February 2024





FEBRUARY 2024 Health Newsletter 





Greetings from Dr. Hernandez


Dear valued patients and members of the Lakeside expat community, As we usher in this vibrant new month, I’m thrilled to share this edition of our Chapala Med newsletter, packed with transformative advancements and exciting updates at our practice. This coming year the community will note many changes in and around Chapala Med.

Chapala Med: Pioneers in Healthcare Innovation Since our inception, Chapala Med has been a driving force in adopting new technologies, consistently raising the standard of care in the Lakeside area and throughout the state. We were among the first to implement US-based, HIPAA-compliant electronic medical records, providing seamless access to your health information through our secure patient portal from anywhere in the world.

Prioritizing Your Security and Trust Understandably, the security of your personal information – including your social security number – is paramount. I’m proud to say we have a flawless track record, with zero instances of misuse, fraud, or identity theft linked to our patient database. You have our unwavering commitment to safeguarding your trust. We value the confidence you place in our healthcare providers and administrative staff. We ask the community due their due diligence and research or investigate individuals or businesses that you are feely providing such sensitive information for example those businesses who claim to take and do direct billing to U.S. government insurance.

1. Embracing the Healthcare Revolution: The future is here. AI and Global Standards The future of healthcare is unfolding before our eyes. Chapala Med, in partnership with you, is harnessing the power of AI to inform collaborative decision-making. Together, we’ll ensure a diagnostic and therapeutic process rooted in the most validated and up-to-date protocols from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and of course, Mexico.

2.Unlock Longevity and Regeneration: Stem Cells, PRP, and Orthomolecular Medicine We’re committed to helping you thrive for years to come. Our enhanced focus on regenerative medicine utilizes the latest stem cell and PRP protocols, stimulating healing and tissue rejuvenation. Combined with orthomolecular medicine and epigenetic testing, we’re tailoring therapies precisely to your body’s unique needs for maximum benefit.

3. Immediate and Urgent Care Expansion In partnership with a prominent national hospital chain, we’re introducing a full-service immediate and urgent care department. Now, you’ll have access to the critical care you need at a moment’s notice.

4. In-House Pharmacy for Convenience Your time is precious. That’s why we’re bringing an in-house pharmacy and pharmaceutical services directly to our clinic, streamlining your medication access and saving you valuable time.

5. Welcoming Back a Group of Specialists to Plaza InterLago Chapala Med welcomes the return of a group of exceptional specialists to Plaza InterLago! This collaboration expands our services, offering you even more expertise and integrated care in one convenient location. These enhancements demonstrate our unwavering dedication to your wellbeing. Chapala Med isn’t just about managing illness; it’s about optimizing your health, longevity, and quality of life. Stay tuned for more details as these exciting new services roll out!

Yours in health,

Santiago Hernandez, M.D.


Mayo Clinic Minute:

What high triglycerides mean and why it matters to your heart  

February 14, 2024 Click here for VIDEO and ARTICLE


A Valentine’s Day story of love, legacy
and the gift of

February 13, 2024 The Duffer family’s home is filled with lots of love this Valentine’s Day.

They have a new baby girl, and Dad got the lifesaving heart transplant he needed. Take a look at the special way the Duffer family is now recognizing love, legacy and the gift of life.

Click here for VIDEO and ARTICLE 

Exercise Is Essential for Osteoarthritis:

The Many Benefits of Physical Activity

Exercising With Osteoarthritis: Five Things to Know

The benefits of exercise and physical activity are numerous: they help fight cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, and improve your mental health. Your physical therapist can help design the right program for you. FULL ARTICLE – CLICK HERE



Breaking Down the Latest on Long COVID Research


Ziyad Al-Aly, MD, explains long COVID symptoms, potential causes, and why it’s so hard to study

Our understanding of long COVID now is actually literally embryonic. It’s in its infancy. We’ve made a lot of progress over the past several years, but we need to also recognize that we’ve only been researching this and understanding long COVID for literally only 4 years. – Jan. 2024



Plant-Based Diet a Boon for Men With Prostate Cancer

The findings, published on February 13, 2024, in the journal Cancer, bolster previous research showing plant-based diets can reduce the risk for recurrence and improve survivorship in men with prostate cancer.

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Heart attack symptoms in women
are often different than men

“Women of all ages should take heart disease seriously,” says Dr. Alur. “Many women tend to downplay their symptoms and not seek care until heart damage has already occurred and an emergency room visit becomes necessary. We want women to understand the importance of listening to their bodies, understanding what feels normal to them, and seeking care before symptoms become severe.”






CHAPALA MED’s Functional Longevity Medicine Program: Unlocking the Secrets to Longevity and Vitality

At CHAPALA MED, since last month, we are thrilled to have rolled out our revolutionary “Functional Longevity Medicine” program, designed to empower you with the tools and knowledge to lead a long, vibrant, and fulfilling life. Based on the principles outlined in the insightful book “OUTLIVE” by renowned physician Peter Attia, MD, our program adopts a proactive and personalized approach to healthcare, focusing on five key areas to enhance your overall well-being.

1. Metabolic Health Optimization: Our program delves into the intricacies of your metabolic health, addressing factors such as insulin sensitivity, blood sugar regulation, and metabolic flexibility. By understanding and optimizing your metabolism, we aim to help you achieve sustainable weight management and reduce the risk of metabolic diseases.

2. Nutritional Excellence: Nourishing your body with the right nutrients is vital for longevity and vitality. We emphasize personalized nutrition plans, tailored to your unique needs and goals, to ensure you receive the essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants required for optimal health.

3. Sleep and Stress Management: Adequate sleep and effective stress management play pivotal roles in longevity. Our program focuses on identifying sleep patterns, addressing sleep disorders, and implementing stress-reducing techniques to promote restorative rest and mental well-being.

4. Physical Fitness and Resilience: Building physical resilience is essential to thrive as we age. We design personalized exercise regimens, considering your current fitness level and long-term goals, to enhance strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health.

5. Cognitive Performance Enhancement: Mental acuity and cognitive health are integral to a fulfilling life. Through brain-boosting activities, cognitive exercises, and neuroprotective strategies, our program aims to keep your mind sharp and agile as the years go by. Our REHABILITATION DEPT. has already had weeks of success stories with our patients referring success and improved steadiness and functional mobility.

At CHAPALA MED, we believe that age is just a number, and by embracing the principles of functional medicine we are confident in our ability to help you unlock the secrets to a long and vibrant life. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals is excited to guide you on this transformative journey towards functional longevity. Let’s embark on the path to lasting health and vitality together.






The Longevity Paradox
How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age



Working with thousands of patients, Dr. Gundry has discovered that the “diseases of aging” we most fear are not simply a function of age; rather, they are a byproduct of the way we have lived over the decades. In The Longevity Paradox, he maps out a new approach to aging well – one that is based on supporting the health of the “oldest” parts of us: the microorganisms that live within our bodies. 



Chapala Med Mission Statement



“We pledge to preserve our humility, integrity, and all the values which brought us to the practice of medicine. We will engage in honest self-reflection, striving for excellence but acknowledging our limitations, and caring for ourselves as we care for others. We will seek to heal the whole person, rather than merely treat disease, committing to a partnership with our patients that empowers them and demonstrates empathy and respect. We will cure sometimes, treat often, and comfort always.”



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