Monthly Archives: June 2017


Laugh Your Way Through Labor

Since the mid-1800s, Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas” as it is more commonly referred to, has been used for pain relief, but most associated with a visit to the dentist. However, in the early 20th century, women in the United States often used “laughing gas” to take the edge off of labor pain before its

Beach Safety

Today I write to you from the beautiful Oregon Coast. We came out here yesterday to celebrate our daughter Delilah’s 8th Birthday and man oh man, what a weekend to be on the beach. The weather was exceptional yesterday and it truly feels like this is our summer kick-off. Early this morning, I knew I

The Longest Day

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.   Alzheimer's and dementia basics Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to

Another Appendix Bites the Dust!

I can’t tell you how often we have patients show up to our emergency department with extreme lower/right quadrant abdominal pain, and an hour later they are getting their appendix out. This weekend has proven no exception. According to WebMD 2017, one in 20 people will get appendicitis. Although it can strike at any age,

What About Probiotics?

It seems like every month, I meet a patient who strongly believes in probiotics and wants to talk about their experience with them. I’ve heard many people tell me that everyone should to be taking them and that they couldn’t live without them. It is estimated that 4-5 million Americans have take probiotics in the

I Look Like A Surgeon

On the April 2017 cover of The New Yorker , 4 woman surgeons were pictured through the eyes of the patient. It has taken the country by storm, including our very own Operating Room (O.R.). Women surgeons across the country are replicating the photo with the #ILookLikeASurgeon Drs. Celina Sears, OBGYN, Brandi Spence, OBGYN, Heather Abe,

What is C Diff?

C Diff. Hmmmmm…. You’ve probably heard of it? Yeah? If not, at some point in the future, you most certainly will. First, let’s start by talking about the bacteria that lives in our digestive tract. Believe it or not, our guts are home to trillions of bacteria and they all work together to create a

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