This edition of Central Florida Health News magazine is full of valued insight on how to stay healthy this holiday season— and beyond. You’ll find key observations on home safety during the holiday crunch, managing stress with healthy foods, the fact and fiction about antibiotics, and a killer disease: Pancreatic cancer.
As a radiation oncologist, I have worked with pancreatic cancer patients for more than 15 years. I have been in the front lines battling this deadly disease, so I am happy to share some insights in this edition’s article. The prognosis is grim, but together we can make a difference. Scientists all over the world are working to defeat this potential killer. I encourage you to do your part: Eat fruits and vegetables, exercise, and quit smoking. Be educated and proactive about your health.
Also in this issue, local medical doctors dispel some common myths about antibiotics. Yes, they are wonder drugs, but they can’t do everything. We tell you when they’ll work and when they won’t. This will help ensure they work for you when you need them the most. Antibiotic resistance is a serious problem. Knowing what you can do about it can help.
Here at Central Florida Health News magazine, we give you the tools you need to make a difference in your own health, and for your loved ones. Throughout the year, the Polk County Medication Association (PCMA) works to bring you the latest news about healthcare, plus prevention tips and nutrition strategies. We hope to encourage you because we know living a healthy lifestyle requires a commitment. It’s no different than it is with relationships or anything in life: We need to work on it.
So as we celebrate the holidays and close out another year, take time to relax. Keep your home safe by removing hazards. Remember to keep active. Remember moderation, and especially remember what this season is all about. Enjoy this special time with family and friends.
Know that we at the PCMA and Central Florida Health News magazine remain committed to help you live the healthiest lives you can. We wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season, best wishes for the New Year.
Arvind B. Soni, M.D.
Director of Radiation Oncology
St. Joseph’s Hospital, BayCare Health System
President, Polk County Medical Association