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Beyond the Bedside: Shingles

By: Tyler J. Hyslep, PA-C             Shingles can have a significant impact on quality of life.  Luckily, there is a vaccine that can prevent it.  First, let’s get to know what shingles is.  Shingles is a reactivation of the Chicken Pox Virus.  Per CDC, 99% of Americans born before 1980 have had chickenpox even if they cannot recall having it.  Once we get chicken pox, it remains dormant in our bodies and can reactivate as shingles.  Shingles is more likely to occur in people who have a weakened immune system, have had a recent illness, or have significant stress.  Shingles can also happen without any known triggers.  Symptoms include a painful, blistery rash that will affect only one side of the body.  If the rash crosses...


Healthy Chicken Piccata Recipe

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts - cut into 4 thin slices (cutlets)2 large egg whites2/3 cup seasoned whole wheat dry bread crumbs about 1 tbsp olive oil1 tbsp butterjuice of 1 lemon1/4 cup dry white wine1/2 cup chicken broth2 tbsp capersSliced lemon - for servingSalt and pepper to tase Directions: Season chicken with salt and pepper Pound chicken w/ a meat tenderizer until about 1/4" thickIn a small bowl, beat the egg whites until fluffyDip each chicken breast first in the egg, then bread crumbs. Heat skillet on medium low Spray the top of the chicken generously to coat and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Set aside until you make the sauce.For the sauce, clean the saute pan. Over medium-high heat, melt butter, add the lemon juice, wine, chicken broth and the reserved lemon halves, salt,...


Tick Talk

By: Dr. Eric Sensenbrenner The days are longer, birdsong fills the sky, and pops of color appear from various flowering plants. Spring is here, and like me, you may find yourself returning to more frequent outdoor activities. While you are enjoying a hike at Crowder’s Mountain or a day at the Whitewater Center, there is an important health risk of which to be aware. Tickborne illnesses are more commonly seen in the spring and summer months, but ticks can be out looking for hosts anytime the temperature is above freezing. These illnesses occur when bacteria carried by ticks are transferred to humans (and pets) through tick bites.  Ticks are small 8-legged arachnids (spider relative) with flat, soft bodies that engorge with blood after feeding. Interestingly, Rock Mountain...


Beyond the Bedside: A New Cure for Obesity?

By Lori Blanchard Eaton Social media has increased public interest in a class of medications called GLP-1 agonists. Celebrities and other influencers are posting on TikTok, Facebook and Instagram about losing weight with prescriptions for medications like Wegovy, Saxenda, Ozempic and Mounjaro. I admit I’m not a big follower of social media, except maybe an occasional post to family and friends or searching for good humored posts about dogs or a new recipe. However, our culture is significantly influenced, good and bad, by social media. In light of these new weight loss trends, I thought it would be timely to make use of this month’s Beyond the Bedside blog post to provide a medical perspective on obesity and weight loss.  Obesity is a medical diagnosis. It is...


Lemon Tortellini Soup

3 tablespoons olive oil1 onion, chopped2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped3 celery stalks, chopped2 cloves garlic, minced1 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper2 lemons4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth1 package frozen tortellini1 (6-ounce) bag spinach Direction: In a medium-sized dutch oven, add your oil, onion, and garlic. Simmer until the onions are translucent.Add your carrots and celery and saute for 3-5 minutes.Sprinkle in your salt and pepper.While your veggies are cooking in the dutch oven, juice your lemons in a small bowl. Also, zest one of your lemons.Add the zest into your dutch oven.Add the broth and tortellini and bring to a boil.Boil until the tortellini is cooked through - about 5 minutes.Reduce heat to low and add in your spinach and lemon juice.Serve with grated parmesan! ...


Beyond the Bedside: Protecting Your Heart

By: Lori Blanchard Eaton, NP-C Were you watching the NFL playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals on January 23? If so, you may have witnessed Damar Hamlin, a healthy athlete, collapse on the football field from a rare cardiac event. Fortunately, responsive CPR on this otherwise healthy athlete led to a successful recovery. Timely CPR saves lives and I’m thankful this outcome has turned our attention to its value and the value of emergency responders. This nationally televised event has piqued an interest in protecting all athletes and the American Heart Association is advocating to ensure educational programs are in place. In recognition of American Heart Month and the beginning of SPC's monthly blog, Beyond the Bedside, let’s discuss the importance of protecting...


It’s Never Too Late to Start

Sometimes our health goals can seem like an unattainable and distant dream. It may seem nearly impossible to break away from your current, unhealthy lifestyle and start a new chapter. In light of American Heart Month, SPC wants to encourage you that it's never too late to start living a better life and to be a better version of yourself. Even if you feel like you are past your prime or you should have started making changes years or decades ago, it's actually never too late to turn a new leaf and finally start pursuing your health goals. We urge you to take this month to evaluate what goals you want to set and to finally take action to pursue them. Consider implementing these steps...


Healthy Crockpot Apple Butter

We are quickly approaching apple-picking season! In the greater Charlotte area there are several places to pick delicious apples. Try this delicious apple butter recipe that skips the unnecessary added sugar! Best of all, you can use your crockpot which is easy and mess-free. Ingredients: 10–12 sliced apples1 cup apple juice or cider1 teaspoon lemon juice1 tsp vanilla extract1/2 tsp nutmeg1/4 tsp ground cloves1 tsp cinnamonPinch of salt Directions: Put all of the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 10-12 hours.At 10 hours, once apples are fully cooked, soft, and brown, use an immersion blender or transfer to a normal blender to blend completely. Transfer the blended mixture back into the crockpot and continue simmering for an additional 2 hours until it reaches a thicker texture.Let cool, store in...


5 Minute Peach Fro-Yo!

Ingredients: 2 Cups of Frozen Peaches1 TBSP of Lemon Juice3/4 Cup of Greek Yoghurt2-3 TBSP of HoneyAdd liquid as needed Directions Blend the ingredients together in a food processor using a spatula to scape the sides until it's blended and smooth like ice-creamServe immediately or you can transfer the mixture into a container and store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks ...