Prescription: Activity

Recently, Dr. Adam Maghrabi shared that many of his patients have experienced a significant reduction in high blood sugar through exercise, or activity.  We know that exercise generally improves our well-being, regardless of our state of health. However, many of our patients have conditions, such as chronic pain, that may make getting sufficient exercise more of a challenge.  How can we all get better at getting the exercise we need?  Maybe part of the answer changing is how we think about it. I heard a tale once about how a woman who habitually cut the end of the ham off before …

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Don’t Starve a Cold

Do you starve a cold and feed a fever or is it the other way around?  Good news- starving is never the right answer.  Quite simply, a well-nourished immune system, your body’s defense against germs, is better able to fight infections.  So what can you do when you are taken down with a common cold anyway? Are there effective ways to get rid of a cold fast or cure it?  Let’s explore the options. Getting a chill won’t cause a cold. Colds are caused by viruses, period.  Many types of viruses can cause a cold; the most common culprit is …

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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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