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Health pearls

We live in an era of maybe “too much" medical information. As most of us know, medical information and opinions can drastically change over time. For example, when I was a resident in OBGYN more than 20 years ago, it was common for a menopausal woman to be placed on “Estrogen Replacement Therapy" for multiple reasons such as osteoporosis prevention, hot flashes, and heart protection. We were told how estrogen treatment in the menopause years can even raise HDL or the “good" cholesterol. After the WHO study was released in 2002, however, we learned how estrogen therapy can raise the risk of breast cancer! Gone also is the heart protection theory from years ago.

For decades, we also had told our female patients how important it was to take calcium supplements to protect their bones. Now, however, we tell them to wait until after menopause to consider this supplement, as the scientific community now warns us of the elevated incidence of kidney stones. One clinical study even reported how too much calcium supplementation can be hazardous to cardiac health, only to be struck down about two weeks ago by another scientist whose observations of the literature led him to conclude that this “cardiac hazard" was not true!

In Health Pearls, we will try to summarize some recent scientific studies for you in the hope that the information will help you lead a more healthy life. However, we hope we won’t have to oscillate back and forth, telling you one week to stop doing what we were advising the prior week! We do not claim to be experts in all medical fields but rest assured that we do practice what we preach.

Recently, I was amused when I watched a video clip from a famous physician, now in the league of Hollywood celebrities, making recommendation on a “weight loss pill" made out of Mangosteen, one of my favorite childhood tropical fruits.

“One pill a day and you will lose FOUR pounds a month!"

Four pounds a month? That sounds pretty easy, no more harassment from Michelle Obama for those “Not moving” people? No more injuries at the gym trying to run faster to burn more calories? Just imagine, many Americans would love to sit in front of their TV taking Mangosteen pills watching the Food Network! Who would have thought we could solve the obesity problem in America by taking Mangosteen pills?

I can reassure you that I know many obese Asians who eat Mangosteen. Maybe they did not eat enough mangosteen? How many mangosteens does it take to make a pill, I wonder?

We hope all the pearls we will be gathering will help you on your journey to good health and happiness!

Thu



A Few Thoughts About Supplements
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Tuesday, 16th January, 2018

Thanks to Dr. Nathan for bringing our attention to an article in the New York Times on 1/5/2018 titled, “How to Counter the Circus of Pseudoscience,” by Lisa Pryor, a medical doctor and author of “A Small Book About Drugs.” It might lend some insight into the struggles we physicians have with saying yes or no to supplements that our patients ask about. ...

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MMR and TDAP Vaccines in Young Adults
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Friday, 12th January, 2018

Do you have family members of college age? In recent years, there have been quite a few mumps outbreaks on college campuses and military compound. From the end of July through September 2017, there were 26 cases of mumps reported in 140 military recruits from a military compound in Switzerland. Vaccinations against measles, mumps and rubella outbreaks are combined in a single ...

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Sustainable Transformations for the New Year
written by Jody Miller, M.A., RCEP
on Thursday, 28th December, 2017

It’s one thing to state a 'resolution' but another to make it happen. Look at the new year as an opportunity to get a new start on satisfying one of your personal wishes. Using Mindfulness techniques on a regular basis helps keep you present in the moment, focused and aligned with your goals. Yoga, meditation, breathwork, quietude, and even napping are ALL mindfulness techniques! ...

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Why Are Your Fingers Turning Colors?
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Thursday, 28th December, 2017

As the cold weather returns, I warn my patients frequently about my cold hands. They’re cold during the summer, but much worse during the winter. Like many of my patients, I not only have cold hands, but I have Raynaud’s. When I’m out in the cold, touch a cold steering wheel, or sometimes walk through the freezer section in the supermarket, my fingertips turn ...

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Staying Calm During the Holidays
written by Jody Miller, M.A., RCEP
on Thursday, 21st December, 2017

This is a very busy time of year filled with extra demands both physically and emotionally. It’s easy to get overloaded and overwhelmed and drawn into the stress and chaos of the holiday season. Using mindfulness strategies can help you to slow down and keep your calm. There are many different programs and apps to help guide you through meditation, breath work and ...

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Exercise Can Prevent Deaths
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Sunday, 10th December, 2017

You may be tired of hearing that exercise is good for you. And you may wonder if it’s too late to start a routine once you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease. It has been shown many times over that exercise is helpful in both primary prevention (i.e. no known heart disease) and secondary prevention (i.e. had a diagnosis of heart disease or a cardiac event ...

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Ten Percent Is Nothing To Sneeze At
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Wednesday, 6th December, 2017

As you might have read recently, review of the influenza season in the Southern Hemisphere demonstrated that this year’s flu vaccine was only 10% effective there. It is too early in the Northern Hemisphere to predict whether the vaccine that we have been giving will be any more effective. We do know that the vaccine composition is similar, and presumably, the flu viruses ...

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New Vaccine for Prevention of Shingles Approved
written by Linda Yau, M.D., F.A.C.P.
on Sunday, 5th November, 2017

The FDA approved the use of Shingrix, a recombinant inactivated vaccine, for protection against shingles in patients aged 50 and older on October 20, 2017. The American Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), recommended that Shingrix be given instead of Zostavax, the currently available live, attenuated vaccine which has been on the market since 2006. Shingles is a disease ...

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Just One Word ... Plastics
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Wednesday, 1st November, 2017

Sometimes you hear a news clip that impacts you due to where and when you hear them. A few weeks ago, I listened to a report on plastics on NPR while driving out to the Chesapeake Bay. The researchers who were being interviewed examined drinking water in developed vs. developing countries. They expected to find that advanced water treatment in countries like ours would result ...

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Washingtonian Top Docs issue is out - and several of our docs are featured
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Wednesday, 25th October, 2017

We're proud to announce that many of our docs were named "Top Doctors" in the November issue of Washingtonian Magazine. We covered a broad range of fields, including Allergy and Immunology, Endocrine, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Geriatrics, Infertility, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology and Hematology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology ...

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