Patients vs. customers during COVID

Somewhere in Wuhan, China, a bat was eaten — and the world as we knew it was over. (Note to self: Never have your bat below medium, and avoid bat tartare like the plague.) Kids stayed home. So did their parents. They started talking to each other, instead of watching their phones while rushing from…Continue readingPatients vs. customers during COVID

Tips for Managing COVID-19 Infection at Home

If you test positive for #COVID19 or have presumptive symptoms: 1. Stay home. Do not go to the grocery store to pick up bread. Do not stop by the pharmacy to pick up your prescription. STAY HOME! Most of these places deliver if you have no one to help get you these things. 2. Isolate…Continue readingTips for Managing COVID-19 Infection at Home

A COVID-19 vaccine is not the magic solution to ending this pandemic

Christine Lau, MD | Conditions | September 17, 2020 COVID-19 caused the nation to shut down and wreaked havoc on everyone’s daily lives. International travel has been halted, restaurants and businesses have been closed, and large gatherings and celebrations have been forced to be postponed or canceled. After six months of quarantine and social distancing,…Continue readingA COVID-19 vaccine is not the magic solution to ending this pandemic

Don’t Go to the ER Because You Think You Have COVID-19

The whole world is now focused on COVID-19. It has not only sickened millions and killed over 100,00 people across the globe; it has disrupted our lives. While people speculate when reality may return to normal, experts can only speculate. People are hoping we’ve reached the peak and “flattened the curve”, but that still means…Continue readingDon’t Go to the ER Because You Think You Have COVID-19

Spinal Cord Stimulators for Neck and Back Pain

By: Mahmud Ibrahim, MD  A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) is a device which puts patients in control of their pain. It’s basically an implantable device that works to block pain signals traveling up the spinal cord from getting to the brain. It works by a similar idea of when someone bangs their knee into something…Continue readingSpinal Cord Stimulators for Neck and Back Pain

Navigating the river of health

Optimal results are achieved when the patient takes an active role in the wellness plan. This is a phrase published in a brochure describing the details of my work. As a specialist in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMT), patients often present with pain, which is usually multifactorial in nature. Given that the majority of…Continue readingNavigating the river of health

Obesity and its Association with Endometrial Cancer

Endometrial Cancer is the 4th leading cancer in women, with an incidence of 24 in 100,000. It has a very good prognosis when diagnosed early.  The link between obesity and endometrial cancer has long been established, with the risks coming from endocrine and inflammatory effects of adipose tissue.  Adipocytes produce aromatase, which converts ovarian androgens into estrogen.…Continue readingObesity and its Association with Endometrial Cancer

Food safety and the neglect of the unpeeled potato

Judging from the shortage of canning jars and lids in grocery stores recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred fresh interest in home canning (a potentially dangerous practice that has declined since its peak in 1943); and because the public expects doctors to know everything about health, it may be educational for physicians to consider the…Continue readingFood safety and the neglect of the unpeeled potato

Cutting Edge Treatment for Chronic Tendinitis You May Not Have Heard of

Interview with Dr. Mahmud Ibrahim, MD Q1. In primary care, tendinitis is a very common condition. What would you say causes the tendinitis most often: overuse injuries/poor biomechanics in sports/idiopathic? Any suggestions how to prevent it? Tendinitis occurs for multiple reasons. One is direct trauma, for example, someone gets hit with a baseball or something.…Continue readingCutting Edge Treatment for Chronic Tendinitis You May Not Have Heard of