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Immunization: A Powerful Way to Protect Your Health

Vaccinations are one of the greatest medical achievements in modern science because they prevent the spread of disease and save lives!

Vaccines contain antigens, or killed or weakened germ particles that cause disease and enable the body to produce antibodies to provide or boost immunity. Through vaccinations, we can improve immunity or become resistant to these diseases without having to suffer from them. And remember, vaccines are not just for children!

Why Should I or my Child Get Vaccinated?

  • Vaccines protect you from deadly or debilitating diseases without having to experience them.   Did you know we are within a few years of eradicating the polio virus from the earth?
  • Vaccinations are safe and scientific advancements continue to increase their safety over time.
  • Immunizations do not cause autism. Numerous clinical studies have disproved the idea that vaccinations can cause autism.
  • Side effects are low compared to the full effect of obtaining the disease!
  • They prevent the spread of disease to others. Smallpox has been eradicated. The flu has killed millions in prior pandemics.

Diseases Prevented from Vaccines

Many diseases that used to be common around the world are now preventable through vaccinations, including the following: Polio, Measles, Diphtheria, Rubella, Mumps, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Rotavirus, Pneumonia, and coming into the season in a few months – flu.

Over the years, vaccinations have prevented numerous diseases and saved millions of lives. And, don’t think vaccines are only for children! The elderly and pregnant women are at high risk for preventable diseases also! Immunization through vaccines is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your child!

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Breastfeeding: Giving Your Baby Their Best Start in Life

The decision to breastfeed is a personal choice for a mother and her baby, however, research shows many benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and the baby. Breast milk is nutritious, rich in vitamins, and saves time and money. In support of National Breastfeeding Week, below are some of the reasons you may want to consider breastfeeding your baby.

Benefits to babies who breastfeed:

  • Breast milk provides the ideal amount of nutrients and vitamins for babies, and it’s provided in a more digestible form than formula.
  • Breast milk provides important antibodies to fight off viruses and bacteria.
  • The colostrum that is found in breast milk within the first few days of giving birth is rich in nutrients and antibodies to protect the baby from infections, as well as helps the baby’s digestive system function and grow.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to develop asthma or allergies, and research shows that they have a lower risk of developing ear infections, respiratory illnesses, eczema, diarrhea and vomiting. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding can also help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and it has been thought to lower the risk of developing obesity, diabetes, and certain cancers as a child.

Benefits to mothers who breastfeed:

  • Breastfeeding can help mothers lose their pregnancy weight faster since breastfeeding burns extra calories.
  • Breastfeeding helps the mother and baby bond due to skin to skin contact, the closeness of the mother’s body to the baby, and close eye contact to each other. This closeness is beneficial to both the baby and the mother.
  • Breastfeeding releases the hormone oxytocin which helps the mother’s uterus return to normal size and reduce bleeding after giving birth. It can also help calm the mother emotionally.
  • Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis as well as breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Breastfeeding saves time and money since there is no cost involved, nor time spent washing and sterilizing bottles and nipples.

Breastfeeding is a personal choice that a mother should make without being influenced by friends or family. There are many benefits, but there may also be some challenges, such as sore nipples, the baby not latching on, or not producing enough milk. Seek counsel from your health care provider, family members, or other mothers if these challenges arise. If breastfeeding is the right choice for you, it can help give your baby their best and healthiest start in life.

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Top Docs Radio Show with Dr. Dorothy Mitchell-Leef on Infertility

This week’s Top Docs Radio Show featured Women’s Telehealth President, Tanya Mack, and Dr. Dorothy Mitchell-Leef, an expert in infertility. Dr. Mitchell-Leef has helped parents give birth to over 8,000 babies. Tanya and Dr. Mitchell-Leef discussed some of the common causes of infertility, along with treatments available today. Click here to listen: http://businessradiox.com/podcast/topdocs/infertility/

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Top Docs Radio Show About Women’s Health

Check out this week’s Top Docs Radio Show about women’s health with Women’s Telehealth President, Tanya Mack, and Dr. Hugo Ribot of Cartersville OB-GYN. The show show focuses on three areas: Laparoscopic Surgery, Maternal Fetal Telemedicine in the OB office and Zika virus recommendations for pregnant women. Click here to listen: http://businessradiox.com/podcast/topdocs/minimally-invasive-gynecologic-surgery/

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Top Docs Radio Show with CareSource

Beginning, July 1st, CareSource, an Ohio based Care Management Organization (CMO) will expand into the Georgia market and begin serving a portion of Georgia’s 1 million Medicaid consumers and become the state’s 4th CMO. They will share an over $4B agreement over the next 6 years with GA’s other CMO providers.

They are unique already as they are the only GA CMO that is non-profit, their top leader is a woman and they are poised to bring some innovative
programs to the Georgia market. Listen in as Women’s Telehealth speaks to top Caresource leaders and hears about their plans: http://topdocs.businessradiox.com/shows/caresource

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Staying Safe Throughout Pregnancy

Most pregnant women worry about what is and isn’t safe during pregnancy. Since June is National Safety Month, here is a list of some tips to keep you safe throughout pregnancy:

  • Drink a lot of water, especially during the hot, summer months to avoid becoming dehydrated.
  • Do not sit for long periods of time to avoid circulation problems.
  • Wear flat, comfortable shoes to avoid slipping or falling. Also, your feet may swell during pregnancy so you should wear what is most comfortable.
  • Always wear seat belts while travelling in cars. Seat belts should fit across your chest and under your belly.
  • Avoid travelling during the last trimester of pregnancy. Most doctors do not recommend flying after 36 weeks of pregnancy when the chance of going into labor is greater.
  • Exercise during pregnancy is usually safe and even recommended to reduce the risk of complications throughout pregnancy. Check with your health care provider before starting a new exercise routine.
  • Eat a nutritious and healthy diet to help with fetal brain development and to reduce to risk of low birth weight and many birth defects.
  • Take prenatal vitamins to provide the extra nutrition that developing fetuses need.
  • Visit your prenatal health care provider regularly to monitor your pregnancy and the baby’s development.

Following these tips will contribute to a safe pregnancy for you and your baby, but be sure to talk to your health care provider about any questions or concerns that may arise throughout your pregnancy.

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