Pediatric foot deformities – A family affair

February 20, 2016

The excitement and anticipation of having a new baby can be exhausting and overwhelming, as can the birthing process itself. It is, however, imperative that the new baby be checked over from head-to-toe to ensure that he or she is healthy and off to a great start. Specific attention must be paid to the lower […]

Sun Protection Put to the Test

February 20, 2016

Every summer I make it a point to discuss sun protection. I know we hear it everywhere, but I can’t stress enough the importance of this one step in your skin care regimen. This summer, I am writing this article while also giving it the ultimate test: I am at the beach. I remember past […]

CT of the Coronary Arteries

February 20, 2016

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a process in which plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries of the heart.    This plaque, called atherosclerosis, can narrow the arteries, depriving the heart of oxygen, which in turn causes chest pain.  Initially this plaque is soft and waxy in consistency, but over time the plaque will scar and […]

Postmenopausal Preventive Health

February 20, 2016

Menopause is the permanent end of menses and fertility, defined as occurring 12 months after your last period.  With a life expectancy of close to 80 years, the average woman is postmenopausal for almost a third of her life. Hormone therapy has received an abundance of negative attention.  However, hormone therapy is still highly effective in […]

JCMG Weight Treatment Center

February 20, 2016

Jennifer wanted to lose weight without bariatric surgery, Dale wanted to control his diabetes without insulin shots, and Lisa just wanted a healthier relationship with food. All three found the solutions they sought at the JCMG Weight Treatment Center. Since opening in 2003, the medically managed weight loss program has helped hundreds of Mid-Missourians lose […]

Permanent Sterilization

February 19, 2016

Many people refer to permanent sterilization as getting their “tubes tied.”  Permanent sterilization or tubal ligation has been available for many years and over that time many different techniques have been used.  In the past, the techniques for permanent sterilization required one or more incisions in the abdomen.  In 2002 a new method became available […]

There’s More to Sleep than Meets the Eyes

February 19, 2016

We spend almost one third of our life asleep. Despite this, for centuries, sleep has been mysterious and one of the most poorly understood normal and healthy functioning states. Scientific advances in the last few decades or so have provided better insight and important physiological functions of sleep. Sleep is no longer considered as a […]

Celiac Disease: Why Gluten Free?

February 19, 2016

Celiac disease involves the body’s immune response to derivatives of gluten a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. The prevalence of celiac disease in the United States is approximately 1 in 100 (1%). The disease occurs because the patient has the genetic make-up to react to gluten proteins causing an inflammatory reaction in the small […]

What You Need to Know about Vitamin D

February 19, 2016

Increasing evidence supports important roles for vitamin D in the prevention of many diseases including osteoporosis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression and immune disorders. The many roles of vitamin D in maintaining health and well-being are subjects of active and ongoing research, and recent discoveries have provided insight into the molecular mechanisms by which vitamin D […]

Unpacking the Magic of HCG

February 19, 2016

Unpacking the “Magic” of HCG: Is it the Low-Carbohydrate Very Low Calorie Diet? Having worked in a medically-supervised weight management program exclusively for over nine years as a registered dietitian, I sincerely empathize with men and women searching for an effective weight loss solution.  Frequently, during phone conversations with potential clients, these individuals share, often […]