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Shopping For Medications

Medications aren’t expensive but they are marked up quite a bit and their actual price is often kept hidden from the patient and even physicians. When shopping for medications there are 2 important points to keep in mind, 1) is the prescription necessary, 2) what’s the best price you can get. Wasteful Overuse of Prescription […]

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The Cost of Pregnancy

How much does health insurance reimburse an obstetrician for the care and delivery of a pregnant woman? We are talking about prenatal care, planning, addressing complications, vaginal or cesarian delivery, and postnatal follow-up. Let’s talk about the cost of pregnancy because how much insurance companies reimburse your obstetrician is very different from what you’d expect. […]

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The Value of a Personal Trainer

For years, I went to the gym without anyone telling me when to go and what exercises to do. But back then, my motivation and ability to recover were at a different level. In my 40s, I see the value of a personal trainer because they can guide me in ways I can’t. The Value […]

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Intentional Suffering

When pursuing health, it’s easy to make ourselves suffer. Suffering that’s out of our control is much easier to deal with than intentional suffering or self-inflicted suffering. Nobody wants to suffer, but many may need to experience or inflict some self-suffering to realize they prefer not to suffer. It’s a process. Pursuing Health A 49 […]

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Quality of Life Questionnaire

Using the WHO quality of life document, we can develop a questionnaire to assess a patient’s suffering. Someone who is dealing with a health condition may be suffering, which will impact their life. It’s important to state that I have quite a few patients with severe medical conditions who don’t suffer. We’ll discuss that in […]

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Communicating With Your Doctor

Your doctor is only as good as how well you two communicate. Certain criteria must be met in order for you to communicate well. If all goes well, then it’s much more likely that you’ll have the desired outcome you’re looking for, and the doctor will walk away feeling like they helped you. Communicating with […]

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Taking Vitamin D

A few years ago, all the rave was about Vitamin C and, later, Calcium. Either or both were reported to prevent heart disease, colds, and even cancer. Now, it’s Vitamin D, right after we lost our flavor for magnesium. My patients ask, should I be taking Vitamin D? History of Supplement Fads Looking at the […]

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Primary Care At Your Fingertips

I have always loved that slogan, “at your fingertips,” because that’s how the world works today. We live in a fast-paced world, and we often need things fast. Having your Primary Care at your fingertips means you don’t have to waste a lot of time searching for answers you don’t fully trust. To do that, […]

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Our Blood Pressure Philosophy

In this ‘ philosophy ‘ series, I’ll share our approach to managing blood pressure. Our philosophy is based on recent research, clinical experience, patient outcomes, professional guidelines from the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia, and input from world experts in hypertension. We don’t base our clinical philosophy on professional societies that are influenced by the […]

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The Direct Primary Care Way

Direct Primary Care is a relatively new concept for most patients. It’s essentially the old-school patient-doctor relationship we’ve all wanted but lost because of the corporate practice of medicine. In a Direct Primary Care model, the patient gets concierge-style care, and the doctor gets to practice the medicine they went to medical school for. The […]