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Urgent Care vs. Hospital ER?

Posted on July 30th, 2014 by GEA-admin

What’s the difference between urgent care and the hospital emergency room? Check out this great segment on WSAV-TVs “The Southern Scene” with Natalie Hendricks:

Do you want to work for the best? We are hiring!

Posted on May 28th, 2014 by GEA-admin

Stock PhotoGeorgia Emergency Associates’ Immediate Care Centers are looking for qualified, experienced, and motivated candidates for front desk and clinical positions. Please submit a resume and cover letter to

St. Joseph’s/Candler Immediate Care Opens in Pooler, GA

Posted on February 03rd, 2014 by GEA-admin

SJCIC Pooler 2014-2

Does your body need a REBOOT?

Posted on April 18th, 2013 by GEA-admin

The liver is our body’s major fat burning organ. When it gets taxed with toxins (sugar, alcohol, pesticides/fertilizers, pollutions,hormones/prescriptions, etc) it will actually make more fat and store the excess. This is a process that occurs over years and gaining or being unable to lose weight like you used to is a sign that your toxic overload is outweighing the support you are giving your body. If you are post-baby or over 40 and this sounds like you, it’s time to find small ways to give your liver a rest. A one, two or four week week reboot can have amazing results/benefits and once you feel so much more energized you may want to make a complete lifestyle change! :-)

Be Healthy AND Save $$$$ in 2013

Posted on January 16th, 2013 by GEA-admin

Call me weird, but I always love this time of year …when articles come out that tell us things we already know (but for some reason never keep the resolution to do :-) )  I don’t need January 1st to make resolutions per se – I try to be the kind of person who wants to improve myself in some way each day, try to learn something new, treat someone kind.  It doesn’t always work when we get caught in the sleep deprived, overworked, under appreciated hum drum of say, July. I guess for me, January feels kind of like an extension of the holidays.  We LOVE Thanksgiving and Xmas because of that “feeling” and everyone is in the same holiday spirit and we feed off of each other.  I like January because everyone is on the same page about being “better”, healthier, setting goals for a fresh new year.  I like all of the positivity, that “can-do” attitude, the upbeat-ness (wait, is that a word?! :-) )

Here are some ideas from to help you with some healthy goals and help you save money!  (Think of it this way…by the time we get to say, July (ahem) you will have saved a little nest egg several hundred dollars for that much needed vacation or splurge of your choice!)

1)  Brown bag your lunch — pack healthier options and save up to $1000 per year

2)  Skip bottled water — save the environment too, get a stainless steel cup or drink filtered water from the fridge; each person consumes up to 167 bottle annually OR 15 billion dollars

3)  Check out community classes at your gym or yoga studio, they may be cheaper or even free!

4)  Save $$$ and support the local economy by getting cheap in-season produce at your local farmer’s market

5)  Use items  you have in your house for green cleaning products (ie: vinegar) over commercial options

6)  Host a healthy pot luck party at your house — skip the Fri/Sat night out (tips/drinks/etc)

7)  Cut out soda and save several hundred dollars each year (depending on how much you consume daily)  **new research this week from NIH shows possible link with soda drinking and depression

8)  Make coffee at home!  4 lattes at $3+ each = $624  (sounds like an airplane ticket to me :-) )

9)  Quit smoking!!!  Saves you AT LEAST $600/year (plus medical expenses -yikes) — sounds like a ticket for your loved one!!!

10)  Walk to do local errands, good for your health, your car and your pocket

11)  Bring snacks to work (healthy ones) and avoid the vending machine; $5 per week = $260

Are You an Emotional Eater?

Posted on December 13th, 2012 by GEA-admin

You’ve probably heard Oprah talk about it. She’s not alone. In a study of 10,000 dieters by Dr. Gould,  97 percent reported breaking their diet due to stress. Let’s find out if you break diets because of emotional eating. Do you say any of the following statements to yourself:

“No one is going to tell me what to eat.

“I deserve this piece of cake, candy, chocolate, whatever.”

“I ate so well, I can afford to eat what I want now.”

“Food will calm me down.”

“I’m so bored that all I can think about is food.”

“I want it and I don’t care if I shouldn’t have it.”

“I’ve failed so many times, I just don’t believe I will ever lose the weight.”

“I know what I should eat but I just can’t do it.”

“I can’t stick to an exercise regime.”

“I don’t follow through on things.”

“I give to everyone, when will someone ever give to me.”

“I’m messy or disorganized.”

“I feel empty inside.”

“I’m constantly filled with fear and worry.”

“I’m frustrated.”

“I’ll start tomorrow.”

“I can’t stand the idea of failing one more time.”

If any of these statements are the kind of things that you say to yourself, then you are probably an emotional eater. You’re eating when your emotions get the better of you, not just to satisfy physical hunger.You have to overcome emotional eating if you want to lose weight and keep it off forever. It’s a skill that you probably don’t have, but it’s a skill that you can learn.

****The above is an excerpt by Dr Gould from  If you have an emotional eating disorder that is affecting your goals, your life, your health, your relationships … make it a priority to get help in the new year!  In this day and age we have so, so many technological advances and resources to online and local help for all kinds of problems/questions/support….NO MORE EXCUSES :-) ****

(Dr. Roger Gould is one of the world’s leading authorities on emotional eating and adult development. A board-certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and former head of Community Psychiatry and Outpatient Psychiatry at UCLA, he is the author of Transformations and Shrink Yourself. Dr. Gould is also founder of the Shrink Yourself online program, an effective, proven program that ends emotional eating.)

Sleep + Vitamin D + Flu Season

Posted on November 05th, 2012 by GEA-admin

Ahhhh fall is here, winter is coming …. days are getting shorter and colder… the hectic-ness of the season is beginning.  It’s a wonderful time of celebration and festivities.  As I’m already feeling the crunch to get Christmas cards ordered in time (so I’m not sending them out Dec 20th like I usually do :-) ) I’m feeling like I have to remind myself to enjoy the little moments (ie: let’s get through baby’s 2nd Halloween tomorrow first!!).

I’m not sure where in history “fall” became synonymous with busy, busy, busy.  Definately the advent of electricity has been helpful in innumerable ways, but “conveniently” making our days longer (and longer, and longer) has been a detriment to our health and our normal rhythms too.  Studies have proven time and time again that people NEED 7-9 hours of sleep at night.  The caveman didn’t have to worry about this, it got dark…he went to sleep (end of story, except for the occasional wolf or bear :-) ).  I’ve written about sleep studies and sleep benefits many times over the past year.  I still continually hear people proclaim “I only get 5 hours and I do just fine”.  Usually these same people are medicated (diabetes meds, hypertension meds, anti-depressants, mood enhancers, etc. etc.)  They also are typically the people who “just can’t lose those 10lbs”.

Let us also not forget that Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin.  Getting exposure to the sun actually synthesizes vitamin D in our bodies (cool huh?).  Over the past decade or more, additional research has been done on a condition now called S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder).  This is more prevalent in the more northern parts of the northern hemisphere where days are even shorter (think Alaska where a whole day goes by with only 1 hour of sunlight!).  Still, it can affect people anywhere, and going to work before sunrise, coming home after sunset, and sitting in an office with fluorescent lights doesn’t help.  Get out in the sun – even if it’s just 10 minutes a day — do it without sunscreen.  Yes, I said without sunscreen — it will block your bodies ability to produce this beneficial vitamin.  10 minutes a day won’t give you skin cancer.  Keep your sunscreen for the remainder of the day and at the beach :-)

Vitamin D and sleep will lessen your chances for depression.  They’ll also help boost your immunity!  By all means, get your flu shots.  Also this season let’s remember that taking care of yourself means more than getting a vaccination, working 60 hours to afford presents and meals, and “getting by” on 4-5 hours of sleep!!  Prioritize yourself — you’re worth it.  Have a healthy, relaxing season this year!

Fall is in the Air

Posted on October 25th, 2012 by GEA-admin

Ahhhh fall … cooler air, changing leaves, shorter days and sugar.  Yes, lots and lots of sugar :-)

My husband participated in a dinner last week for Breast Cancer Awareness in support of his medically related job.  He came home and asked me “What’s the number one killer of women in America?”  I think it’s cute that he’s always trying to one -up me since he works in a hospital now :-) … however, I know that the number one killer of women (and men) in America is Heart Disease  (and I’m aware that I have a STRONG family history).  He asked me  “Why does it seem like more women are afraid of breast cancer?”  I thought this was an excellent question and pondered it for awhile.  The best response I could give him was that cancer, the “C” word is scarier to people because they have “no control”.  I think deep down, we all know/have learned that if “I walk a few miles”, if “I eat less junk food”,  if “I monitor my blood pressure and cholesterol” than I can control for heart disease.  What’s even scarier to me is that most of the nasty diseases out there are related to the same things: stress, poor sleep, poor diet, lack of exercise, toxins (internal/external) and they are PREVENTABLE!  For over a decade I’ve watched as people take their bodies for granted and then turn up in the ER with that horrible look of fear on their face as they are having a heart attack, a stroke, a diabetic crisis, etc. etc.  In a nutshell…. if you woke up today and you aren’t in the ER then you have a chance to make some changes in your habits. As an aside here — I just got back from a family wedding in San Francisco.  I have had the joy of traveling far and wide, have seen the “beautiful people” of South Beach and the “laissez-faire” people of Paris…but never have I seen so many active/health conscious people as in San Francisco!  It was really quite inspiring the way these people fit health into their everyday.  I came home with a new zest for food and fitness.

That being said here’s an article I’m sharing on Sinful Sugar BY  Lisa Schofield for Live So Well:

Sure, it’s sweet and that momentary sensation gives you fleeting bliss, but sugar is not your friend. And, you’re probably consuming way too much without even knowing it. According to the American Heart Association, women should not consume more than six teaspoons (24 g) of added sugar per day; yet many consume approximately 22 teaspoons of it.

Seriously, sugar lurks in foods you wouldn’t ever suspect… top brand tomato/marinara sauces, frozen tilapia, even “creamy ranch natural soy crisps,” a healthy snack (private label for a major supermarket chain), where the eleventh ingredient is “sugar.”

The best thing you can do is read every food label… every single one. It is time consuming, but there’s no getting around it. Some will have it as “sugar,” but other food manufacturers call it: “high fructose corn syrup,” “evaporated cane juice,” or “turbonado sugar.” There is also “molasses,” “honey,” “agave nectar” and “barley malt syrup.”

The following statistics, found in’s health blog, may shock you:

The average American eats about three pounds of sugar each week.
The average American drinks 53 gallons of sugar-laden soft drinks per year.
Added sugar by itself lends 500 calories to the average diet each day — equal to 10 bacon strips!
Sugar has absolutely no nutritional value — zero.
Refined sugar is linked to: obesity, nervous tension, hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, hypoglycemia, acne, skin irritations, depression, headaches, fatigue and stiffening of the arteries.

Some solutions are to cut out all soft drinks — and juices. Drink water all the time instead; there’s still nothing better for health, hydration and thirst quenching. Reading labels of competing products may allow you to find a brand that has no added sugar — put that into your cart. Want a healthy snack? Try nuts. They are full of proteins and good fats, along with some vitamins and minerals. Whole grain crackers often have added sugar! Want something naturally sweet? Fruit of all kinds, including antioxidant-laden berries. Zest it up with a sprinkle of sesame or flax seeds.

Is Your Body Acidic?

Posted on October 10th, 2012 by GEA-admin

In all of my research I’m finding LOTS of information on body PH…something I never really ever considered.  If anyone has ever had a swimming pool or a hot tub, you know that there is a delicate PH balance (or else you wind up with green stuff — ick– or cloudy water).  So, let’s consider what might be happening inside our bodies if our PH is off –hmmm.

The body is in it’s best health when it’s a little bit alkaline vs. acidic.

In your body, you have a pH balance that is determined by the amount of acidity  and alkalinity that is present. On a scale that goes from 0 to 14, 7.4 is  considered ideal. If you are way below 7.4, then your body is acidic and you can  experience symptoms such as indigestion, pain in the chest, nausea, feelings of  hunger and belching.

Growing research is proving that an acidic body sets us up for inflammation, and well… inflammation on the skin, in the heart, in the brain, in the joints, etc. etc. spells disaster.  And, to connect to my previous article about bone health:  when the body is to acidic, the bones begin to break down to release calcium to make it more alkaline.  The most interesting thing to me was that dairy, especially cow’s milk, is acidic.  We think that drinking lots of milk (as the ad campaigns will have you believe) is good for your bones, when in fact, it may be breaking our bones down.  Better sources of calcium to make our body more basic/alkaline are green leafy veggies, beans, nuts/seeds.  There’s also of course the good ‘ol calcium supplement … but let us all remember that supplements are to be in addition to, not instead of :-)

Other acid producers are:  Stress, Alcohol, Red Meats, Sweets and Processed Foods, Soda, Sweet Tea, Caffeine

Alkaline foods include: Collards, Spinach, Apples, Cucumbers, Apricots, Sprouts and Fermented foods (think sour kraut or tempeh).

As with anything,  little changes can make a big impact … every little bit counts.  A green salad is cheaper than prescriptions anyday :-)

Another Reason “Diet” Doesn’t Work

Posted on August 13th, 2012 by GEA-admin

…Oh so many reasons, let me count the ways :-)   Humans are hardwired to want pleasure, diet has taken on a whole other connotation in our society, one of deprivation (well that’s no fun!).  Sure you can do 6 weeks or 90 days of a DIET and get decent results, but if it isn’t fun… you won’t continue the path and will surely find yourself gaining back weight or even more.  If you aren’t a marathon runner, you wouldn’t decide to get up on a Sat. morning and run 26 miles,  if you haven’t been eating healthy, you shouldn’t get up on a Sat. morning and decide to restrict yourself to 800 calories of only fruits and vegetables that you hate (get the point).  Start with one step at a time and add on as you become comfortable with each change.  Trust me when I say that when you begin to feel better you will WANT to continue with healthier living.  I found my recent picture “share” on our FB page interesting.  One of fat’s jobs is to help protect your own body from toxins!  Part of the reason we are becoming and staying fatter as society is that we are toxic (Brittany Spears :-) )

We are all so overexposed to toxins from the environment, from what we eat, from what we drink, from the medicines we are prescribed.  How many of you have fatigue, unexplained weight gain or unable to lose those last 10 lbs, mood swings, headaches, insomnia, abd complaints/constipation/bloating?  Toxins may just be the culprit.  There’s such a focus on IBS these days and taking probiotics.  Sure the occasional yogurt is great for you, or Kefir but did you know you get plenty of “probiotics” just from eating natural foods (ie: grown from the ground/trees?).

I have a dirty little secret to share.  Since my posting on “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” I’ve tried juicing.  For breakfast every morning instead of my soy smoothie I’ve switched up to my “Green Smoothie”.  Trust me when I say that the girls at work have given me a hard time … “WHAT’S THAT?!?”,  “I could never drink that”.  I happen to like fruits and veggies and so blending them up made some sense to me.  You can google green juice to get the science behind why it’s good for you, all I know is that I feel GREAT!  For the past few years I’ve noticed progressing fatigue, mood swings, bowel symptoms, crazy symptoms around “that time of the month”. I’ve always attributed these symptoms to things like my crazy schedule, being a new mom, the Mexican I had for dinner (you get the idea).  I’ve been juicing for 16 days and I feel amazing!  My stomach – better,  I sleep– better, I have a ton of energy, I have very few if any cravings.  To the girls at work I say “call me crazy but I can tolerate drinking this one time a day, guzzle it down if it makes me feel this good!” (but I really do like the taste).

I’ll share another story I heard this week about Ryan Lochte the olympic swimmer.  He switched up his training from the last olympics to this time in London and credits his food choices with alot of his successes this go round.  As a young, healthy, very athletic guy he said he felt he could eat anything — and he did!  Of course olympians are known to consume 6,000 or even 8,000 calories plus a day (because they easily burn it up during training).  He says he started cleaning up his food choices and has noticed a huge improvement in his performance by getting his calories from healthier more natural foods.  This reiterates a point often made — sure you can eat a donut for breaskfast and have less calories than an omelette, but the omelette if loaded with some veggies has more nutritional value and will serve your body better in the long run.  If you don’t believe me, the proof is in the gold medals :-)

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