Category Archives: Preventive care

In case you missed it: our most popular topics

I have been writing My Healthy Matters for nearly two years, and over that time there have been over 50,000 views to the site.  To all of you who read along with me, THANK YOU! I took a pause in … Continue reading

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New blood pressure guidelines: 130 is the new 140

For many years I have been telling listeners and patients that “one-third of you have high blood pressure and many of you don’t know it.”  Turns out I need to update that to “nearly one-half of you have high blood … Continue reading

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Get your mammogram questions answered here!

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I welcomed two outstanding experts to the WCCO studios for the live broadcast of Healthy Matters.  We focused on the common screening test – the mammogram – and tried to answer your questions … Continue reading

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Why I’m not a big fan of vitamins and supplements

In 2013, people in the United States spent nearly $35 billion on vitamins and supplements.  Something like 1 in 3 people take a multivitamin, and around half of people took some type of supplement in the past 30 days. So … Continue reading

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ColonChat will bust your colon cancer myths

Quick reminder about the upcoming #ColonChat.  It is THIS FRIDAY, March 24, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Central Time.  My colleague, Dr. Jake Matlock, will join me and others from the HCMC GI Lab for a fast-paced hour using Twitter … Continue reading

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Famous people get colon cancer and so can you

Hey, everybody.  March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and we’re going all in (bad choice of words when talking about colonoscopies, perhaps) here at Healthy Matters. Here’s what we’re doing for Colon Cancer Awareness Month On Friday, March 3,  I … Continue reading

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The one where I get a colonoscopy

See that brave patient in the picture?  Yup, that’s me, just minutes from getting my colonoscopy at HCMC last year.  I’ve been meaning to do a post about that experience and now seems as good a time as any.  What … Continue reading

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Getting to – and maintaining – a healthy weight

It is practically an expectation in health and wellness forums to talk about weight loss after the first of the year.  New Year’s resolutions being all the rage in January.  Perhaps you plan to lose a few pounds this year? … Continue reading

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It’s a cold . . . it’s the flu . . . its FluChat!

    It’s dreaded “cold and flu” season here in the not-yet-frozen tundra of Minnesota and probably where you live as well. This is a quick post to announce #FluChat – which I am doing along with my friends at … Continue reading

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Do you need a mammogram?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I wrote this post about 4 or 5 times.  The first draft found me in the weeds of details and statistics.  In the second draft I sounded too preachy.  My third attempt covered every … Continue reading

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