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Crafting Your Way to Health

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016


Do you have a stash of yarn haunting your closet, woodworking tools sitting unused, or a sewing machine gathering dust? As your life has gotten busier, have you set aside crafting because you don’t feel justified taking the time for a “leisure” activity?

Personal experience has always told us that crafts and hobbies are enjoyable and relaxing, and research is now showing specific ways they benefit our health.

A Japanese study recently compared groups of people with hobbies and without hobbies. The group with hobbies had healthier blood flow, suggesting that their hearts were healthier and they had a lower risk of heart attacks or heart disease. Another group in London found that individuals who participated in arts events were more likely to engage in other heart-healthy behaviors, such as exercise, healthy eating, and positive mental wellness.

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where patients eat far too little, and often have a lot of anxiety associated with eating and body image. In 2009 a Canadian group studied the effects of knitting on the treatment of women with anorexia admitted to a treatment center. It was a small study of 38 women, but 74% of the women reported that knitting decreased their fears, had a calming effect, and helped clear their mind of a preoccupation with eating.

Crafts may have specific benefits for older adults. A study of hand dexterity showed an improvement in adults age 60-77 who had a comparatively high level of crafting expertise. Younger adults had good dexterity whether they crafted or not. At least one hour of reading or hobbies a day is associated with a decreased risk of developing dementia.

Project Knitwell ( is at the forefront of therapeutic crafting. They have helped study the effects of knitting on nurse burnout, with promising results. They send volunteers into hospitals to teach patients and their family members to knit while recovering and waiting at the bedside. Participants find that knitting gives them something to focus on, allowing them to relax and manage the stress and anxiety of serious illness.

So get out those craft supplies, or take a class to learn a new skill! Crafts and hobbies are good for your mental and physical health.

(For more information: Locally, you can sign of up for classes at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and the Nampa Rec Center. Online, has information on personal health experiences.)

Megan E. Kasper, MD


Dr. Kasper is an OB/GYN physician.  To Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kasper, please call 463-3138

Ideal Protein Recipes – Braised Beef

Monday, February 2nd, 2015


Slowly Braised Beef

1 1/2 pounds beef round steak
4 Cups Green Peppers (sliced)
2 Cups Celery Stalks (diced)
3 Cloves Garlic (minced)
1/4 cup Walden Farms Basil and Tomato Sauce
1/2 Cup Walden Farms BBQ Sauce
2 Teaspoons hot sauce
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
Sea Salt to Taste
Pepper to Taste

Cut beef into serving-sized portions. Brown beef in a bit of olive oil. Set aside. Saute vegtables in same pan.

Place vegetables on bottom of slow cooker. Top with beef and sprinkle with fresh ground pepper, minced garlic and oniorn powder. Mix the BBQ and hot sauce in a small bowl with water. Add Basil and Tomato Sauce. Pour over the meat. Turn the slow cooker to LOW. Cover and cook for 7 to 9 hours.

If you are interested in more recipes from Chef Verati, contact your Ideal Protein representative about his book, My Ideal Recipes.

To assure you receive recipes each day you can find us on Face Book by searching:  Saltzer Ideal Weight Loss Center

Why are Yearly Pap Smears No Longer Yearly?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Andrea DiMichele, MD OB/GYN

Andrea DiMichele, MD

If you have been to your gynecologist recently for your yearly exam you may have been surprised to find that you may not need a Pap for another 3-5 years. For decades women had scheduled their annual gynecological exams with the expectation of having a Pap smear performed. We’re not able to take the Pap smears to the next level. Cervical cancer screening today includes not only the Pap smear but human papilloma virus (HPV) testing. To understand why this was done and how it works it’s best to get an understanding of the HPV virus.

In the 1980s, it was discovered that cervical cancer and the pre-cancerous cells that resulted in abnormal Pap smears, are due to a cervical infection from the Human papilloma virus (HPV). Further research was able to identify more that 100 HPV strains that can infect human epithelial cells. Approximately 40 of these viruses are specific to the tissue of the lower genital tract. This group can not be divided into both low risk and high risk types. It is this high risk group, consisting of 15 viruses, that is primarily responsible for cervical cancer and it’s precursors. It is for this reason that, after the age of 30, we not have the option to test specifically for these 15 high risk viruses. It is a combination of the information gathered from your Pap smear and the HPV result that helps physicians determine if an abnormality is present, if closer follow-up is needed, or if routine screening is sufficient.

Current guidelines recommend that all women without certain risk factors (i.e. HIV immunosuppression, DES exposure, prior precancerous cervical lesion or cervical cancer) between the age of 21 and 29 have a Pap test every 3 years. Women less than 21 years old no longer are required to have screening. Between the ages of 21 and 29, HPV co-testing is not recommended. Twenty percent of women in this age group have been found to carry the carcinogenic HPV types. Identifying these strains has lead to unnecessary testing and procedures, proven by the fact that most infections resolve spontaneously. (1) Women between the ages of 30 and 65 can be screened every 5 years with both. Pap smear and HPV co-testing, or every 3 years with Pap smear alone. Should any testing return abnormal your physician will discuss with you the next step in this evaluation.

American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Screening Recommendations 2012

Andrea DiMichele, MD is an OB/GYN at Saltzer Medical Group. You can reach Dr. DiMichele at 463-3138

Andrea DiMichele, MD – OB/GYN

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Andrea DiMichele, MD

Dr. DiMichele, OB/GYN sees patients at:

215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa


3277 E. Louise Drive, Suite 200, Meridian

To schedule an appointment call:  463-3138

Healthcare Delivery Needs Changing

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

John Kaiser, MD

Saltzer Medical Group has a long history of providing the best care possible for our patients. Dr. Joseph Saltzer started the group more than 50 years ago with the goal of bringing much-needed care to the residents of Canyon County, offering primary and specialty care and forging strong and lasting relationships with our friends, colleagues, and patients.
Our decision to seek an alignment strategy with St. Luke’s came out of the recognition that a close affiliation was the best way to achieve the changes we thought were necessary to address the future. The model of healthcare delivery we were engaged in has been fragmented and focused on the fee-for-service model of care that Judge B. Lynn Winmill, in his recent ruling, cited as being “the leading factor in increasing health care costs.” St. Luke’s has made significant strides in developing a model for the future to achieve the goals of better health, better care, and lower cost.
With the alignment, we started working with St. Luke’s on adopting this model. We believe health care must change. The movement across the entire country has been to find ways to improve care and reduce cost and is part of the law implemented through the Affordable Care Act.
In his written decision, Judge Winmill said that “St. Luke’s is to be applauded for its efforts to improve the delivery of health care in the Treasure Valley,” and that “The Acquisition was intended by St. Luke’s and Saltzer primarily to improve patient outcomes. The Court is convinced that it would have that effect if left intact.”
Judge Winmill also stated that changes in healthcare delivery must occur; we agree, and felt this was the best way to achieve these needed changes in our community.
Unfortunately, the decision will delay or possibly prevent us from being at the forefront of improving health care for our beloved patients in the Treasure Valley. Saltzer has always been dedicated to caring for our patients’ health and we have prided ourselves in placing our patients first. We have never been afraid of taking risks to provide that care.
We hope we can overcome this decision by the court and be a part of the changes we feel are necessary for the future, but we are concerned that the decision, if upheld in the appeals process, will require us to focus back on the fee-for-service business and will prevent us from continuing the expanded care we have been able to provide for the underinsured patient population with St. Luke’s support. This is unfortunate, because caring for patients in the lower-cost office environment is significantly better than seeing these patients in the expensive emergency room setting where they otherwise wind up.

Every member of our team wishes to thank all of our patients who allow us the privilege of providing care for them, and every member of their families. We pledge to continue to seek ways to provide the best care we can. Our hope is that our efforts to continually improve that care will be recognized by the courts and government agencies as we move forward.

Dr. Kaiser is the President of Saltzer Medical Group

Ideal Protein Seminar Information

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Upcoming Ideal Protein seminar information.  All seminars are from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Tuesday, November 18- Nampa – 215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa

Tuesday, December 2 – Portico – 3277 E. Louise Drive, Suite 200, Meridian

Tuesday, December 16 – Nampa – 215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa

Tuesday, January 6 – Nampa – 215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa

Tuesday,  January 13 – Portico – 3277 E. Louise Drive, Suite 200, Meridian

Tuesday, January 27 – Nampa – 215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa

To RSVP, or for further information call 463-3062 or email

Ideal Protein – Holidays

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Here Comes the Holidays!
With the upcoming holidays, all the treats and traditional holiday themed foods are starting to come out on store shelves, and restaurants’ and coffee shops are starting with their fall themed specialties. With all these temptations, what is an Ideal Protein dieter to do?
First, we would encourage you to talk with your coach. Don’t cheat and don’t give in to these cravings. They will help you come up with strategies to help curb your hunger.
Second, avoid places and situations where you know you will be tempted. I personally love the Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, but these are NOT sugar free nor fat free and are not permitted in Phase 1-3 of the Ideal Protein Diet and in Maintenance would be ok on a “cheat” day only. I have to avoid the coffee shops during this time of the year to avoid being tempted.
Empower friends, co-workers, family to help hold you accountable. In addition to your coach, there are resources all around you. Letting your support group know what your struggles are will help them look at for those situations and foods that may come up and tempt you, so they can help you avoid them and encourage you.
You can do this! Cravings can be overcome with proper planning and motivation!

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Ideal Protein – Shelley’s Journey

Monday, August 19th, 2013

My health profile is filled out and I am ready for my appointment today with the Ideal Protein doctor, to be followed with my appointment with my coach. I am nervous but excited all at the same time.  I saw the doctor and she went over my health profile with me. I am diabetic, have high blood pressure and an acid stomach. She said all of this will change for me as I lose the weight… I sure hope so.  Off to the lab to have blood drawn (vampires hahaha) Then, on my way to meet the coach. Just checked in at the IP desk and my coach is ready to see me.  I hope she is nice and won’t think I am awful since I am so heavy. Oh my gosh I’m nervous!  Here we go I will write more later….

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Ideal Protein – Shelley’s Journey

Monday, August 12th, 2013

My name is Shelley. I am a 45 years old and weigh 370 pounds. I saw a flyer at my doctor’s office about the Ideal Protein Diet so I called to see what it was all about. The coach that I spoke with gave me information about an Ideal Protein Seminar that was coming up so I signed up to go see if this is something I could do. At this point in my life I am afraid and not sure what to do about my weight but I need to do something. The seminar lasted about an hour with really good information that makes sense and seems to be safe. So I scheduled my appointments to get started. I am so excited I really hope this will help me.

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!

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