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COVID Vaccines

March 05, 2021 3:50 pm

There are no known contraindications from a weight-loss surgical perspective to prevent a post-surgical patient from getting the COVID vaccines.

A patient who has had a Duodenal Switch, Lap Sleeve Gastrectomy, RNY Gastric Bypass, or revisions to Weight Loss Surgery should have the COVID vaccine. The vaccination should be avoided for a few weeks after surgery. For other possible contraindications, please consult your PCP.

Here is a summary of the vaccines and the details of each one approved as of the publication date.

 

 

 

All about vaccines?

February 14, 2021 2:41 pm

There is a lot of incorrect information on non-medical mass media about vaccines. Vaccines have been instrumental in our well being. As we face the challenge of COVID-19, our medical decisions must be made based on facts. Here are some interesting and concise descriptions of How do vaccines work? How are vaccines developed?  How are vaccines manufactured?   The source of all this information is WHO.

Vitamin D, Immune Responce and COVID-19

January 26, 2021 6:45 pm

Regardless of whether vitamin D protects against COVID-19, adequate levels are important for bone health. “Avoiding vitamin D deficiency is always a goal,” Ross wrote. “If the diet doesn’t include vitamin D fortified milk or natural products like fish, then a supplement of the RDA [recommended dietary allowance] amount (600-1000 IU per day) provides good assurance. I consider this a ‘good idea,’ but I don’t want to leave the impression that diet cannot be sufficient.”
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Physical Activity in US

November 28, 2020 1:41 pm

Physical activity in the U.S. varies based on geographic location, socioeconomic status and in comparison to other countries. It is important to know that physical activity is an important component of our well-being. However, this does not mean that going to the gym is the only way to be physically active.

Strain et al. Shows that different populations in different countries get their activity from different sources.

His research showed that the United States population ranked as a high-income country, ranks in the lower 1/3 of the number of countries surveyed with regards to the meeting minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per week.  This may be a contributing factor to the significant rise in obesity in the United States. Individually we should all aim to increase our moderate to vigorous activity significantly.

Healthcare in US

October 04, 2020 9:44 pm

The discussion has been ongoing for years about the status of healthcare in the US. Some support universal healthcare for all; some say they are against any healthcare mandate and yet demand affordable subsidized care when needed. Then, a tiny subset of the population genuinely believes in individuals’ choice and responsibility for their healthcare and well-being.

This subject of US healthcare has been studied by non-partisan groups in and outside the US at great length. The Experts at The Commonwealth Fund published a report in July 2017 which continues to be relevant today.

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