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Archive for March, 2013

From the Physicians Desk … Doc’s Weekly Blog! Learn more about your health by watching videos – click here!

JUST THE FACTS –  CHILDREN’S TOBACCO USE!

UKRAINE CHILDREN SMOKERS

  • Right now, more than 3.6 million middle and high school students still smoke
  • High School students who are current (past month) smokers: 18.1% or 3.4 million children
  • Kids (under 18) who try smoking for the first time each day: 3,500
  • Kids (under 18) who become new, regular, daily smokers each day: nearly 1,000
  • Kids (3-19) exposed to secondhand smoke: 50.2% or 32 million
  • Packs of cigarettes consumed by kids each year: 800 million (~$2 billion/year in sales revenue)
  • Kids under 18 alive today, who will ultimately die each year from smoking (unless smoking rates decline): 6,000,000+
  • People in the USA who currently suffer from smoking-caused illness: 8.6 million

Total annual public and private health care expenditure caused by smoking:      $96 billion   

Smoking Diseases are many – Serious Infectious Illness, Asthma, Ear Infections, Cancer…among other chronic diseases.

Help Children NOT to start smoking…and help others who have started, to quit smoking.

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The “Factual numbers” goes on and on … We reviewed 3 topics thus far this year relating to our children –

  • Childhood dating violence
  • Childhood obesity, and
  • Children smokers

Kid cryingWhere is the future and the hope of and for our children? The children who will lead this country when I am older…when you are older. I refuse despair. Instead, I choose to do something about it. What about you?

Wipe your tears Dear … there is hope!

Encourage a child today to quit smoking and continue to pray for our nation!

Visit here for more information: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org

Learn more facts: Click here

Tobacco use and Harms among kids:  click here 

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From the Physicians Desk … Doc’s Weekly Blog! Learn more about your health by watching videos – click here!

There are myriads of information out on the internet about Health Care … especially in America. From Medicare to Obama Care, from Prescription drugs to physician’s expertise … everything is being scrutinized!

Steven Brill of Time Magazine took a different approach to the Health Care saga and went behind the scene, looking at the ‘actual‘ cost of health care.  After all, Medical Cost is the leading cause of Bankruptcy … in cases where an acute  and/or sudden diagnosis lead to surgery or long hospital stays … the cost adds up rather quickly.

What can we do about Health Care Cost in America? Should we adopt Medical Care from other countries? Some have suggested  England, Canada or Switzerland? Is Obama Care moving us in the right direction? For the un-insured or under-insured these are questions of utmost concern.  What are your thoughts?

Read Brills interesting article and several anecdotal stories within it by clicking HERE!

Click image below to watch video

See you next week!

Your Family Friendly Doc…Doc C!

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From the Physicians Desk … Doc’s Weekly Blog!

Learn more about your health by watching videos click here!

MARCH IS COLON CANCER AWARENESS MONTH...

Click here to watch videos and read on Colorectal Cancers!

JUST THE FACTS!

  • Colon Cancer CAN be stopped in its tracks … before it EVER begins!
  • At least 60% of deaths from Colorectal cancer could be prevented if everyone had a regular screening
  • If you are African American screening should begin at AGE 45!! (CHANGE IN GUIDELINES!)
  • Other General Population screening should begin at age 50, as colorectal cancer occurs in people age 50 or older (younger in African Americans)
  • Colon Cancer is the 3rd Leading Cause of deaths for ALL Cancers – for both Men and Women! Over 50,000 died of colorectal cancer in 2012 (American Cancer Society Estimated 2012 statistics)
  • Colon cancer may start from a polyp (an abnormal growth) that if seen during colonoscopy can be removed … and may be all the treatment you need! (your doctor will send the polyp for additional evaluation and will tell you more)
  • In most cases, there are NO symptoms for colorectal cancers in the early stages. However, some may experience blood in or on the stool, abdominal aches, pains or cramps that do not go away, and losing weight without trying.  REMEMBER though, most do not have any symptoms.
  • Colon Cancer can usually be prevented…Colon Screening Saves Lives!
  • Tell your love ones, family and friends – all should be screened at age 45 (African Americans) or 50 (General population)! If you are older and never had a colonoscopy, what then? No problem mon! Talk to your primary care provider and get your screening done this year! Blessings.

Click on image below to watch – “All Jokes Aside” –  Steve Harvey’s – I want to live!

(Please note: Change in Guideline requires African American screening begin at age 45! A change from the video below)

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From the Physicians Desk … Dr. C’s Weekly Blog! Visit us for more health care news at www.LegacyEducators.com

Technology continues to amaze me in leaps and bounds! Just when I thought there is nothing else to do with the Smart Phone – Dr. Eric Topol – proves me wrong and impresses everyone! Glucose Montoring, Heart Monitor, Lab test, ICU type evaluations, Ultrasound capabilities and much more all linked to your Smartphone? Wow! See video below…

Ofcourse, unfortunately, should this become main stream, many jobs will be lost … bummer!

Come with me to “Star Trek” in Medicine …

Click Image below and Watch Video – NBC Rock Center and Dr. Topol Inventions with the Smartphone

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