A Healthy Dose of Health Information Archive

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A blog providing thoroughly researched information on various health topics.

The purpose of this blog is to provide you with evidence-based information on a variety of health topics. I am not a physician, nurse, or healthcare provider. What I include on this blog is not meant to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for medical advice. I will not attempt to offer any kind of diagnoses or guide your health decisions in any certain direction. What I will offer is credible information you can use to learn more about health.


Kids Can’t “Self Care” Their Way Out of This

“Kids are resilient.” If you’re like me, you’ve come to cringe every time you hear that statement. It now ranks up there with the words and phrases “unprecedented,” “new normal,” and “out of an abundance of caution.” Thanks to COVID, I’m done hearing these phrases, and I’m done allowing everyone to brush off every trauma …

The “perfect couple” isn’t always “the perfect couple”: Domestic violence in the month of love

It’s February, and retailers are slamming Valentine’s Day in our faces. Some of us enjoy this holiday dedicated to love and romance (if you want to learn more about Valentine’s Day’s origins, check out the History Channel’s website), while others despise it. But when we’re looking at photos and videos of “the perfect couples” on …

It’s a Lifestyle Change, Not a New Year’s Resolution

It’s January 1, and with the new year comes new resolutions; many of those resolutions will be about weight loss. Unfortunately, only 8% of Americans accomplish their New Year’s resolutions (Prossack, 2018). As someone who always had a resolution to lose weight, I feel like it’s an appropriate time to share my struggles with you …

You’re just fake news!: Faulty Logic in Health Information

In the social media universe, the world is black and white. Memes make bold claims about how to easily solve the world’s problems. But when you really stop to think about the claims being made, you may find them riddled with errors in reasoning. The more simplistic and catchy the claim is, the more you …

Death is certain, so don’t ignore it. Plan for it.

Benjamin Franklin once told us the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Despite death being certain, we ignore it. We try our hardest not to think about it, and we try our hardest to prevent it. We deny its existence until it is inevitable rather than confront the reality and plan for …

What does it mean to be immunocompromised?

Discussions about COVID-19 and vaccines often mention immunocompromised individuals’ risk for serious infection and whether those individuals will need vaccine boosters. But what does it mean to be immunocompromised? Last month’s blog post explored the basics of immunity, so you might want to check that out if you need a reminder of B-cells, antibodies, macrophages, …

B-cells, T-cells, and macrophages, oh my!: Understanding immunity

Now that a large number of people are at least partially vaccinated in the U.S. and COVID is on a downswing, the question has turned from whether vaccines work to how long they work and how well they will continue to work against variants. There are also questions about natural immunity and how long it …

No, HIPAA Doesn’t Cover That: HIPAA, Vaccination Proof, and Vaccination Mandates

Since the COVID-19 vaccines became a reality in late 2020, the media have been discussing vaccine cards and vaccine passports. Now that obtaining the vaccine is theoretically possible for nearly every American adult who wants it (I say theoretically because there are structural barriers in place for many Americans that make it difficult for them …

Mental Health Matters

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is just as important as physical health, but it’s often overlooked in American society. For starters, when we hear “mental illness,” many of us automatically think someone must “be crazy” and have severe mental health issues. But this is not the case. The American Psychiatric Association (APA, …

Making Sense of Health News and Information

If there’s anything we have learned from the pandemic, it’s that health information and misinformation are plentiful. We’ve also learned that health news can be incredibly confusing when it’s coming at us rapidly. How do we start to make sense of the health news articles we read, whether or not they’re about COVID, when we …

Common COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun, and the vaccines hitting the market at the time of this posting are mRNA vaccines. Consumers have many questions about this new vaccine technology. Below are some of the common questions and answers. Any concerns specific to your health and your individual decisions should be discussed with your physician. What …

Operation Warp Speed- COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials

A COVID-19 vaccine is quickly becoming a reality, with Pfizer and Moderna set to obtain emergency use authorization of their vaccines in mid-December with limited distribution soon after; both of these vaccines have been over 90% effective in phase three clinical trials. AstraZeneca believes its vaccine could be available in January 2021. Understandably, there is …

COVID-19 Reporting and Scientific Communication Confusion

I don’t want this blog to turn into correcting the media reports about COVID or pointing out their flaws (check out HealthNewsReview.org for that), but I do think it’s important to point out some common misconceptions people have after reading media reports about science; these misconceptions have only been heightened during COVID, especially as more …

What is health literacy?

October is health literacy month, so it’s appropriate to use this as the month I kick off a blog about health information. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, health literacy is “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions.”  …

Welcome to A Healthy Dose of Health Information

Hello, everyone. Welcome to my blog, A Healthy Dose of Health Information. The purpose of this blog is to provide you with evidence-based information on a variety of health topics. As a librarian (you can learn about my health sciences library background on my website’s About page), I know there is far too much misinformation …

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