Start Fall off on the right foot.

Start Fall off on the right foot.Actually; start it on both feet!  Did you know that almost a quarter of all bones in our bodies are in our feet? There are 26 bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles, 10 tendons, and 107 ligaments. What a complex foot we have! When Fall arrives and we are covering our feet with socks and boots, it can be a reminder for us to inspect them for some common ailments.  The dreaded toenail fungus afflicts around 20% of the population and increases with age. Less than half that percent have treatment for it. It can be difficult to eliminate the fungus from the nails and all toes can be affected. The drug Lamisil is commonly used but prior to treatment, a check of your liver…
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The Power of Plants

I will be the first to admit that I am a fan of chicken, turkey, pork, etc. In the past when people would encourage me to try vegetarian foods in place of animal protein, I would roll my eyes and walk away shaking my head. Sometimes they would even tell me that (insert vegetarian food) tastes like chicken. There was no way I would ever give up meat. Over the last several years, more and more research has been published showing the considerable health benefits of plant-based diets that include fruits and vegetables. Not only are they rich in essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies need for normal function, they also contain anti-oxidants and good cholesterol that keep our hearts and brains healthy. On top of foods, there are…
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Bye Bye Double Chin

by Caroline Garrett, NP-C Let’s talk briefly about a sensitive subject, the “double chin” “double chin.” Many people would say they have it and that they would love to get rid of it. Well, great news! There is a nonsurgical option available known as Kybella. While submental fat, aka the double chin, affects both men and women and can be a result of weight gain, genetics and/or aging, for many people, diet and exercise alone does not eliminate its appearance. Kybella to the rescue!   Kybella is the only FDA-approved prescription medication that can eliminate fat cells under the chin, and it was awarded the Allure Best of Beauty Breakthrough in 2015. The science behind Kybella is its active ingredient deoxycholic acid which is a naturally occurring molecule in the…
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What Exactly is Covid-19

Covid-19 is NOT a virus. It is the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. (A virus is defined as microscopic infectious agent that can only replicate in another cell. A virus’s only purpose is to infect and replicate) Covid-19 Stands for: CO- Corono  VI- Virus  D-Disease and 19 –The year it was discovered ( 2019) The virus itself SARS-CoV-2 stands for:  Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a type of coronavirus. There are seven types of coronovirus. Four types cause 15 percent of the common cold: 0C43,  HKU1, 229E and NL63 Three types cause severe respiratory disease: MERS, SARS-CoV and now the novel SARS-Cov-2 (which causes Covid-19) SARS-CoV-2 was first isolated in Wuhan China in December of 2019. It most likely originated in bats and then…
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Handwashing

Hand hygiene is a timely subject these days as we all do what we can to help limit the spread of COVID-19.  I still remember the lessons on proper hand washing I received as a young medical student.  I also remember the poor medical student (not me!) who was ordered out of the operating room in disgrace after a surgical nurse noticed that his sterile technique was less than perfect.  Handwashing before surgery is a very serious affair in medical school – they want to make sure everyone involved does it perfectly every time.  Proper hand hygiene every day can also help keep you healthy.  In general, hand hygiene is a thoroughly researched subject.  Centers of excellence in research across the country have narrowed down the precise techniques crucial to…
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