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  • Feeling winded

    Andrew Ellsworth MD, Prairie Doc|Mar 27, 2024

    “Well, doc,” the patient was telling me, “I get winded so easily now. I can hardly go to the mailbox without stopping to catch my breath. It did not used to be that way. Do you think something is wrong?” Many of us have experienced shortness of breath. After a period of inactivity, such as winter or a busy month, when we decide to exercise again, it may be easier to feel winded. That experience can be due to deconditioning, feeling out of shape. A good remedy for that is a gradual increas...

  • Get your eyes checked

    Andrew Ellsworth MD, Prairie Doc|Oct 26, 2023

    If you ever played baseball, you may have been told to “keep your eye on the ball.” When batting, a baseball player is taught to watch the ball the entire time from when it leaves the pitcher’s hand to when, hopefully, their bat smacks the ball for a hit. It may sound simple, but some pitchers can throw fast and sometimes they throw a curve ball. Great hitters use their vision and spot the difference, helping them get a hit. Lose focus and, in the blink of an eye, the pitch has whipped past...

  • The secret to losing weight

    Andrew Ellsworth MD|Oct 5, 2023

    People often think they need to lose weight. The hard part, of course, is following through on that desire in a sustained and successful manner. Here are a few of the ways people do lose weight and the secrets of their success. Some people should not lose weight, so please talk to your doctor. First of all, consider the reasons to lose weight. Benefits can include having more energy, improved mobility, fewer aches and pains, sleeping better, improvement in mood, lower blood pressure and lower...

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