Hope you all had a great summer and are ready for the fall! I have several new things to report:
Flu Shots are in! Hanh wrote up a short article on this below. This is also the start of a new feature called Hanh’s Corner. Hanh will write a short article on a subject of interest to her in subsequent newsletters. She was our flu guru last year, so I thought having her start with an article about flu shots would be apropos.
The Fat Head videos have arrived and the lending library is open. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, please see info below.
We’re having another Cosmetic Open House on September 30th from 5-7pm. We’re expecting a big turnout, so please RSVP ASAP.
And finally, I’ve been doing a lot of work with patients on specialized testing for heart disease/diabetes prevention, and diet counseling to lower disease risk and for weight loss. I just returned from a 4 day lipid conference, and realize I’d really like to prevent complications from occurring in the first place by starting a wellness program. Read more about that below.
I’d like to start sending out updates via facebook this fall, so if you are interested, please “like” my page (link below).
To your good health!
Dr. Jasmine Moghissi
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Please remember that this newsletter contains general medical information, but not medical advice. Please see me, or your regular doctor (if it is not me) to discuss these medical issues prior to acting on them.
| Hanh’s Corner: Flu Season 2010-2011 Update
This year’s Flu vaccine contains three new influenza strains: Influenza A H1N1-like (the same strain used in the 2009 H1N1 swine flu vaccine), Influenza A H3N2 (which is currently going on in a number of states across our country), and Influenza B Brisbane which is related to the influenza that predominates in most countries where influenza has already been reported this year in the Northern Hemisphere.
Due to the presence of Flu cases at this time of the year already, Dr. Moghissi and I, along with the CDC, highly recommend the flu shot to protect your own health. We advise that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year starting with the 2010-2011 influenza season. The following types of high-risk patients need to make sure that they get a flu shot as soon as possible, to avoid flu-related complications: pregnant women, children younger than 5 (especially those younger than 2), people 50 and older, people with certain chronic medical conditions (asthma, COPD, immuno-compromised, heart disease, etc), people who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities, people who live with or care for those at high risk for flu complications (health care workers, frequent contacts or caregiver for children less than 6 months old (too young to be vaccinated).
We have received the first shipment of flu vaccine and it is available in our office. Please call and schedule for a flu shot, especially if you are in the high-risk category. We will vaccinate everyone to the best of our abilities until our current inventory runs out, but we do expect to receive more adult flu vaccine in the next few weeks. We did order a limited number of pediatric flu vaccine for our patients under 3 years old. We have not received them yet, please call if you’d like your child vaccinated, and we will set aside some for you.
| Fat Head Lending Library
I have recommended so many of you see the movie Fat Head that I bought a bunch of copies and now have it available for you to borrow. “Fat Head” is a documentary that starts off as a rebuttal to “Super Size Me”. The author also eats nothing but fast food for a month, but limits himself to 2000 calories and 100g carbs daily. And he loses 12 pounds. I’m certainly not advocating my patients eat nothing but fast foods (and neither does he), but he does make an excellent point. What I especially like about this movie is that during his journey he explains food politics and food anthropology in a very clear and convincing manner. At the end he also briefly addresses type of fats and their effects. This is an excellent documentary, it’s quite entertaining, and I highly recommend it.
If I’ve peaked your interest, give us a call (to make sure we have a copy available). You can borrow the copy free for a month. I ask for a $20 (cash) deposit; when you return the movie you get the cash back. If you don’t return the movie, I’ll use the $20 to buy another copy. It’s that easy.
I’d like to thank the producer/actor/writer of “Fat Head”, Tom Naughton, for his help in making this lending library possible. If you are interested in learning more, check out his website at www.fathead-movie.com.
| Wellness Program: How to be Healthy Without Drugs
As many of you know, I have been wandering further and further into the realm of prevention in the past few years. It started in earnest when we started offering the Cornerstone Wellness weight management program, and I realized how much diet can affect a person’s health. About a year ago, we began offering specialized, sophisticated blood testing through Berkeley HeartLabs, and in June we offered CIMT (Carotid Intima Media Thickness) testing for the first time. During this time, I have read countless numbers of books & articles, have watched many videos of lectures, and just got back from attending a 4 day lipid conference. To say I’ve learned a few things would be quite an understatement!
I’ve come to the conclusion that most problems in the realm of obesity/diabetes/heart disease can be prevented given the right lifestyle, but it must be done early enough in life. Once someone is an adult and there is already some damage, genetics becomes more important, especially when deciding how to treat.
Early man (prior to 10,000 years ago when we became agrarian) ate mostly meat. Apparently we know this by looking at fossilized poop (among other things) and by accounts given by explorers that came in contact with hunter-gatherer tribes over the past several hundred years. These populations were found to be extremely healthy. Heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, tooth decay, and even acne were almost unheard of. Once these populations began eating a more modern diet, those diseases became a problem for them also.
|Cosmetic Open House
Reps from all our major suppliers will be there to answer questions. Once again, we’ll have great specials, lots of fabulous door prizes, & refreshments. September 30 is the day you can spend your Moghissi Money, it's free money - don't let it go to waste! And to add even more excitement, the winner of the basket raffles will be picked that night. Please RSVP ASAP.
Our spring basket raffle was such a success, we’re doing it again! We listened to your suggestions, and this time we will be giving away two baskets. From now until September 30th, you will receive a free raffle ticket for every $100 you spend on cosmetic products or services. You choose which basket you’d like to win.
Raffle to be held at the September open house. Winner need not be present to win, but everyone who attends the open house will get a free ticket for another chance at winning one of these fabulous baskets! Bring a friend whom we haven’t met before, and you’ll receive an additional free ticket.
Radiesse Filler (One Syringe- $650.00 value)
Juvederm Filler (One Syringe- $550.00 value)
(injection by Dr. Moghissi included)
Total: $ 1200.00 Value for Basket
Obagi Nu-Derm Starter Set ($394.00)
Obagi Elastiderm Gift Set ($140.00)
Latisse for eyelash growth ($120.00 value)
Neocutis Lumiere Eye Cream: ($80.00 value)
Neocutis Hyalis Mosturizer: ($50.00 value)
Total: $784.00 Value for Basket