5501 NW 62nd Terrace, Suite 100
Kansas City, MO 64151
(816) 842-1974 - fax
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Partnering for Excellence in Healthcare


Understanding and Planning For Sun Exposure

sun tanWe’ve all been there. Too much time in the sun and bright red, painful skin to prove it. Whether you have dark skin, or lighter skin, we all have cells that contain melanin, a pigment found in the cells located on the outer layer of our skin. When too many ultra violet (UV) rays reach your inner layer of skin, you end up with the all too familiar sunburn.

Why Is It Important?

Too much sun exposure can lead to a variety of issues- advanced aging of the skin, changes in the skin such as moles or freckles and ultimately a variety of skin cancers. Skin cancers, if left untreated, can spread to other areas of the body creating even greater health risks.


Preventing sunburns can be as simple as wearing sunscreen with the proper SPF and covering yourself with hats, longer sleeves and umbrellas. The sun is the hottest and most dangerous during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Planning your time outside around these hours is a good way to limit the amount of harmful UV rays you are exposed to. If you are in the sun during these hours, taking breaks to find shade and cool down is advised.


The Many Benefits of Salmon – and Which is Better, Farmed or Wild?

The life of salmon

salmon blogI was recently listening to a podcast from Dr. Bill Sears and he mentioned how watching salmon in their natural environment inspired him. So of course it piqued my interest, especially since I get asked the question a lot from clients, "Which is best, farmed or wild salmon?”

Salmon are incredible little creatures, in that they have tremendous health benefits when consumed, and their "life stories" are fascinating. In case you didn't know (like me before I started researching), salmon have a life span of 3-8 years and live in both fresh and salt water. Wild species spend the majority of their lives in the ocean, then travel back to freshwater where they were hatched to spawn, or lay eggs/reproduce, then go to “fish heaven”. Salmon travel hundreds to thousands of miles during this "salmon run", swimming against the current through streams, rivers, and waterfalls. How the fish know when to return is a mystery, but somehow out of instinct they begin their long journey. Isn't nature cool?!


Why We Shouldn’t Focus All of Our Attention on Calories

As a dietitian, I do not focus on counting calories with most of my patients. Why? Because although I’m not denying that calories exist, estimated calories are just that – an estimate. Many other factors are involved when looking at an individual’s diet and health goals. Plus, the idea that calories in = calories out is outdated. Research shows, along with my own personal experience working with clients, that our bodies are much more complex than a mathematical equation.

Have you ever followed a low calorie diet, watched your portion sizes, and felt “hangry” all day just to find that the scale either hasn’t budged or worse, you have GAINED weight?? Or maybe you have restricted calories for a few months, lost weight, and then found yourself a bit heavier than you started a few more months down the road. Well you’re not alone. Research has even shown that calorie-restricted diets lower your resting metabolic rate, or the amount of calories we burn at rest. This makes it even more difficult to maintain the weight you have lost.

So what gives?

Well, while calories are something to consider (I’m not saying it’s a free-for-all), they shouldn’t be the main focus. Rather, the QUALITY and BALANCE of our diets is what will set us up for long-term success. If the calorie theory were true, our bodies would process a 100 calorie Snack Pack of chocolate chip cookies the same as a 100-calorie apple, or Diet Coke the same as water (they are both zero calories after all!). But is this the case? Absolutely not. Our energy levels, weight and cravings are all controlled by hormones, which are controlled by the food we eat. Insulin, for example, is a vital hormone that is needed to help control blood sugars but it’s also a fat storage hormone. Too much (caused by the types of foods we eat, i.e. sugar, processed carbs, etc.) causes inflammation in our bodies, insulin resistance (which can lead to pre-diabetes and diabetes) and inhibits fat-burning. Instead we start storing the calories we are eating as fat vs. burning it for fuel.


Why Is Physical Activity Important?

Regular physical activity can produce long term health benefits. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active. The more physical activity you do, the greater the health benefits. We would love for you to join us this Saturday, April 22nd at Lea McKeighan Park in Lee’s Summit for an event called, “Walk With a Doc”. We will have a physician on hand, Dr. Matthew John, to answer questions you may have as we all get a bit of exercise walking the beautiful park. Can’t make it this week? See all the dates we have planned at the bottom of this post.

Being physically active can help you:

  • Increase your chances of living longer
  • Feel better about yourself
  • Decrease your chances of becoming depressed
  • Sleep well at night
  • Move around more easily
  • Have stronger muscles and bones
  • Stay at or get to a healthy weight
  • Be with friends or meet new people
  • Enjoy yourself and have fun


Clay Platte Family Medicine Clinic

5501 NW 62nd Terrace  •  Kansas City, Missouri 64151  •  (816) 842-4440