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Thanks, Dude!

I had a patient today tell me that he actually read fully my posts about weight loss and was putting the stuff there into action.

He even downloaded a program called Lose It for his iPhone that was helping him keep track of calories and weight.

I don’t own an iPhone, but he showed me his and the program looks pretty cool.

So far (only a couple weeks) he’s loosing weight right on track.

That was pretty gratifying.

Thanks, dude!

More Natural Cures for Blood Pressure

Hi Folks,

I know it’s been about forever and a day since I posted anything here.  Sorry about that.  No real excuse other than life just keeping me a little busy.

I keep telling myself, “Self, you need to get busy and post some stuff!”

Every now and then, I’ll see some news story or something and think to myself that it looks like a good topic for a post, but then it seems I get distracted and it slips into faded memory.

Anyway, I saw this interesting story about blood pressure and it gave me a bit of a laugh, so I thought this was as good a topic as any to break the drought of posts.

Enjoy.  Sorry for the smell.

I’ll try to do a better job with updates!

Cheers,

Sam

It’s a Teenage Wasteland

Teenage wastelandI think I’ve mentioned it before in other posts in this blog, and I tell it to my patients all the time. It bears repeating here.

The overwhelming majority of the stuff I tell my patients when it comes to staying healthy doesn’t require the letters “M” and “D” after one’s name.

Most of this stuff is basic common sense that the average fifth grader knows. Eat your vegetables, get enough sleep, exercise, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, don’t sleep around with scuzzy strangers, etc., etc., etc.

I’d say probably 95% of what I do as a family physician falls into this category. (Now that other 5% however, well, that’s a different story. That other 5% represents years and years of hard work in medical school and residency and clinical practice experience.)

Anyway, there was an interesting article in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics titled Characteristics Associated With Older Adolescents Who Have a Television in Their Bedrooms.

The conclusions in this article seem to fit very nicely into my 95% “Duh, a fifth grader could tell you that,” category.

Basically, they compared older teenagers who had televisions in their bedrooms with those who did not.

In the words of Gomer Pyle, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

What they found was that those with televisions in their bedrooms tended to watch more television, have less physical activity, lousier eating habits, etc.

So parents, here’s a no-brainer for you: Do your kid a favor and get the television out of their bedroom.

Okay, so now here’s an even bigger no-brainer for you. Get the damn boob-tube out of your own bedroom as well.

Want to take it even a step further? Get the darned thing out of your house altogether.

Okay, I realize that may be too big a step for most folks. If it’s too big a step for you, then at least turn it off once in a while and go get some exercise.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that my wife and I do have a television in our living room, but we almost never watch it. We used to have cable service, but we decided to have it disconnected about a year ago. We don’t have any sort of antenna and therefore we have absolutely no channels to watch.

I have to say, I’ve never been happier. We are saving money by not paying a cable bill and our lifestyle is much healthier. We eat better, exercise more, read more, interact with each other more, you name it. We do occasionally rent a movie and watch it, but our television otherwise remains off. We have no intention of ever going back!

I highly recommend this to anyone reading this blog.)

Cheers,

…Sam

Please Quit Smoking

Hi folks.

I still haven’t finished my series on health care reform which starts with A Plan For Intelligent Health Care Reform Part 1, and continues with parts 2-4. There are indeed more parts coming, but those posts tend to run long and are somewhat labor intensive not only for me to write, but I’m sure for you to read.

Also, mine is not a blog dedicated solely to health care system reform, but rather has a mission to touch on many more topics. I don’t want folks who are looking for advice on how to stay healthy, or who are looking for commentary of recent medical news and breakthroughs, etc. to get turned off of this blog by encountering a never ending stream of posts containing my long-winded pontifications about how to fix a health care system so broken that it’s repair has been the dominant topic of every presidential election for the past two decades.

So, this brief post will not be about health care reform. Rather it is a follow up post to my previous stop smoking post. This is probably my shortest post so far I think. It is here really to just provide you with a link to another blogger whose writings I find valuable and enjoy reading. He has written a post titled Smoke Scream.

If you are a smoker and are contemplating quitting, please read this post. I sincerely hope it will help influence you to quit.

That’s it for this post (told you it was short). More health care reform pontification coming up soon!

Cheers,

…Sam

What you eat does matter!

whole wheat pasta and vegetablesHuh, this post title sounds different than what you emphasized in your last two weight-loss posts Dr. Sam?

I thought you said it was all about the calories.”

If that’s what you thought, go read those posts (The Hacker’s Diet and How to Lose Weight) again, a little more closely.

What I was emphasizing with those posts was that when it comes to losing weight (fat), it’s primarily all about the calories you consume.

I don’t want this message however to be misinterpreted as saying something along the lines of “As long as the calories are where they need to be, eat whatever the heck you want.”

That is most definately NOT my message.

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More on How to lose weight. The Hacker’s Diet

Gates

If you remember in my How to lose weight post not too long ago, I gave you the zero dollar answer to that million dollar question.

That post ended up being about the equivalent length of a 13 page Microsoft Word document.

It seemed to me like an awful lot of writing to get across my basic message regarding fat loss, a message which is virtually overlooked in the myriad of diet books out there.

In a nutshell, my message is something along the lines of “While what you eat is important and you should definitely strive to make healthy foods the mainstay of your diet, and while getting plenty of exercise is important and you should definitely strive to get plenty of good exercise, when it comes to gaining or losing fat, all of that is trumped by the more important concept of how much you eat. When it comes to gaining or losing fat, it really is all about the calories you consume.”

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How To Lose Weight

Bathroom Scale

Today is Mardi Gras, and down in these parts (less than an hour from The Big Easy), Mardi Gras is a big deal.

For those not in the know, Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, and in these parts Fat is something we are quite familiar with!

The U.S. has a huge and growing obesity epidemic and New Orleans is pretty much the tip of the spear.

Fat is something we have in abundance, not only around here, but pretty much nationwide. It’s not just a problem confined to the U.S. either. The obesity epidemic is starting to catch on in the rest of the world as well.

Fat is like an annoying relative that just doesn’t want to go away. So let’s talk about this.

It seems like everywhere you look, there’s a new diet plan or secret weight loss pill or hypnotic technique or special tea from the Far East.

Getting rid of fat is a national obsession!

So, how do you do it???

That’s the million dollar question.

Dr. Sam is here to give you the zero dollar answer!

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Here’s the “One Semester of Spanish Love Song”

Okay, this post has absolutely nothing to do with medicine, the healthcare system, medical practice or anything of the sort.

In a sort of tangential, really-making-a-stretch way however, it does have to do with staying healthy.

There’s an old saying that says “Laughter is the best medicine.” There’s even a good bit of empirical evidence to back that up. Here’s just one example.

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Yes, you CAN quit smoking!

“Doc,” he said to me with all sincerety, “I’d really like to quit smoking but I just can’t.”

How many times have I heard that ridiculous statement???

Of course you can quit smoking.

It may not be easy, but absolutely YES YOU CAN!

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How to stay healthy

Okay, this will be a generalized, common sense post. It’s not intended to go into a lot of detail, but is intended to be more philosophical in nature.

Here’s the deal for staying healthy.

Think of your health as being like playing a hand of poker.

The cards you are dealt…..those represent your genetics, and those things life throws at you that are beyond your control.

How you play those cards represents your lifestyle…how you respond to life….in essence what you choose to do or not do with the body you have.

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