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More Festival Health Tips!

More Festival Health Tips!

By | April 19, 2017 at 9:25 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile We still have two more weekends of festivals and this weekend is expected to reach triple digits so you need to be prepared.  I discussed the importance of hydration in last week’s article and I can’t stress it enough. Make sure you drink enough...

Posted in: Ask The Doctor, Columns, Week 04/20 - 04/26 2017

Hey Festival-Goers… Stay Hydrated!

Hey Festival-Goers… Stay Hydrated!

By | April 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile The next 3 weekends bring Coachella and Stagecoach to the valley. And with that comes heat related injuries from the high desert temperatures. Here are a few tips for festival-goers. Second Degree Burns This type of burn causes significant skin...

Posted in: Ask The Doctor, Columns, Week 04/13 - 04/19 2017

Heartburn Medication Update

Heartburn Medication Update

By | March 22, 2017 at 7:20 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Heartburn is usually a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The discomfort of reflux is caused by the upward backflow of stomach acid, bile, ingested liquids and foods into the esophagus. GERD symptoms commonly manifest as a burning type pain...

Posted in: Ask The Doctor, Columns, Week 03/23 - 03/29 2017

Okay, What’s The Deal With The Thyroid Gland?

Okay, What’s The Deal With The Thyroid Gland?

By | March 8, 2017 at 1:05 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Common complaints that patients come to see me for are fatigue and weight gain. They want to know if their thyroid is functioning properly.  An underactive thyroid can contribute to low energy levels and weight gain, but what about if the thyroid is...

Posted in: Ask The Doctor, Columns, Week 03/09 - 03/15 2017

Cancer Screening

Cancer Screening

By | February 22, 2017 at 12:20 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile  Preventive medicine is something that I practice almost every day. The guidelines for screening for cancer can change and are often confusing for everyone. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a panel of experts in primary...

Posted in: Ask The Doctor, Columns, Week 02/23 - 03/01 2017

Have You Tried Counting Sheep?

Have You Tried Counting Sheep?

By | January 18, 2017 at 11:05 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Dear Dr. Kadile,  my friend takes melatonin to help her sleep.  Does it really work? - Lyn, La Q uinta Lyn, melatonin is a natural hormone supplement that can assist with sleep. It is not meant to be like a traditional “sleeping...

Posted in: Ask The Doctor, Columns, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

How are you feeling?

How are you feeling?

By | January 4, 2017 at 8:05 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Dear Dr. Kadile, my doctor recently diagnosed me with sinusitis and prescribed antibiotics. I have family coming to visit for the holidays, am I contagious? Jack, Palm Desert   Jack, sinusitis will generally start out as a cold or upper...

Posted in: Ask The Doctor, Columns, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

Cold Season (cough) Is Back…

Cold Season (cough) Is Back…

By | December 7, 2016 at 2:55 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Dr. Kadile, I know antibiotics don’t work against the common cold, but is there anything I can take that would make a cold go away faster? - Jill, La Quinta Jill, you are correct, antibiotics do not work against the common cold and that includes a...

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Turkey Day Advice

Turkey Day Advice

By | November 22, 2016 at 4:05 am | No comments

Dr. Kadile, my relatives get sleepy after eating the Thanksgiving meal. Is it true turkey can put you to sleep? - Roger, Indio Roger, I think we are taught as children, that eating turkey will cause sleepiness because it contains tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid...

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Common Medical Myths That Just Aren’t True

Common Medical Myths That Just Aren’t True

By | October 28, 2016 at 12:10 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile The stuff that “people say” or “my mother would always tell me”… Cold weather causes colds. This is something my mother is still convinced is true. The reality is that colds are caused by a virus that you get from being infected from other...

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Cold & Flu Season

Cold & Flu Season

By | September 28, 2016 at 9:04 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Cold and flu season is just around the corner and soon unlucky individuals will be complaining about runny noses, sneezing, cough, congestion and body aches. As I’ve always stressed, it’s important to drink plenty of water, obtain adequate sleep,...

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Zika Virus Update

Zika Virus Update

By | September 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Since I last wrote about the Zika Virus in February 2016, there have been laboratory confirmed cases of the virus in 48 states. As of August 24, 2016, Zika has not been confirmed in Alaska and Wyoming. Florida is the only state where local mosquitoes have...

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Your Weekly Dose Of Advice

Your Weekly Dose Of Advice

By | August 18, 2016 at 4:02 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadille Dr. Kadile, I always thought that taking a baby aspirin a day was good for my health, but I recently heard that isn’t true. What do you recommend? John, Indio John, aspirin originally came from willow bark and its key ingredient, salicylic acid, has...

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More Benefits of Omega 3 Fish Oil !

More Benefits of Omega 3 Fish Oil !

By | August 3, 2016 at 8:30 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile I have frequently discussed the benefits of Omega 3 fish oil in the past. I have mentioned how it can benefit the heart and the brain. Well, here are some more benefits for this over the counter supplement. Specifically, Omega-3 Fatty Acids can be...

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Sleep

Sleep

By | July 21, 2016 at 9:04 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile An adequate amount of sleep is extremely important for a person’s overall well- being. Poor sleep or not enough sleep adversely affects a person’s health, physically and mentally. The necessary amount of sleep needed varies from individual to...

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Now… It’s Hot!

Now… It’s Hot!

By | June 24, 2016 at 12:10 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile My last article was about heat related illness. As I’m writing the column for this week, it’s 122 degrees outside, so I thought it would be important to again educate you about surviving in this heat. The most important thing to do would be to stay...

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It’s Heating Up…

It’s Heating Up…

By | June 12, 2016 at 12:04 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile We’ve had a pretty mild April and May, but the heat is coming. By the time you are reading this article it will probably be over 100 degrees. It’s that time of year again to talk about heat related injuries. Second Degree Burns This type of burn...

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Sleep Soundly With This Advice

Sleep Soundly With This Advice

By | May 19, 2016 at 8:18 pm | No comments

Dr. Kadile, I am having trouble going to sleep. My friend tells me to just have a few beers  before bedtime. What is the best type of alcohol for sleep? - Tony, DHS Tony, no alcohol is good for sleep. While alcohol can cause drowsiness and sleepiness, it actually disrupts...

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Supplements and Vitamins

Supplements and Vitamins

By | May 6, 2016 at 1:21 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile A review of supplements and vitamins that I commonly use in my practice. Consult with your physician if you are currently taking any prescription medication before trying any over the counter supplements. Dear Dr. Kadile, what is a good dose for...

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What is Hospice Care?

What is Hospice Care?

By | April 7, 2016 at 2:24 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile I have been the Medical Director for a local hospice company, Serenity Hospice for the past 5 years. I have found my experience as a hospice physician to be very rewarding and enlightening. While most people understand that hospice is meant for the...

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More Questions for the Doc…

More Questions for the Doc…

By | March 24, 2016 at 6:05 pm | No comments

Dear Dr. Kadile, my doctor recently diagnosed me with sinusitis and prescribed antibiotics. I have family coming to visit, am I contagious? - Jack, Palm Desert Jack, sinusitis will generally start out as a cold or upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. The...

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Facts About E-Cigarettes

Facts About E-Cigarettes

By | March 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm | No comments

You may have seen them at large social events or in restaurants, night clubs or bars. People smoking what appears to be a cigarette or cigar but they are not. They are emitting vapors from electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes or “E-cigarettes” look like cigarettes in...

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Here We Go… It’s Cold And Flu Season!

Here We Go… It’s Cold And Flu Season!

By | February 25, 2016 at 1:28 am | No comments

Dear Dr. Kadile, I feel sick with a runny nose, cough and congestion. My mucus is green, do I need antibiotics? - Carol, La Quinta Carol, this subject regarding the color of one’s mucus or phlegm determining the need for antibiotics is another one of the most frustrating...

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The Latest Virus In The News Recently Is Zika

The Latest Virus In The News Recently Is Zika

By | February 11, 2016 at 5:14 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile What is the Zika Virus? Zika virus is a type of virus similar yellow fever, West Nile, dengue and Japanese encephalitis viruses. People are infected by a mosquito bite, specifically from an Aedes species mosquito.  The virus is mostly in South and...

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It’s Important To Practice Good Hygiene

It’s Important To Practice Good Hygiene

By | January 28, 2016 at 12:22 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile I have discussed and educated about the importance of regular hand washing in the prevention of getting sick or spreading disease. Hey Doc, my wife is insistent that we take the bedspread or comforter off the bed when we stay at a hotel because it is...

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Facts Less Known About Testosterone

Facts Less Known About Testosterone

By | January 14, 2016 at 12:03 am | No comments

Dr. Peter, I exercise regularly, eat right and feel I get enough sleep, but in the past few years I’ve noticed increasing fatigue, loss of sex drive and sometimes feeling depressed. I’m only 42, is there such a thing as “male menopause”? - Terry, Indio Terry, by...

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The Word Of The Week: “Vitamin”

The Word Of The Week: “Vitamin”

By | December 10, 2015 at 3:58 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Dr. Peter, I’ve been hearing a lot about Vitamin D. I’m outside a lot, how do I know if I’m getting enough? - Lisa, Cathedral City Lisa, your body does make its own vitamin D from sunlight. Exposing your bare skin is the best way for your body to...

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Turkey, Potatoes, and Stuffing with a side of Sleepiness and Heartburn…

Turkey, Potatoes, and Stuffing with a side of Sleepiness and Heartburn…

By | November 25, 2015 at 9:27 pm | No comments

Dr. Kadile, my relatives get sleepy after eating the Thanksgiving meal. Is it true turkey can put you to sleep? - Roger, Indio Roger, I think we are taught as children, that eating turkey will cause sleepiness because it contains tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that...

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Probiotics

Probiotics

By | November 12, 2015 at 1:38 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile You’ve probably heard of probiotic supplements by now. Probiotics are now commonly seen or mentioned in television, radio and internet ads. What are probiotics? Micro-organisms that are intentionally taken to benefit health. We usually think of...

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Not Irritated To Answer Irritation Questions

Not Irritated To Answer Irritation Questions

By | October 29, 2015 at 2:10 am | No comments

By Dr.Peter Kadile Dear Dr. K, my son has a rash on his arm and was told by the school nurse that it was ringworm. The nurse told him to just have us apply cream used for athlete’s foot. Why should we use cream meant for a person’s foot for a rash on his arm? - Lloyd,...

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The Battle Against Influenza

The Battle Against Influenza

By | October 15, 2015 at 4:12 am | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile Despite the temperature still hovering in the 100’s, it’s already October and cold and flu season is just around the corner. As I’ve always stressed, it’s important to drink plenty of water, obtain adequate sleep, supplement with vitamin D and most...

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Should I Take Fish Oil?

Should I Take Fish Oil?

By | October 1, 2015 at 12:14 am | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile If you would like to improve your health, you may need to take nutritional supplements depending upon your diet and activity. It is easy to get confused with the multitude of nutritional supplements available. Of the thousands of products out there, I...

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The Stone Cold Facts… About Stones

The Stone Cold Facts… About Stones

By | September 16, 2015 at 11:42 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Dr. Peter, my brother has had several episodes of passing kidney stones. I heard they are painful, is there a chance I could have them? -Ron, Indio Kidney stones (renal lithiasis) are small masses that can form in the kidney. Depending on the size of the...

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West Nile Virus: Not Just For The Birds

West Nile Virus: Not Just For The Birds

By | September 3, 2015 at 2:58 am | No comments

Dr. Kadile, I just heard that more local mosquitoes were found to carry West Nile Virus. Should I be worried? - Krystal, Desert Hot Springs Krystal, West Nile has been detected in 91 mosquito samples so far this year in the Coachella Valley. This is the second highest year of...

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What You Need To *hic* Know About Hiccups

What You Need To *hic* Know About Hiccups

By | August 5, 2015 at 6:35 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Dr. Kadile, I frequently will have hiccups after drinking beer but not wine. The hiccups will usually last until I sleep them off and be gone by the morning. What exactly causes hiccups and is there a faster way to get rid of them? - Joan, La Quinta Joan,...

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