Patient Care is our Passion

-Dr. Robyn (Russell) Love, Chiropractor Patient care is a passion of mine; also one of KCIM’s passions. Patient care goes beyond the act of treatment to include listening, asking questions, learning about you – the patient, and how your pain has been affecting your daily activities. After seeing a patient for the first time, I always call the next day to follow up. Why? Understanding what happens to you after our visit is a very important part of your treatment plan. It allows me to speak with you about how your pain has progressed following a night of rest. Are …

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Do You Fear Fats?

– Tara Marchello, RD, LD Do you fear fats? If so, you’re not alone.  Fat in foods has been vilified in America for the past few decades, as low-fat and non-fat foods became the norm, and we were told that a low-fat diet would help us get the body we want.  In fact, it’s one of the biggest nutrition lies that the public’s been told. In other parts of the world, fat has always been welcome at the table.  We’re only now realizing the truth: not all fats are created equally. Our bodies need fat. Specifically, they need healthy fats. …

Kansas City Internal MedicineDo You Fear Fats?

Our Favorite Health Apps

So I asked the question of all our healthcare providers at KCIM:  what is your favorite health-related app? Here are the results with my thanks to all who shared their favs! My Fitness Pal –unanimous choice from dietitians Gretchen Huebert, Tara Marchello and Kim Wernel with a strong second (fourth?) from Dr. Marie Delcambre. “I use My Fitness Pal personally and also recommend it to patients.  Huge data base for food logging but also a great resource for checking restaurant menus.”   Tara notes that not all food content is verified for calories and content (green check indicates food has been …

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Alcohol: Use or Abuse

-Pandurang Chillal, MD What is it that that defines moderate use of alcohol as opposed to what is too much (or abuse)? Drinking alcohol, like eating food, is often linked to social occasions where we join friends and family, celebrate life events, and sometimes just to relax.  It’s not that drinking alcohol is inherently bad, in fact, studies show there are some health benefits to moderate alcohol intake.  In this case, more is not better.  There are consequences and health risks associated with overuse of alcohol. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defined moderate consumption as one drink per day for …

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Vitamin D for Deficiency?

–Tara Marchello, RD, LD Vitamin D is more than just a bone builder; it’s important in building immunity and cell growth. Now, even more benefits of Vitamin D are being discovered.  Research studies are finding positive results for Vitamin D in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, cognitive disorders, and diabetes. Vitamin D is also linked to cell energy, muscle function, and depression. Sounds great, sign me up! Yet deficiencies are all too common. More and more, I see patients with Vitamin D deficiencies, including those that tend to be generally healthy.  It’s no surprise …

Kansas City Internal MedicineVitamin D for Deficiency?