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LLP046: How to avoid making a mistake when signing up for health insurance

Its the time of the year that as an outpatient physician I looked forward to and that was the open enrollment period. Before the Affordable Care Act(Obamacare) the United States had 44 million uninsured citizens in this country but with it that number has dropped to almost 28 million, dropping the number of uninsured residents to 10.4%. Cost has still been a problem in getting people to signup for health insurance especially in states that didn't vote to expand medicaid. Today I wanted to...

Duration: 00:34:13

LLP045: Shining the spotlight on Multiple Sclerosis

A disease that affects 2.5 million worldwide usually doesn't get much fanfare but tell that to the 2.5 million affected. This week's topic is on Multiple Sclerosis, a immunological disorder that affects the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord & optic nerves. We will learn today just what exactly is Multiple Sclerosis, who gets affected and what are the signs & symptoms to look for. Links/Resources National MS societyTreatment option for MS In this episode you will...

Duration: 00:34:01

LLP044. Trying To Do Everything Yourself Can Hurt Your Health & Business

Every now and then we are going to have a podcast episodes that overlap both the personal coaching that I normally give regarding your health care along with some coaching for my entrepreneurs. Today I discuss just what even caused me to really be mindful of the fact that I can't do it all regardless of how hard I try. In medicine we rely on different specialities to help take care of the patient and the same goes for business. There maybe some things that you can do to help build your...

Duration: 00:34:43

LLP043: Let me convince you that you saw a seizure and not heat stroke

Prince, Lil Wayne, and Elton John have all suffered from the disorder of seizures. Yesterday I witnessed a video of Wendy Williams who looked to have suffered from one on live TV say that it the lights in the room was just too hot. Now I can't be 100% certain but on today's episode I think I make a compelling point that what she had suffered was more than just heat stroke. One in ten people will suffer from a seizure episode in their life time.Two or more seizure episodes is known as...

Duration: 00:37:02

LLP042: How to act when your family is in the hospital

As a hospital physician I have learned that not only is the patient not prepared to deal with their hospital stay but the family is even more ill prepared. Over the past few weeks I have had experiences of both spectrums of care where I had family members who were amazing while taking care of the their loved ones and I had family members who I couldn't wait to heal their loved ones and discharge them home. In this episode you will learn: At least 8 actionable tips for a better hospital...

Duration: 00:22:39

LLP041: Recap of my trip to the ACOI Conference

Every now and then I get to take a "Vacation" away from taking care of patients but being that I have never been the vacation type I always seem to end up at a medically related function. This time I end up in Washington D.C., a place I hadn't been in almost 10 years when I was applying to medical school. I had a fabulous time there if you take away the fact that I spent my first night in my room as I was still getting over a sinus infection my kids gave me before I left. The topics were...

Duration: 00:34:33

LLP040: Why World Mental Health Day is an Every Day Issue

At the time of the recording I had a totally different game plan for tonights episode but being that it was World Mental Health Day I didn't want to miss an opportunity to bring up a topic that I hold near and dear to me. I again enlisted the assistance of Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Maria Davis-Pierre to give her professional take on the sheer importance of World Mental Health day in regards to recognizing the problem of the lack of awareness for mental health. During the episode we...

Duration: 00:23:26

LLP039: Dressing up in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us. Did you know that Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women and is the second leading cancer diagnosis in women. Did you know that every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer or how about the fact that African American Women under the age of 45 are not only more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer but also more likely to die from it. There is a reason why the whole month of october is dedicated to promoting...

Duration: 00:28:57

LLP038: Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Back with another discussion on a very important and common autoimmune disease - Rheumatoid Arthritis. In my office quite often when patients were asked about their medical history some would check off that they have rheumatoid arthritis when they really meant to just say osteoarthritis. Its a phrase we hear a lot on television but very few understand the overall severity of the disorder. On our Facebook page it was one of the most engaged discussions we have had for the Lunch and Learn...

Duration: 00:20:40

LLP037: Five Types of chest pain that can you will

Chest pain is one of the most common complaints in the emergency room. Reports show that it is responsible for approximately six million visits a year. As a hospitalists I am usually tasked with taking care of these patients in the the hospital to ensure the number #1 goal that anyone should have when walking into the hospital, being able to walk out. Because of hurricane season in south florida many of my more sedentary patients are suddenly doing all this extra curricular work in...

Duration: 00:32:17

LLP036: The odd couple - Healthcare workers and hurricanes

Hurricane season has been a yearly occurrence for me growing up for as long as I can remember. Born and raised in south Florida it was an all too common time getting the preparations in order for yet another season of uncertainty regarding this phenomenon that had loomed over our summers. It didn't matter how much you prepared for it there was always something we wish we had done more of. As a Physician, hurricane season has taken on a whole new meaning for me. Recently Hurricane Irma took...

Duration: 00:27:06

LLP035: The pain of sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease is a disorder that has affected both my professional & personal life. I have watched patients suffer from a disease that we don't seem to have a very good handle on time and time again. Noted as the most common genetic disorder in the United States, sickle cell disease earns the honor of getting its own month to shed some spotlight on it. Links/Resources My overview from last year In this episode you will learn: Sickle Cell Awareness MonthWhich parent is responsible...

Duration: 00:30:43

LLP034: Why you have to get out of your own way

Self confidence is an issue that affects everyone. It is a very common determinant of a positive outlook and I have found that over the years as I have continued to grow in both my professional & personal development that it is something that will hinder anyone from their full potential. I remember finishing up residency and starting to work and one day looking around wondering was this it? Now if you are familiar with my backstory I had wanted to become a doctor since I was about 8 years...

Duration: 00:32:12

LLP033: Death, dying and tough conversations with Maria Davis-Pierre LMHC

It is the bodies normal defense mechanism to keep us from doing things that will cause us harm. The conversation of death, grief & loss is one of those things that we avoid until we absolutely have to face it. For many health care providers these conversations can become daunting because the reaction is never the same for two families alike. I wanted to approach the subject because I have seen far too often families be more devastated by the lack of preparation for the inevitable than that...

Duration: 00:27:47

LLP032: Taking good care of your liver

It seemed like August in the hospital was bring all your liver problems to me month because I had way too many people being admitted to the facility with liver issues. It got me thinking that if I was going to work on preventing these things from happening than I needed to scream from the rooftops why your organ, the liver was so important. Some important fun facts regarding the liver includes it being the largest organ in the body, it's role in making you stop bleeding and exactly what...

Duration: 00:24:54

LLP031: Do you trust your doctor?

This is a time where taking care of your health is so important with all the different changes in healthcare on the horizon. An important question to answer is do you still trust your doctor to be in charge of your health. On the episode today I discuss the importance of trusting your physician, we go into detail about different doctor/patient relationships and give some tips to improve patient satisfaction. I also give a chance to get a free audio based chapter of a book I am working...

Duration: 00:41:22

LLP030: Sexually Transmitted Diseases & Usher

Sexually transmitted diseases have become a mainstay in the primary care setting but with recent reports that the numbers are on the rise a Public Health crisis may not be too far behind. Today were are going to be focusing on just three STDs, syphilis, gonorrhea & herpes simplex. Because of the recent legal troubles Usher has been having regarding herpes transmission I thought I would shed some light on just how prevalent it was and should you get tested today. Links/Resources CDC on...

Duration: 00:43:44

LLP029: Why prostate cancer should be at the top of men's health concern

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men. In 2017 almost 160,000 people with diagnosed with prostate cancer with many more going undiagnosed. There are major symptoms associated with prostate cancer but the most common one will surprise you. Learn today why your doctor's are missing the boat on treating you for prostate cancer and if you are an African American male you don't want to miss out on this topic. Links/Resources Free PDF for Prostate Disorders Learn more about...

Duration: 00:38:34

LLP028: Looking out for lupus and what's up next

It is a disease that affects women almost 90% percent of the time. Toni Braxton, Selena Gomez, Seal, Nick Cannon all suffer from the disorder lupus. This autoimmune disease is chronic in its presentation, has no triggers on what causes it but still manages to effect 1.5 million yearly and is responsible for 140,000 hospital visits per year. It's a disease that I will also keep an eye on because my very first patient suffered from the disease. On the episode today we talk about Lupus, go...

Duration: 00:25:57

LLP027: Why blood sugar isn't important in diabetes

Somehow I went this far without talking about a disease that a day doesn't go by that I don't see it one way shape or form. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects almost 30 million people here in the United States. It cost the health care system approximately $250 billion each year to take care of and the co-morbidities associated with diabetes are as long as a grocery lists. I have told my students in the past that diabetes isn't something I wished on my worst enemy for very good...

Duration: 00:43:10

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