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You Are My Sunshine...Pill Apr 25th, 2022

Vitamin D is made in your skin from exposure to sunshine. It is the only vitamin which is almost impossible to get by just eating a healthy diet, because it is not found in significant amounts in most foods unless it is added in, such as in vitamin D fortified...

Healthy Skin is Beautiful Feb 26th, 2022

Collagen and elastin are the proteins in your skin responsible for firmness and flexibility.  As you age, these proteins decrease in your skin and you get skin thinning and wrinkles.  Unfortunately, eating collagen does absolutely nothing to increase the quantity or quality of collagen in your skin.  Your body just...

The Shape of Things to Come- Body Shaping Jun 4th, 2021

Body shaping includes three basic options for improving your appearance without weight loss:  decreasing fat, tightening skin and toning muscles.  Fat cells can be killed with heat, such as that provided by radio frequency or by freezing to decrease local fat deposits.  Skin can be tightened and encouraged to grow...

How to get what you need from telemedicine Apr 17th, 2020

  Lots of us found telemedicine necessary during the SARS-CoV-2 / CoViD 19 pandemic and many people also found telemedicine to be very convenient.  Hopefully, some insurance companies will see the value in this alternative type of appointment and continue to provide coverage going forward.  Here are some tips for...

Preventing Influenza Feb 27th, 2020

Every year hundreds of Virginians die from Influenza.  Protect yourself and those you love! Get a flu shot.  Every year.  No, you CAN'T get flu from the shot. Most insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid cover influenza vaccine without any co-pay. With health insurance you can go into any pharmacy...

Do You Need a B-12 shot? Feb 24th, 2020

VITAMIN B-12 Separating fact from fiction B-12 (cyanocobalamine or methylcobalamine) is critically important in human nutrition.  A deficiency of B-12 can occur by several mechanisms and is not as uncommon as you might imagine.  B-12 deficiency can cause a number of serious, potentially permanent, even fatal diseases, and B-12 is...

Sleep Your Fat Away Jan 14th, 2020

Of all the wellness changes you could make to be healthier this year, unless you need to quit smoking, sleep needs to be your first priority.  Sleep deprivation (sleeping under 6 hours a night) causes obesity, diabetes and premature death, not to mention poor work performance and irritability.  Your risk...

Try Not to Laugh! Jan 9th, 2020

"I laughed so hard I almost peed myself!"  When we were younger, before pregnancies, weight gain and aging we thought that phrase just meant something was really funny.  We didn't think that really happened.  Do you remember your surprise the first time you sneezed, coughed or laughed hard enough to...

My Mother Was Right About Sugar Causing Diabetes Nov 3rd, 2019

Then... When I was a little girl, I remember my mother telling me to not eat all my Halloween candy at once, because if I ate too much sugar, I would get “sugar diabetes.” When I went off to medical school in the 1980s, I learned differently. I learned that...