Category: Ask the Doctor

I was Deceived… and so Were You

By Dr. Ron Eaker At first I was mad. Then I was embarrassed. Then I was plain old frustrated. I had just come from a lecture where my world was upended. Maybe that’s a bit melodramatic, but, what I discovered was disturbing. For the last 40 years of conscious adult life, (I consider myself brain dead and uninformed until I was at least 20) I had been indoctrinated by the concept that eating fat and meat was tantamount to gorging on pork drippings. I thought my proclivity towards vegetarianism was based on science and common sense.  After all, have...

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Five Little Known Facts About Exercise

By Dr. Ron Eaker I have long maintained that exercise is the fountain of youth (well, either exercise or Merlot). But, for purposes of this article, I’m going to stick to exercise.  While I acknowledge the constant harangue about the benefits of exercise is annoying, it doesn’t detract from the absolute truth that being engaged physically and mentally can slow aging. I make no apologies for being an exercise evangelist, especially when you consider its ability to lower your risks of everything from cancer to senile dementia. While most people born after the 1800s understand exercise is beneficial, there...

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Obesity is the New Smoking

By Dr. Ron Eaker She wasn’t supposed to have a heart attack.  I mean, she was only 42, but the EKG didn’t leave anything to the imagination.  There it was, clear as day, an elevation in the ST segment (a STEMI in doctor jargon) and a classic sign of a heart attack.  She didn’t need this right now especially with the new job and all. Even though Carol was not the classic heart attack victim— a relatively young female with normal blood pressure— she was 35 pounds overweight, had increased inflammatory markers and a lousy family history.  She was...

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Back to School Q&A

By Dr. Kelly Watson   1. When to keep your child home sick from school? Nobody wants their child to miss school.  However, keeping your child home when sick is important for the proper care of your child as well as for the prevention of spreading contagious illnesses to others.   Children should remain home from school when they have a fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea, weeping or open skin sores— especially if not able to be covered with a bandage— and rashes that are accompanied by fever or behavioral changes.   If your child is diagnosed with a contagious...

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For Heaven’s Sake, Vaccinate!

By J. Ron Eaker, M.D. It’s  back to school time and along with new clothes, middle school drama, and bus schedules, another parental worry has reared its ugly head…vaccines.  Just when you thought the Jenny McCarthy brand of vaccine opposing lunacy has subsided, an outbreak of preventable measles is sweeping the country, mostly affecting school age children.  Last year recorded the second highest number of cases since measles was essentially eradicated in the U.S. in 2000.  Most health experts attribute this rise to the decreased vaccination status of children. People who are fully vaccinated against measles have very little...

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