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Issue: # 1January 2013



   Greetings and a Healthy and Happy New Year from the staff at Doylestown Family Medicine. We are excited to be sharing our first newsletter letter with you and we hope to provide you with useful information about our practice and about relevant health issues.


We are in the midst of cold and flu season, and unfortunately there is an early and aggressive influenza outbreak. It's not too late to get the flu vaccine!  Please call our office to inquire about availability.  Below are some helpful tips about cold and flu prevention.  


Additionally, we are very excited to have acquired a new laser for use in our office. The Q-clear Laser has multiple uses, but the primary focus of treatment will be the management of stubborn toe nail fungus that many patients have. Please look below for more details about this new laser.   


We are happy to introduce to you our newest staff member, Sharon Thompson. Sharon comes to us with many years of experience as a Certified Medical Assistant. She's worked in a variety of settings, in both primary and urgent care.  




8 Natural Tips to Prevent a Cold and Flu

There are no known cures for colds and flu, so cold and flu prevention should be your goal. A proactive approach to warding off colds and flu is apt to make your whole life healthier. The most effective way for preventing the flu is to get the flu shot. It works better than anything else. But there are other strategies you can employ as well. Here are 8 tips you can use to help prevent colds and the flu naturally:

#1 Wash Your Hands

Most cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact. Someone who has the flu sneezes onto his or her hand and then touches the telephone, the keyboard, a kitchen glass. The germs can live for hours only to be picked up by the next person who touches the same object. So wash your hands often. If you can't get to a sink, rub an alcohol-based hand sanitizer onto your hands.
#2 Don't Cover Your Sneezes and Coughs With Your Hands

Because germs and viruses cling to your bare hands, muffling coughs and sneezes with your hands often results in passing along your germs to others. When you feel a sneeze or cough coming, use a tissue, then throw it away immediately. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.

#3 Don't Touch Your Face

Cold and flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose, or mouth. Touching their faces is the major way children catch colds and a key way they pass colds on to their parents.

#4 Do Aerobic Exercise Regularly

Aerobic exercise speeds up the heart to pump larger quantities of blood; makes you breathe faster to help transfer oxygen from your lungs to your blood; and makes you sweat once your body heats up. These exercises help increase the body's natural virus-killing cells.

#5 Eat Foods Containing Phytochemicals

"Phyto" means plants, and the natural chemicals in plants give the vitamins in food a supercharged boost. So put away the vitamin pill, and eat dark green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits.

#6 Don't Smoke

Statistics show that heavy smokers get more severe colds and more frequent ones.

Even being around smoke profoundly zaps the immune system. Smoke dries out your nasal passages and paralyzes cilia. These are the delicate hairs that line the mucous membranes in your nose and lungs, and with their wavy movements, sweep cold and flu viruses out of the nasal passages. Experts contend that one cigarette can paralyze cilia for as long as 30 to 40 minutes.

#7 Cut Alcohol Consumption

Heavy alcohol use suppresses the immune system in a variety of ways. Heavier drinkers are more prone to initial infections as well as secondary complications. Alcohol also dehydrates the body -- it actually causes more fluid loss from your system than it puts in.

#8 Relax

If you can teach yourself to relax, you may be able to rev up your immune system. There's evidence that when you put your relaxation skills into action, your interleukins -- leaders in the immune system response against cold and flu viruses -- increase in the bloodstream. Train yourself to picture an image you find pleasant or calming. Do this 30 minutes a day for several months. Keep in mind, relaxation is a learnable skill, but it is not doing nothing. People who try to relax, but are in fact bored, show no changes in blood chemicals.ach month.   

Q Clear Laser
Revolutionary Q-Clear Yag Laser

The Q-Clear Laser is approved by the FDA and is a safe and effective treatment for nail fungus. It penetrates inside the nail where the nail fungus (dermatophytes) reside, killing the fungus instantly.

The laser light passes right through the tough nail plate killing the fungus without pain or damage to the surrounding tissues.


The laser procedure is done right in our office. Procedures usually take 10-20 minutes. They do NOT require any form of anesthesia and are painless.  


Call now to schedule a free consultation!  


Please see below for great coupon offer. 


Elliot Schnur, M.D.
Doylestown Family Medicine
Save 50%
Special introductory offer! 50% off the cost of laser therapy through the end of February 2013. Feel free to forward to friends or family who may be interested.  Please print the coupon and bring with you to the consultation visit.
                                                                             *This coupon may only be used only for laser therapy. 
Offer Expires: 2/28/2013