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January Patient Newsletter Orange County

By editor
January 11, 2023

Attention Parents: Questions about RSV? 

With the new year and winter underway, the good news is the worst appears to be over from the unusually early and severe RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) surge that's been making life miserable for lots of kids and their parents, however, our readers still have many questions about this and other viruses that have plagued us all since the recent uptick that normally occurs after holiday gatherings and air travel. 

RSV is still a highly contagious respiratory illness that can be severe, especially in young children, elderly individuals, and people with compromised immune systems.

Symptoms of RSV include coughing, sneezing, and difficulty breathing, and it can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and bronchiolitis. While there is no specific treatment for RSV, individuals can take steps to prevent its spread and reduce their risk of contracting the virus.

-Health officials recommend the following prevention measures:
-Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use your elbow if a tissue is not available
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
-If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of RSV, it is important to contact your Caduceus physician or advanced care practitioner for further evaluation and treatment. 

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"We encourage our community to take these prevention measures seriously and to seek medical attention if necessary," said Nathaniel DeNicola MD, Caduceus Chief Medical Officer. "By working together, we can help reduce the spread of RSV and protect the most vulnerable members of our community."

Dr. DeNicola will be covering this topic in our first blog of 2023, to be published soon. Stay tuned and stay safe!
 
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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

New year, new you? Ladies put your health first and book your annual well woman exam to get your Pap test in honor of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. This test screens for cervical cancer and should start at age 21, then follow ACOG guidelines ages 21-29 with a Pap every three years (HPV not recommended), and at ages 30-65, a Pap test & HPV test every five years.

What is Cervical Cancer? Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix. The cervix is the part of the uterus (womb) that opens into the vagina. The best way to protect yourself from cervical cancer is to get regular Pap tests.

What is a Pap Test? A Pap test helps find changes in the cervix that may lead to cancer. This test is easily done in your doctor’s office. Your doctor will take a small sample of cells from your cervix. These cells are then sent to a lab. Pap tests are safe and only take a few minutes. Finding cervix cell changes early with a Pap test can save your life. Cervical cancer is rare in women who get regular screening tests and 93% of cervical cancers could be prevented with a Pap test and HPV vaccines. 

What is HPV? Most cervical cancers are caused by a virus called HPV. HPV stands for human papillomavirus. HPV is a group of viruses that spread through sexual contact. HPV can cause changes in the cervix that may become cancer. Testing for cervical cancer can find these changes early and prevent them from becoming cancer.

What is an HPV Test? An HPV test looks for the types of HPV most likely to cause cervical cancer. The HPV test is similar to a Pap test and can be done at the same time.

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Hypnotherapy + Weight Control/Exercise Motivation

“It’s too cold outside to go on a walk.” “The couch is more comfortable than the gym.” “Cutting up strawberries is too much work; I’ll just grab a bag of chips instead.” We’re always up against these negative subconscious scripts playing in our head at the subconscious level. Not only can these result in physical weight gain, but emotional weight gain as well (even anxiety and depression) — and sometimes that kind of weight can be harder to lose. With hypnosis, we can change that around. 
 
Weight control, exercise motivation, and food management are multi-faceted, and on some level all related to one another. If there are strong subconscious scripts that are getting in the way of us making the right choices when it comes to food, exercise, or the willpower to follow through with our health goals, then we want to tap into the subconscious belief system and make changes at that level.
 
In this scenario, the goal with hypnosis is to implement a healthier routine as well as more positive subconscious scripts. Instead of “I’m too tired to go workout,” you want to be channeling “My body needs fresh air” or “I love how I feel when I move my body.” Negative self-talk is also often associated with feelings of shame or self-blame. By reframing those scripts, you’re also working to reframe your feelings and mood about yourself.
 
During the initial session, you and a hypnotherapist will candidly discuss what is and isn’t working for you in terms of your health goals, whether that’s wanting to lose weight or feeling motivated to get outside more. Tackling an issue at the subconscious level can also result in secondary gains like lifestyle changes, portion control, drinking more water, mindful eating, or craving more fruits and veggies.
 
As per usual, the number of hypnosis sessions vary case by case; however, those who are committed and begin to apply the suggested techniques in between visits will see quicker and more effective results. Learn more.

Our community behavioral health affiliate, Chiron Psychological Inc., is here to help!  Call 714-646-8034 to discuss how hypnosis may be an effective therapy.