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Boost Your Immune System & Defeat Covid19

 

How to increase the immune health of you & your community to best fight viruses

1. Good Nutrition

            Increases the body’s energy, strength, mood, and immune fighting abilities.

Eat lots of plants!

  • High antioxidant fruits.
    • Bluberries, Raspberries Citrus, Plums, raisins, strawberries, prunes, cherries.
  • High antioxidant & nutrient filled vegetables.
    • All leafy greens, spinach, salads, Kale, Artichoke, garlic, yellow vegetables, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, onions, tumeric.
  • Food high in vitamin C
    • oranges, limes, grapefruits, lemons, cantelope, papaya, guava, pineapple, strawberries, kiwi, green bell peppers, brussell sprouts, kale, broccoli, peas. 
  • Drink lots of water (avoid sugary drinks).
  • Increase dietary fiber (click here for a link to Fiber article).
  • Eliminate eating things that decrease the immune system.
    • Refined sugars, sweeteners, red meat, high-fat dairy, fried foods, and refined grains as it can decrease immunity and increase free radical damage

 

 

Supplements that have some evidence of possible benefit:

  • Vitamin D
  • NAC
  • Zinc lozenges
  • Vitamin C

2. Optimize Your Environment

            An optimized environment means maintaining healthy hygiene, avoiding the negatives, & getting outdoors.

Healthy Hygiene

  • Hand Hygiene – frequent hand washing
  • Avoid touching your face (unless hands are washed right beforehand)
  • Stay 6 feet apart
  • clean / wash things you touch often (surfaces, PHONE, clothes)
  • wear a mask when needed to protect others & you

Positive outlook & decreased stress

  • Choose a positive outlook
    • practice gratitude daily (ie thankfulness journaling)
    • look for humor as laughter is healing
  • Avoiding negativity
    • Avoid watching or listening to too much negative media
  • Avoid smoking, drugs, vaping, etc which decrease your immune system & Lung health

Get outdoors

  • Fresh air is proven to be good for the mind and body- consider gardening or walks
  • Frequent Sunlight will boost the immune system

3. Quality Sleep

            Quality sleep means regular and sufficient sleep.

  • Sleep is very important for immune system health
  • 8-9 hours of sleep
  • The earlier before midnight the better

get a good nights sleep daily for a good immune system

 

4. Water

            Water as therapy means drinking lots of water & hot/cold water therapy treatments.

Water Therapy Treatments

  • Hot + Cold Water Therapy.

Water drinking

  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day.

drink water and use water therapy for a good immune system

 

5. Exercise

            Good exercise means daily aerobic / cardio exercise.

  • Daily aerobic / cardio exercise

cardio exercise daily for a good immune system

 

6. Love others

            Loving others means doing to our community what you would want done to you.

  • Stay socially connected although physically apart (phone, video, letters)
  • Look for ways to help your community
  • Support those who are vulnerable
  • Support local businesses and non-profits

7. Love God

            Trust Him and surrender to His will for you.

  • Worship, obey, & trust God.
    • We can only control a small amount so let us trust our daily lives and future hope to Him.
  • Prayer and Bible study can bring wisdom, healing, peace, and hope for the future.

love-God-love-others for a good immune system

Please join us for Bible studies at our office on Wednesday’s at 5:30 pm-through March.  Our topic is the Gospel of Luke- and the ministry of Jesus.  Come enjoy company, God’s word, and light refreshments.  All are invited– No prior knowledge or religious background required.

The Gospel of Luke –

& the ministry of Jesus

through March, 2019 at 5:30 pm.

Feel free to bring a friend.  Bible’s will be supplied.  Just come through the entrance and we will meet in our conference room.  We look forward to learning with you!

Contact Erik Lloyd with any further questions PH: 559.584.5770

Please join us for Bible studies at our office on Wednesday’s at 5:30 pm-beginning on October 17.  Our topic is the Gospel of Luke- and the ministry of Jesus.  Come enjoy company, God’s word, and light refreshments.  All are invited– No prior knowledge or religious background required.

The Gospel of Luke –

& the ministry of Jesus

Starting

October 17, 2018 at 5:30 pm.

Feel free to bring a friend.  Bible’s will be supplied.  Just come through the entrance and we will meet in our conference room.  We look forward to learning with you!

Contact Erik Lloyd with any further questions PH: 559.584.5770

We are excited to introduce Amanda Parrett, a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner to our team! Since starting with us Amanda’s expertise, professionalism, and service to patients has already made a positive impact on our practice and patients.

  • Board Certification:  Family Nurse Practitioner (Certified by AANP)
  • Masters / FNP Program: Maryville University, St. Louis, MO
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing:Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in St. Louis, MO
  • Bachelor of Science Dietetics: Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO.
  • Memberships:
    • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

For more visit our website: https://michaellloydmd.com/our-team/

Hanford, CA Nurse Practitioner

We are excited to introduce Joy Hiersche, a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner to our team! Since starting with us in October, her professionalism, passion to serve, and experience has already made a positive impact on our practice and patients.

  • Board Certification:  Family Nurse Practitioner (Certified by AANP)
  • Masters / FNP Program: University of California, Irvine in Irvine, CA
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
  • Associates Degree: Nursing and Music, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
  • Volunteer Work:
    • RN Volunteer – Centre Chirurgical Adventiste de Moundou, Chad, Africa
    • Operation Good Samaritan, Simla, India
    • Africa Mission Service, Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa
    • SIMS Loma Linda, Amazon River, Manaus, Brazil
  • Memberships:
    • California Association for Nurse Practitioners
    • American Association for Nurse Practitioners

For more visit our website: https://michaellloydmd.com/our-team/

We are pleased to introduce our new Billing Manager Cindy Cerda as an addition to our team!

Cindy has managed Medical Practice Billing for over 9 years, most recently with a private Orthopaedics office.  Her experience and knowledge as well as her approach to customer service adds a lot for our practice and patients.

We thank Golden Med Billing for their service these past few years and wish them success.

With Billing now on location, access for financial questions and billing support will be readily available.  Please help us in welcoming Cindy.

For more visit our website: https://michaellloydmd.com/our-team/

Maternity Care – Family Birth Center Hanford – Adventist Health – photo credit – Adventist Health

On March 6, 2016 the new Family Birth Center at Adventist Medical Center opened for Obstetrical Services.

All deliveries, including patients from our practice will now occur at the

FAMILY BIRTH CENTER -Adventist Health

115 Mall Dr, Hanford, CA 93230

For more info about the New Facility: Link to AH Birth Center Website

Below is a video by ABC announcing the new birth center.

 

Features of the new facility include:

  • 31 beds.
  • 10 for labor and delivery.
  • 16 for after delivery.
  • 4 for evaluation.
  • 6 neonatal intensive care beds.
  • New equipment and technology.
  • Two operating rooms.
  • Design focused on the patients’ experience.

 

Pregnancy & Exercise

Pregnancy & Exercise

5 More Tips for exercising during Pregnancy

Previous articles discussed eight benefits (Why?) exercise during pregnancy is important, the risks and recommended types (what? exercises), and now we discuss “The How”.  How you exercise is just as important as what exercises you do.

1. Warm-up & Cool Down.

When creating your exercise plan, build in time to warm up with stretching and cool down afterwards.  Remember, your body is going through many changes.

Continue reading How to Exercise While Pregnant – 5 Tips

how to exercise during pregnancyWhat Exercises Should I Do During Pregnancy?

 In the previous blog post we discussed reasons to exercise during pregnancy and its benefits.  But What exercises should I do? Today we will discuss the Do’s & Don’ts, risks and things to avoid, and recommended activities during pregnancy.

Principles to Follow During Pregnancy

Each individual is different and needs a customized plan & Evaluation first from your physician!

  • Moderate exercise/activity has many benefits
  • Don’t overdue what you are normally used to doing
  • Start slow and gradually increase
  • ­Start before you are pregnant if possible
  • Enjoy the time by doing it with a friend, spouse, or family members

Risks & Things to Avoid when Exercising while Pregnant:

Continue reading What Exercises Should I Do During Pregnancy?

OBGYN Doctor Hanford CA8 Reasons to Exercise During Pregnancy

There re many benefits that can be gained by safe exercise during pregnancy, both for Mother and Baby.  It is important to understand basic safety principles and discus your plan wit your doctor, however don’t let common myths or fears lead you to avoid exercise.  Below are 8 reasons why you should stay active during your pregnancy, and some basic principles to follow.

8 Reasons to Exercise During Pregnancy

1. It can decrease your chance of having Gestational Diabetes & Macrosomia (A Large baby).

2. It can decrease your chance of having Preeclampsia.

3. It can increase your energy, help you feel better, decrease stress, sleep better, and decrease depression.

4. It may decrease 3rd trimester symptoms such as back pain & pain in labor.

Continue reading 8 Reasons to Exercise During Pregnancy

pregnant-woman-w-pillsMedications in Pregnancy

Having a cold can be miserable….even worse if you are pregnant! So what can you do to help? Generally speaking, it is preferable to avoid taking medications during pregnancy, especially during the first 13 weeks. Alas, general other measures can be taken that actually help the symptoms even more than actual medications. However, when necessary, some of the following medications have not been shown to be harmful, and may be used sparingly.

Find out recommendations for: Common Cold | Cough | Sore Throat | Alergies | Runny Nose | and more below…

Continue reading Medications in Pregnancy

Health tip count-your-blessings

Health tip count-your-blessings

It is very easy to forget our blessings.

Taking quick moments to REMEMBER the many blessings we have  (life, health, relationships, God, freedom, and on and on…) is an excellent habit to create that can not only help clear your mind from anxiety and discontent, but also push us towards those things that are truly important in life.

A clear focus on the important things in life improves our health.

8 Core Principles for health

8 Core Principles for health

8 Core Principles for Health

The most successful way to stay healthy is through preventive care and a healthy lifestyle. Medical care, routine physical exams, vaccinations, and screening tests are very helpful, but cannot replace a healthy lifestyle.
The following are core principles that are often overlooked both in the medical community and personally.

Core principles for health:

  • Positive Choices
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Rest
  • Exercise
  • Healthy Environment
  • Nutrition
  • Positive Outlook
  • Trust in God

Take a moment to think about how to maximize your health today in one of these areas.  Future blogs will focus on practical ways to implement these principles in our daily lives.

Practice News – Melody Joins the Team!

MelodyOur practice is proud to announce that Melody Dias,  MA has joined Michael K Lloyd, M.D. and staff.  Melody brings a wealth of experience in medical assisting as well as billing and front office administration.  Past experience includes 12 years with Dr. Engeberg’s practice and Hanford Family Practice.  Her kind and caring attitude have already been noted by patients and we welcome her to the team.

click here to see staff bios

Hanford Family Medicine Residency Faculty 2014

The Hanford Family Medicine Residency core faculty for 2014 include Romy Castillo, Madelaine M. Castillo, Talena Johnson Kerr, Victor Jacquie De Castro, Jay Kerr, Randy Beddoe, Mariellen Giangrande-Reiber, Michael Lloyd, Villalvazo Humberto and Blanca Ponce.

Dr. Michael Lloyd has been involved with the Family Medicine Faculty including Obstetrics Training and appreciates the work of both the Residents & Faculty.

Engeberg_Daniel-MDDr. Engeberg to Retire – Refers Practice to Dr. Lloyd

After providing exceptional care to many in the Hanford area for many years, Dr. Dan Engeberg, M.D. has decided to retire.  He has chosen to recommend Dr. Lloyd as his preferred physician for his patients after May 22, 2014.

We are honored by his recommendation and welcome Dr. Engeberg’s patients to our practice!

 Dr. Dan Engebergs Legacy of Care – Hanford, CA

 open-letter

READ THE OPEN LETTER BELOW:

Continue reading Dr. Dan Engeberg to Retire – Refers Practice to Dr. Lloyd

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Hanford-Family-Medicine-Residency-Clinic

Hanford Family Medicine Residency Program – Dr. Lloyd Joins the Faculty Team – January 4, 2014

Dr. Michael Lloyd recently joined the Faculty at the Hanford Family Medicine Residency Program and Loma Linda University Faculty.  Dr. Lloyd will be teaching and supervising Residents at the Family Medicine Clinic.

“It’s exciting to work with Physician Residents, to challenge and be challenged, and provide optimal learning opportunities.  I was privileged to work with and be mentored by highly respected and compassionate Family Medicine and Obstetrics Specialists and I hope to give back through excellence of training and personal commitment to these resident physicians.  It’s also a privilege to work with a great team of Physician Faculty and gain from their experience and knowledge.” (Dr. Lloyd)

 

Continue reading Hanford Family Medicine Residency Program – Dr. Lloyd Joins the Faculty Team

Giveaway-image4-e13806498229571 Year Anniversary Giveaway – October 1, 2013

We want to thank the Hanford community & our patients for a successful first year in business:

The Giveaway is open October 1 – October 15 Deadline
Sharing the Giveaway will result in More Entries (more chances to win)
*A patient of Dr. Michael Lloyd will receive at least 1 gift card

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Flu Shots Available Now

Flu Shots Available Now

Flu Shots Available – come in & get your influenza vaccine – September 17, 2013

The flu season is upon us and our practice has received a shipment of Influenza (flu) Vaccines. We have the current years Influenza Vaccines available for current or new patients at our practice (460 Greenfield Ave. Suite #3, Hanford, CA 93230).

Types of Flu Shots (Influenza Vaccines) Available

  1. A high-dose flu shot approved for people 65 and older
  2. Regular Flu Shot – 6 months and older

Find out WHICH Flu Shot you need & WHY below…

Continue reading Flu Shots Available – come in & get your influenza vaccine

Legacy of Lifestyle: Community Lunch & Lecture 10-4-13 Presented by Dr. Michael Lloyd

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Legacy-of-lifestyle-FINAL– Click the previous link for Lecture Download (For those that weren’t able to attend and those requesting the powerpoint)

 

Click Here for More Lifestyle Medicine Resources

Dr. Michael Lloyd will be presenting “Legacy of Lifestyle” a lecture that presents the impact and benefits our personal health choices have on our childrens’ health both genetically (nature) and by behavior influence (nurture).  The  Community Lunch & Lecture will be hosted in the Conference Center by Adventist Medical Center on Friday October 4, 2013 from Noon – 1:30 p.m.

WHAT: “Legacy of Lifestyle” – Community Lunch & Lecture (all are invited)

WHEN: Friday October 4, 2013

WHERE: Adventist Medical Center – Hanford.  115 Mall Drive Hanford, CA 93230

 HOW: RSVP to 559.589.2032

 

Tricare-Physician-Hanford-CA

Tricare-Physician-Hanford-CA

Tricare Now Accepted – Dr. Michael Lloyd –August 27, 2013

Dr. Michael Lloyd is proud to announce the acceptance of Tricare Insurance.  Michael Lloyd, M.D. will provide Tricare Members with both Family Medicine services as well as Obstetrics (Pregnancy Care) services.

“We are all very grateful to the men and women that serve us and our country in the armed forces and hope to provide the excellence of medical care they deserve.”

Tricare Contract – Hanford, CA

The process to contract with Tricare was a long process due to Tricare changing their affiliation to United Healthcare.  Dr. Lloyd’s practice has been credentialed and contracted with United Healthcare for almost a year now, however Tricare extended their wait time for all contracts due to their network changes and transition.

find out more below…

Continue reading Tricare Now Accepted – Dr. Michael Lloyd Hanford, CA