Modern Medicine, 2014

The days of old regarding going to a doctor’s office and waiting for hours on end for a five (5) minute visit with a physician or health care provider are soon to be gone forever.

With the advent of smart-phones and mobile personable medicine, patients are taking control over their health-care and managing their own health-care with the assistance of a licensed health-care provider.

Remember the old saga, “they who are well do not need a physician.”  I believe this to be true to a certain extent, but it has to be taken in context.  Healthy patients or patients who are WELL generally do not need to visit a physician.  However, healthy patients should always communicate with a physician or health care provider on a routine basis regarding all manners of illness and the prevention thereof. AND, smart-phones now allow patients to do just that.

A picture may be worth a thousand words for WELL-Care and/or Preventative Care!

          

Sticking to a sensible nutritional diet and doing some form of light exercise may lead to healthy living.  However, there are certain factors that must be monitored to assess patient’s risk(s) of preventable and/or manageable diseases as patients become older; and, this requires partnering with a physician who will appropriately advise patients regarding certain risk indicators, and the PREVENTION thereof.

Here are some basic facts for patients who are otherwise healthy or WELL to remember:

-Acute illness presents with certain symptoms that are generally short-term or may develop into a long-term illness, and even death; and should be discussed with your partnered physician to determine which type of acute illness that the patient may be dealing with.

-Acute on chronic illness presents after a chronic disease has been diagnosed, and is typically highlighted by activity of symptoms related to the chronic disease; and this too should be discussed with your partnered physician to determine necessary steps to take to stabilize the acute on chronic disease.

-Chronic illness develops from an illness lasting more than three (3) to six (6) months, and should ALWAYS, be appropriately managed on a routine basis by a physician and/or other health care providers to prevent or slow the progression of Chronic Disease and/or death.

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