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Anxiety Jun 30th, 2021

Well, May was Mental Health Month.  And I wrote some more about Mental Health during May but was overtaken by events.  Still, it’s a good blog so I’m going to publish it anyway even though it’s June. In my May blog, I said that depression and anxiety were the two...

Why choose the direct primary care model? Jun 25th, 2021

Why choose the direct primary care model? What is direct primary care? Why would you change to this model from a traditional primary care office? More importantly, why choose Dr. Tess at Garcia and Garcia Family Medicine - A Direct Primary Care of Eastern Jackson County? These are important questions....

Fat Shaming Jun 25th, 2021

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 -- and that, if only they had the willpower, they should be able to...

Urgent Care at Garcia Family Medicine Jun 23rd, 2021

This is a true story.  One of my patients was preparing a birthday party for her daughter (and it sounded like it was going to be one BIG party).  She was slicing avocados and proceeded to slice her hand.  Her husband said, “Quick!  Go to the ER!”  She said “No,...

So What Is Direct Primary Care? Apr 5th, 2021

 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 insurance company requirements...

Look Out, Ladies! Omv! Is After Your Vagina!!! Mar 8th, 2021

 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. A Dr. Jen Gunter, gynecologist, has tweeted against this and whipped up some conversation in the...

What Is Direct Primary Care? Jun 22nd, 2020

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...

Our Story Mar 26th, 2020

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 what doctors have been advising patients about weight management – Eat Less...

The Basal Metabolic Rate Aug 26th, 2019

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, then the weight...

Let’s Talk About Calories Aug 9th, 2019

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. So let us start out by defining what...

The Problem With Today’s Carbohydrates Jul 11th, 2019

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, with 6 servings of grains and cereals a day, plus...

Insulin Resistance Jun 19th, 2019

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. Insulin is secreted by special cells in your pancreas called the Islets of Langerhans. These islets are made up of beta cells. When your blood sugar goes up...

The Enemy In Plain Sight Jun 18th, 2019

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.”  Not to publish my age, but I come from a generation BEFORE the U.S. Government...

Our Approach To Weight Loss May 30th, 2019

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). But two beliefs are NOT the reason why diets fail: The belief that people...