Monthly Archive: June 2019

Jun 28

Fighting Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer remains one of the most common malignancies affecting American women, second only to skin cancer. 330,000 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. About one in eight of all American women will develop breast cancer sometime in their lives, but there is encouraging news – over 3.5 million …

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Jun 26

Fatty Liver Disease

Until the last few years, few people had ever heard the term, “Fatty Liver Disease” also known as “FLD.”  In fact, fatty liver disease is the most frequent form of chronic liver disease in the United States. It is estimated that more than 80 million Americans have FLD, most not knowing it. “Nonalcoholic fatty liver …

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Jun 24

Where Does the Weight Go?


Have you ever wondered what happens to the weight you lose? Where do those lost pounds go, anyway? This might seem like a strange question, but it should be near and dear to the hearts of many doctors. Before going to medical school, a lot of physicians and surgeons began their undergraduate studies as biochemistry …

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Jun 21

How is your New Years’ resolution to lose weight going?

Next week will be the last week of June, the mid-point of 2019.  A lot of people reading this article will have made a New Years’ resolution to lose weight. How are you doing? Now is a good time to gauge your progress and make changes if you are not progressing. If you have had …

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Jun 17

What Does Your Appendix Do?

Traditionally, doctors have thought of the appendix as a ‘vestigial’ organ, with no important function in modern humans. But not so fast! Today, there is some evidence that the appendix may serve as a sort of storage room for the friendly bacteria that should populate the healthy intestine. The bacterial contents of the appendix may …

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Jun 14

Take a walk

Every good doctor wants to encourage the concept of “wellness.”  Wellness is more than the absence of illness. It is an active process of making healthy choices about the way we live and care for ourselves and others. It means taking active measures to build and maintain good health. You can start this on your …

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Jun 12

Where Does Florida Rank?

If you tuned in Monday, you know that we promised to tell you where Florida ranked in the “Most Obese States” list. Our State comes in at number 35, meaning that 34 states are more obese than Florida! I guess that we can be relatively happy about this until we recall that, at 27% of …

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Jun 10

A Spreading Problem

Weight loss surgeons and physicians in bariatric clinics continue to fight against the epidemic of obesity and obesity-related diseases that is overtaking the United States. We have commented several times that if this trend is not contained soon, it will threaten the entire healthcare system of our nation. Here is what the latest CDC (Centers …

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Jun 07

Doctor-patient communication

There is more to being a good doctor or surgeon than technical skill. It is also important to communicate accurately and openly with patients. Doctor-patient communication is critical to good health care. We understand this and try hard to maintain excellent communication through several means. Please look at: Our Website Our Facebook Page Our Blog …

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Jun 05

Bariatric Support Group Meeting

If you are seriously overweight, please consider attending our Monthly Bariatric Support Group Meeting. This meeting is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5 PM, located in Dr. Birkedal’s Office at 305 Memorial Medical Pkwy, #205 (the AdventHealth Medical Center). This month, the meeting will be Thursday June 20th. If you, a friend …

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