TIO launches new series featuring Telluride Medical Center doctors

TIO launches new series featuring Telluride Medical Center doctors

[click “Play” to hear Susan’s conversation with Gordon Reichard and Dr. Sharon Grundy]


Health news you can use every other Monday

Dr. Sharon Grundy
Dr. Sharon Grundy

For 33 years, the Telluride Medical Center has provided health care services to Telluride and the 7,500 residents scattered throughout the R 1 School District. The Med Center is also the only 24-hour emergency facility within 65 miles. As a mountain town in a challenging, remote environment, a thriving medical center is vital to our community’s health. A brand new series on Telluride Inside… and Out features news you can use from the doctors at the Telluride Medical Center. Every other Monday, the column, To Your Health, will focus on news you can use to live a healthier life.

Remember the apple? No, not the one from the Garden that got us all in trouble. The one you take daily to keep the doctor away? Preventative medicine has come a long way since the original prototype. Now the challenge is making sense of the proliferation of received wisdom to make the right choices even about something as basic as which tests are essential. What should be routine in a “routine” check-up?

Kate & Gordon
KateWadley, Gordon Reichard

The modern medico-industrial complex hums along driven by headlines such as “Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer?” (See Dr. Kent Gaylord’s article in the recent Telluride Medical Center’s newsletter, “Health Care Updates”) Is sugar really poison is all forms? (see The New York Times, April 2011).

And the line between normal and not normal, nice to know and need to know, is really a vast a no man’s land. We need men and women all dressed up in white to help us navigate the mine fields.

How little sleep can a person get away with? Do detoxes and cleanses really work to clean the system and lose weight? Vitamin D is the new black dress. What does it do and how best to injest? Do I need to be out in the sun with no sunblock for 20 minutes a day or 20 minutes a week? And how do I make sense of the label on sunscreens? On food products? What are the early warning signs of heart disease and do they differ in men and women? Is there a relationship between sex and overall health? What are the pros and cons of living at high altitude?

Gordon Reichard is the Chief Administrator at the Telluride Medical Center. Dr. Sharon Grundy is Medical Director of Primary Care. Dr. Grundy is both an allopathic physician (conventional Western medicine) with a degree from University of Miami and a recent graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, where she earned a fellowship in alternative healing practices.

Click the “play” button to hear Reichard talk about services provides by the Telluride Medical Center and its vision for the future. Listen to Dr. Grundy talk about her approach to medicine and her team of doctors.

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