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
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
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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