Get The Most Out Of A Visit To The Doctor

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doctorTo get the most out of a doctor’s visit, it’s best to write down questions in advance, speak up about concerns during an appointment, and get a recap of information before leaving the doctor’s office.

It’s easy to miss important information or forget to ask key questions during a visit to the doctor. Some people feel rushed; others feel a bit intimidated. Take control of the situation with a little preparation, recommends the February 2015 Harvard Health Letter. “In order to get the best possible outcomes, it really helps to be an active consumer,” says Dr. Karen Joynt, a health policy researcher and a cardiologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

To prepare for a visit to the doctor, make a list of questions to ask him or her. The questions can be about something complicated, such as treatment options, or simple, such as whether to get a flu shot. Bring paper and something to write with while at the appointment.

Once the doctor is in the exam room, it’s important to share symptoms and other health concerns, even if the doctor doesn’t ask. Don’t forget to ask the questions that have been prepared. Dr. Joynt says people often want to seem cooperative and not appear pushy or ask what seem like “dumb” questions. But it’s better to be a little pushy than to not understand a treatment plan.

Dr. Joynt also recommends bringing a buddy to the appointment to pick up on instructions and other information. “It’s just so hard to keep track of all the information. Having someone who can take notes and be a scribe can be helpful, because it can be overwhelming to hear news about new diagnoses or complicated changes in medications,” says Dr. Joynt.

Read the full-length article: “Top 6 ways to get the most out of your doctor visit”

Also in the February 2015 Harvard Health Letter:

Best ways to manage stress

Foods to ward off diabetes, heart disease, and cancer

Four important hazards of heartburn medications

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $16 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Doctor Discusses Eye and Vision Supplements

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vitaminsTaking the right eye supplements that contain vitamins and other nutrients can be beneficial for maintaining eye health and good vision. Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center shares tips on choosing the best eye and vision supplements.

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center shares tips on choosing the best supplements to improve vision and eye health. Eye supplements are designed to add, not replace, nutrients acquired from a healthy diet. It is important to know that a healthy diet of nutrient-rich foods is critical for maintaining eye health and good vision.

Most Americans don’t eat enough nutrient rich foods like fruits and vegetables, but opt for high-calorie, low-nutrient alternatives that can be harmful to the body, including the eyes. Daily multivitamins and minerals can help supplement the nutritional gaps in a unsatisfactory diet and may decrease the progression of eye diseases. Dr. Shofner shares the following tips on choosing the best vision supplements.

1) Quality. The best eye supplements contain quality ingredients that have high bioavailability for easy absorption. Popular eye multivitamins include: ICaps (Alcon), Ocuvite PreserVision (Bausch + Lomb), Vision 360 (Stop Aging Now), and Eye & Body Complete (Biosyntrix). “We only offer and recommend well-known, quality brands to our patients,” says Dr. Shofner.

2) Freshness. Check for an expiration date to make sure the supplement is fresh and the seal has not been broken or tampered with.

3) Choose Capsules. Capsules are easily absorbed vs. hard tablets and tend to cause less stomach upset.

4) Avoid Fillers. Eye supplements containing dairy products, corn or wheat, could affect those sensitive or are allergic to those ingredients.

5) Follow Correct Dosage. To reduce the risk of toxicity or drug reactions, do not exceed the dosage instructions on the bottle.

6) Save with Multivitamins. Purchasing multivitamins rather than buying each vitamin and nutrient separately can cost less.

Vitamins That Support Vision Health

Most of these vitamins and nutrients listed below may play a key role in reducing inflammation and oxidative changes associated with the development of degenerative diseases, including chronic and age-related eye problems:

* Vitamin A and beta-carotene. Vitamin A is essential for night vision.

* Vitamin B complex (including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 folic acid, biotin and choline). B complex vitamins may help reduce chronic inflammation and prevent elevated homocysteine levels in the blood, which have been associated with vascular problems affecting the retina. B vitamins also may play a role in reducing the risk of macular degeneration and in the treatment of uveitis.

* Vitamin C. Some studies have found vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, is associated with reduced risk of cataracts.

* Vitamin D. Recent studies suggest vitamin D deficiency is prevalent, especially during winter months in cold climates. Research suggests vitamin D may decrease the risk of developing macular degeneration. View a research report on Vitamin D and AMD.

* Vitamin E. Vitamin E has been associated with reduced risk of cataracts.

* Bioflavonoids. Found in many fruits and vegetables, bioflavonoids appear to help the body absorb vitamin C for higher antioxidant efficiency.

* Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These carotenoids and macular pigments may reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

* Omega-3 essential fatty acids. These essential nutrients may reduce the risk of dry eyes and may have other eye health benefits as well.

* Phytochemical antioxidants. Plant extracts, such as those from ginkgo biloba and bilberry, contain phytochemicals, which appear to provide protection from oxidative stress in the entire body, including the eyes.

Dr. Shofner suggests patients should consult with their eye doctor and primary care physician before taking supplements, especially for those that are pregnant, nursing or taking blood thinners (anti-coagulants).

About Shofner Vision Center

Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center located in Nashville, TN, specializes in LASIK and Cataract Vision Correction Surgery and treats ocular diseases. Dr. Shofner has performed over 10,000 cataract surgeries in Nashville/Middle Tennessee area. Dr. Shofner recommends anyone seeking eye and vision supplements or experiencing vision impairment to contact their local ophthalmologist or contact Shofner Vision Center for a “No Fear – No Pressure” comprehensive eye exam.

Doctor Reminds Patients Of The Link Between Gum Disease And Diabetes

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toothIn honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr. Robert E. Danz reminds patients that a link exists between gum disease and diabetes. This makes November is a good time for patients to visit their Hudson, NY dentist.

Dr. Robert E. Danz celebrates Diabetes Awareness Month by educating patients. One of the factors connected with diabetic risk is gum disease. Unfortunately, gum infections rarely cause pain in the early stages, leading patients to believe that it is not a serious concern. Actually, gum problems are significant. They can lead to increased oral problems and have been linked with many health complications, such as diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease, and other issues. Rather than wait for problems to worsen, Dr. Danz recommends patients visit a Hudson, NY dentist for the treatment they need.

Gum disease begins with bacterial plaque on the teeth and under the gums. This plaque hardens into tartar, or calculus. The hardened material irritates the gums, and in response they turn a darker color and begin bleeding more easily than normal. As calculus builds, it leaves a growing gap between the gums and teeth, creating pockets for bacteria to thrive. At this point, the gum disease has progressed far enough that it will not heal without treatment. Eventually, the pockets extend along the roots of the teeth until the bacteria infect the bone in the sockets, creating bone loss. If left untreated, it can cause the teeth to loosen and potentially require extractions. Throughout the progression of disease, bacteria can travel to infect other areas of the body through the bloodstream.

It is unnecessary for patients to endure gum disease. Regular dental examinations are enough to catch the disease in its early stages. Before it becomes severe, Dr. Danz performs treatment, such as the LANAP® protocol. This laser procedure eliminates the diseased tissue and loosens calculus to aid in removal. In as little as a single visit, patients undergoing treatment with this leading Hudson, NY dentist are put firmly on the road to recovery. Treatment requires no cutting, stitches, or grafting. It is minimally invasive, and healing afterward involves almost no swelling and very little discomfort.

Those who want more information about the link between oral health and diabetes, or about the LANAP® protocol, are encouraged to visit Dr. Danz’s website. He also invites anyone who is looking for a Hudson, NY dentist to contact his office. With a personal consultation, he can respond to individual questions.

About the Doctor

Robert E. Danz, DDS is a general dentist offering personalized dental care for Hudson, NY gum disease patients. Not only does Dr. Danz run his own practice, he is involved in his community. Dr. Danz received his dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry after earning his bachelor’s degree from Long Island University. He has also taken numerous postgraduate education courses, specifically focusing on cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr. Danz is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP® FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. To learn more about Robert E. Danz, DDS and his dental services, visit his website at http://www.hudson-dental.com and call (518) 444-4215.

10 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You

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By Armand Leone, Jr., MD, JD

doctorThe patient physician relationship is unique and is based on trust and open communication. However, physicians do not always share the insider’s view about the healthcare system that they know. There are things that doctors know from their experiences that they don’t tell patients. Here are 10 things that physicians know but don’t tell their patients:

1. Having elective surgery on a Friday or in the afternoon carries a higher mortality and complication rate than earlier in the week or day.

2. Being admitted to the hospital on a weekend with a serious condition carries a higher mortality and complication rate than being admitted during the week.

3. Doctors know the limits of modern medicine and most don’t choose heroic cancer treatments or end of life care.

4. What their surgical and procedure complication rates are and how those compare to the national rates for the same.

5. A misdiagnosis occurs in at least 1 out of every 20 patient encounters in doctors’ offices.

6. Surgery to remove partial meniscal tears does not result in better knee function than medical treatment and physical therapy alone.

7. Bad outcomes after spinal decompression back surgery are so common there is a specifically designated ICD-9-CM billing code for when they fail called “Post-Laminectomy Syndrome”.

8. The quality of care decreases and medical errors increase during July which is when graduated interns, residents, nurses and other new health care workers first report to work at many of the nation’s hospitals and to start practicing medicine.

9. Fatal medication errors alone spike by 10% every July as new medical residents start taking care of patients.

10. Learning a new surgical technique, even for an established surgeon, requires a learning curve and, yet, every surgeon has to perform a procedure for the first time … where do you fall on their learning curve.

– Armand Leone, Jr., MD, JD, MBA Partner and Co-Founder of Britcher, Leone & Roth. Armand is also a board certified diagnostic radiologist

Secrets Your Heart Doctor May Not Tell You

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healthyheartMany Americans continue to suffer from heart attacks and strokes despite receiving a clean bill of health from their doctors. Michael Smith, M.D., host of “Healthy Talk” on www.RadioMD.com spoke with Dr. Kira Schmid, a naturopathic doctor and Scientific Director for Life Extension about the topic. Dr. Schmid contends that risk factors are often being ignored by many physicians.

“When people hear that their blood pressure is 140/90, they assume that they have a limited risk for cardiovascular disease, but the optimal target should be 115/75. It is highly advised that people have a blood pressure measuring device at home and keep a diary so that they can track their risk of cardiovascular disease,” according to Dr. Schmid, who has updated the fifth edition of the Life Extension Disease Prevention and Treatment book, containing 130 evidence-based protocols to combat the diseases of aging.

She recommends that even something as simple as adding magnesium or grape seed extract to the diet can help control high blood pressure, combined with a change in diet and exercise.

“Another important health resource is Vitamin K2, which strengthens bones without creating calcium deposits in the arteries. Look for bottles that read MK7 and make sure you select K2 sources,” says Dr. Schmid, who also recommends doses of Vitamin D which can build calcium in the bones.

Despite fears about the role of cholesterol in contributing to cardiovascular disease, Dr. Schmid notes that cholesterol has some positive benefits in hormone development, but levels must be monitored.

The entire 10-minute audio segment is available online by visiting here.

– Submitted by David Brimm

White House Doctor Blasts Christie’s Obesity

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healthillustratedFrom Your Health Journal…..”This week, I have seen dozens of articles pertaining to Governor Chris Christie and his weight. I am from New Jersey, where he is my Governor, and seen so much controversy about him over the years – on many different levels. He is a man who speaks his mind, and no afraid to make a decision. I do not necessarily agree with many of his decisions, but regardless, get bothered seeing him in the media solely because of his weight…..really do no like anyone being blasted due to their weight. I do get it, a potential President of the United States needs to be healthy, as he has a very large responsibility, helping countless people with their lives while serving his country. If something happens to him in office, it effects many people.

Since I deal with many obese children, I sometimes worry about their feelings when they read about Governor Christie and his weight – and the negative stereotype that he cannot do the post of President since he may be obese. What message are these children getting? It does not matter what I think of Governor Christie, but I do worry about obese children hearing this message. Please visit the Examiner web site if you want to read the complete article. This is going to end up being very interesting, as Christie is a fighter and won’t back down from the negative criticism. Will he lose weight to shut people up, or will he stay the way he is because that is ‘who he is.’ Regardless, he is a smart, and will do what is good for his health, both mentally and physically. You have not heard the end of this story.”

From the article…..

Former Clinton-era White House physician Scottsdale-based Dr. Connie Mariano urged 50-year-old New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to deal with his obesity or face a possible heart attack or stroke should he decide to run for the presidency in 2016. When former Massachusetts Gov. and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney picked Tea Party favorite House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Aug. 12, 2012, moderate Republicans groaned. Romney completely miscalculated picking Ryan hoping to capture the conservative vote not thrilled with Mitt. Moderates, independents and crossover Democrats hoped Romney would pick Christie. Unlike one-size-fits-all GOP politicians, Christie isn’t afraid to speak his mind even when it comes to complimenting President Barack Obama for helping New Jersey in the wake of hurricane Sandy. Republicans growled at Christie for praising Obama Oct. 30, right before the Nov. 6 election.

Known for his obesity, the 50-year-old Christie has been a media magnet, drawing large crowds where he goes. Picking Ryan was a huge blunder for the 65-year-old Romney who needed more support among independents than pandering to Ryan’s Tea Party base. Speaking on CNN Feb. 6 a day after Christie appeared on CBS’ “Late-Show” with Dave Letterman, Mariano said she supported Christie’s future bid for president yet raised his weight problems. “It’s almost like a time bomb waiting to happen unless he addresses those issues before running for office,” said Mariano, knowing full well about the recent slew of research showing that obese people don’t necessarily have a lower life expectancy. A recent Cornell University study indicated that obese people do not necessarily have more health problems when compared with their non-obese counterparts. Mariano’s public remarks about Christie’s obesity prompted the New Jersey governor to raise his voice at her.

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