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Strategies for Beating Coronavirus

Strategies for Beating Coronavirus

The coronavirus falls into the family of the “common cold” but clearly Covid 19 is a viral strain that can be life threatening in some people. When it comes to avoiding or surviving it as well as avoid upper respiratory infections, influenza and pneumonia, we can...

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A Bigger and Better Brain

A Bigger and Better Brain

“Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Together they make a Kingdom.” Jack Lalane You know it’s good for you, but when you’re done with this read you’ll want more of it. What’s the dose? Perhaps the most empowering way to relate to exercise is to dose it daily like...

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Table of Health

Table of Health

Self Care in Four Easy Steps The Table of Health After finishing the formal traditional western medical training, I was convinced the health care system was broken. It was a  heartbreaking experience to witness tremendous financial, intellectual and emotional...

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Got GERD?

Got GERD?

By now many of you have heard through mainstream media that Proton Pump Inhibitors or PPIs carry increased risk of poor health outcomes.  These medications are used to treat gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)- better known as "heartburn,"  inflammation of the...

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Best Job in the World!

Best Job in the World!

At a time when many physicians are leaving medicine due to outside forces, it's refreshing to see a video like this.  It captures the spirit of what I do!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG62Z7rZlIg

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Erectile Dysfunction and Death Risk

Erectile Dysfunction and Death Risk

It's long over due that we get the word out that ED (Erectile dysfunction) is the greatest risk factor for heart attack. A man with ED has a 50 fold greater risk of heart attack. There is no other risk factor greater and 40% of the men over the age of 40 have ED! It...

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American Heart Association Addresses Dietary Controversy

American Heart Association Addresses Dietary Controversy

Over the last several years we have seen an increasing amount of fad diets being promoted that are high in animal products- i.e. saturated fats.  The authors of such diets have backed up their claims with pseudoscience and dubious data as they try to sell their books,...

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Mediterranean Diet Benefits “Good Cholesterol”

Mediterranean Diet Benefits “Good Cholesterol”

More evidence that olive oil/Mediterranean diet lowers cardiovascular events.  Bon apetit! MedScape.com - Original Article BARCELONA, SPAIN — More research suggests that a Mediterranean-style diet supplemented with either virgin olive oil or mixed nuts enhances the...

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Principles of Direct Primary Care

Principles of Direct Primary Care

The following principles of The Direct Primary Care Coalition nicely summarize many of the reasons Optimum Health has charted a new course in the delivery of primary care services to the Hill Country.  These principles are our adopted philosophy and I hope all will...

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Acute Disease Management

Acute Disease Management

Acute disease is a term used to refer to illnesses that onset very quickly but typically result in a nearly full recovery within one month.  Acute diseases often produce symptoms that are severe, such as high fever, pain, and...

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Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular disease involves blockages affecting the body’s lower extremities. These types of obstructions can cause serious circulatory complications – some of which can become fatal if left untreated. Intervention is necessary to prevent complications of...

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EKG

Electrocardiograms, or EKGs, are diagnostic tests used to detect, diagnose, and monitor many types of heart problems. They are designed to detect heart rate and record electrical signals as they travel through the heart. Not only are EKGs painless and non-invasive,...

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Immunizations

Immunizations

  Immunizations are a foundation part of preventive healthcare for children and teens. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control each has recommendations that suggest immunizing children starting at birth. The current vaccination...

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Chronic Disease Management

High Blood pressure Diabetes High Cholesterol Asthma/COPD Insomnia Coronary Artery Disease Peripheral Vascular Disease Heart Failure Hypothyroidism Depression/Anxiety Arthritis

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Weight Loss-Lifestyle Change

The Balance MD weight loss program is a one on one doctor to patient approach that produces long term results and empowers the patient with lifelong skills.  Take fewer medications, reduce medical expenses, live longer and stronger.  Schedule a free consult with Dr....

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Thyroid

Thyroid

The thyroid is like the body’s built-in thermostat, producing hormones that regulate its various systems and functions. The hormones released from the thyroid must be in careful balance to prevent symptoms that can affect the quality of life. But sometimes this...

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STDs

STDs

Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are infectious diseases communicated via sexual contact. Even skin-to-skin contact is enough to spread some infections, such as genital herpes or warts. Some STDs are bacterial while others are viral. Bacterial infections are...

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