Public Health and Safety

Colorectal Cancer Rarely Causes Symptoms


What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is the out of control growth of cells in the colon or rectum.  These cells grow into masses, or tumors.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women in the USA and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths.

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Abdominal cancers include adrenocortical tumors, carcinomas of the stomach, cancer of the pancreas, colorectal carcinomas, carcinoid tumors, and gastrointestional stoma tumors.

All people age 50 or older with medicare are covered.

If you are forty and have a family history ask your doctor, or if you are 50—Early screening can be life saving.

Men and women alike get colon cancer, however, people at higher risk for developing colon [ ... ]

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What is Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

March is National Sleep Awareness Month.   In honor of this, we are going to do a series of informational article postings about sleep disorders and sleep study information.

Apnea is a Greek word meaning without breath; sleep apnea is the involuntary cessation of breath while a person is sleeping.

Sleep apnea is very common.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans suffer from this disease.  Yet due to the lack of awareness and education of this disease, over half are undiagnosed and untreated, even with the severe consequences this disease can play on a patient’s health.


If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can have serious and even life-threatening consequences, such as: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, memory problems, weight gain and other major ailments.


Indicators include: obesity, morning headaches, high blood pressure, daytime sleepiness, waking with a dry mouth, atrial fibrillation, [ ... ]

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The Importance of Taking Your Medications as Prescribed


Picture this:

You are not feeling well. You make an appointment to see your primary care provider. As the nurse is asking you about your current symptoms and taking your blood pressure, they ask you “what medications are you currently taking?”.

Do you know the answer? Do you know the names, strengths, and how many times a day you take each medication? Do you know what they are for? All of this information is important to the healthcare we can provide you. Here is why it is important.

Simply put, not taking your medications as instructed could lead to your disease or illness getting worse, medication interactions and side effects, hospitalization, and even death. According to the FDA, medication is not taken as prescribed 50% of the time.

In addition, for patients prescribed medications for chronic diseases, the majority of patients stop their medications altogether after six months. A [ ... ]

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PCP or Family Doctor

Family Physicians are dedicated to treating the patient as a whole.
Primary Care Physicians or PCP’s treat and follow each organ, all ages, all diseases, and both genders.

Your Family Physician is there to guide you and to coordinate all aspects of care.  They will work with you to achieve the best outcome for each patient.

Obstetrics –gynecology these Physicians and ARNP’s address aspects of women’s health.  They focus on women including pre pubertal, reproductive, and post menopausal years.

Orthopedic physicians focus on musculoskeletal system, Deformities, Injuries, and degenerative diseases.

Cardiovascular/ Cardiologists these Physicians take care of your heart and Vascular System.

As a Music Director and conductor direct the Symphony Orchestra, the Family Physician or PCP Coordinates care for the Patient. Everyone needs a PCP to help coordinate their personal care. PCP wants to provide the best possible care for each patient.  Bring and ask your PCP or Family Physician questions and your concerns, which is [ ... ]

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What is a Health Coach?

1. A method of guiding people through behavior change.
2. Utilizes a strong compelling vision, goal setting, accountability, and support.
3. Focus is on the client.
4. Coaches help to identify strengths, barriers, strategies, and motivators to aid in behavior change.

Clients decide what they want to work on; coaches guide clients through the coaching process. Coaching focuses on helping clients grow and become experts of their own well being.  Coaching has been around about 20 years.  Coaches have been used in a variety of ways.  The coaches work with People who have chronic illness, to make sure they get the care they need.

It is common for Patients to ask for answers or “Quick fixes”. The Health Coach believes you are the expert on you.  However I can give you evidence that shows what other people have done and what has worked.  Patient outcomes improve when they are an active collaborator in their treatment.  Empowering Patients involves exploring [ ... ]

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Winter Weather Information You Need to Know

Each year, exposure to cold, vehicle accidents caused by wintery roads, and fires caused by the improper use of heaters injure and kill hundreds of people.  These and other winter weather hazards have a significant threat to human health and safety.  Major winter storms can include high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, and dangerously cold temperatures. The aftermath of a winter storm can last for days, weeks, or even months.  To know what you should prepared for, it is important to know what different types of advisories, watches and warnings that are issued during winter weather:

Winter Weather Advisory:
Accumulations of snow, freezing rain and/or sleet may cause significant inconveniences and could lead to life-threatening situations.
Winter Storm Watch:
Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 12 to 48 hours.
Winter Storm Warning:
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Why Is a Healthy Weight Important

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. That is why maintaining a healthy weight is so important: It helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.

What Is Overweight and Obesity?
Overweight is having extra body weight from muscle, bone, fat, and/or water. Obesity is having a high amount of extra body fat. Body mass index (BMI) is a useful measure of overweight and obesity. Talk to your health care provider if you are concerned about your BMI.
What Factors Contribute To a Healthy Weight?
Many factors can contribute to a person’s weight. [ ... ]

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Over time high blood sugars cause damage to large and small blood vessels.  This damage increases the risk of problems with the heart, eyes, kidneys, feet, and legs.  High blood sugars also damage nerves throughout the body.  The purpose of treating diabetes is to keep the blood sugar as close to normal as possible.  When the blood sugar is kept close to normal you can prevent these problems.  A normal blood sugar is fasting under 100 and random (non fasting anytime of the day is under 140). 
People with diabetes are 10 times more likely to have a lower limb amputated than those without diabetes.  Diabetes can cause or contribute to a number of eye diseases, from retinal bleeding and swelling to cataracts and glaucoma.
Patients with leg pain should report it to their Physicians.  People with risk factors such as Hypertension or Diabetes should take care of the medical conditions that [ ... ]

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Prenatal Vitamins – Are they right for you?

People are tempted to take prenatal vitamins because of unproven claims that they make your hair thicker and nails stronger.
They are not suitable if you are not pregnant and not planning to become pregnant.  Prenatal vitamins are made specifically for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, and women who are breast-feeding.
Folic acid  Women who are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant need 600mcg (micrograms) through diet and supplements.  Healthy adults need only 400mcg, while uncommon getting to much folic acid can mask the symptoms of B-12 deficiency and delay diagnosis and treatment.
Iron While pregnant it is recommended women take 27mg (milligrams) a day.  Women between the ages of 19 and 50 who aren’t pregnant need only 18mg a day, and women over age 51 and all adult males need 8mg a day. Getting to much iron can be toxic because it can build up in your [ ... ]

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Flu Vaccine Time!

By Cassie Rasmussen, DO

It’s that time of year again! Time to receive your influenza vaccination or “flu shot”. Influenza is a highly contagious virus that spreads around the country usually between October and May. Symptoms of the flu come on suddenly and consist of fevers, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache and nasal congestion. One of the top ways to prevent contracting influenza is by receiving your yearly vaccination. 
Flu viruses are frequently changing. Each year’s influenza vaccine protects against the 3 or 4 most common flu viruses expected for the year.  Children six months through eight years of age should receive two doses of the vaccine, at least one month apart, the first year they get vaccinated. All other people only need to receive one dose each year. A “high dose” influenza vaccine is available for people 65 years of age and older.
There are three types of influenza [ ... ]

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