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Dr. Jane Sadler's Health Blog

Dr. Jane Sadler is a family medicine physician on staff at Baylor Medical Center at Garland and is a regular contributor to the Dallas Morning News Health Blog. Read her latest contributions:

December 2013:

5 Healthy Reasons for Holiday Giving!
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

December 20, 2013 – So many of my patients participate in holiday giving, but many don’t know that being generous makes for a healthier holiday. Dallas has incredible opportunities for giving (just check in with your local church organizations or local hospitals). Here is a list of just some of the healthy reasons to keep giving to keep your heart happily ticking. Read Blog


Santa, Cover Your Ears! Reindeer Meat Is Healthy to Eat
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

December 18, 2013 – -“This is awful!” said my physician partner. “You are a Scrooge, Sadler!” Ok, so don’t let the children read this article. I am sure I offended at least half my reading audience and by this time most of you have switched web sites. For those of you still reading, I will share my Alaskan experience: Rudolf’s relatives are mighty tasty and I highly recommend reindeer meat as a healthier alternative to ordinary red beef. Read Blog


Is Your Heartburn Medicine Putting You at Risk for Vitamin B12 Deficiency?
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

December 14, 2013 – -If you regularly take a prescription or any non-prescription medication for heartburn, you should be certain to inform your medical provider, writes Dr. Jane Sadler in her health blog. Medications that lower stomach acid could decrease the ability of the stomach to absorb vitamin B12 into the blood stream. A lack of Vitamin B12 is potentially serious and if undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to dementia, nerve damage, and anemia. Read Blog


Santa: Don’t Fall Asleep at the Sleigh
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

December 9, 2013 – As we all sit by the fire this cold holiday season, I want everyone to spend extra time considering how you might improve upon your health and those whom you love, writes Dr. Jane Sadler, family medicine physician. Maintaining a normal weight can prevent many obesity-related diseases including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Sleep apnea is a treatable condition that is linked to obesity and can be diagnosed and treated by sleep specialists Read Blog


Your Kitchen Sponge is a Germ Magnet
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

December 5, 2013 – According to Food Control 2007, contaminated kitchen items may account for an estimated 76,000,000 cases of food borne illnesses annually in the U.S. Almost 90% of foodborne infections in developed countries originate from food prepared and consumed in the home. But why point the finger at the “ever so useful” sponge (it can’t defend itself)? Why should we give this small kitchen object so much credit for so much illness? Read Blog


Are Your Recyclable Grocery Bags Making You Sick?
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

December 1, 2013 – Congratulations for using recyclable grocery bags – just don’t forget to wash them! Based on a recent study from Food Protection Trends, most reusable bags are contaminated with bacteria. Read Blog


November 2013:

Three Ways to Push Away from the Thanksgiving Buffet
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

November 26, 2013 – According to the well-known dictionary Merriam-Webster, the word “buffet” means a counter forrefreshment or, it can mean a blow to the head. For the British, buffet refers to a restaurant operated as a public convenience (as in a railway station) or a meal set out on a table for ready access and informal service (which sounds more American). According to my sources, the origin of buffet is French and its first known use was in 1718. We generally associate the Thanksgiving feast with early pictures featuring the Indians and Pilgrims enjoying food from a long table filled with an assortment of food (a buffet). Read Blog


You Don’t Have to Look or Sound like Darth Vader to Have Sleep Apnea
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

November 23, 2013 –Sleep apnea is a chronic disorder associated with multiple breathing pauses or extremely shallow breaths during sleep. While respiratory pauses can last just 3-10 seconds, severe cases may last many minutes and (like in my most recent patient) these episodes may occur up to 30 times per hour. The repeated stress due to periods of oxygen deprivation leads to very poor quality sleep. As you can imagine, low oxygen levels (over time) can stress the body, increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, depression, obesity, and diabetes. If you suffer from any of these listed medical conditions, you should speak with your physician to determine if you are a candidate for a sleep study. Read Blog


Don’t Let Your Children Be a Source of Aging
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

November 19, 2013 – I have days where I truly believe my children are aging me. Busy after-school activities along with teens rapidly changing hormone levels and resultant mood fluctuations, can bring a parent to their knees. I don’t really think my children physically age me, and (thankfully) they do not make me feel depressed or (overly) anxious, but sometimes keeping up with their busy schedules make me feel much older than I am. For many parent’s, their own psychological health may be adversely affected by environmental factors stemming from raising children especially if they emotional or physical disabilities. But parents are not the only people afflicted with depression. Depression can affect anyone and can be a result of hereditary factors or tragic and/or stressful environmental situation. Read Blog


13 Factors That Might Affect Your PSA Levels
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

November 15, 2013 – Today, I was rummaging through articles from the American Cancer Society, trying to understand any changes in their recommendations regarding PSA testing in men (keeping my focus on men as it is still Movember month). Interestingly, I came across information I did not know about factors that could increase or decrease PSA blood results (blood tests for prostate cancer screening) and which could significantly affect my interpretation of lab values. Read Blog


Do You Have 1 (or More) of 4 Reasons for Statin Therapy?
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

November 13, 2013 – New guidelines recently reported by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology suggests that up to 44% of all adult men(22% of women) should be on statin drug therapy. Currently, statins are only prescribed in about 15% of adults. Read Blog


To PSA or Not to PSA: That Is the Question
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

November 10, 2013 – The PSA (Prostate Screening Antigen) blood test for routing prostate cancer screening has come under fire. Last year, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) advised against annual PSA testing for healthy, low risk men. In May 2013, the American Urological Association (AUA) announced than (low risk) men under 55 should not get routine PSA tests. However, men between the ages of 55 and 69 could benefit from the test but the risks and benefits need to be decided in an intimate discussion with their health care provider. According to the AUA, men over the age of 80 with less than 15 years of life expectancy should not get screened. Read Blog


Testosterone Therapy and Increased Risk for Heart Complications and Death
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

November 6, 2013 – November month has been taken over by “Movember”. This month celebrates men’s health and promotes awareness (and funds) for specific male health challenges such as prostate and testicular cancer. Movember is also the month to throw out the razor and grow the moustache in hopes of stimulating dialogue surrounding men’s mental health challenges. So, today’s blog is all about you, guys. Read Blog


It Is All in Your Mind: You Are Experiencing Phantom Phone Vibration
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

November 1, 2013 – That funny vibration sensation may not be your phone, writes Dr. Jane Sadler. Phantom vibration is the perception your phone is vibrating when it is not. A tingling occurring around your hip or abdomen (or wherever you keep your phone) may not be your phone signaling an incoming call or text. Read Blog


October 2013:

Avoid Using Your Dog’s Toothbrush on Personal Mouth Appliances
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

October 22, 2013 – I used the dog’s toothbrush on my son’s retainer yesterday, confesses Dr. Jane Sadler. It was accidental. I was cleaning his dirty mouth retainer and after 2 soakings in Efferdent, debris remained. So, I grabbed the closest toothbrush and began scrubbing away. Oops, the toothbrush belonged to the dog! Then I spoke to our dog veterinarian, Dr Travis Procell DVM at Campbell Park Animal Hospital in Garland. According to Dr Procell (and confirmed by his daughter’s school science project), dogs and humans have similar numbers of mouth bacteria (although bacterial species between humans and dogs may be different). Read Blog


Know the 8 Symptoms of Depression
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

October 20, 2013 – In the past several months, our teams of medical providers have begun screening everyone for depression. Why? Because depression is a serious medical condition which is widespread and affects nearly 1 in 10 adults. Interestingly, women are affected twice as often as men. Read Blog


Liver Failure From a Diet Supplement. Be Careful.
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

October 11, 2013 – Read labels of dietary supplements, Dr. Jane Sadler warns. It is important to look for any dimethylamylamine (DMAA) content and stop the supplement immediately. The FDA had issued warnings against supplements containing (DMAA). Notify your doctor for any health concerns if you have taken this product. “Symptoms of (all types) of hepatitis include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay or gray colored bowel movements, joint pain, yellow eyes and jaundice”, according to the FDA web site. Once the connection was made to this chemical and these tragic illnesses, the FDA issued a publicly made high alert. One person has died as a result of liver failure. Read Blog


Celebrate Statins! Reduce Dementia Risks Up to 3-Fold
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

October 9, 2013 – A study from Amsterdam (yes, the Netherlands), found that people who received the highest doses of statin drugs (like Crestor, Lipitor, Pravastatin and their generics), had a 3-fold decrease in the risk of developing dementia. The study is even more interesting, because recently the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) listed statin-induced “cognitive” changes as a concern for the older population. This simple warning caused many of my patients to discontinue this vitally important heart –saving (and now brain-sparing) medications. Read Blog


Postpartum Psychosis Is Not the Baby Blues
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

October 6, 2013 – Postpartum psychosis is not the baby blues. This medical condition lasts longer and symptoms are more severe than baby blues. Postpartum depression can begin anytime within the first year after childbirth, writes health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler. The unfortunate incident last week at the White House can serve as a wake-up call that we must pay close attention to the emotional health of all postpartum women. Read Blog


September 2013:

It’s Ok to Go Nuts Over Coconut Water
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

September 26, 2013 – Rub it on, rub it in, or take it in…coconuts are all the rage in the Dallas Metroplex, and are easily found in well-supplied fitness club refrigerators. But just because coconut water is popular, is it healthy? Dr. Jane Sadler gives you her thoughts about one of today’s popular drinks. Coconut water is the clear fluid tapped from the center of very young coconut plants and should not be confused with the rich coconut milk found within grocery store coconuts. Read Blog


Coconuts: Healthful Benefits Are Like Oil and Water
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

September 24, 2013 – Coconut oil and coconut water are at the center of nutritional vogue in Dallas. “Like oil and water”, saturated fats in coconut oil may not contain as many healthful benefits as lower-calorie nutrient rich coconut water and may therefore remain less popular for everyday use, writes health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler. What is the difference between coconut oil and coconut water? The rind of the coconut contains high concentrations of oily saturated fat while the free-floating sweet juice within the coconut is considered “coconut water.” Read Blog


Valerie Harper: “Stayin’ Alive” while Dancing with the Stars (and fighting cancer)
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

September 17, 2013 – Upon completion of her first dance competition, Dancing with the Stars participant Valerie Harper stated, “It’s good to be alive, and better to be dancing”. Her enthusiastic spirit for life became evident thru graceful ballroom movements and the emotional expressions of the appreciative audience. Valerie Harper: actress, author, lung and now brain cancer fighter, has learned thru both painful physical trials of aggressive medical therapies and the incremental triumphs she experiences daily when every morning she awakens, to live (and now dance) another day. Read Blog


A brief Introduction to Chemical Weaponry from a Physician’s Perspective
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

September 9, 2013 – It is not the intention of this physician blogger to sway you to either side of the Syrian chemical weapon controversy but to educate you on chemical weapons, writes health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler. The purpose is to understand their different properties of chemical weapons and their effects on the human body. Read Blog


When Flu Shots Are Not All the Same
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

September 6, 2013 – It is just a standard flu shot. Right? No…it is a nasal flu spray, a trivalent flu shot, or (offered this season) a quadrivalent flu shot. I am certain you are not the only person wondering, “which one should I get?,” writes Dr. Jane Sadler. For most of us, the answer will be, “whichever one is still available.” Read Blog


Are E-cigarettes’ Safety Claims Just Blowing Hot Air?
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

September 4, 2013 – With kiosks at malls and online distributors, e-cigs are definitely becoming more mainstream. “But are they safe?” asks Dr. Jane Sadler. Many e-cigs contain nicotine and there is no significant evidence these devices help people quit smoking. I suspect e-cigarettes are safer than standard smokes (cigarettes), but I can hardly bring myself to recommend them, writes Dr. Sadler. Read Blog


August 2013:

Your Gym Mat May Be a Germ Mat
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

August 27, 2013 – Concerned about cleanliness of yoga or other mats at your gym? In June 2008 the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology demonstrated an increasing trend of MRSA among athletes thought to be linked to exercise equipment. In the past years, several local football and soccer players who shared personal protective equipment developed MRSA. Since then coaches, parents and kids have been more proactive in cleaning personal use items and less likely to share their protective padding. Dr. Sadler offers tips to give an extra level of protection from possibly non-sanitized gym mats. Read Blog


Two Fruits a Day May Keep an Aneurysm Away!
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

August 23, 2013 – Incorporating 2 pieces of fruit in your diet could decrease your risk of developing dangerous abdominal aortic aneurysms by up to 31%. Aneurysms are” bulges” or weaknesses in the arteries and can cause fatal bleeding when they break open (rupture). A recent study from Circulation August 2013 gives me ammunition to encourage patients to regularly eat more colorful diets, writes Dr. Jane Sadler.Read Blog


Labor Induction May Be Linked to Autism
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

August 16, 2013 – A study from the journal JAMA Pediatrics August 2013 suggests that women undergoing induction may have an increased risk of bearing a child with autism. Ok…that is a red flag. Time to read more about this study and try to get the information straightened out, writes health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler. To learn more read her blog post about the study. Read Blog


Five Things Doctors May Not Tell You
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

August 13, 2013 – Come to your doctor’s office prepared, urges Dr. Jane Sadler, with a list of questions. Be sure your doctor knows about all your medications (including supplements). Avoid taking unnecessary prescription (antibiotics) and nonprescription pills unless absolutely necessary. Engage and interact in your health care. Read Blog


Don’t Ignore That Cough; It Could Be Contagious Pertussis!
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

August 9, 2013 – Prevention is the most effective way to avoid pertussis – whooping cough, writes health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler. It is now required for teens and recommended for pregnant women, new moms and dads. Grandparents are encouraged to get the vaccine as they can serve as whooping cough carriers which put the grandchildren at risk for infection. Read Blog


We Have a Therapy Dog in Our Clinic!
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

August 2, 2013 – As a child, did your mom ever say, “You’re in the dog house.” At Dr. Jane Sadler’s clinic, there really is a dog in the house (clinic). These specially-trained therapy dogs have enjoyed the calming interaction with our children and adult patients as much as the patients. Nothing beats a good tail-wagging in the hallway, writes Dr. Sadler. Read Blog


July 2013:

A Surge in Chest Pain Visits Since News of Kidd Kraddick’s Death
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

July 30, 2013 – This morning, we had three otherwise healthy people present with chest pain complaints. I sent all three patients for cardiac (heart) stress testing based on their symptoms. I wonder if they would have come in if it had not been for the unexpected cardiac death of our local celebrity, Kidd Kraddick. Perhaps his death has made people more aware of their own mortality and concern for their heart health writes health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler. Read Blog


Cranberry Juice for UTI Is More Than Just an Old-Wives Tale
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

July 26, 2013 – For patients with recurrent bladder infections and those who have developed antibiotic resistance to commonly prescribed medications, it is especially welcoming news that medical research supports the use of twice daily cranberry juice to decrease the frequency and severity of UTI’s. Read Blog


Is Lack of Estrogen Killing You?
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

July 23, 2013 – Whether or not to use estrogen therapy is confusing for many women, health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler says. She sorts through the pros/cons based on recent literature. The American Journal of Public Health July 18 published an article that reviewed a 10 year history of “estrogen avoidance” in postmenopausal women. Read Blog


Cyclosporiasis Has Nothing to Do with Sharknado
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

July 18, 2013 – Eight cases of Cyclospora infection have been reported locally, which can only mean there are more cases brewing, writes Dr. Jane Sadler. While 8 cases of Cyclospora may seem unremarkable, only 12 cases have been reported in the preceding 12 years. Usual sources for cyclosporas are a result of eating imported fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables. Cyclosporiasis symptoms begin within 2-14 days of exposure to Cyclospora and diarrhea can last weeks to months. Sufferers may develop “anorexia, nausea, vomiting, increased gas and low-grade fever” according to the recent health advisory. Read Blog


Feel Super About Your Statin Safety
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

July 12, 2013 – I suppose I never get tired of blogging about statin drug safety as I never stop counseling patients about statin drug safety, writes Dr. Jane Sadler. This morning, I have even more to blog about statin drug safety (have I emphasized “safety” enough times yet?). Read Blog


June 2013:

Celebrity Trends: Intravenous Vitamin Therapy
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

June 28, 2013 – According to ABC, IV vitamin therapy is the latest celebrity medical trend. Pictures of Rihanna receiving her IV (intravenous) vitamins have flooded the internet. As physicians, writes health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler, we generally use IV nutrient therapy for people who have cachexia (nutritional deficiency) due to prolonged inability to eat secondary to neurological disorders or cancer. The vitamin/mineral infusion replaces nutrients normally present in a healthy diet. In general, IV nutrient therapy is reserved for physically ill people without other options of achieving dietary support. Read Blog


Exercise to Gain “Good” Fat and Raise Your Metabolism
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

June 25, 2013 – You cannot turn fat into muscle, but could you turn white fat into fuel-burning brown fat? The correct information is that your subcutaneous fat may be changing from yellow (white) fat to brown fat accounting for improved body sculpting with exercise. So, maybe you are not losing pounds with exercise, but you are losing inches. Read Blog


Treating Colon Disease with Fecal Transplants
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

June 21, 2013 – I hope you are not eating while you read this because the subject may make you feel a little queasy, writes health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler. But, fecal donation (stool, poop, #2, or whatever you want to call it) may becoming a mainstream treatment for people with inflammatory bowel disease and persistent antibiotic-associated diarrhea (Clostridium Difficile). This month’s Family Practice News (Vol. 43, No.10) announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may require a special investigational permit for physicians using feces to treat recalcitrant (stubborn) inflammatory bowel disease and Clostridium Difficile (“C Diff” for short terminology) Read Blog


A Physician’s Experience in the Alaska Frontier
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

June 11, 2013 – Family medicine physicians who practice in rural Alaska face daily challenges very different from Dallas physicians. Dr. Jane Sadler contrasts her family medicine practice with that of her physician brother John who works in an emergency clinic located in Alaskan towns of Ketchikan and Seward. Read Blog


What You Need to Know About MERS, the SARS-like Virus of 2013, but Possibly More Deadly
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

June 7, 2013 – The World Health Organization (WHO) calls it Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and it may cause coughing, fever and pneumonia. It has spread from the Persian Gulf to France, Britain, Germany and now Italy. Currently, the WHO has not issued traveling restrictions or special screening. But, I am concerned because I have several patients traveling to Israel this summer. Read Blog


Lessons For Our Children From the Throat of Actor Michael Douglas
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

June 4, 2013 – This past week, actor Michael Douglas disclosed that HPV (human papilloma virus), a sexually transmitted disease, caused the cancer that almost cost him his life. Most of us equate HPV with cervical cancer in women, and few people consider it bothersome for men other than causing venereal warts in the genital regions. More recently however, HPV is becoming increasingly prevalent as the cause of head and neck cancers in the United States. Read Blog


May 2013:

Pitocin Use In Mom May Put Newborns at Risk
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

May 30, 2013 – Researchers found that use of pitocin (oxytocin) was an independent risk factor for admission to the neonatal (infant) intensive care unit and was associated with lower Apgar scores. Read about the pros/cons of using pitocin to stimulate labor during delivery in Dr. Jane Sadler’s latest health blog. Read Blog


Overweight by Age 2? It Could Mean a High Likelihood of Childhood Obesity
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

May 24, 2013 – Childhood obesity is rampant in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) childhood obesity has doubled and adolescent obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. A study in Pediatric Obesity found that formula-fed babies were 2.5 times more at risk for obesity compared to babies that were breast fed for 6 months. Other studies from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) March 2013 will disagree that breast-feeding has much to do with childhood obesity. Read Blog


Can An Aspirin A Day Keep Melanoma Away?
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

May 21, 2013 -- Aspirin is like the mom who wears multiple hats. Just like a “mother multi-tasker” who makes the bed while at the same time cleaning the floor and folding clothes, aspirin has many simultaneous jobs. A single daily dose of aspirin reduces the risk of strokes, heart attacks, colon cancers and possibly breast and pancreatic cancers, while relieving common aches and pains. Now, according to Cancer 2013, it has been discovered that postmenopausal women with regular aspirin use have significantly lower risks of developing melanoma. Read Blog


The 3000-Dollar Question: Should You Consider Testing for Breast Cancer?
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

May 17, 2013 -- I very much appreciate Angelina Jolie’s courage in her writings posted in the New York Times this past week. While Angelina’s decision to undergo testing was necessary for her, it is not a beneficial test for everyone. Here is some basic information (BRCA “101” as I like to call it).The BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes that suppress (curb) tumors. BRAC 1 and 2 genes are linked to breast and ovarian cancer among families (hereditary).Read Blog


Peppers Are A New Hot topic in the Prevention of Parkinson’s Disease
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

May 14, 2013 -- Peppers and similar vegetables contain nicotine (yes, like tobacco) that may decrease your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, writes health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler. A “hot topic” now among the medical community, a recent Annals of Neurology 2013 article strengthened the association between the lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease and the consumption of nicotine-rich vegetables especially peppers. Read Blog


A Little Bit of Sun Could Extend Your Life
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

May 10, 2013 --Health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler advises Texans to compare intensity of Scottish sun to Texas sun as they read about new medical study claiming that sun exposure could reduce blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. Before you decide to take off to the beach without your sunscreen, you need to take this information with caution, she writes. This study was performed “across the pond” in Europe and not in our great state of Texas. In our region, sunburn may occur within 15 minutes of direct sun exposure and 5 sunburns at any age doubles the risk of a person’s chance of developing melanoma (skincancer.org). Read Blog


Walk…Don’t Run. It’s the Distance That Counts
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

May 7, 2013 --You do not have to physically overexert yourself in order to improve your health. Walking offers many of the same benefits without the harsh high impact activity needed with running. Who knows? You could be even healthier than that guy jogging in front of you, writes health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler.Read Blog


Constitutional Lessons From My Dog Applied to Your Daily Constitution
The Dallas Morning News Health blog

May 4, 2013 --Fecal urgency – the sudden urge to have a bowel movement – can be a precursor to fecal incontinence. It’s a topic to discuss with your doctor, says health blogger Dr. Jane Sadler. Read Blog


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