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April 2022 Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

by Phillips Clinic on 04/16/22

WHAT IS ASTHMA
Asthma is a chronic, or long-term, disease that causes inflammation  and narrows the airways of the lungs.

Asthma causes a variety of symptoms that can worsen at any time, making breathing difficult. Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be managed. Some days there may not symptoms, but this    doesn’t mean asthma has gone away. 

ASTHMA SYMPTOMS
People with asthma may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

Wheezing - A whistling sound heard when breathing in or out.
Coughing - A cough that may not go away and often occurs or worsens at night or early morning.
Chest Tightness - Feeling as if something is squeezing or sitting on your chest.
Shortness of Breath - Feeling as though you can’t catch your breath. You may feel as though you are breathless.

Each person may experience different asthma symptoms. Symptoms can vary over time in both frequency (symptoms every few months to every day) and severity (mild to severe). 
Managing  asthma includes avoiding triggers, monitoring symptoms, and doing other things and working with your healthcare provider to develop an individual plan.

ASTHMA TRIGGERS
Triggers are allergens, irritants, or conditions that cause asthma symptoms to worsen. Triggers vary from person to person, so it’s important to learn each individual’s triggers.  While it may be impossible to avoid every single asthma trigger, being able to identify and avoid your triggers is important.
COCKROACHES
Many people with asthma are allergic to the dried droppings and remains of cockroaches.
Keep food and garbage in closed containers 
Use bait or traps to eliminate cockroaches
If a spray is used to kill roaches, stay out of the room until the odor goes away
DUST MITES
Dust mites are tiny bugs you cannot see that live in cloth and carpet. Pillows, mattresses, bedding, and rugs or carpet all attract dust and dust mites that 
can trigger asthma symptom. To reduce exposure;
Dust  and vacuum frequently using a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.
Encase mattresses and pillows in special dustproof covers.
Wash sheets and blankets each week in hot water.
Keep stuffed animals and toys off the bed
Wash stuffed animals and toys weekly in hot water.
Reduce room humidity to between 30 percent and 50 percent by using a dehumidifier or air conditioner.
INDOOR MOLD
Moisture causes mold, so getting rid of excess water may help get rid of mold.
Fix leaky faucets, pipes, and other sources of water
Clean mold off surfaces with a cleaner that has bleach in it
Replace or wash moldy shower curtains
Open a window or turn on the exhaust fan when you shower
Reduce room humidity to between 30 percent and 50 percent by using a dehumidifier
PETS
Some people are allergic to the dander (the flakes of skin), dried saliva, or urine that comes from animals with fur or feathers. To reduce exposure:
Bathing pets weekly may cut down on its dander
Ask someone who doesn’t have asthma to change the cat’s litter box
Don’t allow pets in the bedroom
Keep pets outside if possible
Vacuum often, ideally using a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter
Add HEPA filters to central air conditioning and heating. 
STRONG ODORS, SPRAYS, SMOKE
Do not use a wood- burning stove, kerosene heater, or fireplace
Stay away from strong odors and sprays, such as perfume, talcum powder, hair spray, and paints
FOOD SENSITIVITIES
Some people find that foods or beverages containing the preservative sulfite can trigger asthma symptoms. If flare-ups are happening, take a look at foods and beverages .It may take a while to figure out what foods—if any—trigger asthma symptoms. The following are examples of foods and beverages are common triggers.
Beer, wine, processed potatoes
Shrimp, dried fruit, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, aged cheeses
OTHER TRIGGERS CAN 
INCLUDE
Exercise
Colds and respiratory infections
Stress
PARTNER WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
Create a personalized Asthma Action Plan with your healthcare provider. Part of this plan may include allergy testing and a personalized desensitization program. Call Phillips Clinic Family Practice for an appointment.

March 2022 Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

by Phillips Clinic on 04/03/22

COLORECTAL CANCER

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. Each year, more than 136,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 die of the disease.

With certain types of screening, this cancer can be prevented by removing polyps (grape-like growths on the wall of the intestine) before they become cancerous. Several screening tests detect colorectal cancer early, when it can be easily and successfully treated.

RISK FACTORS

· You might be at an increased risk for colorectal cancer if you:

· Are age 50 or older

· Smoke or use tobacco

· Are overweight or obese, especially if you carry fat around your waist

· Are not physically active

· Drink alcohol in excess (especially if you are a man)

Eat a lot of red meat, such as beef, pork or lamb, or a lot of processed meat, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs or cold cuts · .Have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or benign (not cancerous) colorectal polyps

· Have a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease 

 

Early stages of colorectal cancer don’t usually have symptoms. Later on, people may have these symptoms:

· Bleeding from the rectum or blood in or on the stool

· Change in bowel habits

· Stools that are more narrow than usual

· General problems in the abdomen, such as bloating, fullness or cramps

· Diarrhea, constipation or a feeling in the rectum that the bowel movement isn’t quite complete

· Weight loss for no apparent reason

· Being tired all the time

· Vomiting

 

PREVENTION

· Be physically active for at least 30 minutes at least five days a week

· Maintain a healthy weight and waist size

· Don’t smoke. I

· f you do smoke, quit

· Limit alcohol to no more than one drink per day if you’re a woman

· Or two drinks per day if you’re a man

· Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole

· grains, which are good sources of fiber

· Eat less red meat and cut out processed meat

Early Detection

· Begin getting screened at age 50. If you are older than age 75, ask your doctor if you should continue to be screened.

· If you are a high risk, talk to your health care professional about screening earlier and more often

Talk to your doctor about your screening test options

Tests that find

pre-cancer and cancer:

· Colonoscopy – Every 10 years

· Virtual colonoscopy – Every 5 years

· Flexible sigmoidoscopy – Every 5 years

· Double-contrast barium enema – Every 5 years

Tests that mainly

detect cancer

· Stool occult blood test (FOBT) (guaiac) Every year

· Stool immunochemical test (FIT) –  Every year

· Stool DNA test (sDNA) – ask your health care professional; the FDA approved the use of the sDNA test in  2014

· An abnormal result of a virtual colonoscopy or a double-contrast barium enema, or a positive FOBT, FIT or sDNA test, should be followed up with a colonoscopy.

We offer Stem Cell Therapy and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapies for injuries.

Stem Cells are renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases including macular degeneration, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions. Call for your complimentary 15 minute online consultation

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

OUR HEART HEALTH TESTING

by Phillips Clinic on 02/25/22

Phillips Clinic is a team of professionals dedicated
to providing the very best in medical treatment
to ensure patient well-being. Our staff’s
commitment to continuing professional education
is evident as the Clinic strives to stay on the
cutting edge of new traditional and nontraditional
medical techniques and new practices
in the health care field.

Our professional staff is proud to offer the following
comprehensive heart health testing
services at one convenient location:
EKG
An EKG is a test that records the electrical
activity of your heart through
small electrode patches that are
attached to the skin of your chest,
arms, and legs.
EKGs are quick, safe, and painless.
With this test, your doctor will be able
to:
  •  Check your heart rhythm
  • See if you have poor blood flow to your heart muscle (this is called ischemia)
  • Diagnose a heart attack
  • Check on things that are abnormal, such as thickened heart muscle.
ECHOCARDIOGRAM
An echocardiogram (echo=sound +
card=heart + gram=drawing) is an
ultrasound test that can evaluate
the structures of the heart, as well
as the direction of blood flow within
it. Technicians specially trained in
echocardiography produce the images
and videos, often using a special
probe or transducer that is
placed in various places on the
chest wall, to view the heart from
different directions. Cardiologists,
or heart specialists, are trained to
evaluate these images to assess
heart function and provide a report
of the results. The echocardiogram
is one of the many tests that can be
done to evaluate heart anatomy
and function.
PERIPHERAL
VASCULAR TESTING
These are non invasive tests that check the
blood flow in your arteries and veins.
Vascular studies use high-frequency
sound waves (ultrasound) to measure
the amount of blood flow in your
blood vessels. Treadmill tests are
also done at Phillips Clinic Family
Practice & Anti-Aging.

WHAT IS INFLAMMATION

by Phillips Clinic on 12/28/21

If a cut on your skin swells up, turns red, and hurts, those symptoms are signs of acute, or    short-lived, inflammation.

Feeling hot or losing function may be signs of inflammation from other harm to your body. Some inflammation that occurs in your body’s cells or tissues may not have outward         symptoms.

Inflammation is a normal part of the body’s defense to injury or infection, and, in this way, it is beneficial. But     inflammation is damaging when it occurs in healthy tissues or lasts too long. Known as chronic inflammation, it may persist for months or years.

Inflammation may result from many factors, such as:

· Environmental chemicals

· Injuries like scrapes, insect stings, or a splinter in your finger

· Pathogens (germs) like bacteria, viruses, or fungi

· Radiation


Inflammation plays a key role in many diseases, 

some of which are becoming more common and 

severe. Chronic inflammatory diseases 

contribute to more than half of deaths worldwide.


Inflammation is associated with diseases such as the following:

Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis

Cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease

Gastrointestinal disorders like inflammatory bowel disease

Lung diseases like asthma

Mental illnesses like depression

Metabolic diseases like Type 2 diabetes

Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease 

Some types of cancer, like colon cancer.


HOW TO CURB INFLAMMATOIN

According to Scripts Health 

Load up on anti-inflammatory foods

Eat more fruits and vegetables and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids 

Cut back or eliminate inflammatory foods

According to Scripts Health 

Load up on anti-inflammatory foods

Eat more fruits and vegetables and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids 

Cut back or eliminate inflammatory foods

Inflammatory foods include red meat and 

anything with trans fats, such as margarine, 

corn oil, deep fried foods and most processed foods. 

Control blood sugar

Limit or avoid simple carbohydrates, such as white flour, 

white rice, refined sugar and anything 

with high fructose corn syrup. 

Make time to exercise

“Regular exercise is an excellent way to 

prevent inflammation,” Dr. Gray says.

Make time for 30 to 45 minutes of aerobic 

exercise and 10 to 25 minutes of weight or 

resistance training at least four to five times per week.

Lose Weight

People who are overweight have more inflammation. 

Losing weight may decrease inflammation.

Manage Stress

Chronic stress contributes to inflammation. Use meditation,   

yoga, biofeedback, guided imagery or some other method to manage stress. 


Call 702-33-4000 for your appointment, 

or request online at PhillipsClinicLV.com 



HOLIDAY & ANY DAY STRESS BUSTERS

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 
of Citrus
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.
Laugh!
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,.
Music!
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.


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