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Do Less; Enjoy More

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You knew it was coming; you saw the Christmas decorations pop onto the store shelves a few months ago. Like many, you might have groaned and said, “Not yet!” But it didn’t matter, because as we waved goodbye to Labor Day, more and more shelves began to sparkle with the colors of the season.

And now it’s November 1st, which means the holidays are fully upon us, bringing with them their own, unique, holiday stress.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

As you prepare for the months ahead: the shopping, the cooking, the events, the wondering “How the heck am I going to get it all done?” there’s a simple answer…don’t even try. This year, adopt a simple motto that will help ease stress and increase happiness:

Do Less; Enjoy More.

Many times, the items on our to-do list don’t really have to be done. We often put them there year after year because of tradition. Or guilt. Or both. We go overboard with all of the things we convince ourselves we have to do, and not just do, but do well. And the more we try to squeeze into the holidays, the less we actually enjoy them.

This holiday season, do away with having to do it all. It’s okay if dinner is late or the house is messy. It’s a very small price to pay for a calm spirit. Say “no” to those things that bring stress instead of enjoyment. Prioritize your daily routine to focus on enjoying the people around you. Take time out of your day for a walk or a quiet cup of tea.

Remember, the best way to enjoy the months ahead is to exit the Holiday Freeway and take a quiet side street. They’ll both get you where you want to go, but without the madness of the freeway, you’ll enjoy the ride so much more.

 

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You’ve Got Questions

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You have questions about your health…a lot of questions.
And we LOVE that you do, because we have answers.

Our Spectrum team of dedicated Family Care and Pediatric healthcare providers has ONE goal: helping YOU feel better.

We accept most insurance plans, including AHCCCS, offer many same day appointments and even welcome walk-ins. And because we offer the convenience of an on-site pharmacy, you can get your prescription filled before you leave.

So keep the healthcare questions coming.
We’ll be here with the answers.

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The Very Unglamorous Life-Saving Screening: the Colonoscopy

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Excuses. They are SO easy to find, aren’t they? We can come up with an excuse for just about anything we don’t want to do, including getting a colonoscopy:

“I’m too busy.”
“Now is just not a good time.”
“I won’t like it.”
“I think it’s going to be difficult.”
“There are other things I’d rather be doing.”

But when the alternative is colon cancer, none of those excuses really seem to matter, do they? According to statistics, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. That’s huge. But the good news is that colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers if caught early, which is exactly why a colonoscopy is so important. Through a standard colonoscopy screening, doctors can locate polyps, pre-cancerous growths, and remove them before cancer develops. Studies show that these polyps are found in 25 percent of men and 15 percent of women, aged 50 and older. In fact, research by The New England Journal of Medicine found that removing polyps via a colonoscopy can reduce the death rate from colorectal cancer by 53%.

Now, we know that talking about colonoscopies is not glamorous or exciting, and many people tend to put them off because the procedure is viewed as, well, embarrassing. But thanks to today’s advancements in medicine, the procedure has never been easier: easy preparation and a very gentle procedure performed under light sedation. Many patients awake with no recollection of the procedure at all.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, so get your behind in to see a physician for this most invaluable cancer screening tool. It could save your life.

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