed to hold our girl parts in become compromised. Gravity, age, and the loss of estrogen contribute as well, which means that if you have a uterus, you are at risk of all hell breaking loose.

A.k.a., Uterine prolapse. Sorry, ladies.

A mild prolapse – when the uterus bulges into the vagina just a bit – probably won’t cause you any grief, nor require any treatment. However, more significant cases will let you know that something just ain’t right. Suffice it to say, if you see or feel something bulging out of your vagina, you should get that checked ASAP. Frankly, why anyone wouldn’t leaves me scratching my head.

Other signs your insides may be creeping toward the light:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Urine leakage or retention
  • A heavy or pulling feeling in your vagina
  • Chronic, dull low back pain
  • A loss of tone or sexual sensation

If your doctor diagnoses a significant prolapse, s/he may prescribe:

  1. A pessary to try to hold things in. This looks like a diaphragm, and can do a decent job but may irritate surrounding tissues. There are surgical procedures to correct prolapse as well, but as with all surgery, it comes with risks and side effects, so this should only be considered in the most severe cases.
  2. Kegel exercises. These can be quite effective at preventing and managing prolapse  (as if you needed yet another reason to do them!). I am doing them right now as I write this, and not even the repairman or the dog at my feet are privy to my calisthenics. Need some guidance on how-to? Check this out.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight via a diet that supports regular bowel movements. Simply put, more weight in your belly = more internal pressure on those delicate organs. Plus, a healthy diet full of fiber will reduce constipation, which in turn reduces straining. And that brings us to…
  4. Reduce straining when at all possible! A little tip for when you are lifting/coughing/pooing – exhale with every exertion, and DO NOT hold your breath! This will keep the stress in your muscles and out of your hoo-ha.

Uterine prolapse won’t kill you, but it will put a serious damper in your love life, and your day-to-day routines. If you follow the above recommendations and high-tail it to your doc at the first sign of a problem, you can manage this little gift of woman-hood without too much stress.

Why Do They Call it a Blow Job?

Posted: 697 days ago in Everything Else Sex & Relationships

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Thinking about a blow job doesn’t keep me awake at night, but why it’s called that is something I have pondered over the years.

Haven’t you?

As long as I can remember, I’ve always told my patients that there are no dumb questions. But the truth is, I’ve gotten some pretty dumb ones in my twenty-five years of practice. Like the guy who asked if I would lie down next to him before his treatment to relax him. WTF??! Or the woman with 6 children under the age of 5 who couldn’t understand why she was so tired all the time. Come on, really??

This is not one of the dumb ones, since I’ve yet to figure out the answer.

Why do they call it a blow job?

This question came to me from a young woman in her first intimate relationship, who, believe it or not, asked my advice on how to give great oral sex. (I’m still trying to figure out what it was about me that led her to believe that I could offer her good advice!).

I’ve been around the block a few hundred times, and I can tell you that if I were in charge of naming sexual acts, it wouldn’t be called a blow job — it would be called a suck job.

Before you start commenting that blowing on your guy’s private parts can feel good, let me say that yes, it can feel good — great even — but the blow is not the majority of the job, is it?

And while we’re at it, let’s talk about the female version of the blow job. Can we call it a lick job, instead of a muff-dive? Wouldn’t telling your partner you’re in the mood for a lick job be better than suggesting/begging them to go down on us? “Hey, any chance I could get a lick job before we go out for dinner?”. Yeah, that sounds much better, doesn’t it?

The Danger in a Blow Job

Not only is the term blow job majorly misleading, it can be downright deadly. Yes, you heard it here, people. Having air blown into your penis or vagina can kill you.

Here’s what can happen: when air is forcibly blown into your privates, a bubble can form and make its way into your blood stream, blocking the flow of blood to your heart, brain, or other organs. This air bubble acts just like a clot, and can result in a stroke if it ends up in your brain, or heart attack if ends up in your heart. It’s called an air embolism. This most commonly occurs in scuba divers if they rise to the surface too quickly, or after a chest trauma or surgery. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, chest pain, mental or neurological changes and a bluish hue to the skin, and should be treated as a medical emergency.

That’s serious business, folks. It’s much more likely to happen in pregnant women than men, or women on the whole, but still, do you want to risk that shit for a little experimentation?

So in matters of oral sex play please, please, stick to the suck-lick variety, and step away from the blow.

Join in the fight to spread awareness.
#saynotoblowjobs #suckisthenewblow

Essential Oils for Almost Everything

Posted: 724 days ago in Everything Else Health Lifestyle Wellness

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Essential Oils are everything to a girl.

How do you use them? When do you use them? Where do you use them? My simple answer to each of these questions is… for pretty much everything, almost all of the time, and practically everywhere. And there are many people from both today and long ago who would have the same answer. Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years. We know this, in part, because they have been referenced in Papyrus and Hieroglyphics and throughout The Bible. As far back as those sources date, they were used for both their medicinal and spiritual benefits. Today people continue to use these gifts from nature for those same purposes and in a variety of other ways as well. Not to mention, research is supporting their use more and more.

Everyday Oils blurredEssential Oils are helpful for everything from mini emergencies to much larger, more complex challenges. I can’t imagine not having essential oils because they are so useful! I always carry a few with me because I never know when I might need them! Once I spilled scalding hot water on my hand while meeting a client for tea and was able to whip out my Lavender and soothe the burn almost immediately. Another time, I arrived at a party just when the house full of kids came running in after they’d disturbed a bees’ nest and had been stung multiple times. Using Lavender and an oil blend called Purification saved the day and they were able to return to playing (away from the nest, of course) pretty quickly. In addition, because Oils are so versatile you can use them many times and for many things throughout the day.

Maybe you would you like to [fill in the blank] with essential oils:

  • alleviate muscle and joint pain from yesterday’s workout.
  • freshen your breath throughout the day.
  • support your digestive system after a hasty or spicy lunch.
  • calm your nervous system and alleviate minor anxiety before a big event or important conversation.
  • lift your mood on a dreary day.
  • maintain healthy blood sugar levels to reduce cravings.

Think about your day…Do you want to feel more relaxed (traffic?), focused (work deadline?), alert or energized (lack of sleep?) or feel less itchy, sneezy (is it Spring?), have that tickly feeling in your throat (everyone around you coughing?) or want to cleanse surfaces (grabbing a shopping cart?). Then you’d like Essentials Oils too!

Stress Away beachThis morning I added Lemon oil to my water because it’s detoxifying and uplifting, put a blend called Thieves on the bottoms of my feet to support my Immune System, added Lavender to my coconut oil to nourish my skin, used my favorite blend right now, Abundance instead of perfume, dropped Cinnamon in my breakfast (yummy), sprayed Purification on my dog to repel fleas and ticks before our walk, diffused Frankincense for a short Meditation, then put a blend called Brain Power on the back of my neck and temples to sit down and write this blog post and it’s not even lunchtime yet!

I truly believe every person on the planet can benefit from using essential oils… everyone can use immune, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, nervous, or endocrine system support at one time or another. Plus we all have rough days, get cuts or sunburns, like flavors in our food and drinks, get minor aches and pains, and want to have a restful night’s sleep. The list of benefits and uses is seemingly endless because remember, they’re Essential for Almost Everything Oils.

If you’re thinking about embarking on this fun and rewarding oily journey, it’s important to know that there are many essential oil grades on the market and they don’t all yield the same results. Therefore it is crucial to find the highest quality essential oils by working with someone who has studied essential oils, and by doing research for yourself (including contacting companies of interest to ask questions). PubMed, NIH, and NCBI are great places to start your research especially if you want to learn about a specific topic.

Ready to bring Essential Oils into your life? Feel free to visit my website to learn more about them and for instructions on the best way to purchase them. One of the greatest tools to have as you embark on this journey is a strong support system so if you choose to purchase your oils through my website, you will gain access to a Community of Health Coaches and many other passionate and knowledgeable people supporting you on your journey of learning and wellness! More details on my website, www.nourishtolive.com, about this amazing free group as well!

SPECIAL OFFER: The first 20 people to buy a Premium Starter Kit through my website will win a free bottle of Orange oil which is one of my very favorite oils and one I use every day! Please email me with the code DrTaniaEssentiallyEverything once your order is placed to qualify for this offer.

Molly Hauck

About Molly Hauck

Molly Hauck is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Essential Oil Educator, and founder of Nourish to Live located in Annapolis, MD.

The Preserve Annapolis

Posted: 751 days ago in Everything Else Lifestyle

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I eat out quite a bit, but rarely am I compelled to write a review (of sorts).

Preserve Restaurant in Annapolis changed that.

Sorry for those readers who aren’t within shooting distance of this Annapolis, Maryland eatery.  However, I still highly recommend the trip to all you out-of-towners!

I am not remotely a food critic, but I am a food aficionado.  My husband and I have been lucky enough to partake of some pretty incredible dishes in true foodie towns like NYC, Portland, and Charleston, as well as our own District of Columbia.

preserve-annapolisLest you think that Michelle and Jeremy Hoffman are just another cute couple playing at being restaurateurs, let me tell you that they are not.  Preserve has been 2 years in the making for these CIA grads (The Culinary Institute of America, for you food-newbies). They come highly trained and since then, have worked with and for some of the premier chefs in this country.  And lucky us, they decided to set up shop in Annapolis so they could raise their son here while treating us to some of the finest cuisine available, anywhere.

Our thoughts on Preserve restaurant?

Preserve did a damn good job of impressing us! Fresh, delicious foods backed by a commitment to using local, sustainable food sources.  Why should you care?  Well check this out: 7 Benefits of Eating Local Foods. Even cooler is that the genesis of their name, ‘Preserve’, nods to their love of pickling, preserving and fermenting foods.  Not only are these processes delicious, they are good for you (for real!).

pickling-preserveWe showed up for dinner at Preserve on their first Friday open to the public, surprised to see a full house and a waiting list — but more than willing to wait. Michelle, masquerading as a lovely hostess, told us there might be as much as an hour wait, but that she’d text us the minute a table became available for our party of four.

Less than 20 minutes later, I got “dinged”, and down we sat in their cozy corner booth.

Having had a cocktail (or possibly three) before I arrived, I brazenly asked told our waitress that we didn’t want to look at the menu, we just wanted her to bring us any four appetizers and four entrees that the chef would like to prepare for us.  Olivia didn’t miss a beat. She and Michelle conferred, and moments later she described in mouth-watering detail what they had chosen for us.  I have to say, her menu savvy was impressive, and she was cute as a button with a big personality – they have definitely not lost the art of customer service here.

I won’t embarrass myself by trying to explain the dishes in detail; I’ll leave that to the experts.  Let me just say that everything was fresh, delicious, beautiful and most dishes were very atypical of the tres’ predictable crab cake and rock fish specials a la Annapolis. This meat-averse girl was very happy with the many vegetarian options available in addition to fresh animal proteins.

preserve-info-annapolisBeyond the great service and food, the décor (most DIY projects by chef/owners Michelle and Jeremy) was spot-on.  Great comfy wall seating with a subtle nautical flair. A garage door fronting Main Street to enjoy an (almost) al fresco meal was our favorite touch. Even the restrooms (unisex, thank goodness) were papered with the Farmer’s Almanac, a homage to Preserve’s philosophy of truly farm-to-table.  I even dig their logo, which is reflective of their menu – simple yet intriguing!

At a time when many new digs are trying to capitalize on the farm-to-table movement, Preserve doesn’t spend a whole lot of time waxing philosophical about that.  They are too busy dishing out great food to those of us lucky enough to find a seat at their dream child.

Bon Appetite.

(No vegetables were harmed during the writing of this blog post).

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Spring Renewal Detox & Giveaway

Posted: 774 days ago in Everything Else Health Lifestyle Wellness

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Madame Winter has left some serious shit behind in my life.

Shit like 10-extra-pounds, bags under my eyes, lethargy and pasty skin — all of which have me bearing no resemblance to the me that I see in my head. How did all that happen in just a few sub-zero months??

It’s time to call in the big guns and do a detox.

Detox as in, eat healthier, move more and clean up my act. Not detox like go to drug rehab — though if you are suffering a chemical addiction, you do need to address that. Like now.

Just as Mother Nature bursts forth with all her colorful glory this time of year, your body can do some pretty amazing stuff, too, if you just give her a little detox-nudge.

Where does one begin? Well, you can Google till your heart’s content, chat with your peeps at the yoga studio/work, and patch together a healthier eating plan. Yeah — you can do that, but will you? Or will you just continue to bitch about how bad you feel?

Why don’t you make it easier on yourself for once, and let someone else drive the detox train?  

My good friend and nutrition guru extraordinaire, Lisa Consiglio Ryan of Whole Health Designs is the bomb-dot-com when it comes to detoxing. She’s put together a muy comprehensive guide to getting your detox on that involves hand-holding through the entire process. Her Spring Renewal Detox is no different, and it begins this coming Monday, April 20th 2015.

So, what do you get with your Spring Renewal Detox? Lisa Provides:

  • shopping lists
  • recipes
  • coaching calls
  • daily emails
  • one-on-one support
  • and more..

It’s Saks Fifth Avenue service at Target pricing. Don’t believe me? Just check all the goodies you get here on Whole Health Designs.

Bottom line is, I use a Spring detox as a way to reset my eating bar. My diet (along with a few other things) gets a little schlumpy in the dark of winter, and Lisa’s detox is a great way to remind myself how good I can feel when I fuel my body correctly.

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