Karen Sutton, MD

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Unhealthy Shower Habits to Stop Immediately

Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to shower. Most moms would probably tell you that as long as their kids attempt to stay clean, they don’t really care what goes on in the shower. While that makes a lot of sense (we should be so lucky as to have kids...

Five Great Sports for Couples

The couple that plays together, stays together. Competition can be a funny thing. For many people, competition creates excitement because it gives you something to strive for; a manageable goal with measurable results. For others, competition is a way to gain...

Are Cleaning Chemicals Damaging Your Lungs?

Do the chemicals in your household cleaners cause permanent damage? Cleaning is not one of my favorite things to do, but it is a necessary evil. If you have even one child, you know that somehow messes seem to make themselves, and its almost impossible to keep up with...

Five Great Sports for Introverts

Competition isn’t just for extroverts, you know. One of the biggest misconceptions about competitive sports is that you need to be an outgoing, extroverted person to enjoy them. This probably comes from the idea that a team is often represented by its most outspoken...

How to Make Sure Your Water is Safe to Drink

Safe drinking water is a necessity for every American family. Given that we live in a technologically advanced society, you would think that in this day and age, we wouldn’t have to worry about safe drinking water. Communities like Flint, Michigan might beg to differ...

Is Your Child Athlete Being Taken Advantage of?

Believe it or not, your child athlete may be too nice. I have said it time and again, and I stick by it. Child sports are supposed to be fun. That being said, there is no denying that any sport generally comes with a competitive element, and although we don’t want to...

Five Ways to Combat News-Related Anxiety

In this day and age, the news can be a huge stressor in our lives. We are living in a very interesting time in history. A lot of things have changed very rapidly, and every day it seems we are bombarded with depressing and anxiety-fueling information, courtesy of the...

Five Filling Snacks to Help You Eat Healthy

Finding healthy snacks that keep you full is integral to a successful diet plan. Ask anyone who has ever tried one, and they will tell you that the hardest part of sticking to a diet, is discipline. I’m not talking about fad diets that you try for a few months, or...

Five Female Olympic Athletes to Watch

The 2018 Winter Olympics have given us a lot of new female athletes to follow. As I am sure most of you know, I am a huge proponent of female athletes. My days playing lacrosse at Duke changed my life for the better, and as a mom I am doing my best to instill in my...

How to Tell if You Suffer From Chronic Stress

Chronic stress can cause serious complications to your health. When it comes to your health, stress is a really important thing to be cognizant of. Stress, especially chronic stress can be linked to heart disease, stroke, and even some kinds of cancer. Overall, stress...

Five Spring Sports for Your Kids

Spring is in the air, so its time for your kids to get active. Winter will be coming to an end soon, and so will the months of being cooped up indoors with your kids. Now I know we all probably loved being run ragged by the energy of youth, constrained to the confines...

The Pros and Cons of Breast Self-Examinations

Are there cons to doing self-examinations on your breasts? Most women are taught upon reaching adulthood about the importance of self-examinations for their breasts, or BSEs. Since early detection is a vital part of beating cancer, you can really never be too...

Six Unwritten Rules of the Gym

If it’s been a while since you have hit the gym, keep these unwritten rules in mind. Winter is almost over, so it’s almost time for people to flock back to the gym in the hopes of regaining the body they lost during these cold winter months. It’s also a great time, if...

Five Things Every Woman Should Know about Menopause

It’s best to be well informed about menopause, so it doesn’t sneak up on you. When it comes to life, there are certain inescapable truths; death, taxes, and if you’re a woman, menopause. When we are young girls and first get our period, we often sit down with our...

Three Team Sports that are Great for Weight Loss

If you are bored of regular exercise for weight loss, give sports a try! I have always been a big proponent of team sports. I’m sure it comes from my days playing lacrosse at Duke, but I can’t stress enough the positive impact that team sports can have on your life....

Five Natural Ways to Protect Against the Flu

In case you didn’t know, its flu season. If you have kids, I’m pretty sure I don’t need to tell you that it’s flu season. In fact, I would venture to say that it’s less of a flu ‘season’ and more ‘flu panic’. According to The New York Times this flu season is the...