Preventative Care

Plant Sterols to Lower LDL and Total Cholesterol

March 31, 2021

Plant sterols and stanols are a group of substances made in plants that resemble cholesterol.

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Keys to Healthy Weight Loss

December 31, 2020

Fad diets tend to be restrictive or complex. The reason they often work short -erm is that they eliminate entire food groups, and you generally cut a lot of calories. Moreover, there are lot of rules that are generally hard to stick to and, when you stop, you regain the lost weight. The best approach to losing weight is to stick to evidence-based recommendations for successful weight management. You do not have to follow all of the recommendations, but the more that you incorporate into your daily life, the more likely you will be successful at losing weight and keeping the weight off long-term. Pick and choose those that are right for you to customize your own weight-management routine. 

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October 30, 2020

While suicide is a difficult topic to discuss, having knowledge and information about it are important to reduce the number of deaths by suicide in the United States and around the world each year. The World Health Organization reports that 800,000 people die by suicide each year worldwide while suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Statistics reveal that women are roughly three times more likely to attempt suicide, though men are two to four times more likely to die by suicide. Compared to their male counterparts, women show higher rates of suicidal thinking, non-fatal suicidal behavior, and suicide attempts. The differences in attempts and completed suicides in women have erroneously led many people to believe that suicide attempts in women are often a method of getting attention rather than a serious risk. This is far from true. It's important to note that among women, an attempted (but failed) suicide attempt is the greatest risk factor for suicide in the future, and all suicide attempts, whether in men or in women, need to be taken very seriously.

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Long-Term Contraception Options

August 25, 2020

The best method of birth control for you is one that is safe, that you are comfortable using, and that you are able to use consistently and correctly. Your preferred method of birth control may change over your lifetime and is influenced by many different factors, including:Your age and health historyYour reproductive goals, such as the number of children you want and how soon you want to get pregnantRelationship factors, including marital status, number of sexual partners, how often you have sex and partner preferencesReligious beliefsDifferences between birth control methods, including how effective they are at preventing pregnancy, side effects, cost and whether they prevent sexually transmitted infections

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COVID – Understanding Recommendation for Face Masks

June 28, 2020

There is a tremendous amount of misinformation regarding use of face masks to decrease transmission of COVID. As with many aspects of this pandemic, mask use has become politicized. It is essential to understand that all science, including public health science, is evolving – which means information changes as data is accumulated. This means that recommendations change as new information becomes available.

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Understanding Antibody Testing for COVID-19

April 18, 2020

Over the past week, patients, friends & staff have asked me to explain the serum (blood) antibody tests that have been advertised recently to detect evidence of COVID-19 infection. As a medical provider, the immune system has always been a challenging subject to understand, much less communicate to a non-medical person. I will do my best to explain in layman terms what I know about the immune system.

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March 16, 2020

Here's how we're handling the change.

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Is Your Body Giving You Clues About Vitamin & Nutrient Deficiency?

December 31, 2019

Any good medical provider will tell you to stay in tune with your body. If you notice something unusual, don’t ignore it. Some medical conditions that can be quite serious can manifest initially in subtle ways. The sooner you address whatever is going on, the more easily the problem can be remedied. Sometimes problems can be corrected through simple changes to diet or a dietary supplement. Here are few common things to look out for.

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Emotional Abuse – What It Looks Like

October 15, 2019

“Did it ever get physical?”This is often the first question we ask someone we know or suspect is in an unhealthy relationship. While starting a conversation about physical abuse is essential, an issue arises when it is the ONLY question we ask. Stopping short of inquiring about other forms of abuse implies that physical violence is the defining factor of an unhealthy relationship. Even worse, it conveys the message that whatever else might be going on is not that bad. This is a huge issue, because emotional abuse is as bad – and can often be worse.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

September 30, 2019

Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling behaviors that one partner uses to get power over the other. It includes: physical violence or threat of physical violence to get control, emotional or mental abuse and sexual abuse

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Struggling with Thinning Scalp Hair?

December 23, 2018

Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your entire body. It can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or medications. Anyone can experience hair loss.

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Boost Your Mood With Vitamin D

October 2, 2018

Do you get enough vitamin D? There could be many warning signs or symptoms of vitamin D deficiency in your life or of someone you know.

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Iodine Deficiency on the Rise

June 25, 2018

Iodine is an essential mineral. Your thyroid gland uses it to make thyroid hormones, which help control growth, repair damaged cells and support a healthy metabolism. Unfortunately, up to a third of people worldwide are at risk of an iodine deficiency.

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The IUD – What You Need to Know

May 1, 2018

An IUD is a tiny device that is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It is long-term, reversible, and one of the most effective birth control methods available. IUD stands for intrauterine device. It is a small piece of flexible plastic shaped like a T.

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Transgender Health Issues

February 11, 2018

Transgender persons are at increased risk for certain types of chronic diseases, cancers, and mental health problems.

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Cervical Cancer Awareness

January 1, 2018

Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. Over the last 30 years, the cervical cancer death rate has gone down by more than 50%.

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Cancer Risk in Women

September 15, 2017

Cancers that most affect women are breast, colon, endometrial, lung, cervical, skin, & ovarian.

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Hereditary Cancer Testing

September 5, 2017

You’ve heard the phrase, “it runs in the family”? Whether it be an obvious family resemblance to a not-so-obvious inherited trait, much of who we are comes from our DNA.

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Breast and Ovarian Self-Awareness

June 26, 2017

Facts: 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime—it’s the leading cancer diagnosis among women. 1 in 75 women will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime, and 2/3 of those diagnosed will die from their disease.

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Peri-Menopause, Menopause, Post-Menopause?

June 8, 2017

Peri-Menopause, Menopause, Post-Menopause…What Does This All Mean??

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MAY is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

May 10, 2017

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.

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April 12, 2017

Omega-3 fatty acids are common nutritional supplements often taken in the form of fish oil or flaxseed oil. They’re classified as a polyunsaturated fat, one of the “good” fats.

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Food Intolerance & Food Sensitivity Testing

February 28, 2017

The terms ‘food intolerance’ and ‘food allergy’ are often confused – although the two are completely different.

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