WPMG Newsletter, Volume 6, Issue 3 -- 10/1/2009
As you all know, we are dedicated to health care of
women. Many times, issues come up
where our patients are interested in timely information.
Examples would include the current H1N1 virus and how it affects pregnant
women or breaking news on hormone management.
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We will continue to publish our quarterly newsletter
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We have now published 22 issues including 37 topics on women’s health.
El Camino Hospital is preparing to open its
new state-of-the-art hospital in November of 2009. The project is on time and on budget.
The new building has enabled new approaches to patient comfort,
convenience and safety, as well as meeting strict state seismic standards.
The public is invited to view this fabulous new facility on the Community Preview Day on Saturday, October 3
from 2 PM to 6 PM.
No registration is required.
Women Physicians has a supply of thimerosal-free (no preservative) seasonal flu shots in our office available now for $30 per injection. We strongly recommend all pregnant women and high risk categories (over 65, chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, and health care workers) be vaccinated. Because we have an ample supply of this vaccine this year, low risk patients may also be vaccinated to minimize their risk of developing the seasonal flu. We are also happy to administer the vaccine to friends and family of our patients, even if they are not patients in our office. No appointment is necessary, but please call first (650-988-7550) before coming in so our nurses can be prepared.
by Pamela Carlton, M.D.
“You can never be too rich
or too thin.”
This was written on a refrigerator magnet in the
kitchen of my childhood home. We all
know that obesity is a real problem in the United States.
We hear about it daily on TV, on the radio and in the newspaper.
However, what we need is not a battle against obesity.
We do not need a diet that cuts out fats and carbs in a frantic push
towards thinness. What we need is to
learn moderation and how to have a healthy, realistic relationship with our
bodies and food. The truth is, there
are medical risks at either extreme of the weight spectrum, but there’s a lot
of room in the middle.
As a physician who treats teens and young adults with
eating disorders, I constantly see the consequences of our society’s obsession
with the “thin ideal” and the fear of fat.
I care for children, some as young as twelve years-old, who have weakened
hearts and brittle bones because they are not eating, over exercising and/or
vomiting in an attempt to "not get fat." There is no one reason why a
child develops an eating disorder but one of the factors can be living in a
society that demonizes fat and emphasizes unrealistic body images.
With a balanced diet and appropriate physical activity, people can be
healthy at a great variety of weights. We
need to shift our focus from weight and body size to physical health and body
Our children learn by emulating what they see and hear.
If we send them healthy messages at home, hopefully, we can
counter some of the dangerous messages they are bombarded with in the media.
There are three simple things that we can focus on.
Everybody’s body is
It’s commonplace in our society to freely comment on
body size. Comments such as; “I
hate how fat I am.” and “Wow, you look great. Have you lost weight?”
reinforce that it’s good to be thinner and bad to be heavier.
Instead of making comments such as these, we should teach our children
that bodies come in all shapes and sizes and we must appreciate and celebrate
There is a place for all
foods in a healthy diet
A balanced diet that includes all of the basic food
groups is essential for good health. However,
because of various fad diets our society has managed to demonize fats, sugars
and carbohydrates, labeling them as “bad foods.”
However, eliminating these foods from our diets would cause serious
nutritional deficiencies and medical complications.
I am not saying that having doughnuts at every meal is healthy.
I am, however, promoting a healthy balance.
None of the food groups are bad. We
need them all in our diet in reasonable amounts in order to be healthy. And we
need to explain this to our children.
Exercise is FUN
While part of a healthy lifestyle is being physically
active, today's focus on exercise seems to only be about losing weight.
When we say, “I have to go to the gym to get rid of these last 5
pounds," we are sending a message that exercise is something to be dreaded.
Instead, physical activity should be promoted as a fun integral part of a
healthy lifestyle. Getting out and
doing active things as a family can accomplish this.
Go ice-skating, hike or just splash around in the pool with your kids.
Try different activities until you find a few that your family enjoys.
By taking the focus off of body size and instead
focusing on a balanced diet that includes all food groups, and appropriate
physical activity you will increase the chance of your children developing a
healthy body image and a healthy relationship with food.
However, even with the healthiest messages at home, people sometimes
develop eating disorders. Some of
the warning signs that might indicate that your child is struggling with an
eating disorder are:
Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder
What to do if you have concerns
If you are concerned that your child might have an eating disorder it is crucial
to get help immediately. Eating
disorders are life-threatening illnesses and the sooner one gets treatment the
better the chance that they will recover. Call
your child’s doctor and explain that you are concerned that your child may
have an eating disorder. If the
doctor is comfortable treating eating disorders he or she can evaluate your
child and help you to establish a treatment team if needed.
If your child’s doctor is not experienced in treating children and
teens with eating disorders, he or she can refer you to a specialist.
Over the years I have thought about that saying, “You can never be too rich or too thin.” And I realize, I’m not sure if you can be too rich, but I know that you can definitely be too thin.
Dr. Pamela Carlton is
an Adolescent Medicine specialist in private practice in Mountain View.
Her practice is focused on providing medical treatment and care
coordination for adolescents and young adults with eating disorders.
Prior to going into
private practice, Dr. Carlton was clinical faculty in the Division of Adolescent
Medicine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford where she developed
and directed their Adolescent Eating Disorder Parent Education and Support
Dr. Carlton’s book, “Take
Charge of your Child’s Eating Disorder: a parent’s step-by-step guide to
defeating anorexia and bulimia” was named by Library
Journal as one of the best consumer health books of 2007.
You can visit Dr. Carlton’s website at http://www.doctorcarlton.com.
Digital magazines are increasing in popularity and
afford many benefits to the readers, including timeliness, unparalleled
interaction, portability, and environmental-friendliness.
Several magazines and websites are particularly useful for different
aspects of women’s health.
Breast Cancer Connections is
hosting their 6th annual Breast
Cancer Conference on Saturday, November 7,
2009 at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto from 8 am to 5 pm.
Topics will include:
Hormonal Treatment of Early Stage Breast
Cancer: Where Are We Now?,
Advanced Breast Cancer: Clinical Trials and
Research, Breast Surgery
Breast Cancer Lymphedema: Current Concepts and
Future Directions, Breast
Cancer and Fertility, Osteoporosis
Risks for Breast Cancer Survivors, and more.
Online registration is available at www.bcconnections.org
or by calling 650-326-6686. Registration
is $25 before 10/21 and $35 thereafter.
Pamela Carlton, MD, specialist in adolescent medicine and eating disorders, is offering monthly meetings on topics around nutrition, exercise and the psychological health of teens and young adults. Some topics are specific to eating disorders, but most are geared to the general population. For more information, please go to www.doctorcarlton.com.
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon
Foundation for Women have joined forces to launch the Love/Avon Army of Women.
This revolutionary initiative has two key goals:
1) To recruit one
million healthy women of every age and ethnicity, including breast
cancer survivors and women at high-risk for the disease, to partner with breast
cancer researchers and directly participate in the research that will eradicate
breast cancer, 2)
To challenge the scientific community to expand its current focus to
include breast cancer prevention research conducted on healthy women.
All women are invited to join this
movement that will take us beyond a cure by creating new opportunities to study
what causes breast cancer—and how to prevent it.
You can join at http://www.armyofwomen.org
As of 9/26/09, there were 307,817 participants.
Information on this website is for educational and reference purposes only and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice.
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