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What's your 10 year risk?

April 24, 2014

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has a simple calculator designed to calculate your risk of having a heart attack in the next 10 years. According to the site, “The risk assessment tool below (hyperlink above) uses information from the Framingham Heart Study to predict a person’s chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years. This tool is designed for adults aged 20 and older who do not have heart disease or diabetes.”

Don’t you think it’s time to check out your risk and share it with your doc?  According to the new guidelines for the use of statins, patients with a 10 year risk of 7.5% or greater should probably on a statin.

What’s your risk?

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The Back Nine

April 23, 2014

Mr. Wonderful was in today. We spent a little time discussing the “Three Wise Men” article and I told him I was looking for the secret ingredient that awoke my three wise men. I was particularly interested in his opinion as Mr. Wonderful was not so wonderful once upon a time.

Mr.Wonderful’s transition from an average patient, overweight, out of shape and on lots of meds to his current healthy state was nothing short of a miracle. In answer to my questions, Mr. Wonderful stated, “I’m on the back nine and want to play every hole I can!”

If you’re a golfer over the age of 50, let Mr. Wonderful’s wisdom serve as your motivation to get and stay healthy. If you’re not a golfer, find your reason to live longer and healthier and start developing a healthier lifestyle.

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Ever want to tell someone to "F Off?"

April 22, 2014

I’m embarrassed and upset. I just told a pharmacy’s computerized answering system to “F OFF!”  Unfortunately, I did it in front of a patient. Fortunately, the patient has dealt with this particularly system before and hates it.

“Press 1 for English or say English. Press 2 if you need a refill or say refill. Press four if you are a physician or say physician.”

Me – “Physician!”

“Do you want to talk to the pharmacy?”

Me – “Yes!”

“Press 1 for English . . .”

Me – “Pharmacist!”

“Would you like to speak to the pharmacy?”

Me – “F. . ...

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Phone medicine

April 20, 2014

Reading the following article may help you understand your physician and his limitations. With overhead continuing to rise and reimbursement for care continuing to fall, time spent on the phone becomes increasingly more difficult.

Unfortunately, high deductibles and increasing co-pays have encouraged many patients to try to avoid being seen in the office by requesting refills and care over the phone and internet. Read, "If a doctor isn’t face to face with a patient, is he still a doctor?" by A Country Doctor, MD and think twice before calling your doc’s office for care that should be delivered in person.

Of course, there is another alternative. You could offer to pay your doc, out of  your pocket, for the time he/she spends on the phone with ...

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Three Wise Men

April 19, 2014

Today's story is about the three wise men. I saw the three wise men this month and, while each wise men's story was uniquely different, they share one commonality. First, I should give you a little background on these three wise individuals. They weren't always wise. As a matter of fact, they just recently attained their "wise man" status.

Prior to becoming wise, each of my three patients had been quite ordinary. I don't mean that as an insult. What I mean as that they were ordinary patients, taking an assortment of medicine for an assortment of medical conditions. Some were taking medications to control their cholesterol, some to control their blood sugars and others to control their blood pressure. Of course, their knees or backs hurt so they were also taking an assortment of anti-inflammatory medications.

One thing they all had in common was that they hated seeing me!  Yes, ...

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Walking the dog

April 18, 2014

Yesterday, I addressed the fact that many of my patients pay more attention to what they feed their pets better than to what they put into their own bodies. Today, I want to continue to explore the relationship between man and his pet in order to try and figure out why pets get more attention to nutrients, exercise and healthcare than humans.

“Jack, I really need you to start exercising. Your blood pressure and cholesterol are both quite elevated, and exercise and weight reduction will help.”

“Doc, I walk my dog everyday!  Isn’t that enough?”

If you were to watch Jack walking his dog, you would see Jack walk 50 steps and then wait while Fido takes a leak or just sniffs the bushes. This process of walk, sniff, pee goes on for 30 minutes or more and Jack feels like he has ...

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Careful what you swallow

April 17, 2014

I've been suffering from "Writer's Block" for the last few months. Having published well over 1,000 articles, I've run out of steam. Mr. Wonderful was in to see me today and, as usual, has reenergized me.

Mr. Wonderful has been the inspiration behind many of my articles. He's also the reason I'm back in the gym, walking 10,000 steps a day and have rewritten my own "Wellthy Plan."  Thanks, Mr. Wonderful!

Over the next few weeks, I hope to produce a series of articles meant to awaken the spirit of "Living Wellthy" in my readers. Today, I want to focus on a sign I recently read at Bentley's Corner Barkery, a local pet store. The prominently placed sign was entitled "Food Policy" and listed:

  • "No Food or Treats made in China"
  • "No Corn, Wheat or Soy, No Fillers"
  • "Real Meat, No ...
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Jugglers

April 16. 2014

First Published February 16, 2011

We are all jugglers. At every age and stage of life, we juggle from the time we get up to the time we go to sleep. Some of us are really proficient at juggling, others struggle. Often, the young juggler finds the act of juggling entertaining, even exhilarating. As time passes and life becomes more complex, juggling becomes stressful. By now, you are probably confused, wondering where I’m going and if you should close out of this blog. Stay for a minute more.

We juggle personal, family, work and social issues. Think of each task you have to do today as a baton in the air. When you catch it, you need to finish it so you can catch the next one. In your early life, you have just a few batons in the air. In time, you add new ones. So your wife asks you to buy ...

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Fear of vaccines

April 11, 2014

The following link will take you to an excellent article on vaccines and the unfounded culture of fear that hampers their use.

http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2014/04/vaccines-give-parents-concern.html

Please share this articles with your family and friends.

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Incontinent of urine?

April 9, 2014

The following is copied from an email I received from Women’s Physical Therapy in Lake Zurich:

"Erase" the Myth!  Urinary Incontinence IS NOT a Natural Consequence of Aging!    

There is nothing natural about urinary incontinence! Although it is very common, it is not 'normal'.  Studies have shown that many men and women wait up to four years before mentioning incontinence to their physician. Talk to your doctor today about scheduling an evaluation with a WPTI pelvic dysfunction specialist and learn how physical therapy treatment can address this issue before it worsens! 

WPTI therapists treat men, women and children with orthopedic conditions and pelvic disorders, for one full hour in a private room. We educate incontinence patients about their condition, including dietary/lifestyle changes and home exercises, while providing superior customer service.  Visit the WPTI website at www.womensphysicaltherapyinstitute.com

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Dr Segal is the owner of Lake Zurich Family Treatment Center. Dr Segal has no ownership, stock or other financial interest in any pharmaceutical or device company. Dr Segal has served as a speaker for GSK, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Sepracor, and Pfizer. Dr Segal has served as an Advisor for GSK, AstraZeneca, MannKind, Midmark and Atcor.

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