Monthly Archives August 2014

MIPC Medical Minute by Dr. Michael Horan / Vitamin D Deficiency

You may have been hearing a lot about Vitamin D deficiency recently: low Vitamin D has been associated with diminished intestinal absorption of calcium, which in turn can lead to osteoporosis or brittle bones; low Vitamin D has been associated with in an increased incidence of cardiovascular diseases; and now the latest, low Vitamin D appears to be related to an increased future incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. So what should you do? You should not go out and load up on Vitamin D supplements because too much Vitamin D is toxic, leading to a syndrome called hypervitaminosis D.
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The Basics of Being Healthy & Staying Healthy

by Ruth Torres, MA – MIPC Medical Assistant How well prepared are you to fight off infection and what measures are you taking? Most illnesses can be easily managed through the help of basic methods and being cautious with what enters your body. Most people have direct access to soap and running water, but not many value the act of hand washing. Think about how many things we touch in a day! Getting those suds in motion will keep you from holding onto unwanted microbes and help prevent you from catching an infection—or needing a doctor’s visit. At MIPC, we take great care of
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Can’t Sleep?

By Brigit C. Britton, MD – MIPC Physician There are few things more frustrating than lying awake at night, watching the clock tick away until your next work day. Insomnia is an increasing problem in the US, with approximately 30% of adults reporting sleep difficulty and 10% experiencing chronic insomnia.  Not only is this a source of anxiety for many, but lack of sleep can have significant emotional, mental and physical consequences.  So why is sleep so crucial, what exactly is insomnia, and what are some ways to help manage this condition? Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury, but
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Explanation of Benefits, Explained

By Christopher Timm, MBBS, MHSc., MIPC President & Founder The only thing more painful than getting a shot at a doctor’s appointment is receiving the bill a few weeks later. We have all experienced the shock and horror of staring at a $500 bill for a throat swab, wondering how a Q-tip can be more expensive than your last car payment. However, most people do not realize these “bills” are actually Explanation of Benefits, otherwise known as EOBs, and do not indicate actual prices or fees patients pay. To clarify, EOBs are detailed explanations of payments for services received through
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