Polypharmacy: A Growing Problem with Free Patient Handout

A new report has confirmed what many people already know – older adults are taking way too much medication. A study published in April 2016 in JAMA Internal Medicine exposed the fact that 38.5% of adults with an average age of 71 take at least five prescription medications. A total of 67.1% take five or…

Spotlight on Chromium

Chromium is perhaps best known for its enhancement of insulin function, but it also influences protein and fat metabolism. It has been hypothesized that chromium facilitates the transfer of insulin across cell membranes. Many studies have shown that chromium might be useful for controlling blood glucose among individuals with diabetes, although no benefit is seen…

Free Handout: The Diabetes Digest

We hear a lot about “plant-based eating,” and for some reason, many people feel the incessant need to make it more complicated than it is. It truly is the simplest and most natural diet in the world. There are no bad vegetables and no criminal fruits. Research has shown again and again that people with…

Pumpkin Spice: Not So Nice? (free handout)

It is my understanding that pumpkin spice is not such a big deal in some parts of the country, but here in the Midwest, it is a big, big deal. Starbucks released the Pumpkin Spice Latte on August 27ththis year. It was 83 degrees here on that day, and cars were wrapped around the building….

Five More “Joint Health” Supplements

Bromelain Bromelain is naturally found in the pineapple plant. When taken on an empty stomach, bromelain acts as an anti-inflammatory. Phlogenzym, a combination of trypsin protein and rutin from buckwheat with bromelain has reduced pain and improved knee function in people with arthritis. According to a 2016 review of studies, bromelain can reduce levels of…

Can a Supplement Help Your Arthritic Knees?

A lot of supplements are sold ostensibly to improve joint pain – in fact, so many that I had to break this information into two posts, and even so, it’s a lot of material. By the year 2040, it’s been estimated that more than 78 million people will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. At this time, 38%…

Gout and Diet

You probably know someone who “has the gout” as I’ve heard it said dozens of times. If you have gout, you have a painful form of arthritis that develops when uric acid in the blood crystallizes, and these crystals then infiltrate and surround the joints. Uric acid is usually transported by the blood to the…

Breathe Easy – COPD and Diet

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the umbrella term for emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma, resulting from stiffening, inflammation, and damage of the airways, limiting airflow and making breathing much more difficult. Symptoms include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, excess production of phlegm, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. COPD is one of those…

5 Examples of How Social Determinants of Health are Being Used to Improve Wellbeing

“Social determinants of health” (SDoH) are much discussed in medical facilities and managed care companies these days. According to Healthy People 2020, SDoH are “the conditions in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age, which affect one’s health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes.” Highly-cited statistics state that SDoH impacts up to 90…

Make Every Minute Count – Getting More From Your Doctor Visits

Most people have felt rushed during a doctor’s visit. Maybe you’ve had a quick visit that ended with you feeling lost and not fully understanding your diagnosis, tests, or treatment plan. By communicating better, you can maximize what little time you have in the office. Most family physicians allow 15 minutes for each visit –…