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Does Your Pediatrician or Family Doctor Do Housecalls?

health check upThe American Academy of Family Physicians, AAFP, reports that although demand for the housecalls is building, the number of family physicians making house calls is shrinking. In a 2010 AAFP survey, 19 percent of Academy members said they made at least one house call a week. By 2013, the number had fallen to 13 percent, and only 3 percent of respondents reported making more than two house calls a week.

Even with fewer doctors doing housecalls, the need is growing and growth potential is high due to a rapidly growing elderly population. By 2030, the number of Americans age 65 and older will account for 20 percent of the U.S. population.   By 2038, the nation's elderly population is expected to double to 72 million -- or roughly the current population of the state of California, Florida and Illinois combined. Two-thirds of the people in this age group have multiple chronic conditions and likely would need regular health care visits, which they may have difficulty accessing.

Fall is in the Roots

pumpkin root vegetableBy Lisa Metzgar, PhD - Nutrition Tidbits

Fall is almost here and soon the veggie garden is full of root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, turnips, and beets.

Root vegetables are a great source of many nutrients because they absorb minerals and other nutrients straight from the soil as well as getting them from their leaves that soak up the sun.  There are many vibrant colors of these tasty vegetables including the orange of carrots, the deep reds of beets, the gold of sweet potatoes, and even the purple of some potatoes.  This year we planted these delightful potatoes and my daughter thought it was the coolest to have purple French fries!

Overcoming Excuses To Get Healthy

 mom with stroller exerciseBy Peter J. Weiss, MD FACP - More Health Less Care 

Are you making excuses about your health?
Telling yourself why you can't change instead of finding out how you can?  Probably.  I don't mean to be insulting.  This is just how life is; we all make excuses.

An excuse is a defense or justification for something that would otherwise not be acceptable.  How about this one – "Yes officer, I know the speed limit is 35 mph but my wife here is in labor and I'm on my way to the hospital."  That one just might be a valid excuse and you could avoid the ticket.  The excuses we use to defend our lack of progress in managing our own health usually aren't as appropriate.

Have you ever told yourself any of these?
  • It's too hard to get in shape.
  • I don't have the time to exercise.
  • My genetics and metabolism prevent me from losing weight.

Being Our Own Authority

happy dad and daughter By Dr. Howard Peiper - Path to a Better Life

Being our own authority does not mean being an authority for anyone else! It just means that we don't let any one else become an authority for us. 

Everyone is free to choose, including us, and everyone is responsible for the choice that he or she makes. How else could it be?

Many people try to cross these clear lines of responsibility, but doing so only clouds their perception of reality. Don't be a glutton for punishment. Honor these lines and we will honor each other. First understand that we are not taking responsibility for our self when:

1. We let someone else make choices for us.

2. We make choices for someone else.

That is co-dependence. It is not empowering to our self or the other person. It may appear to gain us a temporary advantage, but we pay for that advantage by forfeiting our freedom to choose our own life.

It's great to listen to others and learn from others. Intimate sharing is essential to our spiritual growth. It gives us feedback that we can use to expand our perceptions. But others do not know what we need. Even psychics and other intuitive persons cannot tell us what we need to know. They may supply an important piece of information or they may not. Either way, we are the person who needs to use this information to find our peace.

The Importance of Family Vacations

mom and kids canoeingBy Dale Petersen MD - Building  Health -

With the approach of spring thoughts often turn toward summer vacations. When my children were still young and living at home we spent two weeks each summer exploring a section of the country. We were fortunate to be living in the central United States, as we could drive to most destinations. One summer we would go west to see the Grand Canyon and surrounding national parks. The next year might find us heading north to Glacier National Park or east to the Great Smokies.

When my older daughter became an elementary teacher she would often relate her personal experiences as her class studied history or geography. From time to time one of her students would ask, “Mrs. Claussen, is there any place you haven’t been?”

We camped in a pop-up trailer and enjoyed the sights along the way. While we had a specific destination in mind, we had no set schedule as to when we would arrive so we were free to take detours and spend an extra day if we found a particularly pleasing campsite.