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Doctor’s Notes – Spring 2019: Genomics: A Primer

“ Your genome sequence can become a vital part of your medical record, thereby providing critical information about how to optimize your health”  – Leroy Hood MD, PhD       

We have all heard talk of our genome. What is that? It is defined by the National Library of Medicine as

“…our complete set of DNA and all of its genes. Each genome contains all the information to build and maintain our organism. The human genome contains more than 3 billion DNA base pairs, contained in our chromosomes”  …23 pairs of chromosomes, of which we get one pair from Mom and one pair from Dad, for a total of 46 chromosomes. These are found in every cell in our body that has a nucleus.

The study of these genes is called Genomics and was made possible by the discovery of the DNA structure by James D Watson and Francis H C Crick on February 28, 1953 at Cambridge University and by the Human Genome Project which in 2003 was successful in mapping the entire genome of the human species. Genomic Medicine is an emerging medical study devoted to using this information for better diagnosis of conditions and diseases to be able to better personalize therapy.

How is this practical for us? There are various areas of development of this study that are maturing as this note is written.

The most common to the lay public is in the form of testing that is available direct to consumer, the most prevalent one being 23andMe which includes both ancestry and health information. The pertinent aspects are for your health, and focused on advising if you are at risk for a number of conditions and diseases, as well as noting simple traits. […]

By |March 27th, 2019|Categories: General Health News||0 Comments

Doctor’s Notes – Fall 2018: Eat Better. Feel Better.

“ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
– Benjamin Franklin
”You don’t have to go on a diet, just change your diet.”  But, there are so many choices and we are all different in our makeup, routines, environments, genetics, habits and comfort foods. Of course, but if you could feel better from a change in your habits and comfort foods, mixed in with some education on the subject, it might just be worth it.

It is not that difficult. Health minded approaches to nutrition have made their way to your local grocery store and your favorite restaurant. It is understandably difficult to know where to begin in our busy lives. Let’s try to understand how we nourish and what to nourish with.

Everyone is talking about taking probiotics, “they are good for you”.

The World Gastroenterology Organization Global Guidelines define a probiotic as “live microorganisms that confer a health benefit on the host when taken in the adequate amounts” and “strictly speaking, are live microbes shown in controlled human studies to impart a health benefit”. The evidence based applications for adults are associated with active disease imbalanced states such as acute diarrheal states, antibiotic related diarrheal states, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and certain liver diseases. The Human Microbiome Project began in 2007 and is active today at the Mayo Clinic and Scripps Institute among other centers worldwide.  What if you don’t have any of those conditions and you generally feel well?

What are my personal “probiotics” and how are they?

They are your own personal group on microbes localized mostly in your large intestine, the colon. They become associated with us while we are in the womb, increase in number during vaginal birth and stabilize as we begin to eat […]

By |September 21st, 2018|Categories: General Health News||0 Comments

Doctor’s Notes – Fall 2016: Anti-Aging (to be or not to be)

“ Life flows on within you and without you” - George Harrison, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anti-aging is defined as “used to prevent or lessen the effects of aging”. The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine was founded in 1992 to advance therapies for “prevention, treatment and reversal of age related dysfunction” [...]
By |October 25th, 2016|Categories: General Health News||0 Comments

Father, son doctors share graduation moment

As spring becomes summer a new group of young physicians begin their careers in caring for others. A very special addition to this group of healers is David A. Levine, MD. [...]
By |June 10th, 2016|Categories: General Health News||0 Comments

Doctor’s Notes – Fall 2015: The Big Picture

“A stitch in time saves nine” – Francis Baily, English Astronomer, 1797 Much is heard daily, of new scientific and medical advances. All are important but oft times there is no further talk of them, they are replaced by new information or are years away from practical application. As our […]
By |October 27th, 2015|Categories: General Health News||0 Comments

Doctor’s Notes – Winter 2015: We Are What We Eat – Past, Present & Future

“A good man always knows his limitations” – Harry Callahan How and what we obtain as our nutrition for life is a complex set of events based on a myriad of factors. Mores and habits are crucial to life and survival. As an infant in the womb amniotic fluid is […]
By |February 12th, 2015|Categories: General Health News||0 Comments

Florida Physician Practice Quality Award

I would like to thank my fabulous office staff for assisting in our excellent medical care and making it possible for us to be given the Florida Physician Practice Quality Award for the second year running. They’re the best. Be Well, […]
By |August 7th, 2014|Categories: General Health News||0 Comments

Doctor’s Notes – Summer 2014

“Summer’s here and the time is right…” – Mickey Stevenson & Marvin Gaye 1964 Welcome back to the time of year where one thinks of relaxing a bit and enjoying the things that longer daylight hours offer us. Something salubrious, a break from the regular day to day activities. It can […]
By |July 11th, 2014|Categories: General Health News||0 Comments

Importance of Family Health

When you go to the doctor for the first time, you are asked to give a history of your medical problems. You should also be asked about the history of medical problems in your close family members—as well as those that may have been present in distant relatives going back at least two generations [...]

Hurricane Preparedness: Better Safe than Sorry

Summer is a good time to reassess the general safety in our daily lives. This may be in the form of home safety, as it is a time when young people are out of school and spending more time around the house and yard [...]
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