MainSt. Clinic Third Anniversary Celebration Goes On The Road

MainSt. Clinic Third Anniversary Celebration Goes On The Road
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Open House Wednesday, November 7 at the Lawton Food Bank 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Dr. Brian Birdwell announced that MainStreet Clinic will celebrate its third anniversary on Wednesday, November 7 with the theme “MainSt. Clinic Gives” by hosting an Open House at the Lawton Food Bank, 1819 SW Sheridan Road in Lawton, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

Members of the Clinic and the entire Lawton area community are invited to attend and bring at least one item of non-perishable food or a financial contribution to help the Lawton Food Bank meet the food and nutritional needs of our community this holiday season.

“We want to promote healthy lives throughout our community, wherever and whenever people need care. This holiday season, we will take our anniversary celebration “on the road” to the Lawton Food Bank,” Dr. Birdwell said.

Please join us November 7 to meet Jeri Mosiman, executive director, and tour the Lawton Food Bank facility. Viridian Coffee and refreshments will be served.

About Brian Birdwell, MD and MainSt. Clinic

MainStreet Clinic is a direct primary care membership clinic offering innovative medical services in the old fashioned style of a personal physician caring for each patient individually. MainStreet Clinic provides comprehensive primary care services for individuals and families, regardless of insurance coverage, and occupational health and wellness services for employers.

Established in 2003, our clinic has grown steadily along with business and the community in Southwest Oklahoma. We are a team of medical professionals dedicated to health care that is accessible to all, affordable, and a quality experience for our patients.

Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Brian Birdwell, MD has worked in private practice in Lawton since 2001. He has more than 25 years of experience in occupational medicine. He served as medical director for McBride Occupational Medicine in Oklahoma City and served 11 years as medical director and plant physician for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Lawton, Oklahoma.

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Featured Recipe: Salmon Patties with Yogurt Sauce

Featured Recipe: Salmon Patties with Yogurt Sauce

According to Good Housekeeping Magazine, salmon is a super food that is a great source of lean protein containing omega3s, selenium and vitamins A and D that are key to building up your immune system. Salmon may also help you fight inflammation, especially when paired with a leafy green salad. This featured recipe for salmon patties with yogurt sauce is quick and delicious.

Remembering Mother’s recipe, the yogurt sauce has been added.

Ingredients

1 (14.75 oz.) can salmon
1 egg
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped yellow or red pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup corn meal in a bowl
1 Tbsp olive oil

Directions

Sauté onion and pepper in small amount of oil. Set aside. Drain and save liquid from salmon. Mix first 10 ingredients together. Make into salmon patties. If mixture is too dry, add liquid from salmon. If too moist, add more bread crumbs. Coat patties with corn meal. In a frying pan, heat olive oil.

Place salmon patties in pan, browning on each side about 5 minutes.

Serve with yogurt sauce.

For yogurt sauce combine:

1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1-1/2 Tbsp capers rinsed, drained, chopped
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon zest
Dash of salt and pepper

Serve with salad and a lemon vinaigrette, peas and a glass of white wine. Bon appetit!

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How To #FightFlu This Season

How To #FightFlu This Season

Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself, your family and vulnerable people in our community

Flu shots can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, and missed work or school due to the flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

A 2017 study in Pediatrics was the first to show that flu vaccination also significantly reduced a child’s risk of dying from influenza.

The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from the fluincluding older people, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

What’s new this flu season?

Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses [the B/Victoria component was changed and the influenza A(H3N2) component was updated].

Fluzone High-Dose is licensed specifically for people 65 years and older. Fluzone High-Dose helps build up protection against flu viruses. The higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is intended to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu.

This high-dose vaccine is not available at MainSt Clinic, however it can be gotten at most major pharmacies, and is covered if you have Medicare A and B.

Fact Check: Can the flu vaccine give me the flu?

No. The flu vaccine is made with killed virus or a recombinant method using non-living ingredients.
So the flu shot can’t give you the flu. But a few people may develop flu-like symptoms after getting a flu shot for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Reaction to the vaccine. Some people experience muscle aches and a slight fever for a day or two after receiving a flu shot. This may be a side effect of your body’s production of protective antibodies.
  • The two-week window. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect. If you’re exposed to the influenza virus shortly before or during that time period, you might catch the flu.
  • Mismatched flu viruses. In some years, the influenza viruses used for the vaccine don’t match the viruses circulating during the flu season. If this occurs, your flu shot will be less effective, but may still offer some protection.
  • Other illnesses. Many other diseases, such as the common cold, also produce flu-like symptoms. So you may think you have the flu when you actually don’t.

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Beat the Summer Heat with Watermelon-Feta Salad

Beat the Summer Heat with Watermelon-Feta Salad

Perfect for backyard cookouts or a weekend brunch

This refreshing Watermelon-Feta Salad is sweet for summer. Ripe, juicy watermelon combined with feta cheese and mint garnish is a sweet-salty blend, perfect for backyard cookouts or a weekend brunch.

Ingredients

12 cups seedless watermelon, chilled and cubed (1-inch cubes)
12 ounces feta cheese (1/2-inch cubes)
6 cups washed baby arugula
1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

Vinaigrette Dressing
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/4 cup minced shallots (1 large)
1 Tbls honey
1 tsp Kosher salt (adjust to taste)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup virgin olive oil

Directions

Best when made just before serving.

In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, orange juice, shallots, honey, salt and pepper. Slowly pour in olive oil, whisking continuously. If not using within an hour, cover and refrigerate the vinaigrette.

In a large salad bowl, layer baby arugula, watermelon and feta. Add mint. Drizzle vinaigrette to coat the greens lightly and then toss. Adjust spices to taste.

Serves 6 to 8

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Direct Primary Care Legislation Passes Congress

Direct Primary Care Legislation Passes Congress

Updated October 31, 2018

Thank you Congressman Tom Cole

The U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 6199 the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 on July 25 by a vote of 277-142. View votes

Our Congressman Tom Cole joined a bipartisan majority to fix an IRS problem that has prevented Oklahomans from using their health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay membership dues at MainSt. Clinic and other direct primary care (DPC) clinics across Oklahoma and the U.S.

The IRS has ruled that direct primary care (DPC) clinic membership is a “separate health plan.” Under this IRS rule, taxpayers are prevented from spending their own HSA money on membership at MainStreet Clinic or any DPC clinic – or even belonging to a DPC clinic if they are currently contributing to an HSA. Congressional action is required to fix this and overrule the IRS.

Thanks also to our Washington lobbyist Jay Keese at Capitol Advocates for his hard work over the past five years to make this happen. But we’re not finished!

Next Step: On To The Senate

What can you do?

1. Call or write Congressman Tom Cole to thank him for his leadership on this matter. Tom Cole just happens to be the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. Mr. Cole’s subcommittee has a voice in shaping health care policy and he is an important leader in Congress. Ask Mr. Cole to use his leverage to pass future legislation to permanently fix this problem (see #3 below). 

2. Contact Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford to request they do the same: support the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 in the Senate and co-sponsor the Primary Care Enhancement Act, SB 1358, with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

3. Ask Rep. Cole and Sens. Inhofe and Lankford to support future legislation to permanently fix this problem by making direct primary care (DPC) clinic membership fees normal, qualified medical expenses under Section 213(d) of the U.S. Tax Code, like other doctor’s fees already are!

Yes, this sounds confusing because it is.

What this means is that when the cost of belonging to MainSt. Clinic is considered a “qualified medical expense” by the IRS, and no longer a “separate health plan,” then your membership fees will be tax-deductible and all the problems of paying for membership with health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) or flex spending accounts (FSAs) will be eliminated!

Contact Congress:

Rep. Tom Cole

Email
2467 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6165

Sen. Jim Inhofe

Email

205 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4721

Sen. James Lankford

Email

316 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5754

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Annual Lupus Walk Raises Awareness and Money to Fight Terrible Disease

Annual Lupus Walk Raises Awareness and Money to Fight Terrible Disease

Less than one-half of one percent of Americans suffer Lupus, yet for those 1.5 million people, it is a devastating disease.

You can help easily by supporting the Lupi-Shenanigans Team this week! The annual OKC Lupus Walk is June 2nd at the OKC Zoo. Walk in OKC this Saturday if you can or donate to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of lupus, support people affected by the disease and find the cause and the cure.

MainStreet Clinic is one of two local sponsors of the Lupi-Shenanigans Team at the annual Oklahoma fundraising event this year. Donate $30 to The Lupi-Shenanigan’s Team Page and receive this cool Lupi-Shenanigans Adventure hat (while supply lasts)!

According to the Mayo Clinic, Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that prompts your body’s immune system to attack your own tissue and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of lupus is a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks. 90 percent of lupus suffers in the U.S. are women and when this facial symptom arises, it feels like terror.

Your donation will have a lasting effect on Lupus research right here in Oklahoma. All monies donated to the Oklahoma Lupus Foundation stays in our great state to work toward new drug therapies and eventually a cure. Learn more at the Oklahoma Lupus Foundation.

Lupi-Shenanigan’s Team Page: https://bit.ly/2IGF8wS

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Supercharge Your Summer Salads with High-Protein Vegetables and Grains

Supercharge Your Summer Salads with High-Protein Vegetables and Grains

Adding Protein-Rich Plant Foods to Your Diet

Getting protein in your diet from vegetables and grains is one of the best weapons you have to fight cardiovascular disease.

But how do you change your diet gradually?

Crisp, leafy salads with plant proteins are a perfect choice for those seeking high nutrition and healthy weight loss. According to Prevention Magazine, these protein-rich plant foods can help you supercharge your summer salads, soups or stir fries for better nutrition and cardiovascular health.

Many protein-rich legumes, grains and vegetables can be found right here at the Murphy Farms Store in Walters.

See recipes ideas for:

Quinoa Fiesta Stuffed Peppers

Indian-Style Red Lentil Soup

Gazpacho: Salad With A Spoon

Organic Edamame (cooked soy beans)
Protein: 18 g per 1-cup serving

Lentils
Protein: 9 g per ½-cup serving

Quinoa
Protein: 8 g per 1-cup serving

Black Beans
Protein: 7.6 g per ½-cup serving

Lima Beans
Protein: 7.3 g per ½-cup serving

Peanuts or Peanut Butter
Protein: 7 g per ¼-cup serving (or 2 Tbsp peanut butter)

Wild Rice
Protein: 6.5 g per 1-cup serving

Chickpeas
Protein: 6 g per ½-cup serving

Almonds
Protein: 6 g per ¼-cup serving

Cashews
Protein: 5 g per ¼-cup serving

Spinach
Protein: 3 g per ½-cup serving

So how much protein should we get every day?

WebMD offers these suggested amounts of protein per day:

Babies 10 g

School-age kids 19-34 g

Teenage boys up to 52 g

Teenage girls and women 46 g

Adult men 56 g

Pregnant and breastfeeding women 71 g

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The Local Y Is Your Pathway To Better Heart Health Through Exercise

The Local Y Is Your Pathway To Better Heart Health Through Exercise

Lawton Family YMCA Offers More Than 20 Healthy Exercise Classes and a Free Strength and Flexibility Test with Beginner Workout Plan

The local Y is your pathway to better heart health through exercise. The Lawton Family YMCA offers a wide range of health and exercise classes from Boot Camp to Stepping, Spinning to Water Aerobics, Yoga and many more options.

Read the current class schedule here

But how do you know what exercise plan is safe and effective for you?

Not to worry. The local Y offers the Polar USA physical test completely free to members measuring your blood pressure, heart rate, BMI, strength, and flexibility. After your assessment, the Y will help you make a beginner workout plan.

Contact the Lawton Family YMCA Welcome Center to set an appointment with the health and wellness staff. Call 580 355-9622 or visit 5 SW 5th St in Lawton.

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Improve Heart Health By Adding Plant Proteins To Your Diet

Improve Heart Health By Adding Plant Proteins To Your Diet

Diet Suggestions to Improve Heart Health

The American Heart Association warns that too much red meat in your diet can be a factor in heart disease. So how do we change gradually?

See this season’s Featured Recipe, Quinoa Fiesta Stuffed Peppers, for a new meal idea that’s tasty and heart-healthy. Quinoa is an ancient grain, one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein, and a gluten-free recipe ingredient.

According to the American Heart Association, “A healthy diet is one of the best weapons you have to fight cardiovascular disease. The food you eat (and the amount) can affect other controllable risk factors: cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes and overweight.”

Diet suggestions from the American Heart Association to improve heart health:

  • Choose nutrient-rich foods over nutrient-poor foods; look for foods rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients but are lower in calories
  • Emphasize intake of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains; include low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish, legumes, non-tropical vegetable oils, and nuts
  • Limit intake of sweets, sugar-sweetened beverages, and red meats
  • Maintain a healthy weight by coordinating diet with physical activity so you’re burning as many calories as you take in Read about

Page Link: https://healthyforgood.heart.org/

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Quinoa Fiesta Stuffed Peppers

Quinoa Fiesta Stuffed Peppers

Tasty, Heart-Healthy New Menu Idea

This season’s Featured Recipe is a tasty and heart-healthy new meal idea. Quinoa is an ancient grain, one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein, and a gluten-free recipe ingredient.

The American Heart Association encourages a healthy diet rich in vegetables and whole grains as one of the best weapons you have to fight cardiovascular disease.

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa cooked in 1 3/4 to 2 cups water
and a pinch of salt
6 bell peppers (red, orange and yellow)
1 can corn 14 oz
1 can black beans 14 oz
1-1/4 cups pico de gallo
1 to 1-1/2 tsp chili powder, add more to taste
1-1/2 tsp cumin

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Rinse quinoa and bring to boil with pinch of salt in water. Cover, reduce heat and cook 15 to 20 minutes until all water absorbed. Quinoa texture should be fluffy. Remove from heat. Mix together corn, black beans and pico de gallo with spices and gently stir into quinoa.

Halve peppers, remove seeds and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Stuff each pepper with quinoa mixture and bake for 30 minutes.

Garnish with your choice of grated cheese or sour cream, cilantro and avocado slices.

Serves 8.

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