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Issue: #18March, 2012

2013 is shaping up to be an eventful year for IMSWF and me. The first thing on my agenda is my involvement with the Independent Physicians Association of Lee County (IPALC). I was recently elected to be the President of this organization. IPALC is a group of physicians who are concerned about maintaining the quality of medical care in our community. There are a variety of financial and societal pressures that are motivating change in the organization of the delivery of medical care. It is our mission to serve as an independent group that preserves patient choice, encourages the development of efficient and cost effective care models, and facilitates a healthy dialogue about the quality of healthcare in Lee County. I encourage you to visit the IPALC website to learn more. Going forward IPALC plans to totally revamp the website in order to have a user friendly method to find a suitable physician, surgical center or diagnostic service request.  The upgrade will allow patients to request services/referrals and for IPALC member providers to refer patients as well.  Noting the planned upgrade for the IPALC website, please keep this in mind when reviewing the present site.


 The second item on my calendar for 2013 is my Board re-certification exam. All of the physicians at IMSWF are board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. This board certification is a distinction that ensures that your doctor is part of an elite group that has met rigorous standards through intensive study, self-assessment and evaluation. It is important to note that not all practicing doctors are board certified.


The re-certification process happens every 10 years and is a very intensive process. The exam covers every facet of Internal Medicine and poses difficult questions about the seemingly infinite number of problems an Internal Medicine doctor might face at any time. For the doctors at IMSWF, rigorous studying did not stop after medical school. We are constantly reading, learning, and practicing in order to be at the top of our game in order to provide our patients with unparalleled care.


Because of the time commitments involved in studying for this board exam, I am changing the format of my newsletters. I am starting a new segment called 'What Is Doctor Reading?' Where I will share interesting medical articles and studies so that you can peek into the day-to-day life of a physician. I will be sending emails periodically with links to my blog where you can explore and learn about the wide world of medicine. 




Raymond Kordonowy, MD 

What Is Doctor Reading? 


The following are news pieces from the February 15th issue of Internal Medicine News.


Print Edition Headline:


FDA panel recommends moving hydrocodone to a stricter schedule II status.


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From Page 6-


There is a newly described tick-born infection described in the New England Journal of Medicine. 


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On Page 3:


A new strain of norovirus caused 53% of outbreaks in the United States from September-December 2012. 


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On Page 30:


Calcium supplements raised cardiovascular mortality in men. Women who were former smokers, did not have a history of hypertension and those with elevated cholesterol also had an increased cardiovascular mortality. 


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From Page 30:


Statins appears to reduce hepatocellular carcinoma of the liver (liver cancer) 37% overall risk of cancer 


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Is Chili Healthy?

You bet it is. Chili is easy to make, delicious, and a great way to get your recommended amount of fiber. Apart from being a great source of fiber, red beans are absolutely loaded with antioxidants (remember that we can test your antioxidant levels with our new biophotonic scanner. Click here to schedule a 90 second scan test) . Adding lean ground turkey or tofu crumbles can make this one of the healthier recipes in your arsenal.

Joanne's Chili Recipe

  • 2 pounds hamburger (substitute equal volume lean turkey or tofu crumbles for an even healthier version)
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Cans Joan of Arc spicy chili beans
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • Seasoning mix- chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cumin to taste
  • Sauté one chopped onion. Add hamburger, turkey, or tofu crumbles and continue cooking until meat is browned.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer on low heat
  • Add seasoning mix to taste
  • Eat
  • Get excited about sneaking in loads of fiber to your diet in a delicious way
  • LifePak Nano users-don't forget to take your vitamins with the chili!
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Raymond Kordonowy MD
Internal Medicine Of Southwest Florida
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