Medical Conditions Blogs


Would You Know If You Had a Hernia?: Dr. Peter Rice

My Hernia Story #1 An inguinal hernia is a weakness or separation of muscles in the abdomen that allows abdominal tissue – typically fat or intestines – to move where it shouldn’t ought to be. Sometimes the hernia can come and go without symptoms. Sometimes the hernia traps tissue causing pain and discomfort. Hernias can be a medical emergency if the intestines become trapped and the blood supply compromised. Although physicians will often examine young [Read More...]

Vitamin D – Updates: Dr. Peter Rice

Vitamin D – part II   In our last visit, I was recounting the story of a young woman who was found to have low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is an important nutrient that is now considered important by many prescribers, and you may find yourself being tested for your VitD level. I’m skeptical by nature, particularly when it relates to changes in how drugs are considered over time.  I remember back in the [Read More...]


What You Need to Know About Diabetes!

Diabetes Explained Today, the word “diabetes” is often as common as the word “pizza.” According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes. That equates to about 1 in every 11 people. What’s alarming is that 8.1 million people (27.8 % ) might not even realize that they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed. Whenever I meet with a patient who has been diagnosed with [Read More...]

Vitamin D: Dr. Peter Rice

Vitamin D I had a surprising phone call about two weeks ago from a family that eats healthy, exercises regular and takes appropriate vitamins. At a routine health visit, the spouse came back with a Vitamin D level of 13 ng/mL, just above the threshold for Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is associated with healthy bones. Prior to its discovery and supplementation into milk and other foods in the 1930s, weak bones and bow-legs in [Read More...]


4 Tips to Prevent Colds: Dr. Elizabeth Carter

Preventing Colds It’s the most wonderful time of year!  The snow has begun to fall and we are making travel plans to spend time with friends and family over the holidays.  During this busy season, the last thing we want to interfere with our plans is a nasty cold.  Luckily, there are several things that can be done to help prevent colds during this holiday season (and year-round).   Wash your hands.   Do this [Read More...]

Tips on Understanding Autism

Understanding Autism The first time that it was suggested that my daughter’s differences were due to bad parenting was when she was three years old. Every parent has had those moments where we’re judged for a tantrum or eating habits, but parents are also told that their children would be normal if they’d just mothered them correctly.  Better discipline.  More discipline. When she was six, I was informed that the school didn’t think they could [Read More...]