Natural Vitamin D

June 5, 2012 @ 4:04 am
posted by Dr Ginther

A patient last week wanted to only use “Natural Vitamin D.”  The “most natural” comes from exposing your skin to the sun at mid-day (1:13 pm CDT in Waterloo) in the “summer” (early April to mid Sept in Iowa).  The next “most natural” would be eating foods high in Vitamin D.  Both plans present major issues.

The “Blue Zones” are Coming to Iowa

June 2, 2012 @ 6:18 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Iowa have been chosen to be a Blue Zones Community (Trademarked).  This will take a lot of work, but the effort could pay huge dividends as healthier lifestyles often lead to better health and greater enjoyment of life.

“The Blue Zones” by Dan Buettner is worth reading.  The official subtitle is “Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.”  As a physician with 40 years experience, I find the information worth contemplating.

We’re Back

June 1, 2012 @ 8:02 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

After a major computer glitch 3 weeks ago, we are back on line.  Working on this took a back seat to battling with our new (Healthcare Reform Compliant) Electronic Medical Record software.  Sometimes I long for the old days, when taking care of the patient was the main concern.

Jay Ginther, MD

A “Bone Attack” is a Warning!

May 7, 2012 @ 10:40 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Americans suffer 2 million low trauma “fragility” fractures a year.  “Bone Attack” is much more common than heart attack.  “Bone Attack is a warning, in the same way that heart attack is a warning!

More than half of the older Americans suffering a hip fracture last year had been warned ahead of their hip fracture.  That warning was in the form of a previous fracture.  Less than 20% of those warned took any action to prevent their hip fracture.  A smaller percent than died of their fracture.