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Exercise Trends: 10,000 Steps

10,000 Steps Do you really need to take 10,000 steps a day? The Japanese Symbol for 10,000 looks a little like a person walking. Taking 10,000 steps a day is a pretty good target if you need a target, but you should know that the whole “10,000 steps” thing was invented in 1969 by a company that wanted to sell pedometers. It happens that the Japanese character for “10,000 steps” looks a little bit like a man walking. As early as 2010, when few people wore fitness trackers, Fitbit itself said that the goal was arbitrary. If [...]

2020-03-28T12:04:15-04:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Exercise|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, [...]

Testosterone #1: The Basics

Video Series: Testosterone #1: The Basics Edited transcript Today we're talking everybody's favorite hormone, testosterone, so I thought I'm going to do a series of videos. We'll keep them short but to help this topic make sense to you, we're going to start today with the biology of testosterone. In the course of maybe 90 seconds, I will make you into first-year medical students. How testosterone is made The basic way that it works: the hypothalamus which is in the central area in the brain directs the pituitary gland which is kind of dead center in the [...]

Antibacterial Soap

Video Series: Antibacterial Soap? Should I be using antibacterial soap at home? In this micro-video clip, Dr. O'Connell answers the question saying: "The FDA a couple of years ago made a statement a couple of years ago and just said, use soap and water, you don't need the antibacterial ingredient." The following article on the FDA website Antibacterial Soap? You Can Skip It, Use Plain Soap and Water says: "According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there isn’t enough science to show that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with [...]

Avoid Heat Exhaustion!

Avoid Heat Exhaustion! (Video Transcription) Got an outdoor project planned this weekend? Well, how are you going to prevent heat exhaustion?  It's going to be 97 degrees this weekend! Stay tuned for more info. The first year that I was married and was a first-time homeowner, I needed to stain the deck of the house. I think it was the Fourth of July or some other holiday that summer, and I thought, "I'm going to get out there and stain this deck myself. I can do it!" So I just barreled through it. I [...]

Gluten Made Simple

Gluten Made Simple (Video Transcription) Is my peanut butter and jelly sandwich gluten-free, and does that matter? What's the deal with gluten anyway? So what is the deal with gluten? You know, you look at the restaurant menu and things are labeled as gluten-free and the question is, is gluten bad or what's the story with this? Do I need to be worried about gluten? Do I need to avoid gluten? So here's the deal in a quick take-home nutshell: Gluten is found in wheat and many grain products and it can cause two [...]

Exercise: How much to do?

Exercise: How much to do? (Video Transcription) Did you see on WRAL about a week and a half ago that Winston-Salem was rated the 18th most overweight city in America? I grew up about 25 minutes from Winston-Salem, and I thought, "This is almost my hometown and it's number 18 in America in terms of being overweight." I decided to say something about exercise in today's video. Today's message is on exercise, and I want to give you some very quick, practical pointers on what to do and how much to do. Now first, [...]

2020-07-03T11:55:58-04:00March 26th, 2018|Categories: Direct Primary Care, Exercise, Healthy Living|Tags: |

Check Your Blood Pressure the Right Way!

Check Your Blood Pressure the Right Way! (Video Transcription) Greetings to all of you members of Sentinel Primary Care. We're going to get into the medical content in just a moment, but for this members video I actually wanted to open with a story. As you probably know, a portion of our work here is charitable care. I give away a portion of my care for folks who don't have insurance. A few weeks ago, we were seeing a person who was coming in to receive charitable care. At the end of the visit [...]

The New Shingles Vaccine!

The New Shingles Vaccine! (Video Transcription) There's a new shingles vaccine coming to market, and it looks to be awesome with just a little bit of awful. Stick around and I'll tell you more. So late in October, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the ACIP, which is part of the CDC, gave its recommendation to the new shingles vaccine which will be sold under the name Shingrix. So this vaccine looks really good. A lot of you know about the current shingles vaccine. When it came out a little over a decade ago, [...]

When is the Best Time to Get My Flu Shot?

When is the Best Time to Get My Flu Shot? (Video Transcription) Is it time to get my flu shot yet? In fact, when is the best time to get my flu shot? That's a great question that people ask me all the time. Okay. So when is the best time to be vaccinated against the flu? This is a great question. People ask me this question all the time, and there's a couple schools of thought. One says get vaccinated early in case there's an early start of flu season. The other school [...]

2020-05-18T14:45:27-04:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: Direct Primary Care, Flu, Flu Shot, Healthy Living, Vaccines|Tags: |
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