Know Before You Go: Colonoscopy Screening

Female doctor talking with patient.

Colonoscopies can find cancer and save lives, plain and simple. Although you may not look forward to this procedure, it is a relatively easy and effective way to catch colon cancer before it catches you. Alleviate your concerns and eliminate confusion by knowing what to expect before, during and after your colonoscopy.


Know Before You Go: The Dentist

healthy teeth

According to the CDC, just under 62% of Americans visited the dentist in 2011. The latest information from the ADA Health Policy Resource Center tells us that Americans are visiting their dentist less frequently. The CDC also came out with alarming information that nearly half of adults have some form of periodontal disease, a number much higher than previously speculated. Add to the fact that we are seeing more research connecting oral health to overall health, and we have a very compelling reason to find a great oral health professional.  Read more  »

Know Before You Go: Hysterectomy


Every year approximately 600,000 women have a hysterectomy  a surgery that removes the uterus. Many more are advised to do so. Many women aren’t given adequate information about alternatives or what exactly a hysterectomy even involves! A surprising number of women aren’t sure what is going to be removed and what the consequences may be. As an example, many women think a hysterectomy will put them into instant menopause, even though it is removal of the ovaries, not the uterus, that causes menopause. Read more  »

Know Before You Go: The Pharmacy

Colored pills, tablets and capsules

Before you even make a trip to the pharmacy to pick up your prescription medication(s), partner up with your provider and know exactly what’s being prescribed for you. Here are a few things you should be aware of to help avoid any medication errors. “A medication error is any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient or consumer,” according to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention.

Before you go to the pharmacy to pick up your prescription, here are a few helpful tips.


How to Prepare for Your Nutritionist Visit

Fruits and diet

Make the most out of your time with your dietitian or nutritionist by being prepared. Here’s how:

One week before
Start keeping a food log that details everything you eat and drink each day. This enables your dietitian or nutritionist to see seven full days of what “normal” eating activity looks like for you (both weekend and weekday). He or she can look for trends, and if you have diabetes your nutritionist will be able to see the effects different foods have on your glucose numbers. Read more  »