Imagine eating dinner with your family and then suddenly feeling your face weaken or go numb. Your family notices something is off, so they start asking you questions, but you have a hard time understanding their words. Your vision starts to fail in one of your eyes and you’re assaulted by a wave of dizziness followed by a severe headache.
Although rain showers have recently gotten the best of us in Rome, sunny days are ahead. Very soon we will breeze through the 70s and 80s to arrive in the 90s by late spring. Around Memorial Day, the pools will open, the schools will release for the summer, and fun in the sun will once again be the prevailing theme.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America, and the top killer for most of the country’s racial groups.
The National Sleep Foundation recently announced its annual Sleep Awareness Week would begin Sunday, March 6. This week is set aside every year by the foundation to emphasize the importance of sleep to a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, 40 percent of Americans receive less than the suggested amount.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans list “healthy eating” as one of their New Year resolutions. Unfortunately, many fail to meet their goals for one simple reason: they don’t know how to eat healthy. This is especially troubling as the leading cause for death for men and women in America is heart disease.
Everyone seems to be in agreement about what to expect out of this winter: frigid temperatures through February before March takes over with slightly warmer and infinitely wilder weather.
Few questions exasperate a person as much as being asked, “Have you had your flu shot?” Much of the exasperation is due to the belief that the flu shot is not needed. People are tired of defending their choice to abstain.
Healthy, responsible adults choose every day to remain in the dark about their health. These are a few of the reasons men and women provide for not going to the doctor:
“I don’t have a doctor.”
“I don’t have insurance.”
Thanksgiving belongs to yesterday, and Christmas is almost here, which means the New Year is right around the corner. Plenty of people see 2016 as an opportunity to turn over a new leaf. According to Nielsen, the top resolution for 2015 was “stay fit and healthy” (followed closely by “lose weight” and “enjoy life to the fullest”). Chances are the resolutions for 2016 will be quite similar.
The direct primary care model provides quality service sometimes lacking in the traditional health system, by emphasizing the doctor-patient relationship and minimizing the role of third-party insurance companies.