On Call with Dr. Porter

Wellness Update - - Front Page -

Here’s to a Happy New Year. Oh how time flies…Jan­uary is here once again. Tra­di­tion­ally, this is the time to make our res­o­lu­tions as we won­der where last year went and why the same res­o­lu­tions keep show­ing up on our lists year af­ter year. Of course, Fe­bru­ary shows up (all too quickly)—and we re­al­ize we have al­ready given up on those res­o­lu­tions and moved on to hum­drum rou­tine of years past. It’s too bad we start off with great in­ten­tions that fiz­zle so quickly. Did you ever won­der why it’s so hard to keep the res­o­lu­tions to live smarter and health­ier – which could mean liv­ing longer with a bet­ter qual­ity of life? I think the first mis­take is mak­ing res­o­lu­tions with­out any foun­da­tion. For ex­am­ple, so many make a res­o­lu­tion to live smarter and health­ier. What does that mean? How well do you know your body? How do you live smarter and health­ier? Your doc­tor is the one per­son who should help you an­swer those ques­tions. But when was the last time you had a se­ri­ous talk with your doc­tor about your health? Putting to­gether a mag­a­zine like we do here at What Doc­tors Know has helped the staff re­al­ize how im­por­tant com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween doc­tor and pa­tient is. And, as a doc­tor my­self, I al­ways strive to make sure that line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion is open and hon­est. Mak­ing sure my pa­tients un­der­stand their health con­di­tions is a pri­or­ity to my staff and I. Dr. Lisa Master­son is an Emmy nom­i­nated talk show host on “The Doc­tors”, an ex­tremely pop­u­lar day­time pro­gram fea­tur­ing doc­tors proac­tively com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the au­di­ence. Dr. Lisa and her co-hosts are among a grow­ing group of physi­cians who are en­cour­ag­ing pa­tients to have bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion with their doc­tor. Knowl­edge is power. Get­ting that knowl­edge from your doc­tor will help you take con­trol of your health­care so you can be suc­cess­ful in your res­o­lu­tions. In this is­sue, Dr. Lisa gives some great ad­vice on com­mu­ni­cat­ing with your doc­tor. I en­cour­age you to read her story and open up those lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween you and your doc­tor. As you start a New Year, we hope you find the great va­ri­ety of topics in this is­sue help you take con­trol of your health­care so you can have a long and happy life. We hope you en­joy the mag­a­zine. Speak­ing of com­mu­ni­cat­ing, we en­joy hear­ing from our read­ers. So don’t be shy, if you have a ques­tion or sug­ges­tion, let us know.

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