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Christina Beach Thielst
Santa Barbara, CA
A former hospital administrator with a passion for improving healthcare!
Interests: The patient experience, social and mobile health, raising Arbequina olives, air plant decor, Louisiana and my family.
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Guest post by: Dr. Chad Larson is a doctor in both Naturopathic Medicine and Chiropractic. He is also a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. His interests include advanced developments in the fields of endocrinology, orthopedics,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Christina's Considerations
Fall brings a change to the color of leaves in trees and a coolness in the air that will only turn to cold; especially on damp days. For people with nerve damage and neuropathy, these changes also bring about more... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Guest Post: Robert Johnson is a woodworking enthusiast whose passion for power tools is expressed through writing. He is the founder, owner, and main author of, a blog site dedicated to his personal reviews of different types and specific... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Last week, just in time for Thanksgiving, I officially became an adult child caregiver of the "Sandwich Generation". I've made a significant impact to turn things around. So, this video is particularly and specifically of interest to me as I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
This guest post comes from the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy; a public charity foundation committed to fostering collaboration among today’s most gifted and dedicated neuroscientists and physicians. To support their work, visit We all have heard that exercise is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
As a hospital administrator, I was sometimes called upon to support patients, families or even employees who were going through difficult times in their lives. I learned fairly quickly in my career to express empathy and support the natural grieving... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
I think about burn patients when I see the ergonomic tube squeezer I added to my shop as soon as it came onto the market. Yes, it helps those of us with hand weakness and coordination, but it is also... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Holiday entertaining is around the corner and every year we say we want to choose healthier options; but do we? I have a bowl of black walnuts from California sitting on my counter, a gift from a thoughtful young lady's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
I play the lottery when it gets exciting and consider it a little extra support for the schools. This round of Mega Millions and Power Ball seems especially exciting, so it has got me thinking about what I should do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
So, last year I was a fall risk, due to my Guillain Barre Syndrome, and did fall on a regular basis. I didn't go outside unless someone in my family was around. Early one evening I ventured off the patio... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Disability insurance is available at both the state and federal levels to assist workers who become disabled, and unable to work. Learning the qualifications/disqualifications and self-advocating to ensure effective communications are occurring are two challenges many will experience. Another, often... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Last year, I wrote about my difficulties holding a fork or even a toothbrush. I needed a larger handle to grip, so I found the Good Grips stainless steel forks, knives and spoons with their chunky handle. This item was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Who knew navigating a bathroom could be so frustrating and potentially unsafe. Well, I did, at least I thought so until I had my own experiences in 2017 and into 2018. Below, I outline the challenges and solutions I found,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
One risk to healthy children and families, as I've seen in my own circle of friends, has been marijuana use at a young age. While some don't experience adverse symptoms, others seem to be more prone to troubles and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
A while back I wrote an article on why patient portals aren't being used. It was written while I was in a fatigued frenzy as a patient trying to find a diagnosis. Since then, I continue to experience the healthcare... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
I found my way to a physician who specializes in neuromuscular disease, but have been focused on my treatment to give thought to exactly what the specialty does. I did, at least, recognize that neuromuscular relates to both the nervous... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
As a blogger, I increasingly receive offers of sample products to review and find the number promoting their "natural" ingredients to be striking. I don't request samples unless it is really something that is interesting or useful to me. Today... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Last week during a little road trip with my husband to get out of the house for a while, I came across a little shop with bath bombs. It occurred to me that it might be a good idea to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
The current issue of the Annals of Family Medicine includes two articles that deal with mental health and information technology. There are many assumptions about mental health in the age of digital health, so perhaps the findings of this research... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
ZDoggMD, AKA Dr. Damania, is one of the coolest of the cool docs around. It does make me happy to see him weighing in on the topic of medical marijuana. Let him guide you through the haze and watch! I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
A couple of things happened in the last two days that made me think it is time for me to again mention patient advocacy; including self-advocacy. First, the monthly meeting of Chronic Disease Coalition Ambassadors occurred and the importance of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
The CDC just released data on unintentional injuries for persons age 65+ in the US between 2007 and 2016. While unintentional injuries are the seventh leading cause of death, falls account for the largest percentage. 1/4 of US residents aged... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
I came across an excellent infographic that will help guide individuals and their family caregivers build abilities and reduce functional limitations. I can also see how this might benefit those re-entering the workforce and working with their human resources department... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Traumatic experiences can occur at any point in life and in a variety of settings. Individuals who experiences the symptoms of PTSD should be assessed and, as needed, receive treatment such as, trauma-focused psychotherapy and/or medications to manage symptoms. This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Christina's Considerations
Over the years, especially recently in light of my own, I post on functional limitations. My interest stems from disaster planning a few years ago and the awareness that an evacuation plan needs to account for the physical and other... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Christina's Considerations