December 17, 2017

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A Typical “On-Call” Weekend in Minnesota Lake Country

I’m a family medicine physician with an ACMC affiliate in Litchfield, Minn., – a town of about 6,500 people.  I’m often asked what the lifestyle is like in Litchfield, especially from other physicians living in metro areas. Here’s the key – I live on a lake inside the city limits and it takes me about two minutes to [More]

Shape Up Your body!

Can you get in better shape without changing your shape? The answer is “yes.” Most often my patient’s true desire when beginning an exercise program is to change their shape. They want to lose weight, drop a few sizes, look better and feel more confident. Sometimes after working on their exercise program for six months [More]

Aerobic Exercise vs. Weight Training

Most people know that exercise of any kind burns calories.  What few know, however, is that we burn more calories each day doing “nothing”.  Our basal metabolism is what keeps the machinery of the body running, even at rest, and is responsible for the majority of calories burned in any given day.  Inheritance greatly affects [More]

Hyper-what? Why Does My Doc Keep Hounding Me about My Blood Pressure?

Hyper-what?  Why does my doc keep hounding me about my blood pressure? Let’s take the confusion out of high blood pressure by pretending your cardiovascular system is nothing but a system of the following three parts: Pump Pipes Filter The Pump: If any pump is required to push against higher pressures long enough, it is [More]

Getting Those Eye Drops in your Eyes!

Has your doctor ever prescribed eye drops for you? Are you tired of trying to hold your eyelids open with one hand while attempting to land a drop in the eye? It seems many times patients blink just at the wrong time, or land the drop on their forehead or nose. Here’s the trick. Tip [More]

Why Does My Child Keep Getting Ear Infections?

Why does my child keep getting ear infections?  I’m a parent too, so I feel your (and your children’s) pain! Here’s a simple analogy.  Let’s pretend the eardrum is the bottom of an open, empty bottle.  The space in the bottle is filled with nothing but air.  If infection begins to accumulate in the open [More]

HDL, LDL, VLDL, triglycerides…what’s it all mean?

Ever wonder about the alphabet soup called the cholesterol panel?  Here is the basic analogy I give my patients, and it covers 90% or more of their issues.  The more complex cases we will leave for another day. The LDL is your “bad cholesterol”, but we’re just going to call it the “garbage”.  It clogs [More]