Talking About Health: The Official PMG Blog
An online journal authored by top health experts from Principal Medical Group. Topics can include concierge medicine, healthcare, medical advice and eHealth, doctors, physicians, pharma, wellness, the best treatment options for chronic conditions and more.
10/18/2016 | Posted By: Dr. David Jones
It’s common knowledge that too much sugar is bad for you, but few of us actually understand the difference between natural and processed sugars. That’s likely to change, thanks in part to new labeling requirements. A new label is coming in 2018, which will give consumers more information than ever before about the nutritional value of their food. The most significant change will be a separate line showing how much sugar has been added to the food your purchasing.
08/13/2015 | Posted By: Dr. David Jones
In general, food intolerances allow us to eat troublesome foods in small amounts without causing a major reaction from the body. For example, if someone is lactose intolerant, it usually means the body doesn’t have enough of the enzyme needed to break down the lactose often found in dairy products. Fortunately, food intolerances can often be easily managed so that we can still consume our favorite – but often bothersome – foods without too much discomfort.
07/20/2015 | Posted By: Dr. David Jones
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in one or more major deep veins in your body, including the femoral, popliteal and tibial veins in your legs, which are different than the superficial veins in your arms and legs. While a DVT may be symptomless, the most common symptoms include:
06/08/2015 | Posted By: Dr. David Jones
Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D plays an important role in both bone and overall health. Although our bodies make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to direct sunlight, many Americans are deficient in this vital nutrient. This is because skin exposed to sunshine through a window does not produce vitamin D. Plus, cloudy days, shade, and having dark-colored skin also cut down on the amount of vitamin D the skin makes.
04/28/2015 | Posted By: Dr. David Jones
Someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds in the United States. Every 60 seconds, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event. Of the 720,000 Americans who suffer heart attacks each year, 515,000 are a first heart attack and 205,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.
03/11/2015 | Posted By: Dr. David Jones
Food allergies affect up to 15 million Americans and can result in symptoms ranging from nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea, to rashes, hives or itchy skin, shortness of breath and trouble swallowing.
02/24/2015 | Posted By: Dr. David Jones
When it is a few hours after a meal and you are not feeling well, it’s common to wonder, “Is it something I ate?” It may be, but how do you determine if it is food poisoning, a food allergy, a food intolerance or food sensitivity?
People often confuse these conditions as they share many of the same symptoms, including nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting. However, they are very different ailments.
01/02/2015 | Posted By: Dr. David Jones
According to the CDC, strokes are a leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 of every 19 deaths.
12/10/2014 | Posted By: Dr. David Jones
For many people with asthma, winter isn’t a wonderland. Between the cold weather and increased time indoors, wintertime can mean more asthma flare-ups.
WebMD offers the following tips for breathing easier in the winter months:
10/27/2014 | Posted By: Dr. David Jones
Since founding Principal Medical Group in 2011, I’ve discovered that there is a lot of confusion about what concierge medicine is and is not. Most frequently, it is confused with direct care.
To help lessen the confusion, here is quick break down of the main types of primary care practices: