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Toni Kuehneman

The scoop on salt (recipe included)


In less than a week February 2012 will be recorded in the history books.  For me, it is the end to a busy month.  Since I work for Alegent Health Heart and Vascular Institute, it is a month of many requests for presentations focused on nutrition and heart disease or nutrition and preventing heart disease.  This year sodium was the popular topic request. Early in February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new report on sodium consumption in the United States.  The report estimated the salt intake from more than 7,000 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Survey (2007-2008).  According to this report, the mean daily intake of sodium in theUnited States is 3,266 milligrams. … Continue reading

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Jen Homann

The Miracle Therapy


What would you say if your doctor told you that there is one thing you can do every day to help: Regulate your blood sugar Lower blood pressure Reduce your risk for diabetes and heart disease Maintain healthy muscles, bones and joints Slow the deteriorating effects of aging Improve your overall mood AND keep your mind sharp and potentially ward off dementia Also, there really aren’t any harmful side effects and it won’t cost you a thing. You’d want to know more about it and how you can get your hands on it, right? So now what would you say if I told you that every single one of you has access to this miracle therapy, but that more than … Continue reading

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Eric Van De Graaff, M.D.

The Silent Killer


Last week I asked a patient what her blood pressure (BP) runs on a regular basis.  I had noticed a continuing upward trend in her office readings and I know she owns an automated cuff.  “I don’t check it routinely,” she responded, “only when I feel it’s up.” Her implication was that she has the ability to perceive whenever her BP drifts into elevated territory.  In explaining further she told me that she feels anxious and has a headache whenever her hypertension “acts up” and at those times her systolic level is typically over 180 mmHg.  All other times, she continued, her pressure is normal. For years people have referred to hypertension as the silent killer.  The reasons for this … Continue reading

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Eric Van De Graaff, M.D.

Heart Disease and Chronic Pain


I saw a very pleasant elderly lady in my office today who was doing well from a cardiac perspective but had suffered considerably ever since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pulled the pain medication Darvocet from the market.  She has chronic knee and back pain and had remained functional while on Darvocet but had recently descended into near immobility without it.  Her sympathetic doctors tried numerous alternatives but most seem to produce more side effects than real relief.  Now she simply goes without: “I guess I’d rather put up with the pain than the fuzzy head and the nausea.” Treatment of chronic pain is a challenging topic that all primary care doctors deal with.  The subject is frequently brought up … Continue reading

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Ryan Isherwood, M.D.

Yoga Basics


When some people think of yoga, they imagine having to stretch like a gymnast. That makes them worry that they’re too old, unfit, or “tight” to do yoga. The truth is you’re never too old to improve flexibility. Most Westernized yoga classes focus on learning physical poses, which are called asanas. They also usually include some form of breathing technique and possibly a meditation technique as well. Some yoga classes are designed purely for relaxation. But there are styles of yoga that teach you how to move your body in new ways. Choosing one of these styles offers the greatest health benefits by enabling you to develop your flexibility, strength, and balance. My wife, Kim, owns and teaches a form … Continue reading

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