Final Sunday I consumed a 4-liter jug of GoLYTELY, 8 ounces at a time, each ten minutes, till I had completed it, in preparation for an extended overdue colonoscopy and higher endoscopy early on Monday morning in Tacoma. The procedures had been scheduled/canceled/rescheduled and postponed a number of instances as a consequence of COVID-19 in Seattle at Virginia Mason.
I’ve a historical past of recurrent colon polyps and a robust household historical past of colon most cancers, so it was regarding to have the procedures postpone any longer.
I lastly made an ‘government resolution’ and reached out to M. Frank Lyons, II, M.D. of Franciscan Digestive Illness Heart in Gig Harbor to see about having the procedures performed nearer to house – both in Gig Harbor or Tacoma. Finally the planets aligned! And it was simply in time.
Dr. Lyons had been my gastroenterologist in years passed by, however after a change in insurance coverage a number of years in the past, we had misplaced contact. He had additionally been one among my cherished medical transcription shoppers from the early Nineties.
Earlier this week I wrote a put up about this on my Fb web page. Lisa Brooks, Seattle broadcast journalist commented, “By no means in my life would I believe I’d learn a nostalgic and loving put up a few COLONOSCOPY. However rattling, lady. You probably did it.”
Within the early years of my medical transcription enterprise, I carried out all the transcription for Dr. Lyons and his accomplice after they opened their first non-public apply workplace in Lakewood. Dr. Lyons had been the Chief of Gastroenterology at Madigan Military Medical Heart. Their apply, Gastroenterology Consulting Providers, grew and grew, main them to open clinics in Gig Harbor and Puyallup, too. Then they morphed into Tacoma Digestive Illness Heart. I continued to do all the transcription for all three of the areas.
My authentic profession path early in life had been to go to med college and develop into a doctor myself. Each my cousin Kenny Howell and I have been on the identical trajectory. Sadly, he was killed in a automotive v. practice crash. That derailed my path to med college, however I went on to a various and broad-based profession in allied well being care fields and broadcasting.
I discovered an excellent deal from Dr. Lyons within the years I used to be working with him. I’ve at all times had a ardour for medical terminology and within the discipline of gastroenterology there are some top-notch phrases reminiscent of ERCP, which stands for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. Or how about only a easy esophagogastroduodenoscopy? One other one among my favorites! And I discovered a lot extra from Dr. Lyons. Nicely, I digress…
The apply Dr. Lyons began within the early ‘90s has grown exponentially. At the moment there are seventeen suppliers in it and it’s now referred to as Franciscan Digestive Care Associates.
Quick ahead to the current — October 2020 — and Dr. Lyons is retiring from apply this week. It was my luck to get squeezed in to his appointment calendar to have each a colonoscopy and an higher endoscopy performed firstly of his remaining week in non-public apply.
Dr. Lyons is, in my view, the perfect GI doc anybody might ever hope to have. He’s gained s an incalculable quantity of firsthand information over time from seeing “tens of 1000’s of sufferers” by his personal estimation. Plus, he has performed analysis and been printed.
Fortunately, Dr. Lyons’ three books can be found to go alongside a few of his knowledge relating to diabetes, metabolic syndrome, trans fat and the way even when persons are studying meals labels meticulously as they attempt to keep away from trans fat, that the FDA has allowed the wording and hidden portions to go unreported inside their very own pointers, so persons are nonetheless unwittingly being subjected to unacceptable portions of killer trans fat every day. This may shock you: butter and animal fat are usually not the killers.
Dr. Lyons additionally explores the impacts of HFCS (excessive fructose corn syrup) utilized in soda pop and plenty of different meals which can be staples in our fashionable American food regimen, gluten, synthetic sweeteners and plenty of different essential dietary matters that relate to irritation and the way it has wreaked havoc on our well being within the US particularly in the course of the previous 60 years.
Dr. Lyons received’t be lounging round on a park bench on the seaside when he retires (in contrast to the inventory picture provided with my article).
I advised Dr. Lyons I want a lot that with my background over the previous 15 years in healthcare advertising that we might get him on TV for nationwide publicity to share his huge information, however he stated, “I’m no Dr. Oz.” We laughed. However then he received critical once more and stated that the information he has acquired is there in his books for every of us to hunt out for our personal profit.
I encourage you to go to Dr. Lyons’ web site and educate your self. www.lyonsmedicalnews.com/
Amazon carries all three of Dr. Lyons’ books and can be found for Kindle downloads for in regards to the worth of a cup of espresso.
Dr. Lyons is retiring to dwell The Lyons Way of life himself full-time now. That can also be the title of his most up-to-date guide. Search for The Lyons Lifestyle right here. His second guide particulars the deleterious results of fructose aka HFCS in our meals. It’s referred to as Fructose Exposed. His first lifechanging guide was entitled 42 Days to a New Life. Once more, all can be found now from Amazon.
Greatest needs to Dr. and Mrs. Lyons as they’ll be spending extra time with their 9 grandkids creating cherished household recollections…