Winter ’18

Happy Winter!

     We are well into winter. The days are short, the steady parade of combines criss-crossing fields are long gone. The Christmas presents are unwrapped and New Years has come and gone. The cold harsh reality of winter is upon us.

     The flu season is here with a vengeance. As always, I have encouraged everyone to get a flu vaccine. This vaccine does not make you sick or ill or for that matter doesn’t do anything but help you prevent getting the flu! The vaccine is not perfect, it doesn’t always perfectly match the flu strain we may have this winter, but it’s the best protection we have to help you prevent getting the flu this winter. We average 20,000- 30,000 deaths per year secondary to the flu…….. you need a flu vaccination. If you haven’t gotten one, it’s still not too late.

     With the New Year here’s my list of free measures that can be taken to save on health care costs that are usually underutilized:
Don’t allow yourself to become overweight
Do get some regular exercise
Don’t smoke
Don’t overuse alcohol or don’t use it at all
Don’t use illicit drugs
Do get enough sleep
Do wear a seatbelt

     Over 35 years of practicing Family medicine, most of my patients would be better off just practicing these rules.

     There is new information stating that eggs are much better for us than previously thought. Eggs get a bad rap because of their high cholesterol content. New research has shown that dietary cholesterol, found in animal products, has relatively little effect on blood cholesterol in most people— saturated and trans fat are much bigger culprits. Findings are showing that eggs are good for the heart, brain, eyes and your waistline. So how many are ok? Most studies recommend up to 12 eggs per week as part of a healthy diet. Here’s when good eggs go bad: when fried in lots of butter or when served with bacon, sausage, or biscuits. For example, a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese biscuit from McDonald’s has 12 grams of saturated fat, along with 450 calories and 1290 milligrams of sodium. Yikes!

     Teri and I were so blessed to be honored as the Grand Marshalls for this years Bluejeans Center festival. It was truly an honor to be involved with a great community function. We were honored by the town board with a wonderful proclamation. This was a very humbling and moving experience. One we deeply appreciate, we really enjoy living in this community and the South Knox area! Again thank you to all that put so much time and effort in making Monroe City and the Knox County a better place to live and work.

     Don’t forget about keeping yourself beautiful on the outside as well as the inside! We offer a wonderful medical-grade line of skin care products and many procedures to keep you looking your best!

     Along with Botox, fillers, chemical peels and many other procedures, we now offer
Micro-blading. This is a procedure to create beautiful brows for those who are tired of penciling them in every morning! It’s amazing! Kaycee will give you a beautiful, natural semi-permanent brow.

      Remember, our aesthetic services are now offered at our office and at Luxe in Vincennes. Call 743-5113 to schedule or just to inquire.

     Have a great winter. Keep hydrated and use plenty of moisturizers. Even with the cold weather, get outside and enjoy the outdoors.


Tom Thompson