What is “The Flu”?

Here it comes!  The “flu” is an informal name for Influenza which is a highly contagious respiratory illness.

Most of us have had the flu at one time or another and you know how it begins, you might feel weak, rundown and ache all over. While that is probably stereotypically true, in reality the symptoms for everyone range from mild to severe.  For instance, people who are older, younger or living with asthma, allergies or other medical conditions feel the impacts of it even more than those with healthy lungs.

The absolute best way to prevent getting the flu is by getting a flu vaccine. This quick and relatively painless effort on your part is the best way to protect yourself, your coworkers, your friends and family from getting the flu later.

Why should I get a Flu Vaccine?

As mentioned before, the flu is highly contagious. It can spread easily to everyone around you. The flu can be spread on surfaces or through the air. If you are unfortunate enough to “catch” the flu you can expect to miss at least one week of work or school in most situations.

While it is inconvenient to stay home and costly to miss work and school, isolating yourself from others and giving your body time to heal is what you need to mend and get back to normal health. Another consideration is that it is also very inconsiderate to  your coworkers and classmates if you go to work or school knowing that you could potentially inflict this sort of illness on them, further impacting their ability to earn money or take part in activities and accomplish academic goals.

am sure once you are well your family, coworkers and friends will welcome you back and maybe even thank you for being so considerate.

When can I get the flu vaccine?

If you would like to start the fight against the flu before it ever has a chance to take its first swing, Kaner Medical group does have the flu vaccine available right now.

After you get a flu shot, you are not immediately immune to the flu. Your body will take from 2 to as many as 4 weeks to build up and develop the preventative antibodies that fight against the flu virus.

We know that flu season is right around the corner so it is recommended that you get the flu vaccine as early as possible.

How can I get vaccinated against the flu?

If you are interested in getting a flu shot for yourself and/or your family all you need to do is contact Kaner Medical Group and ask about our convenient Walk Up Flu Station or schedule an appointment.

As always we welcome the opportunity to serve you and your family and look forward to seeing you soon.

Let Us Help You Drop Pounds Before The Holidays

In just a few weeks, holiday decorations will be everywhere. Instead of not being comfortable in holiday clothing and being able to relax and enjoy yourself at gatherings, let us help you drop the pounds. Whatever progress you make before the holidays will make you look and feel better as you attend the holiday events instead of declining them.

We want to help eliminate some of the holiday anxiety that so many people experience. While we cannot help with all of the holiday stresses, we can help with the anxiety caused due to the concern of weight. 


Being overweight is hard on your entire body and can make you tired. We will help you learn to control how much you eat and provide individual attention so you can keep the extra pounds off.

The cycle of eating the wrong foods and overeating is hard to break. You are always aware that you need to lose weight. You're living a life filled with procrastination for “WHEN” drop the pounds. Thinking about our weight too often isn’t healthy for us. It causes us stress.

As you begin a new weight loss program, the same mind set will continue. You’ll be thinking too often about how much weight you are losing and feel you are not losing it fast or steady enough.

Taking steps in the right direction no matter how small is something to celebrate. Healthy changes in habits, exercise patterns, food choices and quantities of food are all positive choices to improve your life. Even baby steps are to be recognized and praised as well as the giant leaps when they do occur. The consistency of the positive choices as well as the numbers on the scales going down is progress to your desired weight. 

Think about how you are feeling as the healthy changes are being made. Notice the difference in your energy level and mental status. Reflect on how healthy habits, exercising, healthy food choices in proper quantities are going to help you feel better, do better, focus, improve sleep and function better.

The next time you are hungry, tired, in a hurry just skip the drive thru at the fast food chain. The binge on fast food for convenience is not a healthy choice. Think about how it makes you feel afterward. Wouldn’t a stop at the grocery store to grab a healthy option have been a better decision? Your body will feel better when the best choices are made. While these decisions impact your weight loss, they also change your life. 


Praise yourself for the days you can stay on track. Don’t focus on the how it will affect your weight. Think about how it will affect your health. Remember, while it is about weight loss, the ultimate benefit is a healthier you.

Flu Immunization – Flu Information

Tis the season, it's flu immunization time.

We've heard people asking should I get a flu shot?

The Texas Department of Health Services recommends everyone six-months old and older receive the flu immunization. It is important for pregnant women, young children, older adults and people living with chronic health conditions to get the flu vaccine. The people in this group are at more of a risk for severe complications if they are unable to prevent the flu.

Flu prevention

The best way to prevent experiencing flu symptoms during flu season is by getting a flu shot.

Get your flu shot early in the flu season. The Texas Department of Health Services also urges people not to wait to protect themselves and their families by getting a flu shot as soon as possible.

The flu recovery time is approximately 5 days however, it varies greatly depending on a lot of different factors including your overall health. Help prevent the flu by washing your hands even more frequently with soap and water during the cold and flu season. Use hand sanitizer when washing your hands is not an option. Always cover your coughs and sneezes. Stay home if you’re sick and get plenty of rest so you have less of a chance of sharing your germs. Have a plan to care for sick family members at home.

Jackets, clothing, linens, utensils, and dishes used by those who are suffering from flu symptoms should never be shared without washing thoroughly first. Frequently touched surfaces, such as light switches and door knobs should be cleaned and disinfected especially if someone has symptoms of the flu.


Flu Information

The flu is contagious and is spread person to person. It can be spread to others that are up to about six feet away. The flu can be spread by droplets made when people with the flu, cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets have a chance of landing in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. These droplets can also possibly be inhaled into the lungs and possibly cause the flu. There is also a chance that a person can get the flu by touching a surface that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own nose or mouth.

Unfortunately, you can infect other people with the flu beginning 1 day before you even experience the first flu symptom. You can also pass it to other people for up to 7 days after becoming sick. Children can pass the flu for more than 7 days. Since the flu is contagious and can be passed on to someone else even before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick and even after becoming sick, it is important to take time off work, school, cancel social activities and stay home.

Symptoms of the flu begin 1-4 days after you are exposed and the flu virus has entered your body. Fighting the flu requires time and energy.

The flu can cause mild to severe illness. The flu comes on suddenly and flu symptoms can include:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches all over
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea (more common in children)

    Getting your flu shot at the beginning of the cold and flu season is the best way to protect you and your family from suffering from the symptoms of the flu.The flu vaccine cost is only $10 cash or check at Kaner Medical Group.

Where can I get a flu shot?

Kaner Medical Group

1305 Airport Freeway Suites 130 & 220

Bedford, Texas 76021

(located on the North East corner of Bedford Road and Highway 121)

When can I get the flu shot?

Weekly in August

Kaner Medical Group has flu vaccine availability now and offers you the choice of scheduling an appointment when it is best for you or to visit our walk-up flu station when it is most convenient for you.


Stop the spread of the flu, get your flu immunization as soon as possible.

Don’t Get Caught Fighting The Flu

As cold and flu season arrive, you will hear about people you know who are fighting the flu. It’s unavoidable, when someone is sick with the flu they tell you about the headache, the body aches, chills, upset stomach and their overall misery. On the heels of their misery you will also hear a bevy of flu remedies and flu medication. At present, there really isn't a "flu medication" and when people talk about it, they are referring to the many over the counter products they purchase to help relieve the symptoms of the flu.  

Some of the flu remedies we've heard that help are

●     Rest and relax

●     Chicken Noodle Soup or Won Ton Soup

●     Drink lots of water

●     Drink green tea and ginger tea

●     Eat hot and spicy foods

●     Eat recipes containing garlic and onions

If you're a victim of the flu (and to prevent catching it), be sure to wash hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Make sure you wash all laundry the sick person has used as well as all utensils to help decrease the chances of others in your household catching the flu. If you notice the symptoms of the flu are not improving with OTC medications to relieve symptoms, drinking plenty of water and resting, don’t delay, be certain to call us and see if there's anything we can do to help support you through the flu.

If you’re old enough to read this, chances are you know that the symptoms of the flu can and most likely do make you miserable. Adding to the frustration is that you will be missing out on your typical routine for a few days. Make sure you let your boss know you won’t be at work. If you’re in school hopefully you can make-up your assignments. When it comes to fun events and special days that have been planned for a while, you’ll be tempted to “put on a brave face” and go through with those plans but please, stay home, stay in bed because after being out for a little while you will feel run down. Also, you won't want to spread your germs.&nbsp

So if you are on the fence about getting your flu shot, do it, if not for yourself do it for your friends and family. Do it for your boss and all the people depending on you at work to be there. 

Need more incentive, just think about the potential of lost time when you are sick and get your flu shot. 

Flu recovery most commonly will take 5-10 days and the best thing to do is stay home. There is not an actual treatment for the flu. 

It is recommended to get your flu immunization as soon as possible to prevent the flu. Kaner Medical Group has flu vaccine availability and the flu vaccine cost $10 with check or cash. The flu vaccine administration is easy and appointments can be scheduled or you can walk up to our flu station at your convenience.

I Spent Decades Dreaming About My Dream Weight...

Do you wake up in the middle of the night thinking about losing weight? Do you get up and have snacks? How often do you think about your dream weight? Is it only every morning as you get dressed? Is it every time you shower? Is it every time you notice that article of clothing getting too tight? Is it every time you notice you’ve taken a step in the right direction with exercising and a wise food choice? 

spent decades thinking about my dream weight. I would make some great food choices and had some bad habits that were difficult to get rid of such as soda and bedtime snacks.

Today, in America, more than 35% of adults over the age of twenty are overweight. The thirty pounds I needed to lose haunted me for a very long time and finally, I was able to get on the right path with the help I needed. A one on one approach helped me achieve sustainable weight loss. I couldn’t do it alone. I couldn’t be disciplined to make a wise food choice more often than not. I couldn’t be disciplined to exercise daily. I couldn’t be disciplined to drink more water than coffee and soda. It was not easy. It was not quick. It took a lot of hard work, dedication and with a support team in place, walking with me step by step, my goal was was attainable. 

We offer the one on one approach that so many people need to be successful. When we do the weight loss journey with a professional, we receive the correct information as well as motivation. We need the experts to help us achieve our dream of weight loss as well meaning friends and family may not realize that everyone needs an individual plan. We provide help every step of the way to help you achieve your weight loss goals and be on your way to a better quality of life and healthier lifestyle. 

Let us help you make your dreams come true. We will put an action plan together so you can do this and live life at your ideal weight. You won’t have to be dreading summer, t-shirts, swimming and photographs. You might just be able to play more, relax more, embrace your body image, look better and even be healthier. We also provide you with valuable knowledge to help you sustain your dream weight long term so ideally you will never need another diet.

At Kaner Medical Group, we are passionate about helping you achieve your health and weight loss goals. We meet your individual needs as everyone is unique. Our team is highly trained and will help you discover healthy ways to manage your weight in a sustainable way so you’ll never have to be dreaming about losing weight again.


Everything Is Fresh And Blooming

It is such a beautiful time of year, warm weather, flowers, leaves on trees and wait, congestion, sneezing, headaches and you are too miserable to enjoy this wonderful season where everything is fresh and blooming. If you are allergic to all of the pollen and lots of things in the air, this time of year is one filled with various allergy symptoms that you need to figure out how to manage.

To help you with your seasonal allergy battle here are some tips that might help you get out and enjoying time with family and friends instead of being forced to stay inside in air conditioning until fall:

1)    Take your shoes off at the door to track less allergens inside.

2)    Don’t re-wear that outfit - wash it!

3)    Shower or bathe, wash your hair as soon as you are inside and finished for the day.

4)    Everyone in your house needs to do this, following the basics (shoes off, clothes in laundry and shower) too so allergens are lessened inside your home and everyone can be more comfortable. Help make it your sanctuary where you can breathe a bit easier.

5)    Clean the linens weekly in hot water.

6)    Put stuffed animals in the freezer for a little while to kill dust mites.

7)    Carry tissues!

8)    Carry an antibacterial wipe and wipe down frequently.

9)    If you are a dog owner, wipe down your dog after it is outside so it doesn’t bring allergens inside and bathe your dog more frequently this season.

10)  Don’t wait to start suffering, begin your antihistamines before you are miserable and as directed by your allergist.

11)  Eye drops can help temporarily relieve itching eyes.

12)  Early mornings are the worst time if you are allergic to pollen and all the beautiful things that are blooming. Learn to enjoy the beautiful spring and summer evenings.

13)  There’s tons of air purifiers, plants and even a lamp that claims to help with allergies. Check out the reviews and give one a try.

While all of these great ideas can help lessen the impact of symptoms of allergies, the best thing you can do is see an allergist on a routine basis and follow the doctor’s orders! The allergist will be able to do allergy testing and know how to relieve specific symptoms better than anyone else. None of the above tips are medical advice, they are just things we do in our home that we believe makes a difference. Our goal is always to manage the allergies and asthma well and take the lowest doses of medicines to be effective. Your allergist can help you become symptom free. Call Kaner Medical Associates today and get your appointment scheduled. Don’t go through another season where your allergies are triggered alone without some help, support and relief - http://www.kanermed.com/AllergyTesting.shtml

Wear Blue Day - Friday June 16, 2017

Did you know …

-on average men live about five years less than women?

-men have a higher death rate for most leading causes of death?

-1 in 2 men will develop cancer

-approximately 30,000 men in the United States will develop prostate cancer?

-men make ½ as many physician visits for prevention

-men are more likely to be uninsured

 June is Men’s Health Month and it encourages boys and men to seek regular checkups and provides education on health issues that can be preventable and the importance of early detection and treatment of diseases and injuries. 

In celebration of Men’s Health Month, Friday, June 16, 2017 is Wear Blue Day! It is celebrated by government agencies, sports teams, businesses and individuals to show their support and concern for the health and wellness of boys and men. 

Men’s health impacts all of us. We all have men and boys who impact our lives everyday in one way or another. Many women endure seeing their husband, sons, father, brothers, friends and co-workers suffer or die with a disease that might have been able to be prevented. 

Women can make a big difference and help lovingly support and encourage the men in their lives to get the health care they need. Typically, women pay closer attention to health than men and can help others embrace a healthier lifestyle. Many men put their family’s health before their own and will quickly take off work for a child’s appointment or other loved ones appointment but have difficulty taking time off work for their own physician appointment. Too many men in our society are taught to deal with pain silently as little boys and this has unfortunately instilled in men to be quiet about their pain, especially if it is invisible.

Men need to have a routinely scheduled checkup. Your trusted physician will help you set it up and you need to put it on your calendar and stick to it. Be a good example to the little boys looking up to you and know you are loved and the people in your life want you happy, healthy and around. 

We will be wearing blue on Wear Blue Day. We will be adding in physical activity that we can do with others such as bowling and hiking. This month, we will begin drinking more water too. Celebrate Men’s Health Month and begin making the changes to better health. Schedule your appointment for a routine checkup or if you know there’s a problem, call and let’s discuss it and see what Kaner Medical can do to help your life. www.kanermed.com

Remember to wear blue on Wear Blue Day to raise awareness about the importance of male health and to encourage men to live longer and healthier lives. Wear Blue Day is part of a year round health awareness campaign that was created by Men’s Health Network. It is something everyone can do to show support of the importance of good health for boys and men.

Healthier men live happier, longer lives.

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Set An Example For The Next Generation

Summer is almost here and it’s a fun time of year filled with outdoor activities, enjoying time with friends and family and making memories to cherish forever. As we make the most of our summer, there’s a few things we can do to add better health to our life and even prevent possible diseases. As we enjoy the sunshine, we should always wear sunscreen, lipscreen, sunblock, hats and sunglasses. Do your best to avoid the hottest part of the days, take breaks in the shade and drink plenty of water to help your body handle the heat of summer too. Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable yet we get busy and sometimes forget our body needs help handling the heat. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme heat caused 7,415 heat-related deaths in the United State from 1999-2010.

Too often, our culture doesn’t encourage men and boys to take breaks, seek medical attention, eat and drink healthy and instead is pushing them to do more, be tough, be quick and be strong. Men and boys are hard workers, tough, quick and strong however, our culture needs to push the importance of helping them and teaching them to take good care of themselves as we know healthy men live longer.

June is Men’s Health Month and the perfect opportunity for men to remember and practice good health by scheduling a visit with the doctor. It is a perfect time to raise awareness about preventable health problems, encourage the early detection and treatment of diseases and injuries. It’s a great time for the rest of us to love, support and encourage the men and boys in our life to develop and maintain healthy living.


More than half of all premature deaths in men are preventable.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, the leading causes of death in men were:

1)    Heart Disease

2)    Cancer

3)    Unintentional injuries

4)    Chronic lower respiratory disease

5)    Stroke

6)    Diabetes

7)    Suicide

8)    Alzheimers

9)    Influenza and Pneumonia

10)  Chronic liver disease 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the followings things you can do (or encourage the men and boys in your life to do): 

●     Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night for optimal health

●     Quit smoking ( or never try it and never start)

●     Get plenty of exercise

●     Eat healthy and limit foods and drinks that are high in calories, sugar, salt, fat and alcohol

 It can also be a good idea to: 

●     Do monthly self exams. Visit the doctor with anything that doesn’t look or feel right or that suddenly appears or is abnormal.

●     Find ways to manage stress and talk to a professional if you are overwhelmed, angry or feel you have too much stress to manage.

●     Drink water everyday


We wish you a fun and safe summer. Take advantage of summer being the right opportunity to add in exercise and learn to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and a healthier you. Contact us to discuss your needs, screenings, testings, prevention and learn more about what you can do to be healthier and a great example for others around you. Contact us today!  817.484.0352 

The most important part of Weight Loss - Keeping It Off

Has weight loss been something you push aside? We all know that maintaining a healthy body weight is better for our health. With so many quick and easy convenience foods and restaurants with delicious high calorie count dishes available mixed with our on the go constantly in contact lives, we continue to gain a little bit more weight gradually.

Deep down inside, the words weight loss and diet can make us exhausted just to think about it. We see dollar signs as we think joining a gym and selecting the healthier foods is going to cost more than we’re spending now. We see our already packed schedule and cannot imagine adding one more thing.


Losing weight isn’t easy but it can be simple. We understand and we will work with you one on one to develop a plan that is unique to you and your situation. We want to help you achieve your goals and see you experience sustainable weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. We guide you, provide education, support and measure your accomplishments. We are proud of you and with you for each step you take toward reaching your goal.

Sometimes we all need a little help to achieve our goals. Accepting our body image at a weight that is healthy for us and realizing all of us are not going to look like a fitness guru is a good step. Knowing there is really such a thing as emotional eating and learning how to control it can help with achieving and maintaining your goals. Learning to read food labels and knowing all the things that hinder weight loss is going to make a significant difference as you learn to shop healthier and consume products which work for your goals instead of against them. These are just a few of the keys that will help you achieve your goals and keep that weight off once and for all.

Sustainable weight loss can occur as we make the lifestyle changes necessary to maintain a healthier body. The most important part of weight loss is being able to keep it off. We will help you achieve sustainable weight loss by providing tips and advice on healthy eating, exercise and helping form good habits.

Weight loss can often even help lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. There’s no better time than now to get started working toward sustainable weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. Contact us today and learn how we can help you get weight loss results, gain healthy habits and enjoy a better lifestyle. 

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. But with new methods for early detection, the five-year survival rate for this type of cancer has steadily increased. This March, improve your awareness of colon cancer by learning about symptoms of the disease to watch for and lifestyle factors that increase your risk for developing the disease.

Colon Cancer Symptoms

Many cases of colon cancer present with no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Symptoms that could indicate an issue and warrant urgent medical attention include:

-A change in bowel habits that persists beyond four weeks, including unusual constipation, diarrhea, or change in consistency.

-Blood in the stool, fatigue, weakness and/or unexplained weight loss.

-Chronic abdominal discomfort, including gas, cramps, or a bloated or "full" feeling.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor.

Screening Recommendations

Because this disease is easier to treat in its earliest stages, screening is recommended to detect colon cancer even before it begins to show symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that regular colorectal cancer screenings begin at age 50 for most people. There are a number of screening methods used to detect the presence of cancerous cells in the colon or rectum. These include:

-An annual high-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT).

-Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years combined with FOBT every three years.

-Colonoscopy every ten years.

For most people, screening can be discontinued at age 75. Your doctor can help recommend the screening modality and frequency that's right for you.

Controlling Risk Factors

While some risk factors for colon cancer such as family history and race can't be controlled, making certain lifestyle changes can decrease your risk. Colon cancer is more common among individuals who:

-Have had colorectal cancer or polyps in the past.

-Have a chronic intestinal condition like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

-Eat a diet that's high in fat and low in fiber.

-Rarely exercise, have diabetes, are obese, drink alcohol heavily or smoke.

If you're concerned about your colon cancer risk, making changes to these risk factors is one way to stay healthy. Quit smoking, limit your alcohol use, make sure you get enough exercise and eat more fiber, while limiting fats, sweets and red meat.

Your doctor can help you navigate your colon cancer risk and recommend a course of treatment if you are diagnosed with the disease.