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“No human who has been fully weaned should be drinking milk.” You may have heard this comment from those who insist that milk is unhealthy. Or maybe you’re concerned about the welfare of the cows involved in producing it, or its impact on the environment. Maybe you’ve gone vegan and have therefore cut out all animal products from your diet and lifestyle. You could even be one of the estimated 65 percent of adults who can’t tolerate the lactose in cow’s milk. Whatever the reason you may have banned milk from your diet, our family practice doctors wanted to explore the various

The new coronavirus vaccine has already begun its rollout here in Florida, with healthcare workers being given priority with the limited supply. But in the coming months, it will gradually be available to all. In the meantime, however, our family practice doctors are concerned about the flood of false information concerning the vaccine. We address some of the most extreme myths floating around on the Internet and social media. Myth #1: You can get COVID-19 from the vaccine. Fact: There is no live or dead piece of the virus in either of the vaccines being distributed. The vaccine uses “messenger RNA” to

To our patients: We have received a number of inquiries from our patients about the new coronavirus vaccines. Our family practice doctors do not yet know when we will be receiving vaccines for distribution. Once we are notified by the Health Department of a pending shipment, we will let you know immediately, both through email notification and on our website. We realize that you are anxious to know when you will be able to receive your inoculation. Rest assured that we are monitoring the situation constantly and will inform you as soon as we have any new information. Thank you for your patience, and remember

Our family practice doctors have cautioned in the past about the dangers involved in consuming unregulated supplement products for health. And with good reason! Many supplements—including vitamins—can have side effects, or interact with other medications you may be taking,  We would be the first to admit, however, that vitamin and mineral supplements from a reliable source have their place in some circumstances. Take vitamin D, for example. This vitamin is necessary for strong bones. According to the National Institute for Health (NIH), it is also helps reduce inflammation throughout the body, enhances cell growth and immune function, and regulates the metabolism of

Due to the holidays, many more people than usual have been getting tested for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. However, our family practice doctors are seeing and hearing a great deal of confusion and misinformation regarding the accuracy of COVID-19 testing. So we thought we’d provide a kind of primer on the different tests, and explain the limits of testing. Why COVID testing can be inaccurate The first thing you need to know is that a negative COVID-19 test is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. There are simply too many variables involved. This is true of many medical tests, as well. Results can vary

You may have heard that, as you get older, it’s hard—if not impossible—to see substantial weight loss at your age. Maybe you’ve tried and simply given up. If so, our family practice doctors have some good news for you. According to researchers at the University of Warwick in the UK, obese people over the age of 60 are just as capable of losing weight as their younger counterparts. “Weight loss is important at any age, but as we get older we’re more likely to develop the weight-related co-morbidities of obesity,” lead researcher at the Warwick Medical School, Dr. Thomas Barber, said in

There’s still so much we don’t know about the SARS-CoV-2 virus, even after all these months. Why does it kill some people while others don’t even get symptoms? Why are some people, even in close quarters, infected while others consistently test negative? How are children seemingly less susceptible than adults? One thing our family practice doctors do know is that you really don’t want to risk contracting it. And that’s because of what the effects of COVID-19 look like after you have already recovered. Dubbed “long-haul syndrome,” it’s a constellation of debilitating symptoms that linger in those who have contracted the virus.

One of the downsides of getting older is experiencing the common phenomenon of memory decline. Our family practice doctors want to reassure you that this is normal and natural. Not only because certain parts of the brain shrink in size with age, but also because we simply have more things to remember than we did when we were younger. In addition, some diseases such as diabetes and heart disease can impair memory. So can certain medications, sleep deprivation, poor vision and/or hearing, as well as depression, along with an under-active thyroid, and poor nutrition. As we age, it becomes harder to

As we spend more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic, we’re naturally exposing ourselves more to our screens. We keep staring at smart phones, laptops, and TVs. This, in turn, is increasing the amount of our exposure to the blue light that these devices emit. Numerous studies as far back as 1958 demonstrated the disruption exposure to artificial light causes on the body’s circadian rhythm. Blue light—the kind emitted by computers, tablets, smartphones, and TV— inhibits sleep. And it is the most disruptive of the colors of the light spectrum. In addition, our efforts to be more environmentally friendly are hurting

During the widespread shutdowns in response to the pandemic this spring and early summer, it was almost impossible not to notice one welcome result: a sudden drop in noise pollution around your neighborhood. Depending on your location, you may have seen a slight decrease in cars up and down your street, for example. Or you maybe saw a major decline of nearby construction work. Either way, you probably welcomed the newfound quiet. Our family practice doctors did, too, not only for the unusual peace and quiet, but also for the positive effect it conferred on people’s health.   More than ‘just noise’ You may