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The Summer Heat Is Upon Us!

The Summer Heat Is Upon Us!

By | June 18, 2015 at 1:06 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Please drink water and don’t take the desert heat for granted. The following are some Heat Related Injuries that are easily preventable. Second Degree Burns This type of burn causes significant skin damage and forms blisters. I have treated several...

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Advice From The Heart

Advice From The Heart

By | June 3, 2015 at 10:35 pm | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile Dr. Kadile, I exercise and try and follow a healthy diet. I don’t take any medication and my doctor hasn’t diagnosed me with any significant medical problems. Should I take a daily aspirin to play it safe and prevent a heart attack? Walter, Palm...

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For Whatever Ails You…

For Whatever Ails You…

By | May 13, 2015 at 10:33 pm | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile Hey Dr. Kadile, my son frequently gets ear infections after being in the pool for awhile. Will he have to get tubes for his ears? -Kathy, Desert Hot Springs Kathy, your son most likely has frequent outer ear infections (otitis externa), commonly know as...

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The Sun: Your Best Friend And Worst Enemy

The Sun: Your Best Friend And Worst Enemy

By | May 7, 2015 at 12:02 am | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile Summer isn’t officially here yet, but it’s getting hotter. We need to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. Dear Dr. Kadile, what is a good SPF for sunscreen? -Brendan, Palm Springs Brendan, SPF stands for Sun Protection...

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Is Coffee Your Daily Grind?

Is Coffee Your Daily Grind?

By | April 22, 2015 at 10:20 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile I am a regular coffee drinker and I start my typical work day with a cup of fresh coffee at Old Town Coffee Company which is in my office building. The coffee gets my day going and actually helps me concentrate and think clearer. Scientists have discovered...

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Menopause & Andropause

Menopause & Andropause

By | April 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Doc, my wife is having trouble sleeping and she is sweating a lot at night. Could she be in menopause? She’s only 46 and I think she still gets her period. Larry, Desert Hot Springs Larry, menopause is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility,...

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Take Two And Call Me In The Morning

Take Two And Call Me In The Morning

By | March 26, 2015 at 12:52 am | No comments

Dr. Peter, what is the difference between sea salt and regular table salt? - Ervin, Cathedral City Ervin, sea salt is produced from the ocean and table salt is mined from underground salt deposits. Sea salt crystals tend to be larger and have more unique flavors compared to...

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Urinary Tract Infections (U.T.I.s)

Urinary Tract Infections (U.T.I.s)

By | March 12, 2015 at 1:00 am | No comments

Dr. K, I get urinary tract infections all the time, how can I prevent them? -Jane, Indio Jane, urinary tract infections are very common conditions that are treated by primary care physicians, emergency rooms and urgent cares. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by germs,...

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Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Medicine

By | February 26, 2015 at 11:50 am | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile I’ve had several new patients recently who did not know what a DO is and wondered if I would be able to prescribe medication. I have been practicing medicine for almost 20 years and sometimes take it for granted that everybody knows what a DO or...

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The Measles

The Measles

By | February 11, 2015 at 8:45 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile The latest disease making headlines is no longer the Ebola virus, but the measles. The measles outbreak in the United States is relatively small compared to underdeveloped countries, but is notable because the disease was declared eradicated in this...

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The Doctor Knows Best

The Doctor Knows Best

By | January 29, 2015 at 12:42 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Dr. K, I have been having a lot of leg cramps lately, especially at night. I’ve started to take some potassium supplements, but the cramps continue. Anything else I can try? -Terry, Indio Terry, leg cramps or muscle cramps in general, can have many...

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Get A Clue About The Flu

Get A Clue About The Flu

By | January 15, 2015 at 10:00 am | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Well it’s cold and flu season again. I have seen a lot more flu this season in my patients, family and friends. Symptoms can range in severity from fatigue, body aches, nausea, vomiting, cough, sore throat and fevers. I would like to mention a few...

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Styes, Headaches & Arthritis

Styes, Headaches & Arthritis

By | January 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm | No comments

Dear Dr. Kadile, I noticed a painful, red bump on my lower right eyelid this morning, It looks like a pimple near the eyelashes, but my friend said it is a stye and I would need antibiotic eye drops. Should I be worried? -Tracy, La Quinta Tracy, sounds like you are describing...

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Christmas Nutrition

Christmas Nutrition

By | December 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile Every year, my patients use the holiday season as an excuse or “free pass” not to watch their diet so they can enjoy the Christmas parties, cookies, candy and sweets that are a mainstay of December. When January comes, it’s not unusual for patients to...

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Cold, Flu & Vitamins

Cold, Flu & Vitamins

By | December 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Hello Dr. Kadile, what is the difference between a cold and the flu? -John, Desert Hot Springs John, a cold is a milder respiratory illness when compared to the flu. A cold typically starts out with a sore throat and then leads to sinus congestion, runny...

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Go Ahead… Ask Him Anything.

Go Ahead… Ask Him Anything.

By | November 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm | No comments

Hey Doc, my wife took my blood pressure the other night and said it was too low. I felt fine. I’m not on any medications. Should I be concerned? -Harry, La Quinta Harry, normal blood pressure is generally considered to be around 120/80, but can vary for each individual, so...

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Cold Virus

Cold Virus

By | November 6, 2014 at 12:21 am | No comments

Dr. Peter, my neighbor just got diagnosed with shingles. I heard it’s a miserable experience, is it contagious? Mindy, DHS Mindy, a person does not get shingles (Herpes Zoster) when they come in contact with someone who has it. When someone has gotten over the chicken pox,...

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Artritis

Artritis

By | October 22, 2014 at 6:25 pm | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile Doc, I play a lot of guitar and my hands will hurt the next day. The pain is almost every day now, do I have arthritis? -Mark, Morongo Valley Mark, you may have osteoarthritis of the hands. Arthritis is a general term which means inflammation of the joints....

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What You Need To Know About Ebola…

What You Need To Know About Ebola…

By | October 8, 2014 at 4:10 pm | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile Viruses are again making national and even international headlines. Ebola virus is still a significant problem in Africa and the virus is still making its presence known in this country in Dallas, Texas, where Thomas Duncan is the first person to be...

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What Is A Colonic?

What Is A Colonic?

By | September 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile I received a call at my office the other day asking if I performed colonics. I don’t perform that procedure but let’s talk about it. What is a colonic? Colon cleansing, colon irrigation, high colonics or colonic hydrotherapy is when water is infused...

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A Breath of Fresh Advice

A Breath of Fresh Advice

By | September 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm | No comments

Dr. Kadile, I’m always worried that I have bad breath. What is the best type of gum to prevent this? -Victor, Desert Hot Springs Victor, several preventive measures should be taken before using gum for bad breath (halitosis). A variety of things, including diet, medication,...

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You Asked… He Answered

You Asked… He Answered

By | August 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile Ebola Update Just an FYI as a follow up to my Ebola article two weeks ago, the two American missionaries that contracted the disease have been released from the hospital. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were discharged from Emory University Hospital last...

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The Ebola Virus

The Ebola Virus

By | August 13, 2014 at 10:19 am | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile The Ebola virus has been in the nation’s headlines for the past few weeks since two American missionaries contracted the disease in Liberia and have been flown back to the United States. I’ve encountered a lot of different opinions regarding the...

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Be Conscious of What You Ingest

Be Conscious of What You Ingest

By | July 30, 2014 at 5:35 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Doc, I’ve been having a lot of heartburn lately. I don’t want to take medication for it, what can I do? -Matthew, La Quinta Matthew, heartburn is usually a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The discomfort of reflux is caused by the...

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The Answers Keep On Coming

The Answers Keep On Coming

By | July 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile Dr. K, I’m seeing more of those fancy hand dryers in public restrooms. Are they better than the paper towels? Lawrence, Rancho Mirage Lawrence, while hand dryers may be better for the environment since they don’t use paper, they are not as effective as...

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Osteopath vs Chiropractor

Osteopath vs Chiropractor

By | July 2, 2014 at 6:50 pm | No comments

Dr. Kadile, I know that you are an Osteopathic physician, but what is the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor? -Cynthia, Bermuda Dunes Cynthia, osteopaths (D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) and chiropractors (D.C. or Doctor of Chiropractic) have...

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Your Burning Questions Answered

Your Burning Questions Answered

By | June 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile I answered a few questions regarding skin protection from the sun in my last article. On a related note, I would like to mention heat related injuries that I frequently encounter in my practice, especially during the summer. Second Degree Burns This...

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Summer Forecast… Lots Of Sun

Summer Forecast… Lots Of Sun

By | June 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Well, the heat is upon us, so I thought I would entertain some questions related to our summer desert living. Dear Dr. Kadile, what is a good SPF for sunscreen? -Brendan, Palm Springs Brendan, SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and ranges from 2 to...

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MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome)

MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome)

By | May 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm | No comments

Dr. Kadile, I’ve been hearing a lot about MERS on the news. Isn’t it like SARS, except from the Middle East instead of China?  - Jake, DHS Jake, MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) and SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) do have some similarities. MERS is a...

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Advice to Musicians from a Physician

Advice to Musicians from a Physician

By | May 7, 2014 at 6:24 pm | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile As a physician and a musician in the local band, The Refills, I will sometimes get asked for medical advice by my fellow musicians. With the Coachella Valley Weekly Music Awards coming up on Sunday, May 18th, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss a...

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Whatever Ails You…

Whatever Ails You…

By | April 23, 2014 at 5:13 pm | No comments

Hey Dr. Kadile, my son frequently gets ear infections after being in the pool for awhile. Will he have to get tubes for his ears? Kathy, Desert Hot Springs Kathy, your son most likely has frequent outer ear infections (otitis externa), commonly know as “swimmers ear”. The...

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Hygiene Matters

Hygiene Matters

By | April 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm | No comments

Dear Dr. Kadile, I work in the fitness industry as a personal trainer. I frequently work at several different gyms with different clients in one day. Is using hand sanitizer between gyms and clients as good as washing my hands? -Lyn, La Quinta Lyn, gyms and fitness equipment...

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Have You Tried Counting Sheep?

Have You Tried Counting Sheep?

By | March 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm | No comments

By Dr. Peter Kadile Dear Dr. Kadile, I have difficulty sleeping sometimes. What is the minimum amount of time a person needs to sleep? Joan, Indian Wells Joan, adequate amount of sleep is extremely important for a person’s overall well- being. Poor sleep or not enough sleep...

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THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING

THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING

By | March 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm | No comments

Hello Dr. Kadile, I have a friend who only smokes cigarettes when she drinks. She says she is not a smoker, because she doesn’t smoke regularly. This is still bad for you, isn’t it? -Tracy, La Quinta Tracy, I frequently encounter a similar situation when I am obtaining a...

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Vitamin D2 & D3, Tuberculosis

Vitamin D2 & D3, Tuberculosis

By | February 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm | No comments

By Dr Peter Kadile Dr. Kadile, you have mentioned the benefits of vitamin D in one of your previous columns. When I was looking to buy some vitamin D, there are some brands that simply say “Vitamin D” and some that say “Vitamin D3”. Is there a difference? Charlie, La...

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