Tori Rodriguez

Tori Rodriguez, MA, LPC, AHC, is an Atlanta-based journalist, licensed psychotherapist and Ayurvedic health coach, creator of the body-positive wellness company Bettie Page Fitness, and author of two books – The Little Book of Bettie: Taking a Page from the Queen of Pinups and Bettie Page: The Lost Years. She holds a BS in psychology from Georgia State University and an MA in counseling psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Tori has also managed a medical practice and was instrumental in developing Georgia’s multi-specialty telemedicine program.

You have a recurring pain in your abdomen, and it’s usually accompanied by diarrhea or constipation. Could it be indigestion from a spicy meal last night, or something more serious? For millions of Americans – and many more who go undiagnosed – it’s the latter, and it’s likely a condition known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). If you’ve been diagnosed with IBS – and 15 million Americans have – you may be familiar with some of the newer drugs used for this condition, such as Linzess (linaclotide) and Viberzi (eluxadoline). After all, they have been heavily advertised. But are medications…

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If you struggle with indoor allergies of any kind, you may head to your medicine cabinet first for relief. Over-the-counter allergy drugs are widely available, and you may have even visited your doctor for a prescription drug. But can you treat allergies effectively without relying on medication? Yes, and it’s rather easy to do by taking some measures around the house. While outdoor allergens like pollen from trees, grass and weeds tend to hog the spotlight this time of year, there are plenty of pesky allergy triggers hiding all year long in the place the majority of people spend the…

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It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans have arthritis, which is the top cause of disability in the United States. The disease affects women and older adults more often than men and younger folks, though people of all sexes, ages and races can have it. There are quite a few drugs available for treatment, but it is important to know about the bothersome or even dangerous side effects they can cause — even the ones you get over the counter. First, Arthritis 101 Over 100 types of arthritis and related conditions exist, but the most common are osteoarthritis,…

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Chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day, but does it help spice things up romantically? What food and drinks improve libido and which do the opposite? On Valentine’s Day, many restaurants are packed with couples who have fallen under Cupid’s spell. A dinner date is a fitting way to celebrate the holiday, since one of its original names is St. Valentine’s Feast Day. But eat wisely: Some goodies may help to put you in the mood for grown-up fun, while others may squash it. To be clear, there are lots of different factors that can influence one’s sex drive. “Lifestyle definitely…

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For many men — and some women — thinning hair is a consequence of aging. But when is hair loss something more severe? What remedies are best to treat it? As with many kinds of loss, losing one’s hair can cause a lot of grief. Though the sight of shedding or thinning hair can understandably send people scrambling for a solution, only a handful have proven to be effective. The condition may also be a sign of a bigger problem and warrants a trip to the doc to be sure. “Hair loss is very distressing socially and changes a person’s…

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Most people would agree that losing weight can be tough, so the idea of a quick fix is understandably tempting. Unfortunately, there is little evidence that any such thing exists. “There are no magic bullets that are now available,” says Steven Heymsfield, MD, a professor and researcher at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University whose work focuses on obesity and weight loss. “All approved weight loss drugs should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise ‘lifestyle’ program.” FDA-Approved Weight-Loss Medications Currently, there are 5 weight-loss drugs that are approved by the FDA for long-term…

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If you take medication to control your blood pressure, you might not know other drugs and even herbs can interact with them causing serious side effects. You’ve finally got your high blood pressure under control by doing all the things your doc recommended, which likely included taking your meds on schedule, exercising and making healthy eating choices. You could accidentally sabotage your results if you happen to take certain other medications or herbs – even ones as seemingly harmless as cough medicine. Check out the list below to learn what you need to steer clear of while taking blood pressure…

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With its seemingly endless bounty of irresistible dishes, Thanksgiving is undoubtedly one of the tastiest holidays of all. Unfortunately, that can also make it one of the most painful if you overdo it and end up with that dreaded burning sensation in your chest. Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux, which occurs when the esophagus malfunctions and causes stomach acid to flow into it — and that’s when that fiery feeling sets in. Understandably, the idea of abstaining from all those once-a-year goodies may sound like a form of torture, so how can you have your cake and eat…

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People often look forward to the warmer days of summer and the longer days of sunshine. But whether you’re catching some rays at the pool, beach or just your backyard, be careful. The increased exposure to the sun carries a risk that may be overlooked: Sun sensitivity due to certain medications. Technically called photosensitivity, the condition can result from the use of many different drugs, whether they are taken orally, topically or via injection. 2 Types of Sun-Sensitive Reactions There are 2 types of reactions that can be caused by interactions between medications and sunlight. The first type is Phototoxicity.…

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As the summer heat peaks, mosquitoes and other insects come out in full force, prompting many people to reach for commercial bug sprays. With a variety of options available, unclear benefits, and reports of health risks related to an ingredient called DEET, it can be tough to choose a product — but that don’t let that keep you from protecting yourself. And to make matters worse, there is an increased concern over the Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Although Zika outbreaks have been largely seen outside the United States, there is serious concern about the virus spreading here…

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