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

  Let’s say you need to see your healthcare provider, but right now you are quarantined or socially distancing yourself at home, or maybe you are working overtime in a difficult situation to keep the country running and you don’t have a lot of time.  You call up your doctor’s...

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...