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By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
June 15, 2020

Follow these tips to help you stay healthy right now.

Right now is the perfect time to talk about ways to boost your immune system. As a Preventive Medicine physician here in Rome, NY, Dr. boost immune systemCamille Dillard and her team focus on lifestyle changes and simple preventive measures you can take every day to bolster your body’s natural defenses. While there is no magic pill, there are some things you can start doing now to boost your immune system,

Consume Good Bacteria

Our gut microbiome plays a major role in our health, from supporting our immune systems to aiding in digestion. There is even a link between your gut health and your mental health (known as the gut-brain connection). When unhealthy and healthy bacteria within the gut are out of whack, you’ll know it. This can lead to high blood sugar, weight gain, digestive complaints and even anxiety and depression. It’s highly recommended that you add prebiotics and probiotics to your diet to improve your gut health.

Prebiotics are found in a lot of whole grains and plant-based foods and they help good bacteria in the gut to thrive. Probiotics can be found in yogurt and other fermented foods such as kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi. If you are concerned about nutritional deficiencies or your current diet, our Rome, NY, Preventive Medicine physician can provide you with high-quality supplements and vitamins.

Get Up and Moving Every Day

Getting your steps in every week doesn’t have to be that difficult. In fact, you only need about 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity each week to reap the health benefits of exercise. While we know that sheltering in place can certainly reduce your need to move, a brisk walk outside, going to remote areas nearby to hike or just doing a simple at-home workout routine can help you feel better and boost your immune system.

Get Some Sleep

Poor or inadequate sleep is typically to blame when someone starts coming down with an illness. It’s important that you are getting anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Quality sleep helps us to wake up refreshed and restored. Having trouble sleeping? Try these helpful tips on sleep hygiene and see if your sleep improves over the next couple of days.

Here at Natural Health Center in Rome, NY, our team is here to provide you with everything from chiropractic care and prolotherapy to psychotherapy and nutritional supplementation. We provide our patients with the comprehensive health care and wellness they need to lead long, healthy and happy lives. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment please call 888-338-WELL.

By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
June 05, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: health care system  

Illness Care System


Definition: a field of endeavor whose identity, purpose, mission, goals, structure, process, outcomes, habits and culture are centered on the creation, aiding and promotion of illness, independent of the intent.


This extended definition sums up the so-called “health care system” particularly, but not solely in the US.


Bluntly stated, illness profits. Yes, people should be rightfully be remunerated for providing a much-needed service. But human beings were designed to be in health, not kept imprisoned in illness.


“For where a man’s treasure is, there will his heart be also.” Or in more modern phraseology, Follow the money”. Most of our “health care system” dollars derived from insurance premiums are spent on disease.


The closest the illness care system gets to true health care is the provision clinical preventive services (CPS); mammograms, STI (sexually transmitted infections), colonoscopies, etc. Now offering CPS is helpful as well as important, but is not truly the same as preventive care. CPS avoids health behavior modification (HBM). It is next to impossible to do HBM in a 10-minute visit. However, health begins with accurate knowledge, understanding, good application (healthy choices), development of a culture and environment for health.

By Camille Dillard, DO, Health & Wellness PC
June 03, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: doctor   wellness  

The English word for “doctor” comes from the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) root word “dek”, to "take, accept”, which in Latin means wellness“teacher”. (Etymology Online)

The problem is we have been psychologized from ancient times only to show up at a doctor’s office when we are sick. In ancient times, the doctor only came to the house when someone was ill when we did not have the elaborate and often inefficient massive health care system of today, which is more appropriately named “illness care system”. The family which served as the “doctor” from the beginning of civilization, and often still serves as the “doctor” did the triage and treatment at home. However, we have lost much of the knowledge of “using our food as our medicine” to promote health. But there has been a quiet revolution going on for over 40 years to restore this operating principle. Health begins not at the doctor’s office, but with the dirt (soil) you are standing on and often take for granted. Hence, health STARTS and is Maintained at home.


But are all mechanics? Are all computer specialists? Are all attorneys? Are all construction workers? The obvious answer is no. So not all are physicians. Even within the health care system, there is an array of specialists. Specialists are people with expertise within certain areas of knowledge. Doctors are here to help you take care of the most valuable piece of equipment you have, your body. Without your body, you cease to exist here in the earth and your house, family, money, gifts, talents, and all other material as well as non-material things have no impact. So, if you are not a specialist in health, then you need to cultivate a formal relationship with an expert in health and this is would be your wellness doctor.


Why do you need a doctor? The truth is the American population is sick. We know this by the epidemics of diabetes, obesity (overweight), physical inactivity, poor eating and sleep habits. All of which leads to an immunocompromised population that has had an explosion of various autoimmune disorders and left highly vulnerable to all sorts of highly contagious pathogens. Many are walking timebombs waiting to explode. Wouldn’t it be nice if we show up to the doctor’s office before we are detonated? I know my Emergency Medicine colleagues would be most grateful for the lighter workload.


So, the long and short of it, show up to the doctor when you are well. Do not wait until your body’s transmission seizes up before you seek care. You are worth far more than your vehicle, car, house, etc.


Dr. Camille Dillard and her team can guide you on the path to better nutrition and better health right here in Rome, NY. Call us today at 888-338-WELL to start on your path to wellness.