Phillips Health Care Newsletter
by Phillips Clinic on 11/28/21
Stress Symptoms, Signs & Causes
HelpGuide.org Collaboration with Harvard Health
Says: “Life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price.”
What is stress?
Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight-or-freeze” reaction, or the stress response.
The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life—giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, or spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.
The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting the game-winning free throw, or drives you to study for an exam
But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
Tips to Fight Stress
For the holidays and any days
Do you get stressed-out around the holidays?
The shopping and crowds. The back-to-back diet-busting parties. The demands of family, friends, coworkers. It’s easy to feel not so wonderful at this most wonderful time of the year.
Spend Some Time in the Sun
Sunlight stimulates the production of feel-good serotonin. Plan to spend time outdoors or near a window on sunny days, especially in the “getting dark early” winter days.
Take A Whiff
Researchers studying depression have found that certain citrus fragrances boost feelings of well-being and reduce stress by upping levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood. For an all-day pick-me-up, dab a little lemon or orange essential oil on a handkerchief to tuck in your pocket.
Walk Away Worries
"The rhythm and repetition of walking has a tranquilizing effect on your brain, and it decreases anxiety and improves sleep," says nutrition-and-wellness expert Ann Kulze, MD. Aim for a brisk, half-hour walk every day.
Laughing like crazy reduces stress hormones. That, in turn, helps immune cells function better, says psychologist Steve Wilson, founder of the World Laughter Tour, an organization that offers therapeutic-laughter training.
Spicy It Up
Hot foods trigger the release of endorphins—the natural chemicals that trigger feelings of euphoria and well-being.
Eat Breakfast Before Knocking Back Coffee
Caffeine on an empty stomach can cause blood sugar levels to spike, which can cause attention problems and irritability,.
Anxious? Listen to your favorite music, classical, rock or anything in between. Research from the University of Maryland shows that hearing music you love can relax blood vessels and increase blood flow. That not only calms you down but is good for your heart, too.
Fit in exercise
It may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're stressed out, but going for a run or hitting the gym can actually make you feel better. Research has found that workouts can boost your mood for up to 12 hours.
by Phillips Clinic on 11/24/21
WHAT’S REGENERATIVE MEDICINE?
Regenerative Medicine. which includes Stem Cell Therapy and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy is “supercharged healing”. It’s harnessing and concentrating the body’s own naturally occurring components and unleashing them to repair, renew and replace damaged or injured cells, organs, muscle, nerve and bone.
WHAT’S STEM CELL THERAPY
Stem cells are the foundation cells for every organ, tissue and cell of the body. Stem cells can develop into cardiac muscle, as well as liver, brain, nerve, fat and skin tissue. These cells lead to creation of new—healthy—cells and are called generative cells.
Stem cell therapy is being used to treat diseases such as Heart Muscle Damage from Heart Attacks, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Hemorrhage and Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Autism, Parkinsonism, Motor Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Liver Diseases, Huntington's Disease , Chronic Kidney Diseases , Multiple Sclerosis, Orthopedic Injuries, COPD, ED and Diabetes. Studies worldwide have shown encouraging results. Stem cell therapy is done by using generative cells from your own bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue, so consequently has no adverse effects.
THE PROCESS At Phillips Clinic
Stem cells are “harvested” from the patient’s adipose (fat) tissue usually from the abdomen.
Stem cells are “isolated” (or separated) from the other components of the patient’s fat tissue. The stem cells are not changed in any way, but are injected back into the patient:
With an IV.
Injected into the localized area of damage or injury.
Implanted into the patient’s damaged or injured muscle.
Inhaled for conditions such as COPD and Parkinsons.
Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure. It’s same day, in-office with little down time or pain, compared with surgery.
Because the therapy uses cells that are collected from the patient, and returned to the patient, the chances of reaction are minimal.
PLATELET RICH PLASMA
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) comes from a patient's own blood. PRP is a concentrated source of growth factors, anti-inflammatory and regenerating factors that play major roles in healing.
Blood is drawn from the patient, spun in a centrifuge which concentrates platelets.
After concentration, this serum is injected in the patient.
Several clinical studies have demonstrated that PRP injections have improved function and decreased pain in various conditions, including - but not limited to - wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle tendonitis.
PRP is also being used as a promising treatment for osteoarthritis. PRP can be used in tandem with Stem Cell Therapy.
If you would like to learn more about Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy at Phillips Clinic
Family Practice, please contact the office.
STEM CELL THERAPY & PRP
WANT TO LEARN MORE Call Us for Your COMPLIMENTARY CONSULT! 702-363-4000
by Phillips Clinic on 11/24/21
November is Diabetes Awareness Month!
The Holidays are the traditional time for gatherings of family and friends. Also, the time most of us do a bit of overindulgence. How do we get from Halloween to New Year’s without gaining a size? What’s the trick to enjoying Trick or Treating, the Thanksgiving feast, holiday parties plus all the goodies and treats that are everywhere?? Especially important for type 1 & 2 Diabetics, as well as pre-diabetics is planning for those special occasions. Two months of holiday indulgence can mean both short and long term elevated blood sugar levels, with a resulting elevated A1C* and complications that can arise. (*The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 3 months. The A1C test is the primary test used for diabetes management.)
The CDC Advises “The most important step in managing diabetes during holiday travel and festivities is preparing .” Know what you'll be eating, how to enjoy a few traditional favorites while sticking with a healthy meal plan, you're all set to celebrate!
Feasts and Parties Before you go, take these steps to make sure you stick to your healthy meal plan. Eat a healthy snack to avoid overeating at the party. Ask what food will be served, so you can see how it fits into your meal plan. Bring a nutritious snack or dish for yourself and others. You don't have to give up all of your holiday favorites if you make healthy choices and limit portion sizes. At a party or holiday gathering, follow these tips to avoid overeating and to choose healthy foods.
If you're at a buffet:
Fix your plate and move to another room away from the food, if possible. Choose smaller portions. Choose low-calorie drinks such as sparkling water, unsweetened tea or diet beverages.
If you choose to drink alcohol, limit the amount and have it with food. Talk with your health care provider about whether alcohol is safe for you. Limit it to one drink a day for women, two for men, and drink only with a meal.
Watch out for heavy holiday favorites such as hams coated with a honey glaze, turkey swimming in gravy and side dishes loaded with butter, sour cream, cheese or mayonnaise. Instead, choose turkey without gravy and trim off the skin, or other lean meats. Look for side dishes and vegetables that are light on butter, dressing and other extra fats and sugars, such as marshmallows or fried vegetable toppings.
Watch the salt. Some holiday favorites are made with prepared foods high in sodium. Choose fresh or frozen vegetables that are low in sodium. Select fruit instead of pies, cakes and other desserts high in fat, cholesterol and sugar. Focus on friends, family and activities instead of food. Be active! Take a walk after a meal, or join in the dancing at a party.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
by Phillips Clinic on 11/24/21
Symptoms of breast cancer are—
New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
Pain in any area of the breast.
Keep in mind that these symptoms can happen with other conditions that are not cancer.
If you have any signs or symptoms that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away.
Risk Factors That Can’t Be Changed.
Studies have shown that your risk for breast cancer is due to a combination of factors. The main factors that influence your risk include being a woman and getting older. Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older.
Other factors include family history of breast or ovarian cancer, early menstrual periods or late menopause, genetic mutations, dense breast tissue, having taken DES during pregnancy.
Risk Factors That Can Be Changed:
Being physically inactive, being overweight or obese, taking hormones, having a first pregnancy after 30, not breast feeing, never having a full term
pregnancy and drinking an excess aount of alcohol are all risk factors
that can be changed.
If you have a strong family history of breast cancer or inherited changes in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, you may have a high risk of getting breast cancer. You may also have a high risk for ovarian cancer. Talk to your Philips Clinic provider about ways to reduce your risk,
Talk to your doctor about ways to reduce your risk