March Newsletter

Ok, so it’s a little late, but special thanks to all of you for your patience while I had a spring break with the kids.  We found some warm desert sun in Utah and had a great time!

The Egg Myth

Eggs contain cholesterol, and therefore eating eggs should be bad for your cholesterol, and your health, right?  That was thought to be the case until more recently.  It turns out that eating a moderate amount of dietary cholesterol does not, in fact, raise your risk of heart attack and stroke.  The real “bad foods” for raising cholesterol are sugars, trans fats, and excessive saturated fat.  Eggs contain about 75 calories each, with 7 grams of protein, and contain lutein and carotenoids.  I usually advise my patients to consider eggs as a healthy choice when combined with fruits and/or vegetables for breakfast. Make sure to cook your eggs reasonably well, and farm-fresh eggs are a great way to support local farmers and avoid the hormones and antibiotics associated with commercially produced eggs.  I also recommend avoiding egg substitutes like cartons of “egg whites.”  In an effort to eat healthier, this carton version can actually be worse, often made with a long list of processed ingredients.  Choose the eggs in their natural form, and if you are concerned about the effects on your cholesterol, feel free to talk to me about checking some blood tests.  In summary, eggs with fruit/vegetables in the morning is way better for you than that boxed breakfast cereal, or bagel with cream cheese.  

Mid Rogue Imaging Provides Discounted Pricing

Did you know that we are very fortunate to have an independent imaging center right here in Grants Pass?  Mid Rogue Imaging provides patients the option of discounted pricing for all imaging tests, if you choose to not use insurance.  CT, MRI, ultrasound and plain x-rays all are offered for a discount if you pay at the time of service.  We are happy to get you a price on these tests as needed – our patients really appreciate the transparency.  You will know ahead of time what the cost is, and no surprise bills later.  Often this is a huge savings if you have a high deductible health plan, or are uninsured.

One Year of Direct Primary Care!!

It has been a whole year since GPFM transitioned to Direct Primary Care, and we are so pleased to have all of you with us.  The practice now has a waiting list, and we are taking new patients on a very limited basis.  By filling out a form on our website we can collect names, emails and phone numbers of patients who are interested in joining, and will likely be in touch with them within a few months.  If you have friends or family who are interested, it is not too late to do so, but we are definitely filling up.  It has been amazing to see the practice change and grow with our new “family” of members, and we truly appreciate you all!

Recipe of the Month

Breakfast Frittata

Preheat broiler to 400 degrees

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

2 yams, sliced or chopped into small chunks

2 handfuls baby spinach leaves

4-6 eggs, beaten

In a well-oiled pan suitable for the oven (cast iron or stainless steel handle), saute the onion and yams on medium heat for 15 minutes or until soft.  Cover the pan to steam the yams slightly.  Add the baby spinach leaves and stir, only until wilted.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Reduce heat to low and pour eggs into the pan, do not stir.  Cook until the edges of the eggs are done.  Place the pan under the broiler and cook for 5-7 minutes, watching closely.  When the top is slightly browned and the eggs look cooked, remove from broiler (watch out for the hot handle!)  Cut into wedges and serve with optional topping of your choice (scallions, spoonful of sour cream, or salsa).

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