Archive for September 2013

A Good Commentary on the Modern Medical System

As the winds of medical practice have shifted over the last several years, many physicians are calling into question the medical model under which we have worked for the last couple decades.  It is an interesting discussion to understand how we ended up in this medical system but that is for a later date.

One physician who is breaking the trend is Rob Lamberts, MD.  He is a Meds/Peds physician in Georgia who recently decided to step out of the insurance based medical system and return to the simple paradigm of one doctor and one patient.  He only accepts cash for services and that is on a monthly membership basis.  The idea being is to engage patients in overall health and be motivated to help them stay well.

Here is a link to a recent editorial he wrote about what is wrong with our problem based medical system.  I really like the editorial even if I don’t agree with it all.  At Trinity we strive to provide comprehensive care that allows for patients to be well (and stay well) and not need our services.  We don’t want to establish a group of dependent people who need medications and labs ad infinitum.  Insurance companies, however, take the opposite approach.  They have started to develop programs of ‘quality assurance’ that measure physicians and other health care providers with certain metrics of health.  For instance, if a patient with a diagnosis of diabetes doesn’t receive appropriately timed blood and urine evaluations I am penalized.  It doesn’t matter that the patient is doing so well they no longer fall under those guidelines nor does it matter if an abnormal result will fail to change our treatment option.

Give this commentary a read and consider where our health care system should go in the coming years.  We have a choice.

mbm

 

 

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Pumpkin Chili


5.0 from 1 reviews
Pumpkin Chili
 
With Fall starting to settle in...what is better than a little bit of chili & a little bit of pumpkin?! Marry the two & you have a stellar combination! Great for your next Football game, family dinner, or potluck! Sure to be a hit!
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb of ground beef (or mix it up with bison, venison, etc.)
  • 2 onions
  • 1 (16 oz) can of BPA free diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 1 (16 oz) jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 (16 oz) can of pureed pumpkin
  • 1 cup homemade beef broth or stock
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 avocado
  • Top with cheese & sour cream
  • Garnish with sliced green onions
Instructions
  1. Brown beef in Large stock pot
  2. When beef is almost completely cooked, add the onions & cook until soft
  3. Add pureed pumpkin, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, stock & spices
  4. Simmer for 10-15 minutes (or until heated through & flavors are incorporated)
  5. Top with sour cream, cheese, avocado slices
  6. ENJOY

This recipe is GREAT! And it is easy & very seasonal. Compared to a typical chili which can be loaded with beans (which are higher in carbs) this is a much lower carb option that can also add a little variety to you typical chili palate!

For a time saver- put all igredients into a crock pot before you leave for work & come home to a delicious, healthy, low carb meal!

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Dedicated Flu Shot Days

Every year Trinity hosts several days where our patients can walk in and receive their flu shot quickly and from their health care team.  We encourage our patients to get vaccinated from influenza regularly and we want to make this process as simple as possible.  We also want our patients to know that their health care is being coordinated by the very people who know them best– their doctors and nurses.  Health care that is fragmented and divided up among many different retail based clinics becomes confusing and unorganized.

Our dedicated flu shot days are September 23rd, 27th, and 30th.  We’ll have extra personnel staffed from 8:30am-12pm and 1:45pm to 4:00pm.

If you need your flu shot, feel free to come in one of these days and we’ll get it done.  We are happy to bill your insurance for you and in many cases the vaccine is completely covered.

Let us know if you have questions and we look forward to helping you stay healthy this year.

 

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Coconut flour biscuit

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Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
15 mins
Total time
20 mins
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup Coconut Flour
  • 5 TBSP Butter or Coconut Oil, softened but not melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 TBSP honey (optional)-careful, this raises the carb count a lot!
  • dash of salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Put all ingredients into medium sized bowl and mix well with immersion blender or hand mixer until well incorporated
  3. Using your hands, carefully form into nine small balls and mash each one down with a spoon to make it about ½ inch thick.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes until just starting to brown.

Variations:

  • Top with fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream for Strawberry Shortcake
  • Top with egg, bacon and hollandaise sauce for Eggs Benedict
  • Serve with chili or soup
  • Add cinnamon and top with cream cheese for a cinnamon type roll
  • Cut in half or use two to make a sandwich for breakfast or lunch.
  • Add 1/2 cup grated cheese and 1/4 tsp cayenne to make cheese biscuits

Recipe credit: http://wellnessmama.com/2233/coconut-flour-biscuits/

Review: Coconut flour saps a lot of moisture from mixture when baking-that is why it calls for more eggs. I used 2.5 tbsp butter and 2.5 tbsp of coconut oil to get a nice balance of both in the mixture. For more coconut flavor-use all coconut oil. They are small biscuits, but perfect to use 2 and sandwich between egg, sausage and cheese for a SUPER filling, protein packed and healthy breakfast that will keep you full for a long time! Try the variations too-there are lots of creative things you can do with these.

Remember, coconut flour and almond flour are low carb flours and can be enjoyed in moderation in a low carb diet.

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