On Call with Dr. Porter
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.