Glancing up from your phone, you turn your attention to the water and do a quick search for your kiddos in the pool. Your heart starts beating a little faster as you realize you cannot find one. The lifeguard sits perched unassuming high in their chair. Your search goes from the 4 foot section to the 5 foot section, to the deep end.
Everyone needs a good rhubarb recipe in June. Rhubarb is antioxidant rich, a good source of fiber, a decent source of vitamin C, and as an added bonus can have some mild laxative effects. So here’s to a seasonal recipe that is chock full of what I lovingly call the “citrus fruit of Iowa”.
When it comes to picking rhubarb, select stalks that have turned reddish pink, discard the leaves and wash your hands thoroughly after handling the leaves (they can cause skin rashes and are not edible). To prepare, wash the stalks of any debris and chop into small pieces (1cm cubes are ideal).
Sensory play does not have to be complicated or difficult. You don't even have to be creative. I will always stand by the best, easiest, and most available sensory play base is water! That’s right, give your toddler a bowl of water and a measuring cup and spoon, and watch the fun begin.
June is Migraine Awareness Month and here at Integrative Family Medicine, our clinic is no stranger to patients with migraines. Migraines are a recurrent headache disorder that can be debilitating for many people. There are many different migraine treatment options, including relief medication, daily preventative migraine medications, IV therapy treatments for migraines, and supplements to help migraine sufferers reduce their pain and symptoms associated with an attack. Simply put: migraine sufferers will try nearly any and all options to find relief when it comes to a migraine attack.
At our medical facility we strive to give each and every patient the time, attention, and expertise they deserve. Our male patients are no exception. With the addition of Dr. Justin Janss and Dr. Stephen Hoelscher, we now have male providers who are able to provide psychiatric and mental health care, as well as internal medicine and weight loss therapy. As we shine a spotlight on men’s health issues this week, let’s take a deeper look into one of our male patient’s experiences at IFM.
Hello to all the men out there! I’d like to spend some time discussing an important topic with you and your spouses today.
A common request I get in my practice from men involves checking for low testosterone. The majority of the time, men ask to check this as they symptoms of fatigue or low energy, depressed mood, weight gain, feeling weaker than usual, or performance issues sexually.
Vacation is a much needed reprieve from the strains of normal life. A time to laugh, spend time with the people we love, give ourselves a chance to relax, and just have fun. Vacations can be “just what the doctor ordered”. Laughing lowers blood pressure. Sunshine boosts serotonin levels. If you vacation right, you can accomplish all of this and avoid post vacation guilt from spending too much money! Besides, who wants to spend the rest of the year paying off that one week of fun!?