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Archive for January, 2018

Calcium and Vitamin D3 Can Help !!

January 21, 2018 @ 9:43 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Once again we have been treated to statisticians mushing together multiple disparate previous studies to “prove” that calcium alone, or vitamin D alone, or both together in one of many different combinations will not prevent fractures.  All mushed together in a carefully selected meta-analysis, you can prove anything depending on which studies are included.

More important, asking if adding a specific dose of calcium, or vitamin D, or both, will prevent fractures, misses the entire point.  Most studies did not properly account for the nutrients in each day’s diet in individual test subjects – or in individual control subjects, many of whom also consumed the nutrients being studied.

And how can you ethically ask a patient to limit their diet in a way you believe will put them at risk for fractures?  You have to settle for encouraging patients who are inadvertently short on some nutrients to improve their diet.  But then they do not fracture and you cannot prove that they would have if only you had withheld the information!

We help individuals improve their bone health.  One size does not fit all. We do a Complete Bone Health Evaluation.  Then we adjust nutrition and lifestyle as needed for that individual.  In about half of women and three-quarters of men, this is enough.

Jay Ginther, MD

MLK’s Unfulfilled Dream

January 15, 2018 @ 6:59 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr preached at evening chapel at Wesleyan University (CT) too few weeks before he was killed.  He spoke and prayed briefly with those of us in the chapel choir before the service.  Not a tall man, he was none-the-less a giant among us.  Then, he preached his dream to a packed house.

He dreamed of a day when all persons could mingle and live together free of the superficial factors of race, ethnicity, economic class, religious denomination, or political affiliation. He dreamed of a day of peaceful cooperation among all peoples.

Unfortunately we remain too much human and too little humane.  All of us.  On this day let us all remember that we are each part of the problem.  Let us all strive to be part of the solution as well.  A unified society which must include us all.  Let us fulfill the dream.

Jay Ginther, MD

Puffball Birds

January 13, 2018 @ 8:52 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Our birdfeeders have been mobbed by birds looking like puffballs.  With temps below zero F, everyone has their feathers fluffed out as far as possible, but especially the house finches.  Chickadees, juncos, cardinals, blue jays, goldfinches, downey woodpecker and the occasional house sparrow are all bundled up for cold too.  Great news – haven’t seen or heard crows in weeks.

Take time to step into the Blue Zones of the natural world.  All life is wonderful.

Jay Ginther, MD

Christmas Blue Zones

January 1, 2018 @ 8:10 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Grandkids are Blue Zones.

We visited the younger set (Trevor and Isabel) through Christmas morning in Chicagoland.  Isabel is just learning to crawl.  Trevor has forgotten how to walk and runs all the time.  Both went bonkers over the packages under the tree.

We arrived in the Pacific Northwest Christmas evening to see the older set.  Gwen at 4 is now a Big Girl full of chatter on all topics.  She thoroughly enjoyed a very good Nutcracker (Balanchine choreography).  RJ at 7 is a hockey fanatic.  We watched him practice and watched the World Juniors (under 21) with him on the TV.  He knew all the US players and many others who play in the NHL.  Children’s museum, etc too.

Now work starts again tomorrow

Jay Ginther, MD