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How Father’s Shape Us

How Father’s Shape Us

Each June we take the time to celebrate Father’s and all that they do in our lives to shape the people we become. There is a famous quote: “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” George Herbert Each Father has his own lesson plan, but there are a few life lessons that many can credit Dad as the teacher. See if any of this advice sounds familiar to you. Hard Work Trumps Talent All of us have experienced feeling like the underdog at some point in our lives. Knowing that you can persevere by working hard and being diligent when faced with a challenge inspires us to keep at it!. You know what the experts say, the harder you work the luckier you will get! Happiness Is A Choice This counsel is perhaps one of the hardest lessons to apply and at the same time perhaps the most important to learn to live fulfilled. Waking up every morning and choosing to be happy is the easy part, choosing happy throughout the day as the challenges mount can be more difficult, sometimes you have to choose happy over and over. But you know the other favorite advice: practice makes perfect. Surround Yourself With The People You Want To Be Like This is life lesson that many of us have to learn for ourselves. The importance of those who we choose to surround ourselves with may impact all aspects of our life. Studies suggest that we become like the five people we spend the most time with, choose wisely. Father’s also have an enormous impact on their children’s health. Recent...

May is Mom’s Month!

Here at Arborview Family Medicine, we love moms! We have had the privilege of treating multiple generations of moms since 1976. We specialize in treating the entire family and have had the immense honor to help many generations in families, resulting in helping great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother from the same family. Our family approach to medicine allows us a unique understanding of family history and how it impacts health the health of family members. Different diseases strike women at different times in their life, knowing that family history allows us to work with each patient on lowering risks and hopefully preventing the disease altogether. Keep in mind that even if you have a genetic predisposition to any disease from your parents, lifestyle choices and a whole host of other factors ultimately play into developing any illness. So keep records of your mother’s (and father’s) health issues as well as those of other close relatives and be sure that your health care provider is aware of them. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure, so eat a balanced diet, exercise and make sure your healthcare professional is in the...
April is National Stress Awareness Month

April is National Stress Awareness Month

Stress has an impact on our health, our mood, and even increase our bad habits. Everyone experiences periods of stress at some time in their lives. There are several types of stress, a life-changing event such as a death in the family, loss of job, or divorce places us more at risk for the unpleasant outcome of too much stress. However, smaller, short term events like a traffic jam or getting an awful haircut, these passing events may also cause have some unwelcomed consequences. While no one can avoid stress entirely, there are ways to manage it and minimize its impact on our health. 1. Take a time out! Experts tell us that removing ourselves from the stress trigger, if even for only a few minutes, can keep us from reacting poorly and creating additional stress. Whether it is a crying baby, or demanding boss, counting to ten and taking a few deep breaths can put a whole new spin on the situation. 2. Exercise! You don’t have to run an hour on the treadmill or bench press three hundred pounds to enjoy the benefits of exercise. Just walking a mile or spending thirty minutes on the bike may do the trick, the important thing is engaging in exercise regularly. This can help lower blood pressure, cure insomnia and elevate your mood due to the release of endorphins. 3. Follow a healthy diet! While stress makes most people want to eat more, be sure to choose what you eat wisely, fruits and vegetables are a superior choice to a half a gallon of ice cream! Choosing wisely will also...
March is Multiple Sclerosis Month

March is Multiple Sclerosis Month

March is Multiple Sclerosis Month, declared so by New Jersey Governor Christie in 2015. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system and can have a devastating impact on the daily lives of sufferers, including causing blindness, acute pain, difficulty processing information, problems with balance and coordination, sometimes even paralysis and overwhelming fatique. This happens, as the myelin, or protective covering, which surrounds the nerves, is damaged and eventually destroyed, causing reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways. MS can occur at any age, but most are diagnosed between the ages of twenty and fifty, but there are reported cases as young as two and as old as seventy-five. It is estimated that over two million people world wide have MS, with more than two to three times being women over men. While there is no cure at the moment for MS, the disease is not fatal either, with experts currently estimating that those with MS will live seven years less than their healthy counterparts. While there are no specific risk factors studies, have shown that those deficient in vitamin D and those who smoke cigarettes are at a higher risk. Diagnosis is sometimes difficult as symptoms of the disease often come and go. Making it difficult for doctors to access in the early stages. There are no specific laboratory tests to make a definitive diagnosis. However, MRI’s are being used more successfully to arrive at a diagnosis. While there is not a cure, there are medications that can help most people live a productive life, and new medications and findings are on the horizon providing...

National Heart Health Month

February is the month of love, and we are celebrating by showing our hearts some love. It makes perfect sense that February is National Heart Month; a month dedicated to promoting awareness about heart disease and its prevalence. Heart disease affects millions of American’s every year and is the leading cause of death among men and women. Did you know that heart disease is responsible for the death of more people than all types of cancer combined? Defeating this killer depends on getting the word out, and spreading awareness as the first step in helping individual’s lead healthy lives and form heart-healthy habits. Fortunately, there are ways to help reduce your risk of heart disease. First of all, being physically active can dramatically reduce your risk of heart conditions. The American Heart Association suggests about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. Maintaining a balanced diet with plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and choosing lean meats can also help decrease your risk. It is important to clear any new exercise routines or diets with your health care professional before starting. Stress can also play a major role in heart health. Although some stress is inevitable, managing your stress levels can help lower blood pressure and damage to the heart. It is also imperative to know your risk. If you are related to someone with a history of heart disease, your risk increases. If you know your family history, you can take action to decrease your risk by visiting a specialist early on. Help promote healthy hearts by spreading the word about American Heart Month this February and...

Tips To Reduce Stress This Holiday

Although it’s said to be the most wonderful time of the year, the holiday season may not feel that way to everyone. A survey completed by NBC found that 45% of Americans would prefer to skip the holidays completely. There are several reasons why people may feel more stressed during this season. The pressure of holiday shopping and increased spending, preparation for travel, or attending holiday festivities may all be factors that escalate stress levels. It’s no secret that stress takes a toll on our bodies. It’s known to cause headaches, stomach pain, sleep issues, increase blood pressure and eventually lead to heart and vascular problems. Stress can also suppress your immune system making you more vulnerable to viruses and more difficult to fight infections. This is why it is very important to monitor and reduce stress during the holidays. First of all, be aware of your stress. By knowing what causes it, you can plan ahead to prevent or reduce it. It’s essential that you remember to take time for yourself during the hustle and bustle. Eating healthy, exercising, and drinking water will help you feel better and relaxed during the holidays. Lastly, don’t forget to breathe. Researchers have found that by being still and focusing on your breath for one minute per day can help reduce stress and negative effects that it has on the body. Most importantly, if you do feel ill or under the weather during the holiday hustle and bustle, do not put off seeing your medical provider. Delaying diagnoses and treatment will only add to any issues at hand, your health comes first,...