July 2023

July 2023 Health Newsletter

2023| JULY


Greetings from Dr. Hernandez

Warm greetings to our valued patients and the expat community in the Chapala Lakeside area of Jalisco, Mexico!

We hope this newsletter finds you well and thriving in the beautiful month of July. As we continue to provide you with the best healthcare services, we are excited to bring you essential updates and information in this month’s edition.

Health and safety are of paramount importance to us, and this issue covers some crucial topics that directly affect our community. We will be addressing concerns regarding pickle-ball playing and providing insights on maintaining your well-being while enjoying this popular activity.

Additionally, we’ll be delving into the topic of testosterone and men’s health, highlighting the significance of proactive measures for your overall well-being.

As the rainy season approaches in Jalisco, Mexico, we understand that it can bring unique health challenges. Hence, we’ll be sharing valuable advice and precautions to stay healthy and safe during this time of the year.

Moreover, we are thrilled to announce the rollout of our FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE program. Focused on longevity and long-term recovery, this program aims to empower you in maintaining physical independence and optimal functioning.

At Chapala Med, we stand by our mission of providing exceptional healthcare services and keeping your health at the forefront of all we do. As the leading medical practice in the area, we are committed to supporting you in your healthcare journey, ensuring you enjoy a fulfilling and vibrant life in our community.

Remember, your well-being is our top priority, and our team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us or schedule an appointment for personalized care. If you have found this newsletter helpful and informational, please share and recommend Chapala Med.

Wishing you a July filled with continued health, happiness, and memorable moments.

Yours in health,

Santiago Hernandez, M.D.

Navigating the Rainy Season in Jalisco, Mexico:

Top 5 Health Risks

As the rainy season descends upon the picturesque state of Jalisco, Mexico, it brings with it a refreshing change in climate and lush landscapes. However, along with the beauty, the rains also pose certain health risks that we must be mindful of to stay safe and healthy during this time. Here are the top 5 health risks related to the rainy season in Jalisco:

1. Waterborne Illnesses: Heavy rains can lead to water contamination, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases like cholera, typhoid, and gastroenteritis. It’s essential to ensure that the water you consume is properly purified and to avoid eating raw or uncooked food from street vendors.

2. Mosquito-Borne Diseases: Standing water from the rains becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes, raising the risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as DENGUE fever, chikungunya, and Zika virus. Protect yourself by using mosquito repellents, wearing long-sleeved clothing, and keeping your living spaces free from stagnant water.

3. Respiratory Infections: The rainy season often leads to increased humidity and mold growth in homes. This can exacerbate respiratory conditions and trigger allergies. Maintaining proper ventilation and regularly cleaning and drying indoor areas can help reduce the risk of respiratory infections.

4. Accidents and Injuries: Slippery roads and flooded areas can lead to an increased number of accidents and injuries during the rainy season. It’s crucial to exercise caution while driving and to avoid walking through flooded streets.

5. Leptospirosis: This bacterial disease can be contracted from contaminated water or soil, often found in flood-prone areas. Taking preventive measures such as wearing protective footwear and avoiding contact with potentially contaminated water can help reduce the risk of leptospirosis.This and other gastrointestinal infectious such as Giardia and Amoebas can adversely affect your health during this season.

By being aware of these health risks and taking necessary precautions, we can fully enjoy the beauty and serenity that the rainy season brings while safeguarding our well-being. Stay informed, stay prepared, and have a safe and healthy rainy season in Jalisco, Mexico.



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

At CHAPALA MED, we are thrilled to unveil 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.

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.


Pickle-ball – Health Related Issues


Chapala Med Mission Statement

The Healthcare providers & Staff at Chapala Med 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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