Monthly Archives: August 2012

    (Image ©Yogesh Arora) Gas generators produce carbon monoxide when they are turned on. This is the same [potentially poisonous] gas that cars emit from their tailpipes. Running your generator inside your house is the equivalent of parking your car in your garage and leaving it running while you're still inside the car! DO NOT RUN YOUR GENERATORS INSIDE!!! Never, ever... Either wait until the hurricane passes to run it, or find a safe place outside to run it. Carbon monoxide poisoning happens too often, don't let it happen to you.

    We have the influenza vaccine ready for anyone who wants it, regardless of whether they're a patient of ours, or not. No appointment is required; just walk in. Remember that we have evening and weekend hours available. Check out our hours of operation. We will be charging $29 for the flu shot, if you do not have insurance. If you have insurance we will bill them. That is less expensive than the flu vaccine at CVS, Walgreen's, Publix, and Target, despite the fact that we have the same vaccine they do! The flu vaccine is recommended for children, people above the age of 65, anyone with any immune deficiencies, anyone taking an immune suppressant, and anyone who comes into regular contact with any of ...Read More

    (Image ©Dominic Morel) When hurricanes hit, the most common injuries occur when people are putting up shutters, taking down shutters, and clearing debris (this last one is especially risky). Accidents with chainsaws, in particular, are very common. When working and using dangerous equipment make sure to wear thick, protective clothing (thick denim and leather are especially effective). ALWAYS wear gloves, and be especially careful with your fingers. IMPORTANT: Make sure you are up to date on your tetanus shots. You need a tetanus shot (known as a tetanus booster shot) every 10 years, even if you have not had any accidents. If you get injured, and you have not had a tetanus shot in the past 5 years, make sure to go and get one. With ...Read More

    (Image ©Giani Pralea) When a hurricane hits -- and there are widespread power outages -- it is important that you only drink and cook with clean, disinfected water. The easiest ways to do this is to buy lots of bottled water, and bottle your tap water before the hurricane hits. However, if you need clean water and don't have any available here are some ways to disinfect it on your own: Boil Water Boiling water, vigorously, for 1 to 3 minutes will disinfect water. It will now be safe to drink and cook with. Use Household Bleach If you are unable to boil water, then just add 1/8 teaspoon of household bleach to a gallon of water. This will disinfect the water, and it will be ...Read More

    (Image ©Jeff Jones) The arrival of the rather uneventful Tropical Storm Issac marks the first storm of this hurricane season. Of course, we'll be open on Monday, August 27. But what you might not know is that we always open up immediately after hurricanes and other storms hit, even if they are much, much worse! As a doctor's office it is our duty to help people when they need help the most, and that's what we do. Next time a hurricane strikes and you have a non-emergency please come and see us, instead of waiting in line at the emergency room (whether it is at Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital West, or another hospital). We can provide all the non-emergency services that the emergency room can; ...Read More

    (Image ©Kostya Kisleyko) All those celebrity magazines, TV shows, and sites -- like People, Us Weekly, Deco Drive, TMZ, etc. -- like to give you the "inside" information on how celebrities are able to shed those unwanted pounds. Celebrities seem to magically lose weight, and it's all because of their rigorous [and sometimes bizarre] diet and exercise regiments, right? Maybe not. The secret weapon that most, if not all, celebrities use, but no one wants to admit to is: phentermine! That's not to say celebrities don't diet and exercise. After all, phentermine (also called Adipex) is not a wonder drug that can make you skinny without diet and/or exercise. But without phentermine's help it is almost impossible for a human being to lose weight like celebrities do, ...Read More

    (Image ©Alex Bramwell) Many people detox or cleanse before they start a new diet. This is not something we tell our patients to do before starting our weight loss program. We don't use it, and we don't believe it is necessary for any diet. You are what you eat, this is true. But once you stop eating it, it will go away on it's own. You don't need to drink lots of water with cayenne pepper in it to accomplish that, your body will do it on it's own. In fact, there is no evidence whatsoever that detoxing or cleansing does anything at all -- for good or bad. If you want to detox or cleanse we can't stop you. In fact, if you are ...Read More

    (Photographer: Anissa Thompson on stock.xchng) Have you ever been diagnosed as having prediabetes? Prediabetes is a condition in which a person has elevated blood sugar levels, but does not yet have type 2 diabetes mellitus. It is a serious condition, and must be taken seriously. Prediabetes is not the same as diabetes; however, if left untreated it will turn into diabetes (if treated it will go away entirely). All diabetics at one point had prediabetes. Unfortunately  once you have diabetes you can never go back to the way things were before. Is that what you really want? Get a blood test as soon as possible. And if you have prediabetes -- or diabetes -- you need to do something about it before it is too ...Read More