Message From Our Doctor

Friends, Fellow Vegans and All You Heart-Smart People…

I just have a few words to say today about a girl’s “best friend, CHOCOLATE!!!”

First of all, I want to encourage you to eat it. Yeah, you do have to be leery of the calories and the darker the better, but seriously, it’s gotten a “bad rap” for a long time and it’s time to speak up for our pal!

Researchers are finding out more and more health benefits all the time so I just want to mention a few.
1. Dark chocolate is a powerful anti-oxidant.
2. Observational studies show a drastic reduction in heart disease for the people who consume the most chocolate.
3. It may protect your skin against the sun and helps with hydration.
4. Last, but not least, It may improve brain function. (And hey, who doesn’t need help with that?)
Google to find out more!

I’ve included a yummy vegan recipe to help you with your “chocolate consumption”….enjoy!

    Vegan Truffles

¼ cup coconut milk 2 cups vegan chocolate chips
¼ cup + 3 Tb coconut oil
1/3 cup cocoa powder

Heat coconut milk in double boiler. Stir in chocolate chips, coconut oil and combine. Transfer to a shallow dish. Refrigerate until completely cool. Use melon ball scooper to form truffles (round balls). Roll each one in cocoa powder, nuts or coconut flakes.

Hello, Fellow Vegans and Heart-Healthy Friends

I have found a simple-to-prepare, non-dairy treat for you.
I encourage you to make and try it even if you're not vegan.
It’s delish and it’s only 120 calories!
Blend 1/2 ripe banana, peeled and frozen + 1/2 cup frozen pineapple.
Add 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 to 5 ice cubes until smooth and frothy.
I made up another even simpler version of this but I can’t vouch for the calories.
I simply blend frozen fruit and So Delicious Dairy Free Coconutmilk ice cream - Vanilla Bean flavor.
I hope you try one of these treats.
Oh and I’ve changed my name from “Reluctant Vegan” to “Happy Vegan”.
If two vegans are arguing, is it still considered a beef? LOL.
Warm thoughts,
"The Happy Vegan"

Hello, Friends

It’s been a while and I thought I would check in and see how everyone is doing with your “New Year’s Resolutions” of eating healthier!
Last time I told you about vegenaise. Well, I have better news this time. Just Mayo, another mayo alternative! It is cholesterol, gluten, egg, soy, dairy, lactose-free, non-GMO and kosher!

Just Mayo can be purchased at Publix and Target, and does not have to be refrigerated until opened. Try it on toasted whole-wheat sandwich rounds, topped with avocados or tomatoes with a dash of black pepper and lemon juice. Yummy!
I’ll leave you with a giggle!

Why is the tomato red?
Because she saw the salad dressing!
Don’t forget to be Heart-Smart!

“The Reluctant Vegan”

Bioidentical Hormones

While individual effects of menopause vary widely, many women suffer because their ovaries no longer produce sex hormones. Symptoms include depression, irritability, short-term memory lapses along with hot flashes. Night sweats, vaginal dryness, insomnia, weight gain and decreased libido are common complaints. Besides improving the quality of your life, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) preserves your bones and prevents fractures.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will supply the body with the needed hormones to eliminate these symptoms. Bioidentical hormones are identical to the hormones produced by the ovaries as opposed to synthetic non-bioidentical hormones that are not identical in structure or activity to the naturally produced hormones.  
The bioidentical hormones recommended by this practice includes pellets which are similar in size and shape to saccharin tablets, and are injected painlessly under the skin and will last 3 to 6 months. Injectable hormones will last 3-4 weeks. Studies show that oral synthetic progesterone and estrogen increase the incidence of blood clots and strokes which have not been shown to significantly increase with pellets or injections.

Yeast Infection, “An Ounce of Prevention"

Monilia, which is commonly known as a vaginal yeast infection, is experienced by almost every female at least once during her life. The symptoms may include vaginal itching, a burning sensation or cottage-cheese type whitish discharge.

If symptoms occur only once or twice a year, treatment with over-the-counter medication usually suffices. However, in about 5% of women, the over-the-counter medication does not eradicate the infection and it persists or becomes recurrent immediately after therapy. Once the vaginitis has reached this stage, it's time to call your doctor for an appointment and prescription medication will probably be prescribed.

The old saying that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" certainly applies here. Shedding wet undergarments ASAP is important. However, certain activities can result in yeast infections such as frequent sexual activity or use of a diaphragm and/or spermicidal.

It is noteworthy that a yeast infection is not considered an STD and can be acquired without ever having sexual intercourse. Also, certain conditions such as diabetes, antibiotic use, estrogen replacement therapy in menopause, birth control pills, and immunosuppression can result in persistent yeast infection.
Contact Henry Flournoy, MD to schedule an appointment!


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