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Doctor On Call August 6, 2020

On his new radio show DrOnCall, Dr. O'Connell talks about summertime maladies of tick bites, heat exhaustion, and poison ivy. DrOnCall airs monthly on Raleigh's Catholic radio station AM 540, Divine Mercy Radio. In this show, Dr. O'Connell discusses: Lyme Disease Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever How hydration matters for avoiding heat exhaustion - what symptoms to watch for Poison ivy For questions on these topics, Click Here

2020-09-05T06:02:05-04:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: Direct Primary Care, Radio Interviews|

Safety of Complementary/Alternative Medicines

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) What medicines and treatments are included in the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, aka CAM? Massage and all the forms of hands-on bodywork, from deep tissue to relaxation to neuromuscular therapy to Rolfing, Feldenkrais, and the Alexander technique. Chiropractic treatment. Acupuncture and acupressure. Herbal medicines. Supplements, including vitamins, minerals, hormonal precursors, protein powders. CBD products. Ways of eating, including intermittent fasting and various excluded foods. It includes Yoga, sound therapy, light therapy, meditation practices, isolation tanks... Not All CAM Treatments are Created Equal - Professional Concerns about CAM Complementary and alternative medicine [...]

2020-08-21T10:15:12-04:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Direct Primary Care|

Coronavirus Update: Nine Key Points

Coronavirus Update: Nine Key Points to Know and Share We’re entering phase 2 of reopening and we’re all overloaded with info on coronavirus, so here are my 9 keys points to know and share: 1. Nomenclature:  the term “coronavirus” refers to a family of viruses that includes the current virus that we are dealing with. “Coronavirus” can be used to indicate the family or this specific species.  “SARS-CoV-2” is the official name for the current virus; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus number 2.  COVID-19 is the name of the disease; COronaVIrus Disease 2019 2. SARS-CoV-2 spreads the same way as familiar cold viruses: airborne transmission from [...]

2020-07-01T15:35:56-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

Alternative Medicines and Primary Care Doctors

Alternative Medicines & Your Primary Care Doctor Do You Tell Your Primary Care Doctor about All Your Treatments? Would you believe that over half of patients using complementary and alternative medicines won't tell their doctors about it? That means that their doctor may not find out about their use of St. John's Wort (for depression symptoms), and the patient won't learn that it interferes with their prescription medications. Almost half of US adults use some form of alternative medicine Over half won't tell their doctors** Not disclosing your complementary and alternative medicine treatments with your doctor can harm your [...]

How Sentinel is Protecting Our Patients

How Sentinel is Protecting Our Patients Here are the steps we are taking during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Dr. O'Connell in his protective mask and goggles. When you call to make an appointment or if you have a previously scheduled appointment, we will ask you: What symptoms are you experiencing Have you taken your temperature and what is it Have you been exposed to COVID-19 Based on your responses, we will determine next steps. If we ask you to come to the office to get tested for COVID-19, the following system is in place. Please call us [...]

2020-05-24T14:40:24-04:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

How to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus

Flattening the Curve: Trying to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus North Carolina's schools are closed; the stock market is a roller coaster; NC's governor has banned gatherings over 50. Society seems upside down, and it has an unnerving feel, so the question is: how does this make sense? How does all this Herculean effort help? Separate from debates over how intensive the isolation efforts should be, the rationale for these efforts turns out to be pretty interesting and straightforward. Read more below. The way the Herculean effort helps is to slow the rate of people coming down with life-threatening [...]

Coronavirus COVID-19 Questions & Answers

Coronavirus COVID-19 Takeover It feels like coronavirus is taking over every aspect of our lives-- travel disruption, the stock market roller coaster, now even the ACC basketball tournament has been canceled! Amidst the upheaval, information can be useful and reassuring, so let me update my practical points from my email last week. 1. What to do if you get sick with a bad “cold”? Two weeks ago the question would have been flu or a cold, but now the question is flu or a cold or coronavirus. As of right now (I’m sure my approach will change as the [...]

2020-07-01T15:35:47-04:00March 10th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

Novel Coronavirus – First Thoughts

Novel Coronavirus - First Thoughts I have to admit to enjoying sci-fi pandemic movies like 12 Monkeys or the 1971 movie Andromeda Strain.  I’m not a fan when it’s real life however. I was talking to a friend last weekend who expressed concern over the possible societal impact of the novel coronavirus--a form we have not seen before--and I thought, “Eh, what's the worry?” Then I saw the news headlines on Monday. And on Tuesday. And on Wednesday. But what are we all supposed to do? It’s not like I can invent a cure or prevent international spread. Instead [...]

2020-05-24T14:29:02-04:00March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus COVID-19, Direct Primary Care|

Do You Know Who Is Making Your Medical Decisions?

Who Makes Your Medical Decisions? Ever wonder what patient-centered medical care would be like? Talk to us about direct primary care with Sentinel. Why Direct Primary Care? A question we frequently hear is, "Why would I need the kind of direct primary care that Sentinel provides when I have insurance?" The answer can be complex, but at its core is bringing health care decisions closer to you. Do You Know Who Makes Your Healthcare Decisions? For many years now, medical insurance companies have been intricately involved in your healthcare. We recommend reading Dr. Deane Waldman's [...]

2020-03-28T12:05:02-04:00January 21st, 2020|Categories: Direct Primary Care|Tags: |

Testosterone #2: Testing

Video Series: Testosterone #2: Testing Edited transcript In our first video, we talked about the basic biology of testosterone. If you haven't looked at that video, go back and check it out. Today, we're going to talk about symptoms, testing, and diagnosis. Symptoms of low testosterone The first couple of symptoms, the most self-evident symptoms are things like low libido, just not interested and difficulty with erections. Those are really characteristic symptoms of low testosterone. In addition, things like lower energy, lower vigor can be part of low testosterone. If the low testosterone sticks around long enough, [...]

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