We do it every year. We promise ourselves we won’t eat too much. Then comes the turkey, that yummie stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and all those wonderful pies! A few drinks and some homemade rolls with butter. Next thing we know, we’ve done it again. Over eaten on Thanksgiving Day. But there are many ways to enjoy our Thanksgiving without overindulging. First off, consider eating your meal earlier in the day, so there’s more time for your body to digest. Then, make a few wise choices about all those calorie laden recipes. Pick one or two of your favorites and go low cal on the rest. Pull the skin off the turkey. Use low fat ingredients whenever possible. Forgo traditional stuffing and consider a side of wild rice. Instead of cheese and crackers before dinner, consider carrot sticks and sliced bell peppers. Maybe skip the fat-rich gravy altogether. Consider your portion size. Do you really need to try everything? If so, take just a little taste of everything. How many times do our eyes seem a whole lot bigger than our stomachs? Then before moving onto dessert, start a new family tradition of taking a good long walk. This gives your body an opportunity to burn off some of that meal. So this year, why not dedicate yourself to enjoying a beautiful holiday meal but perhaps in a slightly healthier way. Happy Thanksgiving from Eldorado Family Health. Call for appointments at 505-216-7772.
That is the question. As always, there are several sides to the decision. The current recommendation is for all individuals over the age of 6 months to receive a flu shot annually. Children receiving a flu shot for the first time are recommended to receive a booster dose one month after their first dose to ensure better protection. Many people swear they NEVER get the flu. Certainly, there may be a minority of people who are naturally resistant to the disease or maybe simply have less exposure. But most of us, children and adults, will experience some degree of flu illness during the winter. Many of us use the term “flu” so liberally during the year that it often seems we forget what true Influenza really is and how serious a disease it can be. Symptoms of the flu include: sudden onset of body aches, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and the development of a dry scratchy cough. These symptoms will often last 7 – 14 days. People with the flu are at risk for bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections. What about those folks who insist the flu shot makes them sick? I recently heard a great explanation of this reaction from an infectious disease specialist. The flu vaccine stimulates our immune system. When this happens, some of us can experience flu-like symptoms: fever, body aches, chills. But this reaction typically lasts one to two days at most and is nothing compared to the true disease. People who should definitely consider a flu shot: very young children, the elderly, those with chronic respiratory or cardiovascular illness, anyone who is immune suppressed. We are currently in the ideal time to receive a flu shot. Generally, the shot takes about 4 weeks to “rev up” the immune system and protection lasts for about 6 months. Typical flu season in New Mexico begins right after the holidays and lately has been lasting well into the spring. To discuss whether the flu vaccine is right for you and for any other health care concerns, call Eldorado Family Health at 505-216-7772.
This past weekend, most of us set our clocks back one hour to reflect the end of Daylight Savings for 2018. The US (except for Arizona) has been observing this annual time adjustment for a century and there have been many debates about the value of continuing this 100-year-old tradition. It’s amazing how much 60 minutes can affect our daily life. Many of us will feel sleepy, less alert, irritable or hungry at variable times during the week or two it may take for our bodies to adjust to the new time. This is due primarily to something called circadian rhythm. Our bodies naturally organize around sleep/wake or light/dark cycles. This cycle impacts important bodily functions, such as hormone release, digestion and temperature regulation. Our mood can also be deeply affected by this rhythm, as any parent of a newborn can attest. Police officers, firemen and healthcare workers know well the impact of working night shift and the effects it can have on the body. Certainly, some of us are more sensitive than others to these time changes and there are ways to ease our bodies into the new rhythm. Adjusting our bedtime and meal times by 30 minutes, continuing to get fresh air and exercise, although perhaps earlier in the day, can help to ease us over the hump of time changes. Here at Eldorado Family Health we have time for you. Call now for your appointment at 505-216-7772.
More and more these days it seems that we rely on technology to keep us educated and informed about the world. Our lives are chaotic, busy, and stressful so having information at our fingertips seems essential to help manage our lives. This phenomenon is very apparent in the world of health care. We all seek up to date medical information that helps us feel safe and having quick answers to our questions and problems is something the internet seems perfect for.
Here at Eldorado Family Health we appreciate it when patients are involved in their own health care. In fact, we tell every patient that our relationship with them is a partnership. Our role is to provide evidenced based, accurate, experienced health information and treatment while making sure we meet our patients’ needs that match a plan of care to our individual patients’ philosophies. We encourage all of you to be careful about medical information you find on the internet. Always consult with your Primary Care Provider if you are unsure about a medical condition you might be facing. We are here to answer your medical questions and concerns. Our goal at Eldorado Family Health is to keep your family healthy and out of the urgent care or hospital by identifying minor medical problems before they become major issues in your lives.
Call us for an appointment at 505-216-7772. Have a Fun, Happy, and Healthy Halloween.
Warren Goldenberg, Medical Director
These days, we’re all “hearing” a whole lot of everything: cell phones, computers, printers, music, transportation noise. Has all this “hearing” effected our “listening”? When was the last time you sat in complete silence? Can you find complete silence anywhere close to your home? Noise pollution is at an all time high. (look on-line for maps of noise levels in your town and state). Is all this noise exposure effecting our “inner” hearing: our ability to listen? Many of us know the difference between hearing and really listening. If it’s been a while since you listened closely to your loved one, family or friends, with no distractions, try it. Put down the cell phone, turn off the music, power down the computer and simply listen. Even if you’re all alone in a room. Listen. To the muffled noises from outside, your heater cycling, the sound of your own breath, maybe even your pulse. Relaxing isn’t it? A significant aspect of good health care involves active listening, paying careful attention to a patient’s responses and concerns and listening closely to what the body has to say.
At Eldorado Family Health we’re here to listen, closely, to your healthcare needs and concerns.
Call today for same day or next day appointments at 505-216-7772.
October is here. The days are shorter, the air is cooler and even the chamisa is a little less yellow. Maybe it’s the change in light, maybe it’s our lives getting busier, but adults and children alike can begin to feel more stressed during this time of year. It’s important to help our children take good care of themselves and one way to do that is to role model our own caretaking strategies. Is it time to renew your gym membership? Enroll in a fitness class? Improve your diet? Take a few minutes of quiet time for yourself in the morning or at the end of the day? All these simple but effective strategies help to de-stress, lower blood pressure and energize our mood. And many of them can be done together as a family. Decide to eat dinner a bit earlier and take a family walk during the beautiful autumn dusk. Keep the TV or computer off and talk or play a game. At Eldorado Family Health we’re interested in your health and well-being not just your symptoms. Call us today for a same day or next day appointment at 505-216-7772.
|It’s Fall in New Mexico and everything is golden. The aspens, chamisa and wild daisies are everywhere. The golden glow during this time of the year is what many of us love. It can turn a hike into a stunning visual experience. But along with all this gold comes something else: pollen. For many of us, the fall is a time of high allergy reaction (hay fever). Pollen counts in our part of the state generally run moderate to high throughout most of the autumn. Ragweed, chenopods and sagebrush are listed currently as the top three culprits. Dry weather only adds to the problem. Common allergy symptoms include: runny, itchy nose, itchy eyes, sinus pressure, scratchy throat, recurrent dry cough. Simple home management of allergy symptoms is available. Moisture in general will help. Run a humidifier, take a long shower, moisturize your nose and eyes. When doing yard work try to protect your nose and eyes and be sure to wash your hands well after coming back inside. There are numerous over-the-counter and prescription medicines that can help with short-term and longer-term allergy relief. At Eldorado Family Health we’re also available to help. Call us for a same day or next day appointment: 505-216-7772.|
|In his landmark book, Childhood and Society, Erik Erikson outlines the “eight stages of man”: developmental phases for every period of life that are named for the core challenge facing that period. “Trust versus mistrust”, “autonomy versus shame and doubt”, “intimacy versus isolation”, are a few of the early life phases. The post mid-life phase of “generativity versus stagnation” is fascinating. Generativity is creativity or productivity: an important notion for life in general. At almost every age, we need a sense of accomplishment in order to find meaning in our lives. A sense of purpose or achievement provides well-being and emotional stability. The image of the long-awaited retirement turning sour comes to mind whenever I think about this phase. How many of us know family or friends who counted the days until retirement only to fall into idleness once their “golden years” had officially begun. The importance of maintaining a generative and creative life, no matter what our age, cannot be underestimated. Stories abound of famous writers, artists, painters who did not begin their craft until mid-life or older. Certainly, it is often only after family raising and career demands have resolved that many of us have the time and energy to pursue creative endeavors. But there are small ways to be creative every day. Cooking with your children beside you in the kitchen, writing in a journal, taking a continuing education class, are all ways to juice up the generativity in our lives.
Eldorado Family Health is here to assist you with your well being during every period of your life. Same and next day appointments available. Call us at 505-216-7772.