What Medications Are You Taking?

When you visit your physician, we ask you some variation of what medicines are you taking?  If we’re good, we ask you in a way that makes it hard for you to answer either yes or no.  For example, we don’t ask you, “are you still taking all the same meds?” Instead we ask you “what exact medications are you taking now, in what strength and what dose?” What’s the difference and why do we ask you repeatedly? The answer is a matter of life and death. Here’s the scenario: you’re at your doctor’s office for your annual exam.  The …

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Note on Mindfulness

Have you ever wondered how we’re supposed to enjoy life when it is just full of tasks from waking to sleep? We never actually complete all of these tasks so they inevitably just become something else to feel bad about…what’s gone wrong? Is this really what we’re here for? I’m just so tired and stressed…blahhhhh. This is a too commonly shared complaint among adults and children living in contemporary U.S. We can’t change our culture in time to avoid our nervous breakdown or panic attack or binge eating or binge drinking or lost temper or on and on… but maybe …

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Antibiotic Resistance

According to the CDC, antibiotic resistance affects over 2 million people and led to over 23,000 deaths last year. Yikes, those are big numbers! As you may have heard, a contributing factor to antibiotic resistance is the over use and improper use of antibiotics. For example, upper respiratory infections are one of the most common reasons antibiotics are prescribed. These infections are typically viral and, over time, the patient will get better on their own in a week or two. But we all want to feel better fast…right?  Of course, and your physician wants you to feel better faster, too. Unfortunately, …

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Stay Safe While Exercising in the Cold Weather

This month, as we expect to be experiencing a colder winter, Tara Marchello, Dietitian at Kansas City Internal Medicine, provides tips how to stay safe while exercising in the cold weather. In September, she discussed how when the weather cools down, many of us find ourselves falling away from our well established diet and exercise plans.  The following is a list of tips to help you keep that commitment to stay active and healthy that you made to yourself. Check with your doctor to see if exercising in the cold is okay for you. Start gradually. If you are not used to exercising, …

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Getting the Sleep You Need For Good Health?

We need to see sleep as a necessity for good health; it’s not just a luxury. Studies show that adults need 7-8 hours of sleep to maintain good health.  Insufficient sleep has been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression so there is good reason to pay attention to something that sounds so simple but is not for so many. Several tips that can improve your sleep hygiene: Establish a normal sleep routine. Go to bed and wake up at the same times, even on the weekends. Keep your bedroom dark, quiet and slightly cool. Turn off all electronics …

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