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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 [...]

4. Money-Saving with Health Care-Sharing Ministries

4. Money-Saving Ideas: Health Care-Sharing Ministries (Video Transcription) Health Care-Sharing Ministries The fourth money saving strategy in this series of five ways to save money with your health expenses and to integrate that with Sentinel Primary Care is a group of entities that are collectively referred to as health care-sharing ministries. These are not-for-profit Christian organizations that help to coordinate the members to support each other financially in their health expenses. It's a really interesting concept. Now, insurance is kind of like that. I mean you pay your monthly premium into this large pot, [...]

3. Money-Saving Ideas: Lab Discounts

Money-Saving Ideas: Lab Discounts - Strategy #3/5 (Video Transcription) Idea number three for saving money with Sentinel Primary Care has to do with lab discounts. Normally, when you get your blood drawn at your doctor's office or you go to the lab to have the blood drawn, the laboratory processes the blood and they bill the insurance for the laboratory study and for processing the lab. We can do that as well. We can draw your blood and we hand it off to LabCorp. However, we have an arrangement with our laboratory that they [...]

2. Money-Saving Ideas: HSA/FSA Accounts

Money-Saving Ideas: HSA/FSA Accounts - Strategy #2/5 (Video Transcription) Idea number two is health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts. These are a great way to save your healthcare dollars. The way this works with Sentinel Primary Care is going to vary a little bit depending on your particular plan, and it's going to vary from one plan to another. Essentially, the way that our experience has been is that for some folks, their HSA or FSA plan has deemed the entire membership fee of Sentinel Primary Care to be a valid expense that [...]

1. Concierge primary care can work for you!

Concierge primary care can work for you! Strategy #1/5 (Video Transcription) I am Dr. Patrick O'Connell with Sentinel Primary Care in Brier Creek in Raleigh. I’ve had some conversations with folks who have expressed interest in Sentinel Primary Care but have said, “I'm already spending a lot of money in other areas of healthcare. I don't know if I can add more expense.” I want to talk about some of the ways that you can save money in combination with Sentinel Primary Care. This series of five short videos will share some ideas on [...]


Ticks! (Video Transcription) I’m Dr. Patrick O'Connell. This is Sentinel Primary Care, and welcome to the first of my medical talks. So for this first talk I thought, what should I talk about that people would be interested in? I decided to go with a seasonal topic. It's warm weather. Everybody's out in the parks or having picnics or working in the yard. And so when you go out to Mother Nature, Mother Nature brings her best and her worst. One of the unpleasant things of Mother Nature is ticks. So that's our topic [...]

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