Close Encounter of the Planetary Kind

June 29, 2015 @ 7:27 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Venus and Jupiter will be only one degree apart on the 30 June 2015 in the evening sky.  That is the 2 brightest “stars” in the night sky as close as they ever get (conjunction).

Shortly after sunset look for the first “star” well above the western horizon.  Soon a second “star” will appear just to the left.  A small telescope will show Venus to be a crescent and Jupiter to have 4 moons which change position every night.

Connect with Nature.  Enter the Blue Zones.

Jay Ginther, MD

An End to Polio – Within Sight

June 26, 2015 @ 9:58 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

When I was a child, summer was a season to be feared.  Polio virus stalked the world, killing and crippling tens of thousands every year in the USA alone.  FDR was a polio surviver who wore baggy pants to hide his leg braces.

Tropical Africa, Asia, South and Central America were hit the hardest. Virtually every villiage had gimping polio survivers.  Orthopedic surgery in those days was largely treating the disabled victims of polio, making their lives a little less hard.

60 years ago a miracle!  A vaccine.  Many people feared vaccination, but most feared polio more.  Within 20 years polio was a rarity in the USA, but children throughout the rest of the world still fell victim to the killer and crippler of millions.

In 1979 Rotary vaccinated 6 million children in the Phillipines, starting a world-wide campaign to eradicate polio from the entire world.  But how do you do that?  You have to vaccinate EVERY child in the world.  And keep repeating as more children are born.

Any Fracture => Bone Health Evaluation

June 23, 2015 @ 7:56 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Any fracture, especially after age 50, in a woman or a man, requires a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.  This was preached from the podium at the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) meeting last month.

ANY Fracture must be taken seriously.  Whether you “fell really hard” on concrete or ice, or fractured in sports, or even if you broke bones in a car crash, ALL Fractures indicate increased Future Fracture Risk.

Studies of injuries in car crashes, after matching passengers for seat positiion, closing speed of the collision, belted or not, tell the story.  Those with the best Bone Health are least likely to break.  Those with poor Bone Health are much more likely to break.

Age 50 approximates menopause in women, but menopause at any age is more significant than age alone.  So are parental fractures, especially of hip or spine.  And don’t forget men.

Fractures at any age indicate an increased Fracture Risk.  After your first fracture, try to avoid your next fracture by improving your bone health.

Most of us can decrease our Fracture Risk before even considering medications.  Enough Calcium, Vitamin D3, Protein, Balance and Strengthening Exercises, go a long way to improve your bone health.  This is especially true if you start LONG BEFORE age 50.

Did you fracture?  Take Control of your Future.  Find what you need to change with a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.

Jay Ginther, MD

 

Keep Your Dad Fracture Free For Fathers’ Day

June 19, 2015 @ 10:04 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Do better than another shirt or tie for Fathers’ Day.  Make sure your Dad stays Fracture Free!  What?  Men don’t have Osteoporosis or Fractures.  But they do!

25% of all Osteoporosis patients are Men.  Each year 80,000 men have hip fractures.  Over 30% of those men die of complications of their hip fractures.

1/4 of all Men over 50 will Break a Bone due to Poor Bone Health (Osteoporosis).  More Men over 50 will Break a Bone than will have Prostate Cancer.

Many diseases and some medications increase fracture risk.  So do many modern lifestyle errors.  The good news is that simple measures can Decrease Fracture Risk.

Enough Absorbable Calcium spread out through the day.  Enough Vitamin D3 to achieve a 25-hydroxy Vitamin D level of at least 40.  1 gram of Protein for every kilogram of body weight daily.  Multiple Vitamins & Minerals.  Balance and Weight-bearing exercises daily.

Go to the National Osteoporosis Foundation website (www.nof.org) or click the link at your right.  Read The Man’s Guide to Osteoporosis.

Get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.  Fix potential problems.

Take Control.  You can Avoid Fractures.

Jay Ginther, MD