Monthly Archives: June 2016

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Have a healthy swimming season

 

relaxAs the weather gets warmer, more and more people are venturing out to the pools for some summer fun.

But do you know the risks that go along with sharing water with other people? Sure, plenty of people are freaked out by public pools, but there are some really easy ways to avoid “recreational water illness” (or RWI).

 

Follow these simple rules to have some safe fun this summer:

  • “Welcome to our OOL. Notice there’s no ‘P’ in it. Let’s keep it that way.” Enforce this.
  • Not feeling well? Don’t swim.
  • Shower before you go in the pool. The pool is not your shower. Most public pools have showers nearby for a quick rinse.
  • Don’t put lotion on before going in the water.
  • Take bathroom breaks every hour.
  • Wash your hands after you use the bathroom.
  • Change diapers FAR AWAY from the pool.

And most importantly…

  • DO NOT SWALLOW THE WATER.

Breaking any of these guidelines allow bacteria, viruses, and other organisms to move from person-to-person in the water. When you ingest, inhale, or make contact with these cells, it can lead to common RWIs such as cryptosporidium, norovirus, or E. coli which all lead to diarrhea-like illnesses.

You can see the full article and more information here.

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The Truth Behind Doctor Shopping

This week I read a really great article in the New York Times by Mikkael A. Sekkeres, the director of the Leukemia Program at the Cleveland Clinic. The article was aptly titled “Shopping for a Doctor who ‘fits’”, and it discussed something we’ve seen as a growing trend in our industry.

Now, more than ever, patients are seeking second opinions. They’re seeking third opinions. They’re switching PCP’s. They’re trading doctors like Halloween candy. And the thing is, it’s not necessarily good or bad. It’s a simple reality of the new world of health care that we live in.

In the article, Sekkeres notes that things didn’t always use to be this way. “Decades ago, when physicians worked within a much more paternalistic system, such ‘doctor shopping’ would have been considered inappropriate. Your doctor’s medical opinions were considered authoritative, incontrovertible and often final. Patients who challenged them were labeled ‘difficult’, and worried about developing a reputation that would influence their care, both with their own doctor and with others. In recent years, patients have become more empowered to demand both good care and a good attitude. Given some of the stories I have heard, I can’t say that I blame them.”

It’s not enough anymore to be a qualified doctor with strong opinions. All the skill and education in the world can’t make up for poor bedside manner, for arrogance and aloofness, or for any of the other negative characteristics that several doctors employ. Yes, our patients are there because they need our medical advice, but in most cases they also need much more than that.

They need compassion, they need care. They need strong medical advice coupled with the knowledge that the person giving it truly cares about them and what they’re going through. They need someone who can walk the fine line between too blunt and too gentle. They need someone confident in their diagnosis and treatment plan, but patient enough to listen to and answer their questions. At the end of the day, they need someone whose opinion they can respect and value yet whose personality they can click with.

And why shouldn’t they? If one of our loved ones was ill and seeking medical care, wouldn’t we not only want the same for them, but expect it? Understanding this is absolutely key for each and every doctor out there who regularly interacts with patients, whether they’re a PCP, a neurosurgeon, or a radiation oncology specialist.

Being able to combine specialized knowledge about your medical field with the ability to connect with patients on a somewhat personal level is becoming increasingly important in the medical world of today, in the one where doctor shopping is no longer frowned upon and is instead encouraged. It’s something we believe patients deserve from their doctors, and it’s something each and every one of our doctors strives to embody. We hope that, for our patients, the doctor shopping ends with us.

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What are superfoods?

 

what is a superfood

 

We live in a diet crazy world, where each week there is a new ‘it’ food. This food does this and that and the other. People will talk about diet crazes, eating something and losing huge amounts of weight. We have all heard someone talk about that. However, one food group that always seems to come up are called ‘superfoods’. These foods are a category above normal food and people go insane for them. But what is it? What actually are superfoods? Let us break it down for you:

 

What are superfoods?

 

Superfoods are foods that are said to be nutritionally amazing for one’s health. There is no real criteria for a superfood, however there are specific foods that go above and beyond the term ‘healthy’. That’s why we call them ‘superfoods’.

 

What are some examples of superfoods?

 

Blueberries, salmon, kale, spinach, avocado, nuts, seeds, green tea, dark chocolate and acai are all very popularly known as superfoods. They each have health benefits and nutritional values that set them apart from other foods.

 

What makes them so super?

 

As we said before, superfoods don’t actually have any criteria for them. Nevertheless, doctor’s and researchers do say that if one has a moderately healthy diet and adds some superfoods then it could lower someone’s risk for heart disease and strokes. Just remember, all things should be done in moderation, eating too much of something could be just as detrimental to your health as eating bad foods. For example, dark chocolate is considered a superfood, but a person eating too much dark chocolate will end up ingesting too much sugar.

 

What can I add to my diet right now that will benefit me in the future?

 

Adding superfoods to your diet will benefit a person’s health extremely well. Some tips for eating superfoods are adding them to things you already eat. For breakfast, put blueberries in your oatmeal or cereal. For lunch, eat a turkey sandwich instead of another type of meat. For dinner, eat salmon instead of red meat. Starting off with these simple changes in your diet will benefit a person for years to come. As you slowly become accustomed to eating better healthier foods, add more superfoods that you wouldn’t be as likely to eat, such as kale, pumpkin or seeds. Find some delicious and easy recipes that you can incorporate into your everyday routine. This will lead to a better, healthier lifestyle. On the plus side, red wine and dark chocolate are considered superfoods, but both need to be digested in moderation.

 

Superfoods aren’t necessarily the key to life, but they are highly beneficial for a person’s health. They contain vitamins and minerals that are needed by the body to live. Eating these foods is the easiest way to get these vitamins and minerals.

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Migraines: The how and why

Migraines the how and why

Are you one of the 300 million people that suffer from intense, throbbing headaches? Do they make you nauseated, sick, or sensitive to light? Migraines are not something that can be cured with an ibuprofen or a few deep breaths.

To learn what a migraine is, from a lovely British point of view, watch the short video below.

http://www.youtube.com/v/yL22X5opGhY?fs=1

Dr. Filippi and colleagues believe that migraines occur because of problems with the brain that develop over time. They used MRIs to measure the cortical regions (outer regions) of the brain, and most with migraines show atrophy related to pain processing. This is most likely due to chronic stimulation of the area.

The MRIs checked for thickness and surface abnormalities. They found that individuals with intrinsic predisposition can alter the surface area, and disease-related processes, or over-stimulation, could lead to changes in thickness.

The study is still ongoing, checking back with patients longitudinally. To read more on it, you can view the article here.

To see if you are at risk for migraines, or to cure the headaches you currently have, call the Open MRI of Pueblo at 719-404-0991 or visit our website for more information.

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Medical marijuana may be dangerous for children

 

More children are coming into the hospital for unintentional ingestions since Colorado legalized marijuana in October of 2009.

Medical marijuana has high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, more so than recreational use. The medical marijuana is also often distributed as candy, beverages, and baked goods.

It’s easy for a child to get their hands on a cookie.

But it’s that carelessness that led to more children (ages 8 months to 12 years) seeking emergency medical attention for the ingestion, and parents are not admitting to the marijuana use because of the stigma attached to it, so their children suffer.

The THC in the marijuana causes:

  • Stimulation of cannabinoid receptors
  • Stimulation with hallucinations and illusions
  • Sedation

Some pediatric doctors are unprepared for the cases that flood their ERs, as usually children wouldn’t even have access to marijuana at all, but now anyone can find pot-drinks/brownies/candies/cookies pretty much anywhere.

Doctors need to get educated and explain to the parents and the young people the effects of ingesting/smoking marijuana whether or not it is legal, and this needs to be done clearly and often. There are also questions on how to prevent this from happening in the future, by making changes such as child-proof containers and warning labels.

To read the full article from Medical News Today, as well as complimentary studies, click here.