One heck of a year!

The year of Covid! I don’t have to tell anyone what this year has been like! It has been different for everyone depending on if you got sick, own a business and had to close or slow way down, have family members who got sick, with some who made it and some who did...

A little discouraged!!

A little discouraged!!

I have a confession!  I have been a little discouraged the last few months about Agroshare, what I teach at the clinic and how we had to stop our classes! Agroshre got hacked and it took 2-3 months to try to get that figured out. We had to change hosts more than once...

Has anyone ever eaten beef tongue??

Has anyone ever eaten beef tongue??

The picture below are not pictures of the beef tongue I cooked or ate!! I have been working on trying new foods, especially meat products. In the not too distant past, many of our family members ate a lot more parts of the animals that we eat on a daily basis. My...

To yolk or not to yolk!!

To yolk or not to yolk!!

The information below was something I wondered about. I have started cooking my eggs sunny side up or over easy!  I had read over the years that it was better to eat the yolk without cooking it fully. So I wanted to know why. The links for the articles that follow are...

Hard parts of fasting for 11 days! #3 in series!!

Hard parts of fasting for 11 days! #3 in series!!

So what were the hardest parts of fasting? For most people day 1 and 2 bring on some hunger and day 2 is usually the hardest. For some reason for me I am always hungry the whole fast no matter how long I fast. I don’t feel as hungry when I am busy but at times I feel...

First article I have ever written for a paper!!

First article I have ever written for a paper!!

The Groundhog is a paper written in Mentone and they asked me to write an article for the paper! I was honored so I am including a link below. I wrote this about a week and a half ago so just to update: vitamin D can improve the immune function to help combat corona...

#2 in the series, Why would anyone fast for 11 days!

#2 in the series, Why would anyone fast for 11 days!

Why would I do this?? I had read for many years about folks who had fasted for 20 – 30 or more days and completely gotten rid of symptoms of several illnesses. It is something I would like to do but it is very difficult to do this and work. In the past, longer fasts I...

Are you crazy! Fasting for 11 days!

Are you crazy! Fasting for 11 days!

I wanted to document my recent 11 day fast!  I am not crazy!  There are many benefits to fasting including decreasing inflammation which is the main reason I have fasted over the years. Other benefits include reversing the aging process, preventing Alzheimer’s,...

Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

Some people have trouble drinking plain water so an option is to add lemon. Hanna Yeadon has sent me this article to post. Her family sells many cups of lemonade at a flea market every Sunday in Attalla. They may go through 5-10 cases of lemons on one Sunday!!  They...

Two Weeks into dealing with the Coronavirus!

Two Weeks into dealing with the Coronavirus!

Thanks so much to my community in this coronavirus trouble! I wanted to tell all of the community I have become a part of through our clinic, neighbors and friends that I appreciate all the calls, texts and messages asking about my health and the health of everyone in...

UNSUBSCRIBING FROM YOUR THOUGHTS

UNSUBSCRIBING FROM YOUR THOUGHTS

Hannah Yeadon, a homeschooler of 14 years! sent me this article to post on our page. I am very proud of her work and this is a timely article in the time we are living right now. The link to the article is at the bottom. It is a little longer than some of our posts...

I love Psyblog!

I love Psyblog!

If you want to read some cool stuff about your mind go to this page and join. The articles are short and sweet which I need!  But they are so interesting and based on research!  I am trying to learn all I can about the mind as it really is a big component in our...

Tonight’s class on Obesity!

Tonight’s class on Obesity!

Whose fault is it? Tonight we talk about the true cause of the obesity epidemic!!  It is not about being slothful or not having will power!! It is not about eating low calorie, low fat or exercising more!!  No time in our history have so many people been obese!  It is...

What is the History and Evolution of the Keto Diet?

What is the History and Evolution of the Keto Diet?

I have a home school student working in our clinic and getting credit for school. She has also helped me on my farm for some school credit!  She has sent this article for me to post and share on our page here!  I am very proud of her. Her name is Hanna Yeadon. She...

Dumping RA!!

I am very excited to let everyone know I am learning how to help reverse symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. I have wanted to learn this aspect of functional medicine for a very long time and did not have a good source!  I hope I do now! I...

Golden Milk – a great anti-inflammatory drink

Golden milk sounds kinda strange!!  But it is a great anti-inflammatory drink that many actually like to drink. If your mom used a lot of spices growing up it will be easier to drink this warm, tasty drink. We did have some at Turkey Trot this year for people to try. ...

What Grieving People Wish You Knew during the holidays

I work with some great girls at the clinic!! One of our employees, Summer Gilreath, has submitted an article she thought would be relevant to the season! We do not post religious views here as we want to be very inclusive but there is a particular religious view in...

#3 in series on fasting! Benefits of fasting.

Can fasting really do all the things is says in the list below?? We will be addressing all of these items in our classes that begin January 6th to April 27th! But there are many ways fasting does benefit us and maybe more than what is listed below.FASTING HELPS YOU...

Gut health, how important is it??

Some statistics: About 20 to 30 percent of the American population suffer from acid reflux symptoms once a week, with the other 40 percent suffering from heartburn once or twice a month, which can be linked to the ingestion of specific foods that irritate the gut GERD...

COPD and Anxiety

  I have some folks from my office contributing some interesting information that they are finding and sending me to put in our blog posts.  This is a great article with information that is very pertinent to patients I run into all the time who have COPD. Remember if...

#2 in series on fasting and intermittent fasting.

Why do I want to teach you about fasting? I am going to get more personal in this post which I sometimes avoid.Several years ago the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was progressively getting worse and worse so I decided to work with Dr. Joel Fuhrman who had been diagnosed...

People love potatoes and grits in the South!

Mashed Potatoes and Cheese Grits made from cauliflower!! My goal these days is to help people have healthy alternatives during the holidays! I want to add good recipes so you can eat healthy fat, have good flavor and good food that will not hurt your body!! I also try...

Hot Chocolate, trying to give people lovely keto options!

I love hot chocolate!!  But milk is not keto friendly. The cool part is that we can use heavy cream or even some half and half. It is much higher in calories the more heavy cream one uses! So to cut down on calories you can use coconut milk or almond milk. Give this...

World Diabetes Day Today!

I just found out there is a world diabetes day today. I was told yesterday! Just so you know, we will be checking blood sugar at our booth this Saturday at Turkey Trot!!  Come make sure you are not in the statistics below! We can let you know if you are pre-diabetic...

What has the ketogenic diet done in our own clinic?

Just a quick post today so people who have been hearing about the ketogenic diet everywhere, I wanted folks to know that we have seen significant improvements in dementia and skin cancer in our own clinic. We have also seen significant weight loss and reduction in...

How do we stop sodas! What to take it’s place.

One of the many questions and often the first question I get when trying to teach people to reduce carbs is what should I drink? Many drinks add so many carbs to our day. I often tell people that if they just stop drinking sweetened drinks they would reduce their...

The hardest parts about taking care of yourself – Time and Money!

Every day I teach people ways to improve their health and every day I run into the same barriers!  The barrier I hear about most often is money.I had a family with many children come to our clinic recently and they have a garden, a new baby, many older kids in school,...

Life gets busy toward the end of every year!

Only a quick post today as life has gotten busy these few weeks! Turkey trot is coming in a week, tomorrow we have an office party on my farm as some of my staff has never been to my house! And then Thanksgiving is coming up and I almost always travel to see one of my...

Rural Medical Scholars are coming back next week!!

The Rural Medical Scholars are folks who will be learning about rural medicine in Tuscaloosa with the hopes they will serve rural Alabama in the future as MDs. I am always excited when they come for a visit. They will tour my farm and clinic next Friday and learn...

Lard Rated One of the Top 10 Healthiest Foods – Whoa!

Below is an article I read this morning!  Go Piggies!! This is one of the reasons we are attempting to build the Food Finder! So we can find places to eat and food to buy that is much healthier.When we look at the oldest people on the earth currently the top 10 are...

Eggnog! Tis the Season!

I have always loved eggnog but it has tons of sugar! So an easy way to make this drink is just use a sugar substitute. So I have made some over the weekend the quick and easy way. I spoke about eggs, raw eggs, in my previous post on ice cream so this to can use cooked...

Ice cream and shakes! Also, mention of food poisoning!

I have had several requests for and my favorite thing to eat is ice cream! So a patient at the clinic told me how they make it at home very quickly. There are some recipes on line for keto/low carb ice cream where the eggs are cooked. I do use raw eggs as many who...

Overwhelm of being healthy!

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when trying to figure out how to be healthy??  I think that is likely a stupid question. When we think about all that we are taught daily on TV, movies, podcasts, and the news, by families, doctors and our partners, it can become very...

A delicate topic! Urinary leakage. Dribbling peepee!

I have many people, men and women who come in complaining of urinary leakage. Symptoms include dribbling after the fact, dribbling while walking, jumping, laughing, coughing or running. It can be embarrassing for all involved! You will find today in the articles I...

Nobel Prize Award!!

Discovery of Molecular Switch for How Cells Use Oxygen Wins 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine Research by William Kaelin, Jr., Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza led the way for applications in treating anemia, cancer and other diseases By Tanya Lewis on October 7, 2019...

Rural Medical Scholars coming again!!

Next month in November the Rural Medical Scholars will be coming again for a visit. I enjoy their visits so much! It is fun to show them how great rural medicine can be and bring them to my farm. They all seem to get a kick out of how we do things here and are often...

Special needs kids!

I have a special needs grandchild and she hates being called special. She feels that she is normal which makes it very difficult to know how to let her know we want to help her without letting her know we want to help her! I am not sure if other families understand...

Talking about food!!

A few weeks ago someone on my facebook page recommended I join a page called chaffles.  I was intrigued by what these were so I joined.  Everyone was raving about this keto way to make bread or waffles. I decided to invest in the Dash waffle maker which is about $10...

Reducing inflammation

Many of us have inflamed joints and muscles from osteoarthritis and stiffness from getting older. This does not have to be so. We have heard over and over that we develop rheumatism as a natural process. So many people get osteoarthritis in their knees and hips that...

Full Blown Dementia – so, so hard!

We have discussed delirium and cognitive impairment.  Today I will talk more about dementia.  Many of us in our 40s and 50s are seeing our parents change and lose some of their faculties.  We see this sometimes slowly over the months and years and we don’t always want...

A post on Dementia from a friend

Dementia is hard on all involved!  Some folks already know this and looking for a Source  of professional help.  The statistics are indicating that millions will be developing dementia. Click on the following to know the risk factors for dementia.  I will discuss...

What is mild cognitive impairment?

What is cognitive impairment? Cognitive impairment is when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect their everyday life. Cognitive impairment ranges from mild to severe. With mild impairment, people may...

Cognitive Impairment vs Dementia vs Delirium

The topic I want to discuss today is actually going to require more than one post.  I will do a series of posts on testing for memory issues and dementia as well as determining the difference between dementia and delirium.  A link below describes more fully a test we...

Emotions of the elderly parent

So as I am driving for 1500 miles alone one does think a lot.  This weekend was such a trip as I got the last of my dad’s possessions. I was listening to great podcasts, books on tape, etc while driving and thinking about elderly parents, their feelings and rights. ...

To Texas and back! Parental Care!

I want to write a series on taking care of adult parents.  I guess all parents are adult!  But I mean taking care of parents when we are adults and they are getting older.  For me as an MD, I am usually explaining to my siblings what the health issues mean.  So I just...

Cheating Death!

“A Users’s Guide to Cheating Death”  is a series I began watching on Netflix a little while back.  I really like it and feel that we need a balanced picture of what works and what does not when it comes to our health. And I would like to know why we go after the...

A week in the life of a family doctor! Notes, notes, notes!

Today is a blog that may help some of my family medicine friends, other MDs, and be a peak into our lives for some of our patients!  Since I have been a new MD, including in residency, many of us have struggled to get notes done in a timely fashion.  If we are to put...

A reprieve from the heat! Get in the sun!

Many of us have been told we are short on Vitamin D. I recommend taking Vitamin D in my clinic. I also recommend a better way to get it by getting out in the sun. We still have two more months to get benefit from the sun. It must be high in the sky and between the...

Wild Foods, Healing Herbs

One of the requested blog topics was about healing herbs and another about wild foods which gave me the idea to name a page on agroshare this name!!  Tonight we should have the  new look up!  So today I was going to talk about a plant that grows everywhere around here...

A new schedule! I miss all my Wills Valley patients!

I am changing my schedule!  I have wanted to do this for a while and I have tried it out for a couple of weeks in June.  I really liked it.  There are several reasons to change it.  I am going in around 10 most days, coming home for lunch at 12PM and then back from...

Having a best friend!

I have been so fortunate to have moved a lot in my life and met and made so many friends! I have had a best girl friend in every town I have ever lived in. I went to 12 schools in 12 years and then lived in several places as an adult! I always had the kind of girl...

Tired! Dehydration not good!

VERY SHORT POST TONIGHT!  I did not sleep well! I woke up for the first time in the middle of the night last night after not drinking enough water during the day with an awful headache!  I have learned my lesson!  I don’t drink enough and most of us don”t.  Today I...

Working hard!! A post for other MDs.

For other MDs out there I am posting about how many hours family physicians work some weeks! Many MDs already know this. I must say that I don’t have to work as many hours as I used to since I have started my DPC clinic, Valley Care DPC!! DPC is Direct Primary Care...

Suggestions for topics

I am looking for suggestions for topics of discussion on my blog that people would like to know about. I have plenty of topics in my head but I am also looking for what might be interesting to people reading. I may or may not know anything about the topics suggested...

Working on our page! Do people read blogs any more?

I am curious if anyone reads blogs?? We have many ideas that we want our web page to be good at and one is the blog. Not sure if anyone blogs or reads blogs!! Some say that blogs are boring and only about the person blogging which may make it a place to toot one’s own...

Doctor is sick at home!!

I have a little time to blog since I am sick at home today with conjunctivitis and laryngitis!!  Man I hate this!  I am rarely sick but have been now three times in four months.  I have been on Enbrel now for 2 1/2 years and I am worried this will make me have more...

Alzheimers Disease Continues to be a HORRIBLE DISEASE!

The last couple of weeks have been very difficult when attempting to deal with a family member who now has memory issues and the inability to completely care for themselves!! Those who have the disease have an uncanny way of covering up their deficiencies even though...

Dementia! A terrible burden to all!

I am posting to my Dr. Koe blog today and want to talk about dementia/Alzheimer’s disease.  I plan on trying to post regularly about this so that the information may be able to help some other families in my clinic.  It is beginning to hit our family for the first...

RURAL MEDICAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM

I am very excited to report that we will be hosting the next class of Rural Medical Scholars from The College of Community Health Sciences here in Collinsville on Wednesday February 22nd!  I was a rural medical scholar of the graduating class of 2004.  The first...

Now I am posting as Dr. Koe!

For all who come to my clinic I am letting you know I will be out of the country for 2 1/2 weeks!  I am going to Brazil!  I will leave on Wednesday of this week and come home Sunday, January 22nd.  Judith and Brandi will be available to take care of everyone’s...

Home from Ohio!

I have not been able to blog for the last 10 days as I have been in Ohio helping my youngest daughter with her new baby!! My seventh grandchild!! I have had some time to think about a lot of subjects pertaining to medicine while I was not working daily at my clinic!...

A day in the life of a doctor, this doctor anyway!

Some people are interested in knowing what kind of days we as physicians have so they can have more of an insider view. I can only speak for myself of course! But I have observed other MDs during residency and can assure you their days are extremely busy as well. I...

Another blog!! Dr. Koe’s blog!

Why our health care system is broken This link above is to an article by CNN 12/22/15 I am going to try to keep this blog on one topic only and that is medicine and not farming!   It will be about how to make medicine more sustainable.  I understand that we will not...