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Kathy C. Lynn, MD: Choosing a Food Dehydrator

An avid gardener, Kathy C. Lynn, MD, strives to eat home- and locally-grown foods year round by preserving her own harvest. Professionally, Dr. Lynn treats patients at her private practice in Macon, Georgia. She specializes in rheumatology and internal medicine.

If you’re interested in preserving fruits, vegetables, and even meats, dehydration is a simple and delicious way to save fresh foods for later use. There are numerous brands and options when it comes to purchasing a food dehydrator, but the two main types are shelf tray and stackable dehydrators. Begin the process by determining how large an appliance you want or need; today, many manufacturers make conveniently-sized dehydrators that easily fit onto a counter top.

Next, research dehydrators that provide even heat and air flow. In less expensive stackable dehydrators, the bottom trays often receive excess heat. Quality shelf tray and stackable dehydrators will dry food evenly without requiring tray rotation.

Once you have a few models in mind, examine the dehydrators’ construction and quality. It’s also useful to consider what types of items you will be drying, as a shelf tray dehydrator can dry taller food items. Alternatively, stackable dehydrators can be expanded by purchasing more trays. Regardless of which type you choose, a high-quality food dehydrator will allow you to enjoy the summer harvest for winters to come.

Rheumatic Diseases

As a privately practicing physician of rheumatology and internal medicine in Macon, Georgia, Kathy C. Lynn, MD, treats patients diagnosed with rheumatic diseases. While there are many illnesses that fit into this category, rheumatic diseases are characterized by pain and inflammation in joints and muscles. Here, Dr. Lynn discusses some common forms of rheumatic disease.

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1. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): This condition is an autoimmune disease, a disease in which the body is attacked by its own immune system. More than one million Americans suffer from RA, and the disease manifests disproportionately in women. Doctors can diagnose RA, which is characterized by pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints, with a blood test and x-rays.

2. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS): Another autoimmune disease, this painful condition is more common in men than women and manifests as a gradual fusing and stiffening of the spine. People with AS often notice the onset as pain and stiffness in the sacroiliac region, which gradually, over the course of months or years, works its way up the spine. Like rheumatoid arthritis, AS may be diagnosed with x-rays and physical examination findings.

Georgia Wilderness Society Activities By Kathy C. Lynn, MD

Georgia Wilderness Society Activities By Kathy C. Lynn, MD A Macon, Georgia-based nonprofit organization, the Georgia Wilderness Society (GWS) comprises outdoor enthusiasts who organize recreational activities in many of Georgia’s finest wilderness areas, as well as adventure trips to locations in the southeastern United States. Members volunteer to serve as leaders for trips that include camping, canoeing, hiking and other wilderness activities. The GWS website and newsletters announce upcoming trips and publish a trip report on recent activities. GWS provides members interested in leading an expedition with a Trip Leader’s Planning Guide to assist them with creating a well-organized and fun group activity. The GWS website has links to the Altamaha Riverkeeper, a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving the Altamaha River, and other like-minded nature and exploration organizations. Piedmont hiking, rafting, and bicycling are among the activites the GWS sponsors, always with a view to maintaining the environmental health of Georgia’s wilderness. The GWS welcomes members from other states who want to enjoy Georgia’s outdoor treasures. For more information about the activities of GWS, visit http://georgiawilderness.homestead.com/index.html About the author: Kathy C. Lynn, MD, is a member of the Georgia Wilderness Society. Dr. Lynn’s career is devoted to both direct patient care and teaching in her specialty of rheumatology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology.

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Georgia’s Altamaha River Offers a Life-Nourishing Coastal Ecosystem, Prepared by Kathy C. Lynn, M.D.

As a longtime resident of Georgia, Kathy C. Lynn, M.D., cares deeply about protecting the natural environment. Kathy C. Lynn, M.D., supports local organizations, such as the Georgia Wilderness Society and the Altamaha River Keepers (ARK). Based in Darien, Georgia, ARK serves as a grassroots organization, with a minimal budget and dedicated core of volunteers.

The Altamaha River starts at the confluence of the Oconee River and the Ocmulgee River, near Lumber City. Flowing for 137 eastward miles through southern Georgia to the Atlantic Ocean, the Altamaha is one of the state’s major rivers. Notably, the river has no dams along its course. With no dams barring the flow of water, tidal currents begin to exert force on the Altamaha River some 60 to 65 miles from the coast. The water is still fresh at this point, presenting a unique freshwater tidal ecosystem. Interestingly, the salt line is variable depending on the season and yearly precipitation levels. At its highest, the river churns fresh water straight to the coast, moving the salt line offshore. However, this is the exception to the rule: the salt line has been steadily pushing inward for several decades due to drought conditions and rising sea levels.

The coastal environment that the Altamaha River feeds is remarkably diverse. Near the coast, the river separates into a number of arms, forming a delta environment rich in aquatic and terrestrial life. Indeed, the region is known as the “Little Amazon” due to its high density and diversity of plants and animals, similar to that of a tropical environment. The effects of the river’s ecosystem range far beyond the delta itself. During high water, the Altamaha river sheets up and disperses through numerous coastal swamplands, affecting as much as half of the entire Georgia coastline.

Altamaha River Keepers plays a key role in maintaining the environmental health of the river, aggressively monitoring pollution and targeting those who cause watershed degradation. In response to citizen complaints, the group finds the source of the chemical and biological pollution. After performing a detailed inspection, ARK determines which government agency is best suited to address the problem. If the agency’s response is insufficient, ARK occasionally resorts to legal action.

Kathy C. Lynn, M.D. has served the Macon, Georgia, community through her private practice in internal medicine and rheumatology since 1995.

Georgia’s Altamaha-fed coastal marshes are rich in biodiversity. Here, Jones Marsh, viewed from the Wormsloe historic site near Savannah, Georgia. Author: Brian Stansberry. Posted at Wikimedia Commons

Patient Rights, by Kathy C. Lynn, MD

February 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Every individual patient retains the same inalienable rights during the course of his or her medical treatment and/or diagnosis. The following list outlines the most important rights that every person should be aware of.

1. You retain the choice to decide which medical professional(s) treat you. If you are unhappy with your current health care provider, it is your right to stop treatment and find another practitioner who better suits your needs.

2. As the patient, you have the right to be a part of your treatment decisions. No physician or health care professional should force you into any decision or course of treatment; it is up to you to accept or decline suggested medical actions.

3. You have the right to be respected, and cared for without discrimination in a medical practice or health care setting.

4. Confidentiality in all medical matters is also your legal right. If you feel your physician or the doctor’s medical staff is not honoring this, contact the Department of Health and Human Services, as such practices go against the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

5. You also retain the right to receive clear and accurate information regarding your medical diagnosis or condition. This includes material provided in a language you can understand and comprehend.

About the Author:
Kathy C. Lynn, MD, serves as a rheumatologist and internal physician at her own private practice, where she diagnoses and treats patients who have a myriad of medical conditions. A fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, Kathy C. Lynn, MD, continues to bring insight and value to her field, concentrating on areas of autoimmune disorders and arthritis, among others. In addition, Kathy C. Lynn, MD, remains involved with the Bibb County Medical Society, the Medical Association of Georgia, and the Georgia Society of Rheumatology.

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A Primer on Osteoporosis Symptoms and Treatment, Prepared by Kathy C. Lynn, M.D.

February 10, 2013 Leave a comment

public domain Blogspot.comAs a specialist in rheumatology and internal medicine, Kathy C. Lynn, M.D., operates a private practice in Macon, Georgia. Kathy C. Lynn, M.D. treats patients with a variety of issues involving joints, muscles, bones, and surrounding tissues. One of the most common bone diseases is osteoporosis, with some 25 million Americans affected by the condition. The severity of osteoporosis is particularly acute among older females, with the disease affecting approximately 20 percent of women over the age of 50.

Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to produce sufficient amounts of bone or excess old cartilage is reabsorbed within the body. The onset of osteoporosis is gradual, occurring over a period of several years without apparent symptoms. For this reason, osteoporosis often remains undiagnosed until an otherwise minor fall or other accident causes a fracture in the thinning bone.

Osteoporosis occurs when the body lacks sufficient calcium and phosphate to form healthy bones and bone tissue. Aging compounds this problem, as calcium and phosphate, even in sufficient quantities, may be reabsorbed into the body instead of being utilized to strengthen bone. In general, the onset of osteoporosis coincides with reduced levels of estrogen production during menopause in women and lowered levels of sperm production in men. Women face a higher risk in their 50s and men in their 70s. Caucasian women are particularly susceptible to osteoporosis, which is often linked to genetic factors. In addition, Vitamin D deficiency, insufficient calcium, hormone therapy for breast or prostate cancer, and chronic rheumatoid arthritis serve as contributing factors.

Diagnosing osteoporosis as soon as possible helps in developing effective treatment regimens. Diagnostic tests of bone mineral density measure how much calcium and other essential minerals are present in a section of bone. This is accomplished through a low-intensity dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. Central DEXA scans assist in determining the risk of fractures, particularly in the lower spine and hip areas. Peripheral DEXA are used to measure the bone density of other joint areas, such as the wrist, fingers, ankle, or heel. Peripheral DEXA testing equipment is frequently found in pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and even shopping centers, providing a quick and convenient method of testing. The treatment of osteoporosis often involves regimens of parathyroid hormones, estrogen, and bone formation agents.

A specialist in rheumatology and internal medicine, Kathy C. Lynn, M.D., serves the residents of Georgia.

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How to Best Prepare for Your Doctor’s Appointment, by Kathy C. Lynn, MD

1. Construct a list of your concerns, pains, or symptoms. This will help you to explain all pertinent information to your doctor. With this list, you will be less likely to forget any important details you wish to pass on.

2. Bring in a list of all the medications you currently take and what dosage you require. Even if you think your doctor already has this information, it is important to make sure you are both on the same page. A slight variance in any medication or dosage can change a doctor’s opinion or diagnosis.

3. If you expect to discuss stressful medical issues, bring along a friend or family member. This person can sit in the room with you and help record any information provided by the doctor. Additionally, such an individual can provide support if needed.

4. Don’t try to cover up any symptoms or problems you’ve been having, no matter how insignificant they might seem. All health issues are better dealt with when looked over early on, so be sure to see a physician right away if you experience any worrisome symptoms, pains, or health issues. Speaking up is far better than not speaking at all.

 

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About the Author:
Possessing over 20 years of medical experience, Kathy C. Lynn, MD, currently serves as a Physician at her private practice in Macon, Georgia, which she established in 1995. At her practice, Dr. Lynn focuses on diagnosing and treating issues related to internal medicine and rheumatology. Kathy C. Lynn, MD, also remains actively involved in a number of professional organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the Metropolitan Atlanta Society of Rheumatology, and the Bibb County Medical Society, among various others. In her free time, Kathy C. Lynn, MD, enjoys kayaking, water skiing, and gardening.