STRESS HURTS

Life can be stressful especially during this current time as the world fights through the coronavirus pandemic.  Also, many individuals living with a chronic autoimmune disease have stress with dealing with their diagnosis, fluctuating disease course, and taking multiple medications to control their disease. Stress is the body’s response to threatening and harmful scenarios.  The Read More…


May kicks off Lupus Awareness Month!

The first time I ever heard the word Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or “Lupus” I was in my third year of medical school. I encountered a young African American female in her twenties and we eventually became friends. She always felt tired and she described the feeling as having the flu all the time.  She simply Read More…


Handwashing

I have always been a stickler for proper hygiene and hand washing but with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, the importance of hand washing has reached a new level! Why Use Soap? Hand washing with soap allows the microorganisms on your skin to be surrounded. The specific parts of soap molecules can insert themselves into the Read More…


Support & Chronic Disease

For as long as I can remember I can say that going into a profession like Medicine is about being there for the patient.  I’m a better doctor today because every condition or illness I see has a face of a patient or patient experience linked to it.  Most rheumatologists have a very close relationship Read More…


Obesity & Arthritis

One third of the US population is battling obesity and its complications including Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stroke, Depression and Cancer according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity is connected to arthritis in many ways including the development of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as well as worsening disease activity. WHAT DOES OBESITY DO? Read More…


ARTHRITIS CONNECTION WITH COLON CANCER

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed among men and women in the United States annually. Cancer may begin as a noncancerous accumulation of cells called polyps inside the colon but over time these polyps can become malignant. WHO IS AT RISK? Increase in age African American race Personal history of polyps or Read More…