Flu season arrived early - the CDC reports of the serious spread of the disease cannot be taken lightly by the general population. Along with the flu are other varieties of viruses that will affect your day-to-day life. If you have not gotten a flu shot, it's not too late - most large pharmacies still have flu shots available - get yours today to give yourself a greater chance of avoiding the debilitating disease!
Dear Patients and Friends,
As the holiday season progresses and the year comes to an end, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. Remember to take care of yourself and get rest when you can to recharge. As we enter the new year, this is the time to think of new ways to be healthy and happy. Need to lose a few pounds? Or a lot of pounds? Remember that a healthy diet is the cornerstone of health. Limit the sweets and starchy carbohydrates. But don’t deny yourself a treat. Instead of inhaling an entire dessert (and feeling guilty), take just a bite and REALLY ENJOY IT. Then push the rest away, or give the remainder to someone else. Eat plenty of fresh, healthy veggies and colorful fruits. Eat good sources of protein and a small amount of good fats. Go for a walk every day. Get plenty of sleep and take naps if needed.
Your best health is right ahead of you. Let me help you get up to date on a physical exam and preventative services like cholesterol screening, a mammogram and vaccinations. Feeling tired or sluggish and don’t know why? We can investigate why you feel the way you do. You don’t have to feel like you are dragging through life.
There will be many changes to healthcare and insurance in the next few years. Read your policy carefully to understand your coverage. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Remember to reflect on those you love and that love you.
“A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.”
Wizard of Oz
Wishing You and Yours a Wonderful Holiday Season,
Glenda Weeman and the staff of LIFP
Happy Holidays 2015
To my patients and friends, I want to thank you for allowing me to a part of your lives. You have shown me how to be better at listening, showing compassion and searching for answers to better health. You have made me a better doctor. I am dedicated to increasing your knowledge of health to influence the course of disease. Let me help you achieve your best health in 2016!
Warm Wishes to All, GW
"If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health." - Hippocrates
Fall is a perfect time of year to enjoy the greatness of Colorado. Grab a healthy snack, like nuts, dried fruit or granola and head outside to see the sights and enjoy the fall colors. Walking 60 minutes at a moderate pace of 3 mph burns off 269 calories, tones up muscles and exposes you to a healthy dose of Vitamin D. Get out and have fun!
"Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun." - Kahlil Gibran
Summer is here. With the warmth of summer comes fun in the sun. Enjoy the natural Vitamin D. Remember, it only takes 15 minutes in the height of the summer sun to get a sunburn. Between the hours of 10am- 2pm the sun is highest and can damage skin easily. Use a sunblock on your exposed skin with SPF of greater than 15. Be especially mindful to protect the nose, ears and top of the head. Apply often when it is hot and if you sweat much. Also, be mindful of young children and babies. Children and infants have thinner skin than adults and can burn easily. On a positive note, the natural vitamin D created from sun exposure is vital to good health and a well functioning immune system. Get out and enjoy the sun for at least 15 minutes a day!
“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” -Charles Dickens
Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season. Now is the time to plan for Spring. If you have made a resolution to lose weight, get more exercise, eat better or improve your overall health, let me know how I can help you. Get a physical exam and find out about preventative health screenings like cholesterol testing, mammograms, screening colonoscopy and bone density testing. Take extra time to ask yourself what goals you would like to achieve this year. Make the most of this Spring to feel and look your best!
As you enter this busy holiday season, think of small ways to ease the burden.
Here are some ways to make life a little easier:
1. Fix meals ahead of time and freeze for later.
2. Take 10 minutes a day to get some real sunshine and natural Vitamin D.
3. Get Holiday shopping done early in the month so you are not rushing at the end.
4. Shop online for hard to find gifts so you can spend more time at home.
5. Have on hand high energy snacks to munch on when you need a pick me up, like nuts, sunflower seeds, cheese sticks and fresh crunchy veggies.
6. Hug someone
7. Take a few minutes every day to plan and execute a MUST DO thing on your list of important things to do and make it a priority to do it that day.
8. Listen to a song on your phone or MP3 player that is important to you and make it your theme. Look up “Rocky’s Theme”, “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz, “Love Will Find A Way” by Pablo Cruise.
Wishing you and your family the best of the holiday season,
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year,
Dr. Glenda Weeman and the Staff of Longmont Integrative Family Practice
It's flu and cold season again! If you haven't gotten a flu shot yet, we suggest you get one now. All major supermarkets and drugstores have walk-in hours for the flu shot, some even are open 24hrs.
Stay hydrated! The colder weather sometimes brings about a feeling that you are not "thirsty"! Keep the fluids going in to maintain your optimum health
Just about everybody looks forward to summer. That's when we plan our vacations, spend a lot of time outdoors and travel.
So what could be more annoying than catching a cold when it's warm outside?
Why do we get a cold when it isn't flu season? How can we avoid the unpleasant bout of a cold?
Cold symptoms can be caused by more than 200 different viruses. Colds are usually accompanied by sneezing, scratchy throat and runny nose as the first signs. Rhinoviruses and other cold-causing viruses seem to survive best in cooler weather. Their numbers surge in September and begin to dwindle in May, but during summer months, the viral landscape changes. In general, summer and winter colds are caused by different viruses. When you talk about summer colds, you’re probably talking about a non-polio enterovirus infection.
Enteroviruses can infect the tissues in your nose and throat, eyes, digestive system and elsewhere. A few enteroviruses can cause polio, but vaccines have mostly eliminated these viruses from Western countries. Far more widespread are more than 60 types of non-polio enteroviruses. They’re the second most common type of virus—after rhinovirus—that infects humans. About half of people with enterovirus infections don’t get sick at all. But nationwide, enteroviruses cause an estimated 10 million to 15 million illnesses each year, usually between June and October.
Not sure if you're just battling a common summer cold or something more serious? If your symptoms do not seem to be getting better after a few days, you might want to have your doctor check it out.
January 27, 2014
Happy 2014! It is the beginning of another year. Have you made a resolution? Whether you want to be more organized, lose 20 pounds or eat a balanced diet, a resolution should reflect your desire to help yourself, relieve pressure and reach a goal.
Whatever your resolution, think of a short term goal you can reasonably reach within a few months and a longer term goal that will make you ultimately happy. Too often, we become disappointed with not getting to a goal because what we wish for is too insurmountable.
Want to lose 50 pounds? First make a short term goal of 10 pounds that you will commit to. Better yet, think of it in terms of a daily change that works for you, like switching from drinking a latte to black coffee. Expand that and drink ice water with lemon instead of soda or juice. In no time, you will have saved hundreds of unnecessary calories.
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The Holiday Season is here. This is a time to spend with family and friends enjoying good food and company. I wish only the best for you and yours during this joyous holiday season. Many of you will be going to parties and enjoying fine foods and drinks, perhaps overindulging. Be cautious of overdoing it, as this is a time when we often don't think carefully about our choices. Enjoy what you eat and drink, but use your discretion in your food choices. If you do overindulge, remember that you can always make a New Year's resolution to make healthy choices. After the holidays, if you need a solution to lose weight and get fit, come see me for ideas. Remember, it's up to you to be as healthy as you want to be. I would love to help you achieve your goals!
West Nile virus
West Nile virus season is here
Thursday, July 11 - Longmont Times Call reports that West Nile virus has been found in mosquito pools which tested positive by the Boulder County public health department. This is the third week in a row that samples tested positive for West Nile virus.
The disease can cause symptoms which range from mild to severe, including fever, extreme fatigue, head or body aches, and can lead to chronic disability including tremors, vision loss, paralysis, or even death.
Protect yourself. Use DEET enhanced insect repellent or an alternative which is as effective. Dress in long sleeves and pants. Avoid exposure from dawn till dusk. Drain any standing water outside the home.
Think you have it? Get tested.
Better Living means taking care of yourself first - in the coming months, I will outline many ways you can take charge of your health. Your doctor should be a partner in your health care, and knowing how a doctor can help you achieve better health is the first step on the road to changing your life for the better.
Remember that today is the first day of the rest of your life - make it count by taking that step towards better living through better health!