Archive for January, 2011

FRS Health Energy: What is Quercetin?


PharmD 2011 | lee@myhousecallmd.com

What do Pro Volleyball, Lance Armstrong, and Motor Sports have in common?  Besides making us feel like we should get off the couch more, all of them are sponsored by a revolutionary energy drink that promises “to produce more real energy.”  Real energy?  It turns out we can blame sleep deprivation for America’s craving for alternative energy.  Approximately 20-40% of adults report difficulty sleeping at some point each year due to a myriad of reasons (first date anxiety, work deadlines, World of Warcraft…you get the idea) (1).  It’s no surprise that more people are turning to a quick “natural” fix after a sleepless night to boost their energy level like Pac-man and his power pellets.  Free Radical System (FRS) claims to offer a natural, healthy form of energy.  Should we denounce milk and pour FRS into our cereal bowls instead? Besides questionable after taste, it might not be a bad idea to learn more about the active ingredient in FRS before doing so.

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01 2011

Botox: Just for Cosmetic Use…Right?


MD 2012 | bauer@myhousecallmd.com

For generations, mankind has searched for the mythical “fountain of youth” that will both make them look and feel younger while prolonging their life.  While immortality remains a myth, modern cosmetic medicine has found a number of ways to make us appear younger, with the wonder drug that is Botox toping the list.  Since the FDA approved Botox for cosmetic purposes, its use has spread like wildfire across the country to the point where Botox is now a household name.  But what is Botox?  Furthermore, do we use Botox for anything besides wrinkles?

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01 2011

Pectoral Tears: Not the Sexiest Sports Injury


DPT 2011 | mullen@myhousecallmd.com

Whether yours are large or small, everyone is familiar with the pectoral muscles (not to be confused with breast tissue).  Regardless of their size, they are an area of both admiration and concern for all genders…and an area that no one wants to injure!  Lucky for us, pectoral tears and strains are as uncommon as a gringo in Shanghai (trust us, we know).  These injuries are bothersome and painful and, unfortunately, can be overlooked if without proper screening by a professional.  Historically, pectoral tears were work related.  Hop in your Delorian and travel back to a time in which we performed infinitely more manual labor.  Imagine tearing your pectoral muscle while moving a giant hanging calf carcass…not fun.  Nowadays, pectoral injuries are caused by 1) sports injury (typically football or basketball when the arm is in extension and externally rotated or 2) the ever popular bench press (performed improperly 90% of the time; a trip to 24 Hour Fitness makes us cringe!).

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01 2011

TRAINER: The January Program

Courtney Walberg, RD, NASM-CPT | CW Nutrition for Body & Mind

With the New Year comes a renewed dedication to your health and wellbeing. If you’ve been following the past TRAINER columns, you’ll be hitting the ground running in peak shape.  If you’re new to the club, welcome…and get ready to sweat!  We know the holidays are filled with festivities complete with delicious food, drinks, sweets, treats and, yes, more sweets.  With health, nutrition and fitness at the top of many people’s “New Year’s Resolution” list, we are here to help lead you on that mission. Stay focused and make specific, measurable, attainable goals. You can do it!

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01 2011

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