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ColleenO

ColleenO

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. --George Bernard Shaw

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About Me

I'm a graduate student studying health education, worksite health promotion, and health and wellness coaching. I'm working to weave all of these areas into my emerging career. I'm passionate about helping people help themselves get well and stay well.... (more)

How I Stay Healthy

Self-care is a really high priority for me. I make sure I'm getting "the basics" all (or at least most) of the time. For me, the basics are enough sleep, good food and water, quality time with people I enjoy and love, time outside, and dance!... (more)

Acupuncture Patient • 40 expertise • 40 contributions
I have enjoyed and benefitted from receiving acupuncture in both one-on-one and community (group) settings.... (more)

Back Pain Graduate Student • 30 expertise • 4 contributions
As a student.

Yoga 30 expertise • 1 contribution

Allergic Rhinitis Patient and researcher • 20 expertise • 243 contributions
I've dealt with allergic rhinitis for most of my life, and I've tried a lot of different things to reduce or eliminate my symptoms.... (more)

Viral Upper Respiratory Infections (Colds and Influenza) Patient and Researcher • 10 expertise • 208 contributions
Like most people, I've had my share of experience with colds and flus, and I've learned about these conditions through my graduate studies.... (more)

Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1) Patient and researcher • 10 expertise • 87 contributions
I have the occasional cold sore, and I've learned about cold sores through my graduate studies.

Acne Researcher and Patient • 10 expertise • 48 contributions
I've learned about acne through my graduate studies. In addition, I've dealt with acne that results from hormonal imbalances, and mostly received treatment through my naturopathic doctor.... (more)

Antihistamines 10 expertise • 16 contributions

Tea Tree Oil 10 expertise • 13 contributions

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) 10 expertise • 12 contributions

Hypertension Researcher • 284 contributions
I know many people, young and old alike, who have hypertension. I've learned about this condition through my graduate studies. I am most interested in natural treatments and lifestyle changes that can help control high blood pressure.... (more)

Lipid Disorders Researcher • 253 contributions
I've learned about lipid disorders, especially high cholesterol, through my graduate studies.

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Researcher • 177 contributions
I have learned about CHF through my graduate studies.

Heart Attack Student • 160 contributions
Many people I know have had heart attacks. I've learned about heart attacks through my own research and my graduate studies.... (more)

Viral Hepatitis Researcher • 150 contributions
I've learned about hepatitis through my undergraduate and graduate studies.

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and Angina Researcher • 148 contributions
I have learned about CAD and angina through my graduate studies.

Arrhythmias (Heart Rhythm Disturbances) Researcher • 141 contributions
I have learned about arrhythmias through my graduate study.

Psoriasis Researcher • 128 contributions
I have learned about psoriasis through my graduate studies. I also know people who have psoriasis.

Erectile Dysfunction Research • 82 contributions
Through my graduate studies, I have learned about erectile dysfunction/impotence.

Homeopathy Patient and Researcher • 59 contributions
I have used various homeopathic remedies under the care of my naturopathic doctor. I have also learned about homeopathy through my graduate studies.... (more)

Smoking Cessation Researcher • 58 contributions
I've learned about tobacco cessation through my graduate studies and my relationships with people who smoke and use tobacco.... (more)

Heart-Healthy Diet Researcher • 55 contributions
There are different versions of a "heart-healthy diet," and I've been learning about these approaches for many years, both inside and outside of school.... (more)

Essential Fatty Acids • 53 contributions

Exercise Researcher and movement enthusiast • 48 contributions
I love learning about and experiencing the benefits of exercise and movement.

Coenzyme Q10 • 33 contributions

Magnesium • 32 contributions

Vitamin D Researcher and patient • 29 contributions
There is a lot of enthusiasm and controversy about vitamin D right now. A test revealed that I was deficient, so I have been taking it as a supplement for several months. I believe my health and sense of well-being have increased as a result.... (more)

Carnitine • 28 contributions

Celiac Disease Researcher • 28 contributions
I have learned about celiac disease through my graduate studies, including my nutrition classes.

Zinc • 28 contributions

DASH Diet Researcher • 27 contributions
I've learned about the DASH diet through my graduate studies.

Garlic • 27 contributions

Arjun Researcher • 26 contributions
I've learned about this herb through my research on heart-related conditions.

Aloe • 25 contributions

Antioxidants • 23 contributions

Chocolate Researcher and chocolate lover! • 22 contributions
I love dark chocolate. Like other chocolate lovers, I'm always excited to see news that chocolate may have health benefits.... (more)

Hypnotherapy • 22 contributions

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine • 22 contributions

Acidophilus and Other Probiotics • 21 contributions

Cinnamon Researcher and culinary appreciator! • 21 contributions
I love cinnamon--it's delicious and the smell evokes positive feelings and good memories. I'm also intrigued by the fact that it may have some very worthwhile health benefits.... (more)

Fiber Researcher and patient • 21 contributions
I've learned about fiber through my nutrition studies, and I've used it to improve my health. Chia seeds are one of my favorite sources of fiber--I hydrate the chia (soak it in water) and enjoy it as a drink throughout the day.... (more)

Elimination Diet Researcher and experimenter • 20 contributions
Elimination diets have become all the rage in the nutrition world. I've learned about them through my nutrition studies in graduate school, and I've tried a couple to test myself for sensitivities and see what the experience is like.... (more)

Red Yeast Rice • 20 contributions

Stress Management • 20 contributions

Vasodilators • 20 contributions

Vitamin B3 Researcher • 20 contributions
I have learned about vitamin B3/niacin through my nutrition studies.

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors • 19 contributions

Calcium Researcher • 19 contributions
I've learned a lot about calcium through my nutrition studies. There are some dissenting opinions in certain nutrition circles, and I have yet to figure out who's "right" and who's "wrong."... (more)

Gluten-Free Diet Researcher • 19 contributions
I've learned about gluten-free diets through my graduate studies in nutrition. I've also experimented with eating a gluten-free diet.... (more)

Soy • 18 contributions

Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs) • 17 contributions

Chelation Therapy Researcher • 17 contributions
I have learned about chelation therapy through my graduate studies.

Beta Blockers • 16 contributions

Chromium • 16 contributions

Vitamin C • 16 contributions

Folate • 15 contributions

Tea • 15 contributions

Achillea wilhelmsii Researcher • 14 contributions
I've learned about this Iranian herb through my research on hypertension and hyperlipidemia.

Antiplatelet Agents • 14 contributions

Lemon Balm • 14 contributions

Relaxation Therapies • 14 contributions

Rice Bran Oil • 14 contributions

Taurine • 14 contributions

Ayurveda • 13 contributions

Bee Products • 13 contributions

Cholesterol-Lowering Diet Researcher • 13 contributions
The cholesterol-lowering diet is one of many "heart-healthy diets" I've learned about through my study of nutrition.... (more)

Fermented Milk • 13 contributions

L-Arginine • 13 contributions

Phyllanthus Researcher • 13 contributions
I have learned about this herb through my graduate studies.

Picrorhiza • 13 contributions

Stanols/Sterols • 13 contributions

Stevia • 13 contributions

Sublingual Immunotherapy • 13 contributions

Antiviral Medications • 12 contributions

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) • 12 contributions

Eleutherococcus senticosus • 12 contributions

Euphorbium • 12 contributions

Galphimia Glauca • 12 contributions

Ginseng • 12 contributions

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) • 12 contributions

Diuretics • 11 contributions

Hawthorn • 11 contributions

Olive Oil • 11 contributions

Sambucol • 11 contributions

Anticoagulants • 10 contributions

Butterbur • 10 contributions

Creatine • 10 contributions

Digoxin • 10 contributions

Flaxseed • 10 contributions

Glucomannan • 10 contributions

Hepatitis A Vaccine • 10 contributions

Isopathic Remedies • 10 contributions

Korean Red Ginseng • 10 contributions

LiverCare (Liv.52) • 10 contributions

Nuts • 10 contributions

Oral Decongestants • 10 contributions

Over-the-counter Medications • 10 contributions

Phototherapy • 10 contributions

Statins • 10 contributions

Zinc Supplements • 10 contributions

Antineoplastics • 9 contributions

Cardioversion Researcher • 9 contributions
I have learned about cardioversion through my graduate studies.

Echinacea • 9 contributions

Glutamine • 9 contributions

Green Coffee Bean Extract • 9 contributions

Green Tea • 9 contributions

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) • 9 contributions

Kamalahar • 9 contributions

Lysine • 9 contributions

Pacemaker Insertion Researcher • 9 contributions
I have learned about pacemakers through my graduate studies.

Potassium • 9 contributions

Vitamin B1 • 9 contributions

Andrographis • 8 contributions

Artichoke • 8 contributions

Baths and Moisturizers • 8 contributions

Calcium Channel Blockers • 8 contributions

Cayenne • 8 contributions

Class I Drugs • 8 contributions

Decongestants • 8 contributions

Hepatitis B Vaccine • 8 contributions

Lecithin • 8 contributions

Licorice • 8 contributions

Milk Thistle • 8 contributions

Niacin (Niacor) • 8 contributions

Oregon Grape • 8 contributions

Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers • 8 contributions

Topical Corticosteroids • 8 contributions

Anthralin • 7 contributions

Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization • 7 contributions

Mast Cell Inhibitors • 7 contributions

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) • 7 contributions

Radiofrequency Ablation Researcher • 7 contributions
I have learned about ablation procedures through my graduate studies.

SAM-E • 7 contributions

Supplemental Vitamins and Minerals • 7 contributions

Surgery • 7 contributions

Zinc Oxide Cream • 7 contributions

Amantadine (Symmetrel) and Rimantadine (Flumadine) • 6 contributions

Antiarrhythmic Medicines • 6 contributions

Arginine • 6 contributions

Automatic Cardioverter Defibrillator Implantation Researcher • 6 contributions
I have learned about ICDs through my graduate studies.

Biventricular Cardiac Pacemaker • 6 contributions

Cholestyramine • 6 contributions

Class IV Drugs • 6 contributions

Corticosteroids • 6 contributions

Cough Suppressants • 6 contributions

Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) • 6 contributions

Entecavir • 6 contributions

Essential Oil Monoterpenes • 6 contributions

Gemfibrozil • 6 contributions

Left-Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) • 6 contributions

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) • 6 contributions

Nasal Decongestant Sprays • 6 contributions

Sunlight • 6 contributions

Aldosterone Receptor Blockers • 5 contributions

Alpha Interferons • 5 contributions

Class III Drugs • 5 contributions

Coal Tar Products • 5 contributions

Colestipol • 5 contributions

Expectorants • 5 contributions

Ezetimibe • 5 contributions

Fibrate Drugs • 5 contributions

Lamivudine • 5 contributions

Maze Procedure—Open Surgery • 5 contributions

Peramivir • 5 contributions

Ranolazine (Ranexa) • 5 contributions

Ribavirin • 5 contributions

Telbivudine • 5 contributions

Topical Medications • 5 contributions

Vegetarian Diet Researcher and occasional vegetarian • 5 contributions
I've been learning about different kinds of vegetarian diets through my studies and my connection with vegetarian friends. I was a vegetarian as a teenager and often go for many days without eating meat, which I guess makes me an "occasional vegetarian."... (more)

Adefovir • 4 contributions

Adenosine • 4 contributions

Alpha Blockers • 4 contributions

Alpha-Beta Blockers • 4 contributions

Anesthetic Ointments • 4 contributions

Antibiotic Ointments • 4 contributions

Bhavaprakasha • 4 contributions

Biologic Response Modifiers • 4 contributions

Calcipotriene • 4 contributions

Cold Sore Creams and Ointments • 4 contributions

Immunosuppressive Agents • 4 contributions

Isoflavones Researcher and patient • 4 contributions
I've been following the "soy story" for years. The scientific opinion about isoflavones has changed a lot since I started paying attention over 10 years ago.... (more)

Leukotriene Inhibitors • 4 contributions

Magnet Therapy • 4 contributions

Opioids • 4 contributions

Oral Decongestant and Antihistamine Combinations • 4 contributions

Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and Zanamivir (Relenza) • 4 contributions

Pain Relievers • 4 contributions

Retinoids • 4 contributions

Surgical Subendocardial Resection • 4 contributions

Thrombolytic Agents • 4 contributions

Centrally Acting Adrenergic Drugs • 3 contributions

Class II Drugs • 3 contributions

Influenza Vaccine Patient, caregiver and researcher • 3 contributions
Like most people, I've had the flu before. I've also cared for people who have the flu, as well as studied it.... (more)

Salicylic Acid • 3 contributions

Counseling • 2 contributions

Saline Nasal Spray • 2 contributions

Sinusitis • 2 contributions

Allergy Shots Researcher • 1 contribution
I've learned about immunotherapy (allergy shots) through my research on allergic rhinitis.

Aromatherapy (Therapy) • 1 contribution

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Researcher • 1 contribution
I have learned about CABG through my graduate studies.

Diabetes Type 2 • 1 contribution

Heart Transplant Researcher • 1 contribution
I have learned about heart transplants through my graduate studies.

Heart Valve Replacement Researcher • 1 contribution
I have learned about heart valve replacements through my graduate studies.

Ibuprofen • 1 contribution

Maze Procedure—Open Surgery Researcher • 1 contribution
I've learned about maze procedures through my graduate studies.

Mini-Maze Procedure—Minimally Invasive Surgery Researcher • 1 contribution
I have learned about maze procedures through my graduate studies.

Neti Pot • 1 contribution

NSAIDs • 1 contribution

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