September 22, 2016

I don't weed my garden. I water it infrequently. I don't have root-eating pests. I rarely fertilize. I have more fresh beautiful produce than I know what do with!

Two years ago I heard a Joel Karsten speak on the radio about how he grows so much fresh produce and doesn't have to weed his garden.  This of course piqued my interest as weeding to me  is like living in pergatory- never ending!  

Joel set up his successful container garden solely using straw bales and 2 or 3 pieces of string.  No rototilling. No prepping the soil. Nothing. Zip. Nada. Zilch. Now this is the type of gardening I could do.

What Joel has perfected is called Straw Bale Gardening.  It's a different type of container gardening where the straw bale becomes the container filled with enriched perfect soil. 

What is so wonderful about this type of gardening is that you can do it ANYWHERE! Yes. I said and anywhere! Pick a place. Parking lot: Yes. Balcony: Yes. Sand: Yes. Gra...

September 20, 2016

Eating well, not smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, avoiding processed meats. You name it. We, as a society, do pretty much do everything we can to keep from developing certain types of cancers. However, there's one thing you probably do every day that is putting you at risk and you don't even realize it.  

Sitting on your duff, butt, derriere, heinie, behind or ba-donk-ka-donk.  No matter what you call it, sitting for most of the day (either at work or at home) can raise chance of developing cancer.

According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers report that people who spend more hours sitting than they do standing/moving have a 66% higher chance of developing certain types of cancer. In reviewing over 43 studies, researchers noted a correlation between sitting for most of the day and cancer incidences. Dr. Graham Colditz, of Washington University School of Medicine, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study, stre...

September 20, 2016

As much as I would have like to have written this piece, I did not. Fellow DPC physician, Dr. Jeffery Wacks from Natick, MA, did an outstanding job doing so.  Click on Victor Hugo and visit his practice site.

“Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come.” These famous words of Victor Hugo from the 19th century ring equally true today. No, we are not talking about the French Revolution, we are talking about a revolution in healthcare that is on the cusp of taking this country by storm: Direct Primary Care.

But why now? Quality has always been an issue in healthcare, particularly primary care. Patients are sick of not being able to get in to see their doctor, only getting 10 or 15 minutes with them when they do, and not being able to communicate with their doctor when they’re not face-to-face with them. But what is extraordinary about this particular moment in history is that for the first time, the average annual health insurance deductible is now more expensive than the Dir...

September 20, 2016

What a ride these past nine months have been! Ever since taking that leap of faith back in January, Dr. Sacchetti and I have been busy creating an innovative and patient-centered Direct Primary Care Internal Medicine practice: Independent Health Advantage.

Every day, it seems, we are coming up with new ways to enhance our patients' experiences. From simple things like sending out greeting cards to our patients on meaningful dates to more complex ideas such as incorporating genetics into our patients'  health and fitness goals.   From spending the time needed to uncover an underlying medical concern to hosting an educational wine tasting on the benefits of red wine.  We are able to do these because we are independent and do not rely on third-parties for payment.  We treat patients how they should to be treated- not the way a insurance company, who has never met the patient, thinks they do.  We are fortunate to not have to abide by insurance co...

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Peter Sacchetti, MD

1 Brickyard Lane

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York, Maine  03909

Southern Maine, Southern New Hampshire, Portsmouth, Kittery, Kennebunk

Practice Tel: 207-703-5365

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