Archive for December, 2011

Put Congress on Medicare!

December 27, 2011 @ 4:00 am
posted by Dr. Ginther

Less than 2 weeks before Medicare payments to all doctors were to be cut by 27%, Congress postponed the cut FOR ONLY 2 MONTHS!  The House passed a full year fix, but the Senate insisted that we patch the system for only 2 months!   Why?

As a patient soon to be on Medicare, I wonder where I will find a doctor willing to see me with payment scheduled to fall off a cliff in 2 months.

Happy Holidays

December 23, 2011 @ 4:00 am
posted by Dr. Ginther

I will be visiting family.  I hope you will be too.

Remember that increased fracture risk and osteoporosis often run in families.  Encourage your family members to read the Take Control Naturally series and to watch our Videos.  Take care of your family as well as yourself.

Jay Ginther, MD

# 100

December 20, 2011 @ 4:00 am
posted by Dr. Ginther

This is post #100!  Next week completes the first year of this blog.  It has grown.  The site had over 1000 unique visitors last month.  Not bad for someone who struggled in English Composition.

I have been able to add many new features.  The latest additions are YouTube VIDEOS at the top of the right column.

Reader comments have helped to give direction.  The Take Control Naturally series grew out of reader questions about what a person needs to do to improve bone health and possibly avoid medications.

D3 or not D3, That is the Question

December 16, 2011 @ 4:00 am
posted by Dr. Ginther

Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3 are not the same, and definitely not equal.  D2 and D3 are similar pre-hormones, but different.  D2 (Ergocalciferol) is the plant version.  D3 (Cholecalciferol) is the animal version.

Both pre-hormones need to be converted to their active hormone form in the kidney.  D2 (plant version) will work in us but only lasts 2-3 days.  D3 (animal version) lasts for 2-3 weeks.  That huge difference makes a huge difference in dosage needs.