What's the Deal with Detoxing?

Each summer, we all start to hear about the latest tends on how to get that great summer body. Quick and easy ways to lose weight are plastered all over magazines and television. One of the most popular annual trends is detoxing.

Detox drinks/teas such as a mix of apple cider vinegar, turmeric, lemon or other ingredients are said to help us get rid of unwanted fat; regulate blood sugar, speed up our metabolism and more. Fitness experts and celebrities alike swear by these detox cleanses. So, what’s the deal? Does detoxing work?

According to Dr. Thomas Beers of SIMEDHealth Digestive Disease Associates, the evidence just isn’t there. The definition of a toxin is: a poisonous substance, esp. one that is produced by bacteria and causes disease. However, this definition (observed by medical professionals) is unrelated to the definition used by weight loss companies to sell products.

As Dr. Beers said, “There is no proven benefit to any ‘detox’ agent and no proven weight loss benefit.”

More often than not, digestive issues such as reflux, diarrhea and constipation are too complex to be treated with a cleanse or detox agent. The same can be said for weight loss. Each person’s metabolism and body is different. In order to lose weight, you and your doctor should come up with a plan that works for you, rather than relying on trends.

What Dr. Beers does recommend?

“Eat a balanced diet of fruit and vegetables in moderate portions. Don’t eat before bedtime. Don’t drink excessively and don’t smoke tobacco at all,” he said. “Since there are no proven health benefits, I would not recommend it.  Be especially careful regarding spending your money.  They can harm your pocketbook.  A walk outside in the park (early or late in the day this time of year) would be of greater digestive health benefit,”

Having digestive troubles? Click here to learn more about SIMEDHealth DDA can help you. 

SIMED Introduces New Partner: DDA

Digestive Disease Associate of North Florida GI doctor reviews imaging

Digestive Disease Associates has been caring for North Florida patients for more than 38 years. With twelve physicians, a pathologist, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, DDA is well equipped to help with all your gastrointestinal health needs.

The physicians are board certified in gastroenterology and treat all GI cases. Many of the physicians have special interest areas such as therapeutic endoscopy, pancreatobiliary disease, Crohn’s disease, fecal incontinence, hepatitis and liver disease.  Browse through their website for more information.

To ensure you get the personalized care you deserve, each physician has a team of staff that will familiarize themselves with your case and offer you the best service possible.

DDA recently introduced FibroScan equipment to the office to offer cutting edge evaluations of the liver.

Outpatient Colonoscopy, Upper Endoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy procedures are completed at the North Florida GI Center conveniently located directly across the hall from the DDA clinic.  Digestive Disease Associate’s Pathology Lab provides slide development with interpretation by the on-site Pathologist for individualized, speedy results. Inpatient GI consultations and procedures are provided at the North Florida Regional Medical Center.

DDA is located in the North Florida Regional Medical plaza on the third floor of the Medical Arts Building at 6400 Newberry Road, Suite 302. DDA is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. DDA accepts all major insurance plans. Your patient information for DDA and SIMED will be easily accessible to both facilities for more streamlined service.

To schedule an appointment with DDA, call 352-331-8902 or visit their website to learn more.

Digestive Disease Associates of North Florida (DDA) is located on Newberry Road and offers patients GI Assistance.

SIMED, Digestive Disease Associates Form New Healthcare System

SIMED Proud to Introduce SIMED Health with Digestive Disease Associates

Southeastern Integrated Medical has exciting news for you about our future.

SIMED and Digestive Disease Associates of North Florida Inc. (“DDA”) will combine practices to create a new multi-specialty health system. The new health system, SIMED Health, LLC, will bring our efforts together and strengthen our ability to provide patients with quality, cost-effective healthcare.

Benefits to Patients of the New Healthcare System

1.Same Great Experience You Expect
The immediate impact will be minimal for our patients. You should expect the same great experiences you have become comfortable with at SIMED and DDA to continue under SIMED Health. The staff, physicians, and locations will all stay the same.

2. Electronic Records & Connectivity
Your medical records will remain in the same secure location. However, over time, electronic connectivity between the different locations will develop and enhance the efficiency with which your healthcare provider obtains your information.

3. Improvement in Healthcare Experience
By combining resources, SIMED Health will have unparalleled data analysis capabilities. Using data, SIMED Health physicians will have access to resources only available to larger practices. They will be able to examine how to deliver efficient, effective healthcare to you focusing on your experiences and improved outcomes.

Benefits to the Communities of the New Healthcare System

1. Higher Quality of Care
Based on peer review statistics from the region, SIMED physicians score in the highest percentiles on quality metrics. This means SIMED patients are more likely to receive care that achieves their desired results. The same statistics also show that the SIMED patient’s total cost of care is lower than average. We all benefit from bringing the knowledge SIMED has acquired over years of achieving these results to other physicians in our communities.

2. Greater Healthcare Options within the Community
While there are times large healthcare systems are necessary, in most situations, the same quality healthcare can be provided at independent healthcare facilities and practices.  Independent healthcare is important to ensure we all have lower cost, higher quality treatment options available to us, and SIMED provides a proven foundation and opportunity for independent healthcare groups to remain strong and viable.

3. Lower the Cost of Health Care
When healthcare is attached to a hospital system, the cost increases dramatically. It is everyone’s responsibility to try to lower the total cost of healthcare, and we take that responsibility seriously. We understand that for many patients, the out-of-pocket healthcare expenses are skyrocketing.

SIMED Health will continue to serve our communities and offer more opportunities for improved affordability of healthcare.  Our communities will continue to benefit as we develop and expand opportunities for physicians to be part of a reliable, sustainable, independent network of medical groups.

Benefits to SIMED Health Employees

1. Sustained Relevance
The topics mentioned above provide a secure foundation upon which our healthcare system will remain a viable, relevant system for the indefinite future.

2. Greater Opportunities
By increasing our employee numbers, we anticipate enhanced benefit packages and the ability to further amplify our staff and manager development programs.

We are so excited to involve everyone in this new venture. Please continue to check back for updates.

More details will follow as we move closer to SIMED Health beginning operations April 1, 2018.