Confused About the COVID Vaccines, Boosters, and the Flu?

With certain informational resources changing advice about the vaccines and some news sources reporting outdated news, there seems to be some confusion over what vaccines are safe and what to do if you’re exposed.  Harvard Health came out with an informational article today that goes through the most up to date facts, such as which vaccines are approved and why, breakthrough infection facts, the dangerous symptoms that have been noted for those who have had the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, what is recommended for children, who should get a booster, what is known about the Omicron variant, and much more. This is a very thorough article that likely covers any COVID question you have.  Even though recent studies are showing the vaccines offer less protection of the Omicron variant, getting the vaccine could be the difference between a mild flu and getting severe symptoms that require hospitalization.  As far as the booster goes, it will increase your body’s defense in fighting infection and illness, so if you are eligible, get the booster.  Research is ongoing, so keep yourself informed and only read from reputable sources.

COVID-19 vaccines – Harvard Health

Goodbye 2021!

Paragon Orthopedic Center would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of you who made us your source for orthopedic care in 2021.  As part of what makes America great, you have a choice for your healthcare needs, and you chose us.  Thank you!  We have been able to keep our doors open through one the most challenging years we have ever seen.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigated the ever-changing OHSHA rules and tighter insurance regulations for your care.  Dr. Bents and Dr. Van Horne will continue making you their priority in 2022, going to bat for you when insurance companies make coverage difficult, and we are always striving to do what we do better.  Wishing you a happy New Year Southern Oregon!

Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance

At this time of year, people are consuming foods at parties they might not usually eat and sometimes in larger quantities…and sometimes this causes bodily issues.  With food allergies on the rise in our country, Paragon Orthopedic Center wants to help you distinguish between what might be a food allergy and a food intolerance.  The Mayo Clinic article goes over the finer details, but the big distinguishing factor is that a food allergy elicits an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs and not just your digestive tract.  Either way, if you react to a certain food, seek out your healthcare professional because food allergies can be fatal.

Food allergy vs. food intolerance: What’s the difference? – Mayo Clinic

What Food Banks Need Most

If you have the ability, Paragon Orthopedic Center would encourage you to donate to a local food bank this holiday season.  Nobody should go hungry at Christmas.  Two that are at the ready to take your donations in Josephine County are: the Josephine County Food Bank on Upper River Road, and the ROC Food Bank on Foundry Street.  The pantries have certain foods they would most like to see donated.  Here is an article from Taste of Home that lists 20 preferred foods, like a pantry wish-list, and tells you about some they’d rather not see.  Three keys to follow are: 1-Non-perishable, 2-low sugar, and 3-high fiber/multigrain when possible.  They like to give people food with the biggest nutritional punch.  Read here to begin making your shopping list for the pantry:

20 Items Your Food Bank Needs the Most | Taste of Home

Exciting Activities in Southern Oregon This 2021 Christmas

Many of the activities that were cancelled because of COVID have come back to Southern Oregon this Christmas season.  Here is a link to find the events and celebrations you can get out and enjoy in 2021.  This weekend, you can see the Nutcracker ballet in Grants Pass and Medford, a Christmas parade in Myrtle Creek and downtown Grants Pass, wear your holiday sweater in Medford’s 5K Ugly Sweater race, enjoy a living nativity in Klamath Falls, ride a camel at the FFArm, take a jingle bell jog in Jacksonville, or find many locations of spectacular light displays. Please support these people who have put their time and efforts into bringing back traditions, or create new traditions by choosing something special from the many happenings. Southern Oregon is an amazing place at Christmas!

HOLIDAY FESTIVALS AND EVENTS CALENDAR — What to do in Southern Oregon

Avoid the Holiday Blues with These Tips

We have 17 days and only two weekends left until Christmas.  For many people, the to-do list is long, the time is short, and sometimes complicated family dynamics are at the fore.  Paragon Orthopedic Center cares about you as a whole person, not just your bones.  We have tips today to help you deal with the stress and depression you might feel this holiday season.  Some of the tips are strategies you can use throughout the year for your ongoing mental health!  Here are the 10 tips the Mayo Clinic suggested, and you can click on the link to read more details for each one.

  1. Acknowledge your feelings
  2. Reach out, which could include volunteering to help others.
  3. Be realistic
  4. Set aside differences
  5. Stick to a budget-expensive gifts do not equal happiness.
  6. Plan ahead
  7. Learn to say no
  8. Don’t abandon healthy habits-You know we like to encourage getting some exercise at Paragon!
  9. Take a breather-a brisk walk is an excellent way to clear your head.
  10. Seek professional help if needed
    Anticipate what you can, let go of what you cannot control, and seek joy this season.
    Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping – Mayo Clinic

Extra Pounds=How Much Extra Stress on Your Knees?

For every pound of extra weight that you carry, you are placing 4 more pounds of pressure on your knees.  If you lose 10 pounds, then that’s 40 pounds less on your knees with each step.  The Paragon Orthopedic Center’s December newsletter, the Paragon Press, will discuss knee pain and how you can do something to try to prevent having grandma’s achy knees.  Here is something to get you thinking:

The Link Between Weight Loss and Knee Pain (healthline.com)

Thanksgiving Doesn’t Have To Mean Weight Gain

Paragon Orthopedic Center encourages you to consider ways to avoid overeating on this national holiday that centers on food.  Living Well has a nice list of reminders.
-Accept that it is a day to indulge.
-Eat good things before the meal to avoid feeling overly hungry.
-Fill your plate with small servings; you can always go back for more.
-Pause and appreciate what is in front of you to fully enjoy it visually.  Take in the smells and give thanks for all that you see.
-Take smaller bites and chew completely.
-Take your time; soak up conversation and slow down.
-Pay attention to how full you are before you reach for seconds.
-Get away from the food to allow your body to feel full and begin digesting.
Don’t forget that we have many who are less fortunate in Southern Oregon and consider helping out at the many places serving free meals. The article below gives you more detail on all of these tips.

Happy Thanksgiving from Paragon Orthopedic Center!

How to Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving – Living Well (livingwell-nutrition.com)