Dr. John Woltz

Dr. John Woltz is a preventative health physician with Baptist Health Primary Care in Marathon.

DR. WOLTZ: LOCAL RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE & SUICIDE PREVENTION

Welcome to my first high season (well, my first not affected by COVID to any great extent).  It’s busy, and it takes more time to do things – check out at the grocery, get across U.S. 1, etc.  The point is, I have been a little busier and am...

DR. WOLTZ: PONDERING THE NUMBERS

I am a doctor. I also have a master’s degree in public health. I am not bragging; it was a requirement for me to become board-certified, so I had to do it. What it did was give me just enough knowledge to be dangerous when interpreting numbers, which is...

JOHN WOLTZ: HOLIDAY ANXIETY

I am way behind in submitting an article. I realize that. Here’s my excuse: over the last five weeks, we have had all three (adult) kids visit as well as one who brought a “friend” and entertained them with a trip to Key West, boat rides, a fishing trip,...

DOG POO: MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU EVER INTENDED TO KNOW

My last two articles have been on smoking cessation and potluck, so why not go for the hat trick and talk about another of my pet peeves (pun completely intended)…dog poop. As you may know from other articles, Mindy and I have two decent-sized dogs, Bella the poodle, who thinks...

QUIT SMOKING, AND YOUR LUNGS AND THE ENVIRONMENT WILL BE HAPPIER

The other day, as I was returning my shopping cart to the corral at the local grocery store in Big Pine, I watched a lady take her last drag off her cigarette and then flick the butt out the window.  Seriously, you are in the Keys, you are on...

KEYS HEALTH: FUN AND GROSS HEALTH AND HISTORY FACTS

As my wife and I were reviewing topics for this column, we decided to see what health observances were in August. I never knew that we observed peaches, zucchini AND watermelons all in the same month. Did you know the 26th is International Dog Day? (My poodle lets me...

KEYS HEALTH: THERE’S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO ADDRESS LONG-LASTING PAIN

Unfortunately, a few weeks ago I worsened an old knee injury. Twisted on a planted knee and likely did some damage to the medial meniscus. It does bring a different level of understanding when it comes to pain and longer lasting pain (in no way am I comparing three...

KEYS HEALTH: DON’T BE SCARED OF THE SUN – PRO & CONS TO UV RAYS

As the 4th of July fades into the long days of summer, it’s appropriate that July is the UV Safety Awareness Month. Like most things in life, there are really two sides to UV. I thought this might be a good time to look at the risks AND benefits...

HYPERTENSION IS LIKE A PLUMBING PIPE UNDER TOO MUCH PRESSURE

Recently, a patient and I were discussing blood pressure and medications to treat it. At the end of the visit, the person mentioned reading my columns in the Keys Weekly newspaper. I asked what topic to cover next and my patient immediately replied, “Blood pressure, what the heck?!” What is...

STUDY SAYS IT’S POSSIBLE TO REVERSE AGING IN JUST A FEW WEEKS

Recently I came across a study, published in aging-us.com, that had some pretty impressive findings. In a nutshell, it stated that an eight-week period of dietary, supplement, sleep and relaxation changes could reverse DNA aging by up to two to three years. That’s not a misprint, following a specific...

DIET OR REGULAR SODA? TRY WATER INSTEAD

What effect do artificial sweeteners have on our weight? Since the mid-’70s, artificial sweetener consumption in the U.S. has doubled. Since the 1990s, new products have exploded, leading to more than 6,000 products being introduced from just 1999 to 2004!  Guess what else happened? We have gone from an obesity...

OPINION: ORAL HEALTH, EXERCISE AND SLEEP ARE IMPORTANT COMPONENTS TO AGING

Is it possible to get older without aging? Many newspaper articles have been written about a book recently published by aging-research scientist Andrew Steele. In it, Steele presents a look into the research and successes underway in the field of aging and presents some easy lifestyle fixes that we...