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What causes shin splints according to  Dr. Charschan?

What causes shin splints according to  Dr. Charschan? If you run, you could have experienced shin splints.   This is especially true if you are bowlegged, have high arches, or have flat feet. While many sources including USA Today describe shin splints as an overuse injury that results in micro-tears along the front of the shins, the overuse myth is alive and well in many doctor’s belief systems. The truth about shin pain in runners and other sports. In my experience, based on over 26 years as the Medical Director for USATF NJ, shin splints can be felt as knee pain Read More »

Vitamin D may be a key ingredient your body needs to recover from Covid19 according to USA Today.

Vitamin D may be a key ingredient your body needs to recover from Covid19 according to USA Today. On our Covid19 blog, I discussed a study that had shown that people who were vitamin D deficient had a more difficult time dealing with the effects of Covid19. Vitamin D is important for immune system function and especially important for preventing the acute respiratory stress caused by the Covid19. Genetics may play a part in how much vitamin D you naturally have with people of color and older people having less naturally produced vitamin D. You need vitamin D to fight Read More »

Vitamin D; is it a potential sunburn and skin cancer remedy? Check out this USA Today article.

Vitamin D; is it a potential sunburn and skin cancer remedy?  Check out this USA Today article. Vitamin D deficiency is a common problem that has been verified in recent studies. Years ago, most of us would spend hours in the sun, often without any protection. Years and many sunburns later, dermatologist offices are treating many skin growths and cancers that were thought to be caused by these activities.   The growing concerns of skin damage from the sun has reduced the amount of time most of us spend in the sun and most of the public is more careful about Read More »

Safely remove ticks; 5 myths presented by USA Today

Safely remove ticks; 5 myths presented by USA Today The beginning of tick season has arrived. Most of us in NJ are aware of deer ticks and the hazards they can present with Lyme Disease. Other varieties of Ticks can present other diseases into our blood, so safe removal and evaluation is essential to avoid many of those tick borne illnesses. USA Today recently offered some great advice, and myths as well as facts.  Check it out here Should I burn a tick off? 5 common myths about ticks By Mary Bowerman Tick season is officially here. A recent population Read More »

High quality heart surgery for $1800. Why aren’t insurers paying attention to and globalizing our care?

High quality heart surgery for $1800.  Why aren’t insurers paying attention to and globalizing our care?  The USA has the best healthcare system in the world, right?  Is it the best or the most expensive? Sometimes when we hear about what surgeries cost in other countries for replacement knees or other medical interventions, we often are prejudiced by the idea that the healthcare system in other countries is less safe or effective, yet current data suggests otherwise. We are perhaps the most overpriced and inefficient system in the world.   If insurers wanted to lower the overall cost of care and Read More »