Welcome to Health-bytes

Health-bytes is written by Rick Voakes MD, a board-certified pediatrician in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He emphasizes wellness and prevention in his practice, and he is willing to share this important information with you! If you are a patient, you may want to follow this website to keep up on changes, announcements, and news which could affect your child's health and wellness.

To learn about various health topics, choose from the Health-bytes Menu. The topics are listed in alphabetical order.

The most amazing medical discovery of modern medicine is the discovery of how to prevent chronic diseases. In the last century, infectious diseases caused the most deaths worldwide, by far. With the discovery of antibiotics and sanitation, deaths from infectious diseases are way down. The majority of deaths in this century are from chronic diseases, such as heart disease, strokes, hypertension, diabetes, liver failure, cancer and others. Thanks to very recent discoveries, most of these can now be prevented! But you have to start at a young age, and you have to learn how to mold your lifestyle to incorporate prevention into your daily routine.

It's not that hard, and definitely worth the effort! 

Note from Dr Rick:   As you will see, nutrition is such an important part of wellness, that it deserves it's own web page.
So I wrote one, called Healthy Weight Kids, which can be found at www.healthyweightkids.org.

If you need your child's old medical records from the Chestnut St office, you will need to stop by the Fairview Community Health Center at 225 Natchez Trace and sign a release of records.

© Rick Voakes 2021