Health notes: Hermantown doctor keeps weight-loss advice simpleDr. James Donovan’s common-sense advice on losing weight and keeping it off was getting a lot of requests to write it down, so he did. The result, “A Complete Guide to Weight Loss,” a self-published, easy-to-read manual, is available online.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Dr. James Donovan says it fast, because “if I have to slow down, I never get it”:
“My quickest diet advice for anybody: If you can pick it, pluck it, shoot it, stab it, grab it, hook it or gaff it, you can eat it. If it comes in a box, it puts you in a box. If you’re reading the food labels, you’re eating the wrong kinds of food. And the more people that touch your food before you eat it, the worse it is for you.”
“Every time I say this, people come back and say: What did you say?” said Donovan, a family-practice physician and bariatric specialist at St. Luke’s Miller Creek Medical Clinic in Hermantown.
Donovan’s common-sense advice on losing weight and keeping it off was getting a lot of requests to write it down, so he did. The result, “A Complete Guide to Weight Loss,” a self-published, easy-to-read manual, is available online from Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle editions.
Donovan, 47, writes from the perspective of a doctor who has had his own struggles with weight issues.
“I was thinking about that this morning as I was juicing my vegetables and I had a little protein shake,” Donovan said on Tuesday morning as he awaited his first patient. “Every day starts the same. With my own weight struggles, if life ended after breakfast, I’d be svelte. The trouble is, the rest of the day happens.”
The book is an adaptation of a two-hour lecture he gives to first-time weight-loss patients, and takes about that long to read. It’s particularly useful in his practice, said Donovan, a weight-loss specialist for six years, because bariatric patients sometimes have a three- to four-month wait before they can see him.
His goal was to simplify the challenge of losing weight.
“I’m an old Boy Scout, and it’s KISS — keep it simple, stupid,” Donovan said. “People make things so complex, and it shouldn’t be that hard.”
Fishing derby helps kids’ teeth
Dental care for uninsured children in the region got a boost from a fishing tournament last month.
The JAWS Derby at Barker’s Island last month raised nearly $600 for Just Kids Dental, the Two Harbors-based nonprofit reported in a news release. The tournament is sponsored by the Western Lake Superior Trolling Association. The group donated $1 from every raffle ticket sold for a four-wheeler, one of the derby’s major prizes.
Just Kids Dental provides oral health screenings, dental cleanings, fluoride varnish applications, sealants, oral health and nutritional education, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to underserved children in 30 schools in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.
The hidden danger of petting zoos
Bacteria pose a hidden danger in petting zoos, warns Deb Botzek-Linn, a food safety educator with University of Minnesota-Extension.
Salmonella, E. coli and other bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of some animals, Botzek-Linn said in a news release. The human-animal contact at petting zoos can give people stomach and intestinal illness with dehydration and the threat of more serious illnesses. Children younger than 5, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable.
Prevention is simple, Botzek-Linn said: Make sure you and your children wash your hands after leaving the facility. Creating a soap lather during 20 seconds of washing will do the job.
The good news, according to a study last year at Minnesota county fairs, is that 96 percent of petting zoos provided hand-hygiene facilities. The bad news is that only 25 percent of visitors used them.
Mountain Iron clinic expands
The public will get a chance to see a newly expanded clinic in Mountain Iron on Wednesday.
The open house at St. Luke’s Laurentian Medical Clinic will be from 4-6 p.m. Doctors and clinic staff will be on hand, refreshments will be available and there will be opportunities to win prizes. The Laurentian Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:15 p.m.
The clinic is at 8373 Unity Drive.
Compiled by John Lundy.