Learn what’s considered normal, as recommended by the American Heart Association. See the chart below. Note: A diagnosis of high blood pressure must be confirmed with a
medical professional. A doctor should also evaluate any unusually low blood pressure readings.
As a healthcare
provider, a patient, a family member and loved one, I try to view all
sides of how a person decides to treat, heal or cure an ailment. If the
treatment is effective with minimal to no side effects, then it is
hailed a success; even if the real success was more attributable to the
innate healing nature of the patient’s body. Thankfully science
definitely plays a role in the identification of assistive and
supportive measures found in medicine of all types and philosophies. It
is important to understand the majority of interventions of healthcare
are really meant to be supportive of the body’s innate healing. Things
like medications, healthy lifestyle choices, and stress management are
meant to help support and maintain the body’s balance of homeostasis. As
a healthcare provider, it is important that my decisions and
recommendations of care of my patients are based in science and also
driven by the patient’s beliefs and definitions of what health and
“I’ve tried various prescriptions for this pain. How can a laser
help?” Often I am confronted with this and other similar questions
regarding post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) and other types of nerve pain. I
have had the pleasure of seeing patients’ smiling faces when they begin
having a decrease and/or resolution of nerve pain.
Is your life all work and no play? When was the last time you did something enjoyable just for yourself? Spent the day relaxing comfortably all alone? Or spent quality 1 on 1 time with a close friend content in just being together, talking, walking, wondering about life in general? When did you last spend time reflecting on the spiritual aspect of your life, sitting in meditation or prayer, or just looking up at the stars in wonder?
One of the biggest complaints I continue to hear from patients and
clients is the issue of lack of communication with their healthcare
provider, most notably physicians and mid-level providers. Communication
issues seem to be related to a few categories including: inattention to
the patient (various reasons), lack of empathy and/or big picture of
the patient, lack of time, unacceptance of alternative health approaches
by the patient, and generational views of the healthcare provider by
I was recently questioning a patient about why I’d not gotten
results of tests I’d ordered. Her reply, “I’d like to get my labs done,
but I’m still dealing with my insurance company to ensure all the right
codes are used, the labs are covered, and to find out what my
out-of-pocket costs will be?” How can I argue with a patient that is
advocating for herself? I can’t and won’t – she’s doing as I’ve asked,
being her own advocate.
As I entered the exam room of my first patient of the day, I
noticed he had some papers in his hand and didn’t look all that happy to
see me. As I sat down and asked what was going on, he handed over the
laboratory report received from his work physical. “I’ve been put on
notice about my cholesterol” he stated flatly. “I suppose you are going
to put me on medication for it?” he asked. His numbers showed
triglycerides in the 600’s and total cholesterol greater than 280.
Generally, we look for your cholesterol panel to be: Cholesterol less
than 200, Triglycerides less than 150, LDL (L for lousy) cholesterol
less than 100, and HDL (H for healthy) greater than 40.
I am often asked about why I would spend time creating my own
business versus just going to work for a physician or a medical group.
For me, spending time creating something is more valuable and rewarding
than simply going along with the flow of a “job”. Don’t get me wrong,
the process is not easy, uncomplicated, cheap, or without days of me
asking myself the same question.