Healthy Living is a monthly special section published in all 18 Anton Community Newspapers focusing on a wide range of health topics and highlighting the extensive health services available in our area. A sampling of current stories appears here.
What sounds better – going to the doctor when you’re sick, or going to the doctor to stay well?
Dr. Marc Behar, an OB GYN in Garden City, realized after years practicing traditional medicine that he wanted to focus on preventative care. He now looks at the complete picture of a patient’s life, rather than simply treating symptoms as they arise. Behar spoke with Healthy Living Digest about his holistic approach.
“I am looking at health care more from the perspective of being well, rather than being sick,” Behar said. “This is a new definition of health care. My patients are coming to me because they want to maintain wellness and functionality.”
About 60,000 people in the United States have multiple myeloma (MM) and more than 20,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Right now MM is incurable.
Myeloma is an affliction that involves plasma cells (a type of white blood cell) reproducing out of control and causing damage to organs. Multiple means it is happening in different places throughout the body. Instead of creating cells that help the immune system, these cancerous cells leave no room for healthy cells – causing a range of symptoms, from frail, easily broken bones to kidney failure. A life expectancy of only a few years is not uncommon, but people are fighting to change that.
There’s a time for every season. Right now, as the weather becomes mild and enjoyable, kids head back to school, adults settle into a new focus at work, and our minds turn to beginning a new period. At these turns of season, it can be a great thought to create some new health goals.
Louise Spadaro, M.D., director of the Cardiac Outreach Program at Saint Francis Hospital, The Heart Center spoke to Healthy Living about some key pointers on improving your daily lifestyle.
First and foremost, Spadaro says, take it slow. “Every change in season or new year, everyone has great ambitions,” she shared. “That is great. It is just important to realize that things won’t happen overnight. You have to ease into it, especially if you have medical issues. Use some sensibility and patience.”
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