I grew up in the age when the physician knew all. Much like Spock, they were trained in the Vulcan Mind Meld. You never had to tell them anything. They just divined the answer. Therefore, we (patients) were trained not to question anything or add to the conversation. We were programmed to be “the ideal” patient in the office by not questioning the physician. However, once we left the office, we did what we wanted to do. So, it’s no surprise, that we didn’t follow the instructions and that our health outcomes didn’t improve.So, what does patient engagement really mean? ... Read More
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We wait all year for these glorious days of summer and then we remember what life is like without air conditioning! If you’re like me you enjoy summer’s plentiful garden vegetables. Here’s a great recipe utilizing some of my favorite veggies that does not include cooking over the stove. Make it a complete meal by adding some cooked chicken.
Total Time: 10 min | Prep: 10 min | Cook: 0 min
Serves 4 | Serving Size: 1 cup
Try this colorful salad for lunch or dinner. The carrots and Greek yogurt add sweetness, while the peanuts add a nice crunch!Ingredients: 3 cups... Read More
Chronic viral hepatitis affects more than 400 million people worldwide. The World Health Organization has set a goal to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by the year 2030. As we work towards this goal, understanding viral hepatitis has never been more important.What is hepatitis? Inflammation of the liver caused by: Infections due to viruses, bacteria or parasites. Toxins such as medication overdose, some recreational drugs or alcohol. Autoimmune disease (when the body makes antibodies against the liver). Metabolic causes (such as increased fat in the liver, iron... Read More
Your “core” is a group of muscles in your torso that primarily serve to stabilize your body and support your spine. These muscles form a type of box. Your abdominals are the muscles in the front and sides of the box. The back consists of muscles running alongside your spine. At the bottom of this box are the muscles in your hip and pelvis. The top is your diaphragm. This entire box contains more than 15 muscles that work together to tighten and control your movement. When you bend down to pick up items and lift them over head all of these muscles are activated. This is why a movement like... Read More
BBQ Season is officially here. Skip the burgers and consider this new option on tonight’s menu. Using leaner cuts of meat and adding a tropical twist it's a definite crowd pleaser!
Prep time: 10 minutes (plus 2 hour marinade time)
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 pork chop loin and 1 pineapple slice
When your heart beats, it pumps blood around your body to give it the energy and oxygen it needs. As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strength of this pushing is your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your arteries (and your heart) and this may lead to heart attacks and strokes. The first (or top) number is your systolic blood pressure. It is the highest level your blood pressure reaches when your heart beats. The second (or bottom) number is your diastolic blood pressure. It is the lowest level your blood... Read More
Energy drinks contain up to five times more caffeine than coffee. Although it seems like the solution to a lack of energy, there are negative side effects that come with it. Many can experience nervousness, irritability and rapid heartbeat when consuming these drinks. Many energy drinks contain high levels of taurine and some have 50 or more grams of sugar! If you track your sugar readings, you’ll see your blood sugar spike temporarily and crash, leaving you more tired than before.My word of advice
Skip the energy drink. Instead have two glasses of icy, cold water.... Read More
Prevention is genius medicine. By making smarter choices, detecting risk early, not only do we improve our quality of life, but we can prolong people’s lives. Pediatrics is the perfect place to master this. Because of the incredible opportunity we have to prevent injury and illness during a person’s childhood, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updates and refreshes their schedule of recommended screenings and guidelines for wellness visits every year. It’s put into a huge “... Read More
I often hear people say and I have said to myself many times, “eating healthy is expensive!” But, it wasn’t until I heard the rebuttal, “but so is being unhealthy,” that I had a mental shift! I decided that eating healthier for me and my family was a must. Now, let me be straight… we are far from perfect. We indulge on occasion, sometimes too much, but, as my Primary Care Physician told me, “strive for improvement, not perfection.”#1 — Set a budget
When my husband and I first created our weekly budget, yes, weekly – it keeps us accountable! I reviewed two months of spending on... Read More
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