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December is Hand Washing Awareness Month

by Phillips Clinic on 12/03/23

YOUR HANDS!

Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness.

Handwashing is easy to do and it's one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings—from your home and workplace to child care facilities and hospitals. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community.

When should you wash your hands?

· Before, during, and after preparing food

· Before eating food

· Before and after caring for someone who     is sick

· Before and after treating a cut or wound

· After using the toilet

· After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

· After blowing your nose, coughing,  or  sneezing

· After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

 the right way

to wash your hands

· Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

· Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

· Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.

· Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

· Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Why wash your hands

People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick.

Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them. Germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks, under certain conditions, and make people sick.

 Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, table tops, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands.

Removing germs through handwashing helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections.

Teaching people about Handwashing helps  everyone stay healthy.

According to the CDC, washing hands prevents illnesses and substantially reduces the spread of infections to others.

· Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31% .

· Reduces diarrhea illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%.

· Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21% .

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them . If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is a good substitute. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number germs on hands,  but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

by Phillips Clinic on 10/28/23

MANAGING DIABETES
There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be treated and controlled. The goals of managing diabetes are to:

Keep your blood glucose levels as near to normal as possible by balancing food intake with  medication and activity.
Maintain your blood cholesterol and triglyceride (lipid) levels as near the normal ranges as possible.
Control your blood pressure.  Your blood pressure should not go over 140/90.
Decrease or possibly prevent the development of diabetes-related health problems.

YOU & YOUR PHILLIPS CLINIC PROVIDER CAN HELP MANAGE YOU DIABETES BY:
Planning what you eat and following a balanced meal plan.
Exercising regularly.
Taking medication(s) your provider prescribes and closely following the guidelines on how and when to take it.
Monitoring your blood glucose and blood pressure levels at home.
Keeping your appointments with your healthcare providers and having laboratory tests completed as ordered by your doctor.

What you do at home every day affects your blood glucose more than what your doctor can do every few months during your check-up.

If you’re diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you can monitor your blood sugar level several ways to evaluate how well your treatment plan is   working:

HbA1C-A1C 
or glycosylated hemoglobin test)
Your Phillips healthcare provider can regularly perform a test called HbA1c (A1C, or glycosylated hemoglobin test).

An A1C test provides a picture of your average blood sugar control for the past two to three months. Blood sugar is measured by the amount of glycosylated hemoglobin (A1C) in your blood.

Home monitoring
Easy-to-use home monitors allow patients to test their blood sugar on their own. A variety of these devices are on the market.

If you’re managing diabetes with the help of a home monitor, be sure to consult with your doctor to learn what to do when your results are too high or low for you.

September Is Healthy Aging® Month

by Phillips Clinic on 08/27/23

September is Healthy Aging® Month is celebrating its 30th year. The annual observance month focuses national attention on the positive aspects of growing older10 Tips for September is Healthy Aging® Month The month was created in 1992, 30 years ago, by Carolyn Worthington, publisher of the Healthy Aging® multi-media platform and president of the non-profit Educational Television Network, Inc.

Recapture that “back to school” feeling with a personal commitment to renew yourself. To improve yourself physically, socially, and mentally, here are ten tips to inspire you from Healthy Aging®

Physical Well-Being
1. Move more, sit less.
Why? Physical activity is your weapon to help control blood pressure, help prevent heart disease and stroke and possibly lower your risk for depression, anxiety, and conditions like certain cancers and type 2 diabetes. What to do? Choose something fun so you can keep at it, like cycling, walking, dancing, swimming, or aerobics.

2. How much do you need to do?
Current national recommendations are 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week and two days of muscle-strengthening training. That’s only 20 minutes a day, seven days a week, or around an hour a day if you do three days a week.

3. Get motivated
Seek out free websites and apps like All Trails to find parks and trails around the world; American Heart Association with ideas on how to join a walking club or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for individuals with a disability

Diet
4. Try to cut back on salt. A diet rich in sodium has been linked to high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack—all good reasons to try not to over-salt your food. Adding more fiber to your diet can help lower cholesterol, control your blood sugar, as well helping maintain good digestive health.

Social
5. Volunteer
Be of service. An excellent way to bring happiness into your life is to not focus on yourself. Refocus on others by volunteering your time and expertise. United Way, the American Red Cross, VolunteerMatch, and AmeriCorps are all helpful resources.

6. Beat back loneliness
Don’t wait for the phone to ring. Be proactive and call someone for a lunch date. Set up a calendar of lunch dates and challenge yourself to have at least two lunch dates per month (once a week is even better!) It doesn’t have to be expensive … pack a picnic, and head to a park. Try to mix up your get-togethers with old friends and new acquaintances.

7. Rekindle or follow a new passion
Take a hard look at what you like rather than what other people tell you to do to meet new people. Pick some activities where you might meet new friends.

8. Get a dog
If you don’t have one, get one and walk. You will be amazed how many people you will meet through your dog. Can’t have one? Check your local humane society to see if they need dog walkers.

Mental
9. Be realistic with what you can accomplish. Learn to say no … don’t overwhelm yourself with a to-do list. See more tips for reducing or controlling stress from Mental Health America, the non-profit dedicated to addressing the needs of those with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all.

10. Plan for your next exciting passage.
Capitalize on your career experience and start a new one. Yes, enjoy a brief “retirement.” Travel, and spend more time with family and friends. Develop new hobbies. Redefining your purpose to maintain a sense of identity and purpose is
essential to a healthy lifestyle. What is your next passage?

So, grab onto that “back to school” feeling and make September the perfect time to renew or set your lifestyle goals.

Remember, it’s never too late!

Packing a Safe School Lunch

by Phillips Clinic on 07/30/23

Packing A Safe School Lunch

Introduction
If you take a lunch to school, it is important to know what to do to keep your food safe. Some foods need special attention, like milk, meats and cheeses. These foods can make you sick if bacteria are allowed to grow on them.

Bacteria are usually one-celled organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. Bacteria are everywhere, in the air on the ground, on our bodies and on your pets. Normally, bacteria will not hurt you. But if bacteria are allowed to grow on your food, it can make you sick! Use the following tips to help you keep your school lunch safe.

Keep Foods Clean
  • Keep everything clean when packing the lunch. Use hot, soapy water to clean hands, clean preparation surfaces, and clean utensils. Keep family pets away from kitchen counters. Wash your hands before you prepare or eat food.

Keep Cold Foods Cold
  • Use an insulated lunch box to help keep foods cold. You can also use a thermos to keep milk or juice cold until lunchtime.
  • Use freezer gel packs that are widely available in stores. If you cannot get freezer gel packs, a fun trick is to freeze a juice box overnight and put that into your lunch box next to your sandwich. That way, your sandwich will not get too warm and you still have a cold drink at lunchtime!
  • Freeze your sandwiches. This works better with coarse-textured breads that won't get soggy when they thaw. The sandwich will be thawed by the time you eat lunch, and it keeps everything else in the lunch box cold. (If you like lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on your sandwich, pack those separately. They do not freeze well, and you may not like the taste when they thaw!)

  • Keep your lunch in the coolest place possible! If you have a refrigerator at school, put your lunch in there. If not keep it out of the sun and away from the heat.
  • Pack shelf-stable foods, especially if you have a brown paper bag lunch. These food items include fresh fruits and vegetable, cookies, crackers, peanut butter sandwiches, canned meats, shelf-stable cheeses, packaged pudding, and canned fruits and juices.
Keep Hot Foods Hot
  • Use a thermos to keep soup, chili and stew hot. Use an insulated bottle stored in an insulated lunch box. Ask your parents to fill the bottle with boiling water, let stand for a few minutes, empty, and then put in the piping hot food. Keep the insulated bottle closed until lunch to keep the food hot.

Make sure you wash your hands before you eat your lunch. Any perishable leftovers after lunch should be discarded and not brought home.

JULY: ANTI-AGING MEDICINE

by Phillips Clinic on 06/28/23

WHAT IS  ANTI-AGING MEDICINE?

Anti-aging medicine is based on preventive medicine for the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age-related  disorders, and diseases.

90% of all adult illness is due to the degenerative processes of aging. This includes heart disease, most cancers, adult-onset diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, autoimmune disease glaucoma, and Alzheimer’s.

With early detection and appropriate intervention, most of these diseases can be prevented, cured, or have their downward course reversed.

Age Management medicine, also referred to as Anti-Aging medicine, is based on the very early detection, prevention, and reversal of age-related diseases. It is the newest clinical medical specialty—the “optimum” of wellness and longevity—and employs extensive treatments in the preventative health care field.

Within the last 100 years, the average lifespan has doubled. The medical community has now developed ways to ensure the second half of our lives is just as rewarding, happy and healthy as the first.

Anti-aging medicine aims to both extend lifespan as well as prolong healthspan - the length of time that we are able to live productively and independently.

Anti-aging therapies can include nutrition, physical fitness, skin care, hormone replacements, vitamins, supplements and herbs, focused on each individual's unique lifestyle, make-up and  needs.

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. Our bodies have the potential to heal damaged tissue, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone while decreasing downtime and pain and limiting the need for rehab.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) comes from the 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. 

PRP injections can improved function and decreased pain in various conditions, including - but not limited to - wrist,   elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle tendonitis.

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, ParkinsonismMotor 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.

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.

Other wellness and anti-aging therapies offered by Phillips Clinic include:

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Bio-identical hormone replacement for men and women offers your doctor the opportunity to create a customized hormone replacement therapy for each patient’s individual needs.

 

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