Posts tagged ‘Health’

Our Organic Garden is in Full Bloom

At Creekside Medical Plaza we believe in comprehensive health care that encompasses the body, mind, and spirit. So it only makes sense that we grow organic fruits and vegetables in our back yard for our staff to enjoy and take home to their families.


Many of the diseases and medical problems that patients have can be traced to an unhealthy lifestyle that they either currently live or have lived in the past. We recognize that medicine plays a very important role in health, but so does taking care of ones body. We believe that good health requires people to treat their bodies well by exercising, eating well, drinking plenty of water, sleeping, and spending time with loved ones.


Growing our garden has been an interesting and pleasant experience, and we love to sit outside to enjoy the fruits of our labor. My favorite are our gorgeous heirloom tomatoes that I manage to put on everything. We also have kale, collards, bell peppers, butter lettuce, strawberries, eggplant, onions, and herbs.


Vegetables from the grocery store are good too if you are unable to grow your own. We just think growing a garden is a fun and healthy way to get more fruits and vegetables in your life.

Great Collard Greens Recipe

Kale Salad Recipe



August 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

Keep Your Eyes Healthy (& Beautiful) With These Makeup Safety Tips

     Many women use it every day and some even feel bare without it. Eye makeup has become part of the typical morning routine for women (and some men) throughout the country. While the quality of eye makeup has much improved over the years and more advanced research has been done to create the eye-beautifying products used today, it is still important to ensure that you are not putting your eyes at risk when you use makeup products.

            “Women must help preserve their eye health by ensuring that they don’t share eye makeup, that they throw out their old makeup, and that they use extreme caution when applying cosmetics to the eyes and eyelids,” said Dr. Alan D. Sampson, ophthalmologist and CEO of Creekside Medical Plaza in Lakeport, CA. “A careless or hurried eye makeup application can result in an emergency trip to the eye doctor with a painful infection or corneal abrasion.”


Photo Courtesy of Courtney Rhodes


            Improper makeup application, sharing tools, or using old products can contribute to infection, dermatitis, dry eyes, excessive tearing, inflammation, styes, and eye trauma.

            Many liquid or cream eye makeup products, such as mascara, eyeliner, and cream shadows, are repeatedly exposed to air and contaminants during normal use. This makes it very important to throw away these products at least every three months. It is also a good idea to make sure that you remove all eye makeup before going to bed at night to avoid infection and irritation.

            Make it a habit to never share makeup, especially eye makeup, with friends and family. Sharing makeup can lead to contamination and, ultimately, an eye infection. It is also important to make sure that any makeup that you sample in a department store or beauty store has been disinfected prior to application.

            Never use sharp objects to apply makeup or separate eyelashes and take precaution when using both heated or clamp-style eyelash curlers. Remember to wash your makeup tools frequently and rinse them well.

            These simple tips can help you avoid eye infections, injuries, and irritation while still allowing you to wear the makeup that you love. If you do experience any eye problems as a result of wearing makeup, contact your local ophthalmologist.



June 7, 2013 at 1:10 am Leave a comment

Dr. Sampson Says to Eat These Superfoods to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Many people know that eating healthier foods helps contribute to a better and happier life, yet one of the less widely known benefits of a more nutrient-dense diet is the impact it can have in protecting eye health and eye sight.

“There are certain foods that are naturally full of vitamins that help provide specific nutrients to your eyes,” said Dr. Alan Sampson, Ophthalmologist and CEO of Creekside Medical Plaza in Lakeport, CA. “Green vegetables, oranges, legumes, and some fish can all promote healthier eyes. Often a large variety of colorful fruits and vegetables incorporated in your diet will provide you with essential vitamins to boost not only your eyes’ health, but also your overall well-being.”

The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests people consume the following four foods to keep their eyes healthy:

  • Kale – Leafy, dark vegetables contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are believed to lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Salmon – Fish that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids also reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
  • Oranges – Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, which is important for eye health.
  • Beans – Legumes contain zinc, an essential mineral that may help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of light.

There are many ways to include these foods in your diet. Some of our favorites are this simply delicious Kale salad, oven baked Salmon, fresh oranges and grapefruit, and white bean soup.

If you have any questions about how including these superfoods in your diet can help preserve your sight, please call your local ophthalmologist.

May 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

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