We're trying something new on TuDiabetes! Friday, April 27th we will have our first live videochat with "Pharmacist George", who specializes in helping people make healthy lifestyle choices. Below are 3 brief articles which Pharmacist George prepared in order to "get the ball rolling" in this event. Read them, consider his perspective, see the quick tip at the bottom of each, and come to the chat prepared to learn and ask questions!
Read Pharmacist George's first 3 brief articles written specifically for our community:
George F. Tohme, pharmacist, is a graduate of the Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA in 1987 and currently practicing in Texas. He is certified in diabetes and cholesterol management, smoking cessation, nutrition guidance, and a certified personal trainer. He is a lifestyle makeover expert and conquered his own 17-year battle with obesity. He is the author of Lifestyle Makeover for Diabetics and Pre-Diabetics, in addition to several other books and e-books designed to help people make healthy choices and changes in their lives.
What a nice and creative effort to give us all an opportunity to ask a health-oriented professional some of the questions we have!
1pm PST, 4pm EST
Here's the link for more info about the event.
I wasn't real impressed with the blogs either. They didn't sound very professional, or share the expertise you would expect from a pharmacist, and he sounds like he's selling one of those "let's all be happy and our diabetes will go away" (and maybe pay me $500 for telling you the incredibly obvious).
Sounds like you may have some good questions to ask him! This will be our test run with Pharmacist George, so I think it's fine to bring some skepticism (balanced with an open mind, of course), in order for us all to get a good sense of how he can assist/inform the members of our community.
I think it will be interesting to see exactly what kinds of info he can share with us about medications. He definitely does have to stick with "take your meds as prescribed" since he's not a physician and can't suggest folks do otherwise, so we'll see what he can add to that message that may be useful.
I hope you can attend and bring your questions, acidrock!
As a pharmacist, too, I found George's blogs to be extremely simplified and downright bland. I hope that he has more to offer than exercise and eat right. We've heard that before.
I'd like to hear his definition of 'defeat'as used in the above articles. I do think the quick/short tips at the end of each are useful, though not new.