Saturday, December 14, 2013

Press Release for Dr. Margaret Aranda, Author

Announcing a recent, local article about Dr. Aranda's two recent books that are launching nationwide. One is on Christian Living, called Stepping from the Edge. It is the Sequel to No More Tears: A Physician Turned Patient Inspires Recovery. 

The Other is a children's book, Little Missy Two-Shoes Likes a Ladybug. 

Also launching nationwide, her next book will focus on Women's Health from puberty past menopause, and you are guaranteed to learn at least 50 things that you did not know. Wait until February, 2014...

For now, it is good to see women highlighted in the news:
Valley News Group (See Page 3)

Never give up.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dr. Aranda as Cover Girl, 2014 Directory, Nancy Mills' Spirited DIrectory

by Dr Margaret Aranda

I can't stand up without midodrine, I can't eat without zofran, I get migraines and tinnitus without diazepam, and I would go into kidney failure without DDAVP. To name a few.

Despite all that, I use my fingers, my brain, and my computer to inspire, encourage, and educate doctors and patients alike. I won't forget the bed-ridden or the chronically ill, because I am both.

I am deeply honored that Nancy Mills called me to see if I would accept this invitation: to be in the Nancy Mills' Spirited Women's Directory of 2014. On the Cover, I am joined by 14 other lovely ladies. Launching on 12/12/13, please mark your calendar to see the chosen Spirited Women worldwide, who are bound to make you smile and inspire you to be the best that you can be, no matter your circumstances. It's FREE, for you my friend. Free inspiration from me to you so that you can strive your best to accomplish one baby step at a time. Just one day at a time.

Now what could be better than that? My gift to you this Holiday Season.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Sequel to No More Tears: Introducing Stepping from the Edge

by Dr. Margaret Aranda

Photo 1. Book  #2, Stepping from the Edge.  It doesn't just happen in the movies. It happens in real life, too. God can move mountains and He can stop airplanes, too. Dr Aranda's Book #2 can be ordered directly from Tate Publishing by going to For author autographed copy, please go to or check the Home Page here.

Going through a struggle in your life? Or is every day a struggle? Or do you live with someone who has a chronic illness or has been through a devastating time? In Stepping from the Edge, I take you through that age-old question that so many have asked me in my life, "How do you do it?"

I share some very personal stories, from being a runaway at 16 years old,  being a battered wife, being an abandoned wife in my first month of medical school, and being a single parent with no child support or alimony through medical school, internship, residency, or fellowship.

And then, as most of my friends know, I was in a devastating car crash that left me bed-bound for six years. It was humiliating to sit at a Conference Room table, look up, and see drooling people with head braces and reclining wheelchairs sitting with me at the table. I was one of them, as I had a traumatic brain injury with DI, vertebral artery dissection, dysautonomia, etc. I used to be the one standing up, giving the lecture. I was confused. How did this happen to me? What did this mean?

In 2012, I was finally beginning to get better; even got accepted to Stanford's Advanced Clinical Anesthesiology Program to start in August, 2013. It would have brought my profession back to me.

But God had different plans, and boy did he open the doors that needed to be opened and did he ever close the doors that needed to be closed. I woke up one day in January 2013 with a headache that turned into a migraine, and it lasted for 5 days. When I called my cardiologist and told him that something was wrong with me because I was ataxic and bumping into the walls, he admitted me to the hospital. During a neurologic exam in January 2013, a doctor dropped me to the hard wood floor and there it started all over again, the expressive aphasia, hypotension, and migraines. I developed dehydration and acute kidney injury from DI, barely surviving. My blood pressure was as low as 70/44 mmHg. I was placed on fluids and other spinal cord injury medications, finally leaving the hospital step by agonizing step. Back to Speech Therapy, and Physical Therapy at home.

Since then, I have my own little secrets that I use every day to keep myself persevering. In Stepping from the Edge, there are 10 Lessons and 10 workbook-type assignments for you to do yourself after each chapter.  I received inspiration for this book from one particular scene in the movie, Australia with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Watch the movie first, and then read the book. That's your first assignment. Then you will be inspired to Persevere, to conquer, to be a Lion, and to ROAR.

Try to guess which scene inspired me to write the book.

Monday, October 7, 2013

COMING SOON: Archives of the Vagina: A Journey through Time

by Dr. Margaret Aranda

For my Caring Friends, here's a preview of my newest book, written before the doctor dropped me on the floor in March, 2013. I wrote this book (many of you will understand) because I'm not sure if I'll live long enough to see my daughter live through all the stages of womanhood: the maiden, the mother, and the crone.

                                   Book Cover Photo. Archives of the Vagina: A Journey through Time.

The book starts with my first period, and is very tongue-in-cheek humorous, because we all know where we were when we started our first period. Then I go through history, sociology, anatomy, and the endocrinology of the ovaries.

I discuss what Aristotle thought of menstruation and menopause, how William T. Stead is a hero we never hear about for rescuing children out of prostitution in London's brothels. This book is filled with the sociology of menstruation, including whether women on their periods can fly a plane, and whether women who are camping on their periods attract bear attacks that lead to death.

One of the most surprising statistics that I learned in my research and interviews of women is that in the USA, in women over 45 years old, 40% have had a hysterectomy. Of these, nearly 50% have had normal ovaries removed without proper Informed Consent. I dedicate an entire chapter to "Ovarian Conservation" (i.e., keeping your ovaries), and give you all the risk factors you need to know so you can put yourself on the Chart to see if you are at risk for ovarian cancer, and hence should get them removed. So my next book will be Hysterectomy can be Hell. I hope to get an Army behind me on this one, because it will take a Movement to change our culture. And changing a culture always means that people won't like you. Believe me. I've been there before.

I discuss the HPV vaccination for girls aged 11-12, starting your period, how to put in a tampon, and introduce what most women don't know: the menstrual cup, and the nondisposable pad. I promote a certain program that helps girls in Africa obtain menstrual pads so they don't have to miss school, be drop-outs, get pregnant, contract HIV, attain a lower socioeconomic status, and die earlier than the girls that are more educated. So expect a Movement there, too, ladies and girls.

I go through the Women's Health Initiative and basically tear it to shreds, because it had, in my opinion, no application to women in menopause suffering symptoms of vaginal dryness and hot flashes. I let you skip a very medical chapter if you would like, but I also put it in there for medical personnel to evaluate it for themselves. I dissect menopause and give the man's perspective, too, hopefully leading men to more self-discovery and compassionate understanding. Pretty funny stories there, too, my friend.

The last half of the book is dedicated to such things as Invisible Diseases, the Low Glycemic Diet, Immunonutrition and Fish Oil, Telemeres, Living for not only Health & Wellness but also for Quality of Life, Caregiving (and the effects on women, by ethnicity), Long-Term care, and death and dying. I empower you to ask questions, eat Spoon by Spoon, and Don't Fall when you are elderly. I tired of seeing women come into the Operating Room for hip fractures from a fall. You need to know your bone density, and take your Vitamin D or Calcium. The role of an Endocrinologist in your care can not be underestimated. I also believe that Cenegenics has an excellent program for Concierge Medicine, private pay by cash, that is mostly utilized by Presidents and CEOs of companies. They are mostly men. This needs to change, because there are plenty of millionaire women out there. And women need to stop spending all their time nurturing others, and start spending some time nurturing themselves. So I took all this knowledge in my head and told it to you before my traumatic brain injury and DI occurred; and I thank God that I did it.

There. I said it. My opinion rings throughout this book, and it is backed up by over 200 Stanford-quality references that are NIH-funded. I list them all for you, and many of them are dated in 2012 and 2013. Nothing but the best for you, my friends. Nothing but the best. Be prepared to learn, to grow, and to  ROCK your WORLD. You can PRE-ORDER the book (February launch date perhaps) on The Aranda MD ShoppeMy official site is Coming Soon....and I hope you like it. 

God Bless You in all that you do.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September 22: FIrst Dysautonomia Support Group in Los Angeles

by Dr. Margaret Aranda

For an amazing and novel, inspirational time with salty snacks too, please come join us as we host the first Dysautonomia Support Group in Los Angeles.

The panel includes me as Patient and Advocate, Speaker and Expert (because I have it). I plan to skip church and rest in bed all day to make it, and I hope that those of you in Huntington Beach, L.A., Irvine, Fullerton, Pomona, and surrounding inland areas can come make it a day, too.

Caregivers and family members are welcomed, as long as the patient approves.

Now let's talk some Real Life here.
There will be refreshments (salty ones), drinks, and I'll even do 
a Giveaway of my book, No MoreTears: A Physician Turned Patient Inspires Recovery

Be a part of life, part of the solution, and part of mentoring those who are new at this.
Together, we are strong!