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Dr. Josh: Why health matters

Since I will be writing a regular medical column in the Tri-Lakes Today called "Health Matters," I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am a Board Certified family practice physician and have been practicing in the Adirondacks since 1973.

My offices are located in Lake Placid and Willsboro and my wife and I have lived on our farm in Essex with 2 dogs and a small flock of Icelandic sheep for about 8 years. We are both pilots and my other hobbies include skiing, cooking and fishing. I very much enjoy being a "country doctor" and have always had a strong commitment to help my patients better understand what they deserve to know about their diagnosis and treatment in plain language without feeling rushed through an office visit.

In Health Matters I hope to create an opportunity for answering your questions and writing about some of the more important topics affecting your health. We live in a time when patients often feel overwhelmed by a very impersonal health care system.

Too many doctors don't realize what it feels like to walk in the patient's shoes, sometimes talk down to their patients and have not enough concern for the financial burden of paying for health care and the high price of prescription drugs. The public is hungry for common sense advice and good up to date information about a variety of medical issues.

The best treatment is prevention and much more can be done to lower the risk of many diseases such as stroke or heart attack or even diagnosing many cancers early while there is excellent possibility of cure. I will emphasize the importance of holistic approach to care and include discussion of alternative treatments when appropriate.

Topics will include such problems as diabetes, cholesterol, menopause, arthritis, asthma, depression and many others. Readers will be invited to contact me by email (josh@docjosh.com) with questions and suggestions for future topics. I'll do my best to make Health Matters worth reading and welcome your feedback.

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