What are the benefits of eating breakfast?

By Brooke Strickland

Your stomach is growling, but you're in a hurry to get to that morning meeting at work. So, you don’t eat breakfast. This is the story for many of us, but skipping breakfast is not the best choice, especially for children. We have often heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but is it really true? The benefits of taking a few minutes to eat a balanced breakfast are many, including increased brain clarity and concentration, lower cholesterol, and generally better health.

*Weight control: There are lots of theories as to why breakfast eaters weigh less than those who do not eat breakfast. Some of them include that breakfast can help ease hunger pains throughout the rest of the day, while other theories link eating breakfast to generally more actively, healthy lifestyles.

*Boosts metabolism: Eating speeds up your metabolism, so start your day off right with a balanced meal and get your metabolism up and running.

*Increased energy: There have been studies that show that those that eat breakfast have greater energy and stamina than those who skip the first meal of the day.

So there are some of the benefits, but maybe you are not a “traditional” breakfast person. Try some of these on-the-go options!

*Smoothies made with fruit and low-fat yogurt

*Fresh fruit

*Hard-boiled egg

*Breakfast bars: there are lots on the market today!

*English muffin with peanut butter


*Bagel and cream cheese

Try some of these yummy breakfast options to get some much needed protein to your brain early on in your day. You will notice a difference!

1. Benefits of Eating a Healthy Breakfast. Suite101.com. Accessed on the Web November 29, 2009. http://balancing-meals.suite101.com/article.cfm/benefits_of_eating_a_healthy_breakfast

2.  The Many Benefits of Breakfast. WebMD.com. Accessed on the Web on November 29, 2009. http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/many-benefits-breakfast

What are the benefits of drinking water?

Drinking water is vital to our health. Most of our bodies are made up of water, so it seems obvious that we need to maintain its supply. So what are some of the main functions that water plays in the body, and what are some of the main benefits of this life-giving drink?

Water in the human body:

  • Transports nutrients and oxygen to cells
  • Moisturizes the air in lungs
  • Helps maintain metabolisms
  • Protects vital organs and helps them absorb nutrients better
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Assists in detoxification
  • Protects and moisturizes joints

Benefits of drinking water:

  • Weight loss: Drinking lots of water will help flush out the by-products of fat breakdown, while reducing hunger.

  • Headaches be gone: Headaches are often caused from dehydration, so keeping yourself hydrated with water will help relieve your aching head.

  • Lovely skin: Moisturizing your skin by staying hydrated will help you radiant and your skin looking healthy and young.

  • Brain function: Brains are made up of nearly 90 percent water, so replenishing your body with water will keep your brain functioning at its peak.

  • Strong immune system: A strong immune system is built by eating well and drinking plenty of water. It can help reduce constipation, aid in easier digestion, will fight fatigue, reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases, and help fight off more common bacteria that cause flu or cold viruses.

These are just some of the many benefits of drinking water. So, what are you waiting for? Pour yourself a nice glass of cold ice water. Refresh. Replenish yourself.


Source: Top 11 Benefits of Drinking Water. Mangosteen-natural-remedies.com. Accessed on the Web on November 24, 2009. http://www.mangosteen-natural-remedies.com/benefits-of-drinking-water.html

Dr. Terry Kim, MD Putting Intelligent Phaco (IP) to the Test

By Dr. Terry Kim, MD [Medrounds Profile]

“If you question the additional benefits of the IP software, I highly recommend that cataract surgeons give it a trial.  During cataract surgery on a dense lens, such as a 3+ nuclear sclerotic cataract, divide the nuclear material into four quadrants using your usual technique of divide and conquer, prechop, or chop. Then, go ahead and emulsify the first two quadrants using 100% torsional ultrasound without IP activated. When you’re finished, simply turn IP on with the touch of a button on the screen and emulsify the last two quadrants with IP activated.  You will be able to see and feel the difference in terms of the enhanced efficiency in lens removal.”  OZil IP represents an advance in the management of phaco energy where short pulses of longitudinal ultrasound are automatically added to OZil torsional ultrasound when a preset vacuum threshold is met. This feature enhances OZil ultrasound by keeping the lens material at the ideal shearing plane of the phaco tip and increasing followability by not allowing occlusion of the phaco tip to occur.  As a result, the IOP fluctuations in the eye are reduced and post-occlusion surge is essentially eliminated.  The software automatically manages this ultrasound power modulation so that it becomes a smart, seamless event with minimal effort from the surgeon.

“OZil was a major advance in ultrasound  technology where the side-to-side shearing motion of the phaco tip, as opposed to traditional front-to-back motion of longitudinal ultrasound, was found to be much more efficient in phacoemulsification by reducing repulsion of lens material, improving followability, and stabilizing the anterior chamber.  The OZil IP software accentuates the efficiency of this OZil platform by eliminating the need to “blend” in longitudinal ultrasound and by automatically adding in short pulses of longitudinal energy only when needed, which becomes clinically applicable not only in routine cases but also in denser lenses and other complex phaco cases.”

I recommended using the OZil IP default settings to start, although they are customizable as the surgeon becomes more comfortable with the technology. For the majority of cases, I use the default OZil IP settings of 95% vacuum threshold, phaco pulse on time of 10 ms, and a longitudinal/torsional ratio of 1.0.  With my phaco settings of 100% linear torsional and 0% longitudinal ultrasound power, 350 mm Hg vacuum limit, 35 mL/min of aspiration flow rate, and a bottle height of 95 cm H2O, each activation of the OZil IP mode will deliver twenty 10 ms-long pulses of longitudinal ultrasound (for a total of 200 ms) every time the vacuum exceeds 332 mm Hg (95% of 350 mm Hg) to ensure that maximum vacuum is not reached and the phaco tip never fully occludes.  OZil IP counter will reset when the vacuum drops below the preset vacuum threshold (i.e., 332 mm Hg with my settings) or when the foot pedal moves out of foot position 3, regardless if the full 200 ms of cumulative longitudinal ultrasound has been delivered.  In addition, OZil IP will deactivate if 200 ms of OZil has already been delivered and the vacuum level does not drop below the preset vacuum threshold, in which case the surgeon has to move the foot pedal out of foot position 3 to reactivate OZil IP.  However, this would only be necessary when encountering an exceptionally dense nucleus.  “All of this essentially translates to increased phaco efficiency with more stable anterior chambers.  OZil will be a no-brainer for routine cases but will be a helpful attribute for the more complex cases that involve denser lenses, shallow anterior chambers, loose/brittle zonules, and small pupils.  In all of these scenarios, you want to maximize the efficiency of your phacoemulsification, minimize the turbulence in the anterior chamber, decrease the stress on the capsule, zonules, and iris, and reduce the trauma to the corneal endothelium.”  With the Alcon Infiniti unit, the surgeon has the opportunity to customize virtually every setting, including the advanced settings for OZil IP.  This includes changing the vacuum threshold, the pulse on time, the longitudinal/torsional ratio, and/or the minimum threshold settings.  The goal of all of these adjustments is to enhance OZil torsional ultrasound based on the surgeon’s particular phaco settings and techniques.  The vacuum threshold could be set at 90%, for instance, so that OZil IP could be activated sooner (i.e., every time the vacuum exceeds 315 mm Hg given a vacuum limit of 350 mm Hg).  The pulse on time simply determines how many pulses will be required to reach 200 ms, so that a shorter pulse on time will require more pulses to reach 200 ms and vice versa (i.e., a 5 ms pulse on time will require 40 pulses to reach 200 ms while a pulse on time of 20 ms will require 10 pulses to reach 200 ms).


1.    Berdahl JP, Jun B, DeStafeno JJ, Kim T. Comparison of a torsional handpiece through microincision versus standard clear corneal cataract wounds. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2008;34(12):2091-5.

2.    Titiyal JS, Ghatak U, Sharma N. Comparison of Phacoemulsification using Torsional Ultrasound (OZil) with and without Intelligent Phacoemulsification. Poster presented at: The AAO Annual Meeting; October 18, 2010; Chicago, IL.

Upholding a Doctor’s Reputation

Dr. Andrew Doan spent 17 years of his life studying to become a physician and surgeon, got a full ride for his MD-Ph.D. to Johns Hopkins University, and has a highly esteemed curriculum vitae. He also has a history of serving Medical Rescue Mission patients at no charge, and solid proof of acting as a professional and ethical doctor. Yet, one day after the opening of his well-deserved and hard-earned practice, an online reviewer called him a “Money Grubber.” Dr. Doan was likely a victim of a false online review. (1)

Online review sites such as Yelp or Angie’s List have become as well-known as social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. These sites let customers leave their comments about customer service experiences, products they’ve purchased, or other important information for other people that may be looking for advice on whether or not to patronize a store. Well, doctor’s offices are no exception. Online review sites that allow patients to talk about their experiences at the doctor and recommend (or not recommend) them can be just as helpful to individuals. However, negative or unjust reviews from competing doctors or disgruntled patients can severely affect a doctor’s business and professional reputation.

Credential Protection’s Verified Doctor Reviews is a third party source that helps protect the doctor’s character, keeping them safe from inappropriate or false reviews while also giving patients an outlet to voice their opinions justly and fairly.

There is a steep need in the medical industry for such a service.

Protecting the rights of doctors as well as giving patients a right to be heard is key to keeping the medical community thriving.




Winter Time Allergies?

By Brooke Strickland

For many who suffer with allergies, the blooming flowers and grass of springtime are what put allergy symptoms into high gear. For others, autumn is their worst time of year for the sneezes and sniffles. Even though the frost and ice in the winter months have arrived in full force, winter allergies are still alive and well for many. Have you ever wondered what causes winter allergies? When the cold weather starts, you crank up your heat – this means the dust, mold spores, and other dirt starts soaring into the air. If you’re allergic to those things, your allergy symptoms are going to start acting up. You may even notice a stronger allergic reaction, because you’re spending more time indoors and you’re not able to escape the allergens as easily or quickly.

Stay clean.
If you think you have mold or dust in your house, it’s important to get on top of these quickly. Mold can be extremely harmful to breathe and can seriously affect your health. It thrives in damp and humid areas, so be sure to keep things as dry as possible. Dusting can also make those with a sensitivity to it react with sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. Dust your house frequently. Vacuum as much as you can and keep it at bay.

Stay healthy.
Winter time is the peak of cold and flu season. If you think you have a cold, but your upper respiratory symptoms have lingered for weeks on end, it’s time to see a doctor. You may have allergies that need to be diagnosed. The doctor may need to try giving you antihistamines or decongestants to help alleviate your symptoms.

Most of all, enjoy the winter months as much as you can by staying active. Exercise regularly by going outside for a brisk walk in the cool morning air. Fresh air always does the body (and mind) good!