Saturday, December 2, 2017

Wishing you a warm, happy, and healthy holiday season!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hot Potato Topic October 2017

Hey Cooks,
Hope your kitchens are warm and your ovens are hot! Since I am a firm believer in equality this topic is just right on time. Here's your your sexual health!
The Chef

Kegel exercises: not just for women
by Health News Team

They’ve been the topic of women’s magazine articles for decades, but men may not know that Kegels offer benefits for them, as well.
Kegel exercises, also called pelvic floor muscle training, help prevent urinary incontinence, relieve the symptoms of prolapse (a condition where the uterus falls out of place) and prepare pregnant women for childbirth.
Kegel exercises were developed by Dr. Arnold Kegel in the late 1940s to help his female patients strengthen their pelvic floor, or pubococcygeus, muscles that support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum. These muscles can weaken due to aging, pregnancy, childbirth, surgeries like cesarean section, obesity or straining related to chronic constipation or coughing.
Along with preventing and treating incontinence in both men and women, Dr. Kegel’s exercises are now also believed to increase both male and female sexual satisfaction. Just as women perform Kegels to boost arousal and increase climax, men are encouraged to do Kegel exercises to help reduce premature ejaculation and increase the size and intensity of erections.
“Kegels absolutely work,” says Lisa Prieto, a physical therapist at Sharp Memorial Hospital. “They are very effective in preventing and treating urinary and fecal incontinence, and can improve both male and female sexual function and pleasure. Also, because the Kegel muscles are part of the core muscle group, strengthening them can help with chronic low back pain in both men and women.”
Kegels work, but only if done correctly
Kegels are performed by contracting the muscles you use to slow or stop urination. Once you’ve identified the targeted muscles, you can perform Kegels almost anywhere — while lying down, sitting at your desk or even standing in line at the grocery store.
Prieto recommends that you do 30 to 80 Kegels per day, spread throughout the day in three to eight sets of 10 repetitions. Each repetition calls for holding the pelvic muscle contraction for up to 10 seconds followed by relaxation for the same amount of time. You can also practice quick contractions, rapidly tightening and releasing the Kegel muscles several times in a row.
It is important to maintain your focus while doing your Kegels to achieve the desired results. Make sure you are only tightening your pelvic floor muscles and not your abdomen, buttocks or leg muscles, and try not to hold your breath during your repetitions.
If you perform Kegels correctly, both men and women should enjoy the results of regular Kegel exercises in two to three months. Talk with your doctor about the correct way to perform Kegels and whether a pelvic floor “workout” is appropriate for you.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hot..Hot Potato Topic September 2017

Sexual assault — a tough subject worth tackling

Oct. 3, 2016
Help after sexual assault
Whether in reports from colleges across the country, on social media or in a speech given by activist and actress Emma Watson before the United Nations General Assembly, sexual assault is a topic receiving more attention than ever.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives, and 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.
Although the act of sexual assault is traumatic, a victim’s reluctance to report the assault can perpetuate their feelings of shame, embarrassment, confusion and unjustified guilt or responsibility. In fact, the U.S. Department of Justice reports that 63 percent of rapes are not reported for these very reasons. Too often, victims fear the assault was not “serious enough,” that they won’t be believed or that the process of reporting will be too difficult.
Jennifer McWaters, PsyD, a psychologist with the Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program, took the time to answer some questions about this challenging topic so that young women and men become aware of how to care for themselves and others in their communities.
How should we talk to teens and young adults about sexual assault?
I think that being transparent and honest about the prevalence of sexual assault is important, so that teens and young adults are aware of how to both protect themselves and their friends. Empower them to reach out for help when it does happen, talk through what they could do, and identify whom they could go to for support if they were to experience sexual assault or learn of an assault. Many schools and colleges have designated staff members that are trained on how to counsel a student through that process.
What might be the signs of someone who was assaulted?
Each person responds differently to trauma; some might begin to isolate more, avoid class or work, or exhibit signs of depression or anxiety. For others, there might be increased irritability or agitation. It is not uncommon for the victim to experience sleep problems or other issues with daily functioning.
What are some of the issues victims will face post-assault?
It is not uncommon for victims to feel unjustified guilt or a sense of responsibility for the perpetrator’s actions, particularly if the victimizer is an acquaintance or if substance use was involved. Some victims may experience flashbacks or memories of the incident, which can be addressed in psychotherapy and, sometimes, in conjunction with medication.
How can friends and loved ones help a victim of sexual assault?
Be available as a support, but also respect the person’s boundaries and whether or not they feel ready to talk about how they are doing. Asking, “What can I do to support you right now?” is a great place to start. It is best to not ask for the details of the assault, and, most importantly, to not blame the victim for what happened. Express your concern, offer support and connect them to resources and a trusted professional who can navigate how to best process the actual assault with the person.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hot Potato Topic August 2017

Hey Cooks,
Thought it was time we turned to an important health issue since many of us are not sitting at home knitting sweaters and socks.
Be healthy and make healthy choices!
The Chef

The New Oral Cancer Threat

Oral cancer doesn’t receive as much attention as other types of cancer — such as breast, lung or prostate — but that doesn’t mean it’s any less serious. In fact, understanding who is at highest risk could be key to surviving the diagnosis. Dr. Paul Schalch Lepe, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, sheds light on what patients need to know.
We don’t hear as much about oral cancer as we do other types of cancer. Why is that?
The short answer is that oral cancer isn’t as common as other types of cancer. About 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year with oral cancer. Far more awareness and education is needed because of the threat it poses. Oral cancers can occur anywhere in the oral cavity, including the lips, tongue, mouth and throat. Historically, survival rates have not been as high as they could be, partly because without a routine screening exam, oral cancer is often discovered late when it has spread and is thus more difficult to treat.
Who is most at risk for oral cancer?
Far and away, using tobacco and being a heavy drinker are two of the greatest risk factors for oral cancer. Most oral cancers could be prevented if people did not smoke or chew tobacco or drink heavily. Oral cancer is about twice as common in men as in women, and the likelihood of being diagnosed increases with age.
One of the most recent risk factors we’re seeing is human papilloma virus (HPV) infection. The number of oropharyngeal cancers linked to HPV has risen dramatically over the past few decades, probably due to increased testing for it. Additionally, we know that lip cancer is more common in people who have been exposed to the sun without protection like sunscreen.
What can someone do to detect oral cancer earlier?
Be aware of changes to your body and talk to your doctor about anything that doesn’t seem normal. Routine follow-up with a dental professional can help with early detection.
The most common symptoms of oral cancers include:
  • Swelling or thickening of areas in the mouth, such as the gums
  • White or red patches in areas of the mouth
  • Unexplained bleeding or numbness
  • Persistent sores or ulcers
  • Sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Trouble chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the tongue or jaw
  • Ill-fitting dentures, dental pain or loose teeth
  • Any presence of a suspicious neck mass
How is oral cancer treated?
The most common treatment is surgery to remove the cancerous tissue and, occasionally, radiation therapy. For advanced cases, chemotherapy may be necessary.
The Cancer Centers of Sharp offer a complete range of care for oral cancer, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Hot Potato Topic July 2017

Are you creating memorable moments together?

  • Do you go for candle-light dinners?

  • Do you go for short vacations of 2-3 days?

  • You visit popular tourist destinations.

  • Do you cook dinner together anytime or at least help each other while cooking?

  • Both of you don't believe in giving gifts to each other often.

  • Do you attend parties rarely?

  • Do both of you go for long walks together, for example - on the beach?



    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Hot Potato Topic June 2017

    Are You Ready For Marriage?

    1. Is your professional life going very good?

    2. If asked, what type of men/women are you interested in dating, you would answer

    3. Your past relationships lasted

    4. Do you consider ending your relationship over petty issues?

    5. Your good friend is getting married. You

    6. When you see your married friends, you

    7. Do you and your partner genuinely care for each other?

    8. Can you imagine life with your current partner after 20 years?

    9. Are you willing to make adjustments to your lifestyle after marriage?

    10. Do both of your families like you as a couple?

    11. Have you talked about future plans with your sweetheart?

    Monday, May 1, 2017

    Hot Potato Topic May 2017

    How Romantic Can You Be?

  • You believe a girl should be wooed with

  • You believe on a date

  • You end a fight with

  • Your ideal summer vacation would be

  • On your partners birthday you

  • After being away from your love, due to a month-long trip,

  • Your idea of a perfect romantic evening would be


    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Hot Potato Topic April 2017

    Is It Love or Lust?

    1. Do you imagine both of you together after five years?

    2. What attracted you to your partner?

    3. Do your partners opinions and thoughts make any difference in your life?

    4. Do both of you converse for long hours on telephone or in person?

    5. Would both of you want your families to know about your relationship?

    6. Do you become totally romantic with your partner?

    7. Do you bother, if you are late to meet your partner or if you forget to return his/her call?

    8. Do you love your partner even when he/she looks all messed up?

    9. Do you share all your problems and issues with your partner?

    10. Would you like to be seen together as a couple?

    11. Is physical intimacy, the most important thing in your relationship?

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Hot Potato Topic March 2017

    Are You Feeling Luck? May you experience the Luck of the Irish this month!

    What is Your Kissing Style?

  • Would you kiss on a first date?

  • You prefer to kiss with eyes

  • You like your kisses to be

  • You are most likely to kiss a person whom you are attracted to

  • Your favorite romantic setting for a kiss would be

  • You would like to kiss in

  • If your partner kisses you aggressively, it may


    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    Hot Potato Topic February 2017

    What Is The Color Of Your Love?

    1. One thing that attracts you to your partner, be honest?

    2. Are you too honest with your partner or you are casual?

    3. How do you feel being in love with your partner?

    4. Can you do something extreme to prove your love to your partner?

    5. Do you think friendship is important or pure love can do?

    6. Do you think love needs expressions and experiments?

    7. Do you think you can plan and then fall in love with someone?

    8. Below are some relationship goals, you can choose any one?

    9. Do you think love still exists in the purest form in life?