Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dr. Allison Webel, RN, Ph.D, is the lead author of Living a Healthy Life with HIV. She is Assistant Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Webel is a prominent researcher, educator, writer, and speaker in the field of HIV/AIDS self-management, global health and behavior change.

More than 1.2 million people in U.S. are living with HIV and over half of them are over 50.  The World Health Organization and UNAIDS estimate there  were 36.9 million people globally living with  HIV in 2014.

Although it’s no longer a death sentence due to new anti-retroviral medication,  the assumption that HIV is now “cured” is not accurate.  Some 7,000 people a year still die of AIDS.  HIV stigma and shame have been found to negatively impact people living with HIV, affecting their willingness to seek treatment or stick with the complicated regiment of medications that are critical to maintaining health and reducing HIV transmission over the long term.  Patients who feel stigmatized can wind up isolated and without the will to manage their disease.

To live a long and healthy life with the disease, patients need to take responsibility for their own treatment.  This means being on top of the illness, paying less attention to daily signs and symptoms, reducing stress, eating healthy nutritious foods, getting exercise, working with a medical team and getting support from their community.

Dr. Webel and I discuss:

  • How HIV treatments have changed for the better over the last 20 years.
  • Whether HIV positive people should reveal their HIV status and to whom.
  • What are the side effects of HIV meds.
  • Whether or not it is safe to exercise at the same level as people without HIV.
  • Can HIV positive women safely have children; will their babies be HIV positive and;
  • How HIV affects people as they age and what plans should they make for the future.

Do a F.A.S.T check on new or worsening symptoms:

Fever of 101°F or more
Altered mental status
Severity compared to previous symptoms
Typical or unusual?

Living a Healthy Life with HIV is a practical, easy-to-understand book with content that will help not only patients, but also friends and family members who support anyone dealing with HIV.

It stresses that to succeed in living to a ripe old age with HIV the most important skill is learning to respond to your illness on an ongoing basis to solve day-to-day problems as they arise.  The approach the authors of Living a Healthy Life with HIV take--simple, concrete steps to help people find their own answers--has proven to be the approach that works best.

To listen to my interview with Dr. Webel please  click below.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Dr. Willard Harley, Nationally Acclaimed Clinical Psychologist, Marriage Counselor and Author of His Needs Her Needs, Building An Affair-Proof Marriage

Dr. Willard F. Harley, Jr. explains the important concept of the Love Bank, and discusses how to meet each other's emotional needs for affection, sex, intimate conversation, companionship, family commitment, physical attractiveness, honesty and openness, and admiration.  As couples walk through the study together they will remember why they fell in love in the first place, renew their commitment to their marriage, and rediscover their passion.

In His Needs, Her Needs, Dr. Harley list Five Basic Needs Husbands and Wives bring to a Marriage:

Men's Needs:

1.  Sexual Fulfillment
2.  Recreational Companionship
3.  An Attractive Spouse
4.  Domestic Support
5.  Admiration

A Wife can make herself Irresistible to her Husband by learning to meet his Five Most Important Emotional Needs.

Women's Needs:

1.  Affection
2.  Conversation 
3.  Honesty and Openness
4.  Financial Support
5.  Family Commitment

A Husband can make himself Irresistible to his Wife by learning to meet Her Five Most Important Emotional Needs

To listen to my interview with Dr. Harley, please click below.