Monthly Archives: January 2013

Arizona Flu Shot Myths – 8 Fables About The Flu You Probably Believe





There are many, many myths and untruths surrounding the flu vaccine in Arizona , the flu season, symptoms of the flu, how the flu is transmitted, types of flue, and the list goes on. Unfortunately, for Phoenix doctors at Family Practice Specialists, these myths often get in the way of true flu-related science and medicine. So let’s debunk some of these myths associated with the flu so that you and your family can get back to being healthy!


#1 – The Flu Shot Will Cause the Flu

The flu vaccine will not cause you to become sick with the flu. This is the greatest and most often talked about myth associated with the flu – getting the vaccine will not make you sick, in fact it could very well keep you healthy. There is a stark difference between mild symptoms of the flu, which the nasal spray can induce, and a full-blown Arizona flu attack. Talk to your Phoenix physician before getting the flu shot to ensure that you won’t have a reaction.
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Are you Too Sick to Go To Work?





How do you know if you’re too sick to go to work? Should you tough it out and make that money, or take care of yourself and stay in bed today? With the flu season in Phoenix in full swing, it’s sometimes hard to make that decision, and sometimes harder when the boss wants a doctor’s note. Getting a note from your Phoenix physician is easy, it’s deciding whether to make that appointment and miss work or not that ‘s difficult. So, the expert doctors at Family Practice Specialists have put together a list of considerations for making this decision.


To Stay Home Or Not…

In today’s workplace environment, a day off is more than a luxury, it’s a miracle. Days off for vacation, even time off for lunch, are nearly impossible to come by. But, with the flu season coming on so strongly this year in Arizona, there are times when you’ll need to take your own health and the health of your family into focus. At times like these, your priorities need to change from making money to playing it safe. When you miss one day over one week, your boss will understand.


Ask yourself the following questions when considering staying home or not: Would you be a danger to others? Is your judgment impaired? Are you thinking clearly? Is your lack of productivity going to hurt the company? And do you think you’re contagious? (Huffington Post)
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Choosing the Right Health Plan for Your Situation





With the New Year and New Year Resolutions often comes deciding which healthy diet will work best for your body. We can’t stress enough the importance of talking to your Phoenix doctor about any new diet or exercise plans you’re thinking of taking up in the New Year.  But, with that said, WebMD has published a list of the most popular and the healthiest diet plans for 2013. Here’s what they had to say:


MyFitnessPal, a free web site and smartphone app, got top satisfaction marks in the survey. 


Weight Watchers got the highest satisfaction marks of the four commercial diet plans rated by dieters.

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Physician Tips for Sticking To Those 2013 New Year’s Resolutions





Happy 2013! With a Happy New Year always comes those pesky New Year’s Resolutions; the ones that seem to disappear within the first few weeks. Throughout the course of our history, the most popular New Year’s Resolutions have always been to drink less, eat healthier, lose weight, manage stress, quit smoking, save money and save money, according to How about taking a different route this year, and instead of simply writing down those resolutions in hope that they’ll stick, talk to your Phoenix family physician about some realistic goals for 2013.


Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

In order to make these 2013 resolutions actually stick, perhaps for the first time every, it’s important to be realistic with yourself. Deciding that you want to win the lottery in 2013 might not be a realistic resolution, but deciding to buy a lottery ticket every Saturday morning might be something a bit more actionable. At Family Practice Specialists, our Phoenix physicians put their heads together to compile the most actionable, realistic list of New Year’s Resolutions and tips for keeping them:

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