Today's Health Moments

Care Is the Prefix

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DO WE REALLY CARE?

Care is the operative word, the prefix.  Health should be the suffix.  If we don’t really care, we cannot improve on any of the parameters of health.  Metropolitan Philadelphia is home to 6 medical schools and dozens of institutions of higher medical education.  Despite that, it ranks near the bottom of every single health parameter in the nation.

Philadelphia serves as both the model of scientific medical advances and the gutter of providing care for the disadvantaged.  A community's health is directly impacted by the institutional and individual provider’s motives to care for those most vulnerable and who are seen as ‘least desirable’ within our community.  If we don’t care for the ‘least worthy’, we will fall short of providing for those we deem as ‘most deserving’.  It is the least worthy that serves as a portal for the illnesses for the most deserving.  Illnesses and diseases tend to ‘drift upwards’. 

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HOT SPOTS

Drug addiction once tormented and tortured the disadvantaged.  Now, the least vulnerable bear an unexpected and unmet burden of cocaine, heroin, and other addictions.  Hepatitis C was once considered the disease of the less privileged, less worthy of the citizens of inner-city America.  It now ranks as one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in both rural America and urban white America.  

Gang and gun violence have rendered urban neighborhoods as unsafe for police.  Now suburban malls and upscale schools go on lockdown as people of color are locked up disproportionately.

Single parent homes with low wage single mothers were common denominators in determining the life chances of children in low-income households in urban communities. Looking to the rural regions the statistics are just as bleak. 

These realities can be directly causally related to the lack of care for the disadvantaged people of color.  If we don’t care for one sector of our community, ultimately this lack of care spills over to those of other sectors.  Care is the operative word. Without care, we don’t have healthcare.

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YES, WE CARE!

Miriam Medical Clinics (MMC) puts the word ‘care’ as the prefix.  We provide care for the health of those whom we serve, without regard for their color, culture, spiritual conviction or country of origin.  MMC serves in concert with many other organizations providing material and professional resources to the most vulnerable residents of the Philadelphia community.  MMC cares because caring is the only way to meet the persistent disparity of health parameters.  Philadelphia doesn’t need more institutions of research, more clinical trials, more medical professionals or even more money to meet the needs of its poorest citizens.  What Philadelphia needs is more caring from those who claim to have the answers to be the providers of health resources.

MMC has served in the North Philadelphia community for over 5 years.  Our professional staff of volunteers has provided dental, podiatric, nursing, medical and counseling services as well as clinical pharmacologists.  These services include both in-office and house call visits by appointment and urgent care as deemed appropriate.

We care.  Caring is the sole motive of MMC.  Our services are self-funded and restricted only by the limitations imposed by the personal and financial resources of the volunteers.  Hence, MMC is always on the search for people who have the motivation to care.   MMC seeks to expand from its present single site in North Philadelphia to several sites in the metropolitan area.

We invite you to be a part of our caring for the health of others so that we can help them make the best decisions for their health.  Help us improve the parameters of health for metropolitan Philadelphia and its surrounding community. Join us at Miriam Medical Clinics. For more information, write or call us at the contacts below. 

info@miriammedical.org

www.miriammedical.org

215-644-8745

We know you care and that is why we ask.

 

Let’s Talk About Type 2 Diabetes

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • Diabetes is a defect in the body’s ability to convert sugar (glucose) to energy.

  • Too much sugar in the blood interrupts normal body functions, leading to complications like:

    • Heart diseases, High blood pressure, Blindness, Kidney diseases, Nervous system diseases, Lower limb amputation

  • There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2

    • Type 2 makes up 90-95% of all diabetes cases and is associated with physical inactivity and obesity.

  • Currently, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes

  • Currently, 79 million people who are in the “pre-diabetes” stage of the disease

  • Symptoms of diabetes include (Onset of Type 2 is slow and progressive):

    • Blurred vision, unusual thirst, frequent urination, slow-healing cuts, unexplained tiredness, numbness or tingling hands or feet

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WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Commit to learning more about diabetes and your own health risks for diabetes

  • If you are at risk or have been diagnosed with diabetes, then:

    • Make healthy food choices

    • Cut down on carbohydrates (e.g. bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, corn, fruit, milk products)

    • Limit your intake of concentrated sweets (e.g. soda, chocolate, candies)

    • Increase your fiber intake (e.g. fruits, vegetable, whole-grain foods)

    • Monitor your food intake

    • Begin an exercise program

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WHEN YOU VISIT THE DOCTOR, ALWAYS...

  • Ask about your A1c blood test

  • Discuss exercise, diet, and medication​

  • Take all of your medication to be reviewed

REMEMBER... You CAN have control over your diabetes