March 23, 2019

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Artificial Sweeteners: The Good, The Bad…Wait Are They Really That Bad for You?

How much sugar do you think you eat every day? If you’re like the average American and the typical patient when they first come to the Willmar Diabetes Center, far too much. Most people have at least 20 teaspoons of sugar every day. For women that’s 14 teaspoons more than the daily recommended allowance and [More]

Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Remember when you were a kid, and mom wouldn’t let you leave without finishing all of those vegetables on your plate? Believe it or not, as a dietitian I wasn’t one of those moms. Because I knew the benefits of the good fruits and veggies, we exposed our kids to these foods as often as [More]

Recognizing Heat Illness and Dehydration in Children

Do you remember the lazy days of summer when you were a kid? When you would spend all day playing outside with siblings and friends? I treasure those memories! It was, and continues to be, my favorite time of year. But as summer heats up, so does the likelihood of heat stress and exhaustion. Kids [More]

Preventing Drowning Incidents in Childhood and Teen Years

Drowning. It’s the second-leading cause of injury-related death in children in the United States. I know what you’re thinking. It would never happen to my child. He knows how to swim, and besides, he never swims without supervision or someone else present. But in many drowning accidents, there is an adult present.  Last year, I [More]

Be Stroke Savvy: Recognizing the Signs of Stroke

It’s the third leading cause of death in the United States; in fact, every year approximately 600,000 of these are reported. It’s also a leading cause of long-term disability in adults. It’s stroke. And it’s something that ACMC-Litchfield internal medicine physician Dr. Dexter Casta sees far too often in his practice. Most commonly, a stroke [More]

Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Autism

James is a sweet little boy, one of the many little ones I see in my pediatric practice at ACMC. He’s almost two, and he’s hit a lot of milestones, but he seems detached. He’s not as social as other kids his age. He doesn’t seem interested in things other kids find interesting. And even [More]

Influenza, Fevers, Flu and Cold: When to Take Your Child to the Doctor

Cold and flu season are well underway. All of our doctors at ACMC have seen a variety of illnesses from influenza to the common cold this year. As a pediatrician I commonly hear the question, “When should I take my child to the doctor?” Sometimes a simple phone call to your child’s doctor office can [More]

Helping Your Child Navigate Cyberbullying

Being a kid isn’t easy. Would you want to go back to the awkward years of growing up and trying to fit in with your peers? The world today is different than the one you or I grew up in. While change can be a wonderful thing, it also brings new challenges for kids—things like [More]

How to Recognize and Respond to Suicide Warning Signs

What if I told you one death could be prevented every 40 seconds. Now what if I told you every year more than 800,000 people take their own life. Suicide is the second leading cause of those 15 to 29 years old and the fifth leading cause of death among those 30 to 49 years [More]

Why Your Athlete Should Have a Complete Sports Physical

It’s that time of year for your athlete’s sports physical. A sports physical isn’t just a piece of paper the doctor signs so your child can participate in sports.  It’s a screening that allows your doctor to see what is going on with your child’s development.  If your child is injured during a game, an [More]