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Being sick: 3 lessons learned

I had a very humbling experience a few weeks ago. Shortly after posting on how to be healthy I became sicker than I have ever been in my life.

I don’t get sick very often and so I was oblivious to how sick I really was. Fortunately I got great medical care and was quickly back on the road to health. I like to practice growth mindset, so here are 3 things […]

By |February 7th, 2019|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||Comments Off on Being sick: 3 lessons learned

Dr. Vlach’s 4 Simple Health Principles to Live By

Yesterday, a patient took me by surprise (doesn’t happen that much after 14 years of clinical practice!).  She asked, ‘what do you do for your own health?’

I was flattered that she asked and thought that I represented a model of good health.  Many doctors don’t.  I’ve always wondered how you would take advice to change your diet from an obese/overweight cardiologist.

My answers were pretty quick and simple, as I really believe health does not […]

By |January 10th, 2019|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||Comments Off on Dr. Vlach’s 4 Simple Health Principles to Live By

Should you do the minimum amount of daily exercise?

A colleague recently forwarded an article to me with this title:
If Your Workouts Last Longer Than 13 Minutes, Science Says You’re Wasting Your Time.

The opening line is “Unless you have unlimited time and an unnatural enthusiasm for exercise, chances are you want to work out as little as possible to reap all the benefits.” The article goes on to say that you can get all you need in 13 mins.

This got me thinking, […]

By |September 27th, 2018|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||Comments Off on Should you do the minimum amount of daily exercise?

Changing People’s Health and Lives

I am at the 2018 Interventional Orthopedics Foundation conference.
(Interventional Orthopedics Foundation – The Future of Medicine is Regenerative)

Check this amazing non-profit organization out. I will be headed there at least 6 times this next year for additional training and to keep adding procedures to my skillset to help patients.

We are reviewing the latest data on orthobiologics (PRP and stem cell injections) for musculoskeletal and spine disorders.

It is an incredibly inspiring conference […]

By |March 5th, 2018|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||Comments Off on Changing People’s Health and Lives

You’re so good..

This time of year, the staff lunchroom table begins to overflow with treats. Some days I’ll nibble at a few treats, but most days I stick to my regular, packed “healthy” food. Invariably, one of my staff notices my abstinence and says, “Oh, Dr. Vlach, you’re so good. You never eat the treats”.

It’s an interesting perception, that not eating treats is by definition virtuous or associated with tremendous will power. The simple truth […]

By |November 25th, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||Comments Off on You’re so good..

Year’s Wrap Up and Confessions of a Doctor #2

We are often horrible patients and make poor health choices

My running plans for 2017 did not exactly pan out.

As my work life has intensified (a good thing, my regenerative medicine practice is exploding, thanks to many grateful patients who are avoiding surgery and spreading the word, as well as our affiliation with, becoming their exclusive Idaho provider), my running life has had to take a back seat. I love the long 100 […]

By |November 20th, 2017|Categories: About Our Physicians, Healthier Lifestyle||Comments Off on Year’s Wrap Up and Confessions of a Doctor #2

Health Insurance

For this month’s blog, I wanted to discuss health insurance.

No, not the health insurance for which you pay a monthly premium to help with your medical costs, but rather the health insurance that everyone pays into throughout their lifetime. Another way of saying it would be your general health and your plans for the future. How long do you want to live? What quality of life do you desire? Do you want to […]

By |October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle|Tags: , |0 Comments

Alcohol -The Risks

When deciding what topic to blog this month, I elected to focus on a darker subject. At our
practice we try to focus on healthy living including diet and exercise. In my opinion, one of the
key forms of a healthy diet is limiting/lessening the bad foods/drink as much as increasing the
good foods/drink. My subject this month is alcohol, here are a few facts/stats about alcohol.

Let me preface by saying, I’m not on a soapbox stating […]

By |September 11th, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle|Tags: |0 Comments

Supplements: What Exactly Are You Taking?

This article highlights some of my concerns when patients tell me they are taking fistfuls of supplements:

FDA Finds Majority of Herbal Supplements at GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, And Target Don’t Contain What They Claim – Instead Cheap Fillers Like Wheat And Soy Powder

It’s a downer to pay a lot of money and not even be getting the active ingredients!

In general, I don’t recommend a lot of supplements to my patients. Ideally, we would get most of our nutrients from natural food sources. However, in this day and age, between our nutritionally-depleted and stripped processed foods and stressed lifetstyles […]

By |May 19th, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle|Tags: |0 Comments

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

I ran out of honey the other day and asked a friend to pick up some for me and she came up with this:

I was about to mindlessly put it in my tea when I looked at the ingredient list:

Do you spot anything strange? Uh, it isn’t honey.

Food sure has gotten weird these days. You can try your hardest to do the right things, replace that ‘bad’ white sugar with a more […]

By |February 27th, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||0 Comments