September / October Updates

Becky McGilligan / September 29, 2019 / 3 minute read
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McGilligan MD Launches New Date and Time for Walk with a Doc Program

McGilligan MD is encouraging Cincinnati residents to take a step toward better health with Walk with a Doc, a health program that brings doctors and patients together to walk every Sunday at 4 pm at Beech Acres Park. The walk begins by the playground

Walk with a Doc is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire communities through movement and conversation.

The Walk is open to the community. Participation is free and pre-registration is not required. Walkers with enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with Dr. McGilligan or Dr. Sharp, who will provide support to participants and answer questions during the Walk.

Why walk?

"There's no question that increasing exercise, even moderately, reduces the risks of many diseases, including coronary heart disease, breast and colon cancer and Type 2 diabetes," said Dr. McGilligan. "Research has even shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour that you exercise regularly."

Flu Season 2019

Unfortunately, Flu season is already upon us. Both Dr. McGilligan and Dr. Sharp both recommend getting a flu vaccine. In addition to the vaccination, we recommend everyday preventive actions like frequent hand washing to prevent the spread of germs and staying home from work and school when sick.

If you do have muscle aches, as the doctors say "to the point you feel like you’ve been run over by a bus", and you have a fever, please contact us immediately. Those two symptoms are the most specific for influenza. As long as it is within 48 hours of symptom onset, we can call in antiviral medication to your pharmacy. If you are a close caregiver of a person who has been diagnosed with influenza, we can also call in the antiviral medication preventatively for you as well.

Local pharmacies already have flu vaccines in stock. We have ordered ours and our shipment should be arriving by mid-October. The vaccine we will stock this year is quadrivalent and in single dose vials. It does not contain mercury.

We do carry some herbal supplements, such as Viracid by OrthoMolecular, to support the immune system. Some studies have shown an improvement in symptoms with various herbs whereas others have shown no benefit. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has a short article discussing some of the more common herbal supplements used in cold and flu season. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/tips/flucold.htm

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is recommended that every woman aged 50 and older get a mammogram at least every two years. In many circumstances, Dr. McGilligan and Dr. Sharp will start recommending mammograms to women once they reach the age of 40. Men can get breast cancer as well, and should definitely reach out if they notice any changes in their chest area.

In addition to doing regular self-breast exams and getting mammograms for early detection, there are many things we all can do to lower our risk of breast cancer.

  • exercise
  • eat a healthy diet
  • quit smoking
  • drink less alcohol
  • work on stress reduction