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Anxiety

It is of interest that anxiety most commonly follows along with feelings of depression. Like depression, it can be shrugged off as just a symptom of the times we are living in, so we think it is not really a mental health condition.

Jun 30th, 2021
Why choose the direct primary care model?

The biggest advantage to a patient who enrolls in a DPC practice is more time with his or her physician. Many research studies have shown that patients want more time and attention from their physician as well as easier access.

Jun 25th, 2021
Fat Shaming

What is “fat shaming”?  It’s the attitude that our society has towards overweight people, essentially believing that they are overweight because they chose to be -- because they ate too much and did not exercise enough.

Jun 25th, 2021
Urgent Care at Garcia Family Medicine

This is a true story.  One of my patients was preparing a birthday party for her daughter.  She was slicing avocados and proceeded to slice her hand.  Her husband said, “Quick!  Go to the ER!”  She said “No, I’m going to see Dr. Tess!”

Jun 23rd, 2021
So What Is Direct Primary Care?

It’s medicine the way it used to be, your Family Physician caring for you when you need to be cared for, not being shoved off to a lower level practitioner until you can fit into the doctor’s busy schedule when she can take time away from meeting...

Apr 5th, 2021
Look Out, Ladies! Omv! Is After Your Vagina!!!

I cannot believe what I just read in my email. Vagisil has a new product called OMV! Apparently, they have created scented wipes and cleansers for young teenage girls to use on their parts.

Mar 8th, 2021
What Is Direct Primary Care?

So what is direct primary care? It’s medicine the way it used to be, your Family Physician caring for you when you need to be cared for, not being shoved off to a lower level practitioner until you can fit into the doctor’s busy schedule when...

Jun 22nd, 2020
Our Story

GFM Weight Management is the brainchild of Dr. Theresa (Tess) Garcia, a Family Physician who has practiced in Eastern Jackson County, Missouri for 20 years. All this time, she has seen many patients with weight problems and realized that...

Mar 26th, 2020
The Basal Metabolic Rate

In my last blog on calories, I described now calorie-restricted diets do not work. Basically, the advice to Eat Less and Move More is a cruel joke. It doesn’t work. People are trying and, as I said in my last blog, they lose weight for six months,...

Aug 26th, 2019
Let’s Talk About Calories

Why talk about calories? Because they are used to define weight management goals and methods. And I am going to suggest that they are getting too much attention and that they really don’t fit into the metabolic processes of the human body.

Aug 9th, 2019
The Problem With Today’s Carbohydrates

In my recent article, The Enemy In Plain Sight, I talked about how the government had decided that saturated fat was to be avoided, leading to the food pyramid with fat at the top and grains and cereals as the base,...

Jul 11th, 2019
Insulin Resistance

In my last blog, I talked about the blood sugar effects of carbohydrates and the resultant effect on insulin. So let’s talk about insulin today.

Jun 19th, 2019
The Enemy In Plain Sight

Although things are changing in the world view of weight management, for fifty years there has been one mantra spoken to us by most doctors: “Eat a diet low in fat, and replace it with carbohydrates.” 

Jun 18th, 2019
Our Approach To Weight Loss

The opening slide at the Obesity Medicine Association’s Fundamentals of Obesity Medicine course says “All Diets Succeed. All Diets Fail.” This is true and there are biophysical reasons why they do (I will address these mechanisms in later blogs).

May 30th, 2019