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Archive for March, 2013

St. Luke’s letter to the community

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Foreign Travel Vaccines

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

It is exciting to plan a big trip out of the country. Whether you are vacationing in China, doing business in Japan, going on a mission in Ethiopia, or going anywhere else in the world, it is important to budget for a sometimes overlooked expense of travel outside of the states, travel vaccines.

Each country has it’s own unique mix of health issues and they change periodically. Just because you’ve been to a certain locale before, do not assume you have all the required vaccines. Each time you travel, check to see if you are in need of additional vaccines, or boosters for those you may have had in the past.

To find out what vaccines are recommended for your destination, go to the CDC website at It is important to educate yourself on what vaccines are needed to ensure you are fully immunized prior to your trip, but it is also important to find a provider that will confirm your immunization needs.

Contact your physician or travel health department a minimum of four to six weeks before your travel dates. This will allow your provider time to order vaccines that may not be in stock; or to administer them in an adequate time frame. Some vaccines may take weeks or months to develop full immunity.

In addition to required vaccines it is also important to review your routine vaccines each time you travel. It is recommended that you stay current on your MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis) as well as Influenza. Currently there is a travel advisory regarding a Polio outbreak in China and parts of the Middle East and Africa and they are recommending a polio booster if traveling in these specific areas. It is important to check the CDC website often to be sure you are prepared for whatever may come your way while you are traveling.

Sometimes travel vaccines may seem expensive and they are normally not covered by insurance, but if you compare it to the cost of having a major illness far from home where there may not be quality healthcare available to you and your family, or the expense of an air ambulance, the cost of immunizations seems minimal.

For more information on foreign travel vaccines call Saltzer’s Foreign Travel Department at 463-3170.

Ideal Protein – What Are Those Packets?

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

When I had my first initial consultation with Ideal Protein, my coach handed me this bag full of packets that reminded me of the one’s you’d see them pack with astronauts. I won’t lie to you, when I saw these packets I was certain that what was contained in these small metallic bags wouldn’t satisfy my hunger, but I was hopeful I was wrong.
What I found was that these packets weren’t unsatisfying at all. All kinds of yummy creations made by Ideal Protein, were available to me. From puddings, soups, chocolate pancakes, crepes, drinks, smoothies, bars, soy puffs, etc—the world was my oyster. I am a busy working mom with two preschoolers, so I found that being able to grab these packets and go was very helpful for my lifestyle. If there was a busy day at work, I could easily take a pre-made smoothie.
The packets make this diet very easy, and as busy as I am, I know I appreciate one less thing I have to worry about!

Fad Diets Vs. Lifestyle Changes

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

On any diet, one of the top questions I hear is “but will I maintain the weight loss?” As with many fad diets that are out there, it really depends on the person. If you diet for a quick solution to a long term issue and a lifetime of poor eating habits, studies show, inevitably, you will gain the weight back within 2-3 year’s time.
So how is Ideal Protein any different? For starters, our program is monitored by medical professionals under the supervision of a physician, and the diet is implemented in 4 phases. The first phase is the active weight loss phase, phases 2-3 are transition phases lasting 2 weeks (traditionally) each, and the 4th and final phase is called maintenance. There is education over the course of the program that is designed to teach you how to eat and maintain the weight loss after you have met your goal, but it ultimately comes down to the individual and how motivated you are to change your lifestyle.
Now let’s say you go on vacation and let loose and gain back 10 pounds. With the Ideal Protein Diet we offer at St. Luke’s-Saltzer, all you have to do is come back in for a “tune up” for a couple of weeks and you’re back on track. This diet isn’t just a fad. It is intended to be a lifestyle change and teaches you good, healthy eating habits for life.

Ideal Protein — Real Weigh-Loss Results

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Hello. My name is Sarah. I am a physician assistant at St. Luke’s-Saltzer Medical Group. My journey with weight loss started when I was a teenager. I have always been “big” since I was in 4th grade. By the time I was 25, I weighed 240 lbs and was a size 24. I had tried every diet out there imaginable, and none of them were successful. I came to the conclusion that if I was going to be telling patients to lose weight, I’d better be able to do it myself!

So I buckled down and started the Adkins diet and exercising. I was able to lose 80 lbs on my own. Soon after, my husband and I started a family and had 2 beautiful boys within 18 months. No matter what I did, I just couldn’t lose the baby weight. When I was told about the Ideal Protein Diet and started seeing our own staff be successful on it, I decided to give it a try.

Three months and 40 lbs later, I am a size 4 and the smallest I have ever been! I actually enjoy buying clothes now. I have more energy than I could ever have imagined and I am able to keep up with two very active preschoolers! Not only has this worked for me, but I have seen a lot of patients and co-workers have the same results on this diet. The results, speak for themselves!

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