Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Marla Ahlgrimm | Women And Smoking

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50 years ago, men and women had very different risk levels when it came to smoking, says Marla Ahlgrimm. However, today, a man and a woman share the same risk as many women have begun smoking.

Q: Which demographic of women consumes the most tobacco products?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Unfortunately, low income, those with mental health disorders, and women of color tend to be the most active smokers. These are also those at a higher risk of other issues, such as obesity and heart disease. They are also the group least likely to understand the full scope of health effects associated with tobacco, and especially that of cigarettes.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Historical Pandemics and Epidemics | Marla Ahlgrimm

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In light of our recent health crisis, it is easy to forget that many of us have actually lived through other pandemics and epidemics. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, some of these have had an even greater death toll than COVID-19. Here, the retired women’s healthcare expert shares insight on a few from recent history.

Asian Flu – 1957

In 1957, the world fell into chaos when more than 1.1 million people grew ill with what became known as the Asian Flu. Like the coronavirus, Marla Ahlgrimm reports that the Asian Flu came from China, and it was an unexpected blend of avian flu strains. 116,000 people died in the United States. The primary difference was that, because it was a combination of known strains, it was easier to develop a vaccine.

AIDS – 1981

With an estimated 35 million deaths since 1981, AIDS continues to be an ongoing pandemic. Caused by the HIV virus, AIDS transferred from primates to humans sometime in the 1920s. Today, there are 40 million people in the world living with AIDS. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, science has made it possible to live a long and healthy life after an AIDS diagnosis, whereas it was formerly a death sentence. Emerging medicine has actually cured two patients of the disease as of 2020.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Marla Ahlgrimm On COVID-19 And Masks

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The World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control tend not to agree on whether or not masks should be worn as a matter of routine, says Marla Ahlgrimm. However, there are certain populations that may benefit from both wearing a mask and from others doing the same. But which type of mask is best, and do they really work?

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, there are a few different mask options when it comes to coronavirus protection. These are respirator, surgical, and cloth.

A respirator mask is one that is fitted to an individual. They are proven to form a seal and are highly effective at filtering out viruses, dust, bacteria, and other pathogens. Respirators meet NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) standards.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Marla Ahlgrimm: Blood Type And Health

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Everybody has it, but few people fully understand it. We're talking about blood. And according to women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm, the type you have plays a significant role in your overall health.

Type O and My Heart!

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that people with blood type O, for unexplainable reasons, have a lower risk of coronary heart disease. It’s theorized that something about type O blood reduces cholesterol and lessens the amount of blood-clotting proteins in the body. Something else people with both O+ and O- blood have in common is they have a lower risk of stomach cancer. Specifically, their risk is considerably lower than people with blood types A, B, and AB.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Marla Ahlgrimm | Tylenol And Its Effect On Hormones

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Women take Tylenol every day. We use it for aches, pains, and general discomfort. And, until recently, Tylenol was considered safe for use by pregnant women. According to retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, researchers are beginning to see a link between acetaminophen, the drug name for Tylenol, and negative effects on birth and hormones.

Marla Ahlgrimm explains that a recent study involving more than 100,000 females found that those who used Tylenol for extended periods, 28 days or more, while they were pregnant, had a significantly increased risk of their children being born with ADHD or autism.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Marla Ahlgrimm on Mammograms

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As the sunshine finally is starting to poke its head out for the summer, so too will many parts of your skin that haven’t seen daylight since September. This is a perfect opportunity to pay attention to your entire body, breasts included. And if you are over 40, it may be time for a mammogram.

Q: What is a mammogram?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A mammogram is a way that doctors take a look inside of your breasts. Think of it as an x-ray machine catered specifically for the fatty tissue of your chest. A mammogram is designed to help doctors identify breast cancer early on so that you can get treatment before it becomes progressive.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Marla Ahlgrimm | A Quick Refresher On Hormones

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Marla Ahlgrimm is a retired hormone specialist that spent more than 40 years helping women achieve balanced hormones. Here, she offers a quick refresher on what, exactly, hormones are, and touches on key points as to how they affect the body.

Q: What are hormones?

Marla Ahlgrimm: You’ll hear the description “chemical messengers” more often than once when asking this question. Hormones are essentially chemicals that deliver messages, or instructions, from a specific gland to other parts of the body.