Health & Healing for a Balanced Life!
April 2018 - Celebrating the First Annual Month of Hope
We are also celebrating National Mental Health Month
"Hope is a complex concept; it can be emotion or an experience...basically hope is a wish of future expectations. Hope is essential for life, a major component for health, as it is the major element
sustaining stability and psychological health" (Yuan, Qu, Zhang, & Wang, 2009).
Palm Valley Primary Care is a boutique concierge practice that offers a return to personal attention at an affordable price.  We integrate holistic and research-based therapies for an individualized approach that facilitates health and well-being for a balanced life. We treat patients 12 and up with a wide variety of conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, sinus infections, depression, anxiety, menopause symptoms, and weight concerns.  In a retreat-like office setting conducive to healing, we offer in-house medication dispensing and laboratory services, as well as convenient online scheduling. We are conveniently located in Mickler's Landing at the corner of A1A and Mickler Rd. Please visit our website for more information. 
 


Supplement Highlight: 
Nutrex Hawaii 
Pure Hawaiian Spirulina
Spirulina is "one of nature's original superfood supplements" that facilitates healthy aging and boosts the immune system.  Spirulina has also been shown to improve cholesterol and lipid profiles.  Another benefit is increased energy and can be easily implemented into most everyone's lifestyle!  
 
This supplement and others are carried in our office. We donate 5% of proceeds from the sale of our research-backed supplements to In the Pink a boutique for women suffering from breast cancer. 
20% off
First Visit
Mention this Newsletter and receive 20% off your initial consultation (new patients only).

Owner/Provider Dr. Jennifer Serotta is a breast cancer survivor and mother of three daughters. She founded Palm Valley Primary Care with a passion to improve clients' health, well-being, and quality of life. 

 
Health and Healing for a Balanced Life
1106 A1A North, Suite 100A, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
t 904.222.6530 / f 904.222.6531
email: info@palmvalleyprimarycare.com
www.palmvalleyprimarycare.com
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Palm Valley Primary Care Presents Personal Fitness Trainer Lisa Dilworth!

Lisa Dilworth is a Certified Personal Trainer and health and wellness enthusiast.  She is passionate about helping people live a healthy lifestyle.  It's no secret that America leads the world in "supersize" food portions and an alarmingly high number of people who are overweight.  So how can we break this cycle?  With all of the fad diets and books on weight loss, it can be overwhelming!  But Lisa will share with Palm Valley Primary Care how it doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing journey -- that the one thing you just can't live without (like pizza or chocolate) can still be enjoyed while reaching weight loss goals or achieving an athletic goal that has felt impossible in the past! 
 
We are excited to welcome Lisa to our office on Thursday, May 17th at 6:00pm. She will be giving a talk on how to achieve health goals and more!  We welcome you and your loved ones and/or friends who would like to hear more from Lisa. Whether you're looking to gain confidence, rock that next high school reunion, or just to get healthy and feel good, please come for an evening of health, wellness, and just plain fun! If you have questions and/or would like to RSVP to this event, please feel free to email us at info@palmvalleyprimarycare.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Aspirin: An Old Remedy, Now Recognized for its Life-Saving Properties!

Aspirin, which is derived from willow bark, is one of the oldest remedies available and dates back to around 1500 BC, when the Egyptians used it to treat pain. Later on, Hippocrates provided willow leaf tea in 400 BC to pregnant women experiencing pain during childbirth. Later in the 1700s, an English cleric Edward Stone found how willow bark in dried powder form helped patients with fever, malaria and other ailments. Pharmacists, chemists and researchers in the 1800s from all over Europe worked to extract and analyze the chemical makeup of the specific ingredient (coined initially “salicin”) from willow and meadowsweet flower. Bayer pharmaceutical company further refined the chemical makeup, synthesized the product, and renamed it Aspirin.
 
Aspirin for Prevention of Heart Attack and Stroke
Research demonstrating benefits of aspirin for the heart began to propagate in the 1970s, with the first major trial showing patients taking aspirin had decreased mortality following a heart attack. Research involving patients who had experienced a stroke also illustrated a decreased incidence of another stroke event and death with aspirin therapy. This type of therapy is referred to as “secondary prevention”. In the 1990s, evidence also began to mount showing a relationship of aspirin and decreased risk of a first heart attack or stroke in patients with certain conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. This type of therapy is deemed as “primary prevention”.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), along with other professional organizations such as the American Heart Association and the American College of Chest Physicians, currently recommend that adults 50-59 years of age who are at increased risk of heart disease take a low-dose aspirin (81 mg) on a daily basis after discussing the factors involved with their primary care provider. Additionally, adults older than 59 with increased risk for heart disease should also consult with their provider whether a daily aspirin would be a good option to include in their medication regimen. The American College of Cardiology has an online tool to help providers and their patients estimate their risk for an adverse cardiovascular event in next 10 years, taking into account age, blood pressure, cholesterol numbers, presence of diabetes and other risk factors.
 
Aspirin for Prevention of Colorectal Cancer  There have also been a number of clinical trials evaluating aspirin’s potential role in preventing colorectal cancer. A recent systematic review (Chubak et al., 2015) found that mortality from colorectal cancer was reduced by about 33% in patients with daily aspirin over the long term (20+ years). Studies, however, involving patients with prior benign polyps were not as conclusive and had shorter term follow-up (less than 5 years), but the overall results did reveal trends of decreased polyps with aspirin therapy.
 
Risks versus Benefits of Aspirin Despite the above reported benefits of aspirin, there are risks that ought to be considered. Bleeding, of course, is the primary risk – such as gastrointestinal bleeding or bleeding in the brain. Individuals who are at risk for falls must also be careful about being on a blood thinner such as aspirin. Youngsters under the age of 18 should never be given aspirin, as it puts them at risk for a serious condition called Reye’s syndrome, which is rare but nonetheless has been associated with aspirin use in children.
 
In conclusion, there is strong evidence to suggest aspirin is beneficial in preventing heart attack, stroke, and even colorectal cancer. However, a thorough review of one’s medical and family history, as well as the potential benefits versus risks is recommended when contemplating aspirin therapy
(This article was first published in Ponte Vedra Neighbors Magazine, March 2018 issue) 
References:
Yuan, Z., Qu, X., Zhang, Z. T., & Wang, Y. (2009). Neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with stages II and III cancer. China Medical Journal, 122, 2993-2997.
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Palm Valley Primary Care, Inc.  •  1106 A1A North, Suite 100A  •  Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

http://www.palmvalleyprimarycare.com

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