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Dr. Paul Hartlaub

Preventive Medicine
Milwaukee, WI
35 years experience

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WI

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Brown Deer, WI

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In medical school, we learned to "first, do no harm." Much of what we do in medicine is not proven, and may even be harmful. This has led to the development of what we call "evidence-based medicine," which I define as follows: If it works, we should do it. If it doesn't work, we shouldn't do it. If we don't know if it works, we should be careful. I have devoted my career to practicing and teaching evidence-based medicine. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison and then the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. After finishing a family practice residency in Milwaukee, I learned that we in the health care knew little about what really works to keep people healthy and prevent disease, so I specialized in Preventive Medicine at the University of Colorado. I now have a full time family practice, focus on keeping populations healthy, and teach at a variety of levels and in a variety of programs. The project that I am most excited about currently is the development of an iPhone app that lists all of the proven health and prevention recommendations for adults. Now they can know what really works to keep them healthy and why. The app is called My Health Checklist.

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Preventive Medicine

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English

Doctor Q&A

202 Answers
6 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Not common: To my knowledge, and i'm not a gyn surgeon, gassiness is not common after a hysterectomy. I would look for any changes in your diet that might have oc... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
I would avoid them: Other than alli, which most patient don't like because of side effects (greasy stool), these agents are generally not approved for long term use becau... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Spine & hips mostly: With osteoporosis, most any bone might be affected, but mostly fractures tend to occur in the spine and upper leg bones (hips). If you are a woman 65 ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Limit to 1-2 drinks: If you are feeling nauseated or have a headache or otherwise feel crummy the day after having a few drinks, your body is telling you something. Alcoho... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: There is a medicine that helps treat shingles (more than one, actually), but it is only effective if started within the first few days of the rash.
A member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Avoid spice and acid: Everyone is a bit different in this regard, but spicy and acidy foods like tomato sauces tend to bring on the symptoms. The bottom line is to notice w... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Probably not: No such interaction has been reported that I am aware of, or that i was able to find in any of my resources.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Nothing: In general this would be a fasting blood test. This is not clearly defined, but lab professionals tell me that you should go at least 8 hours with not... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Depends on disease: I'm not sure if you have a particular disease in mind, but in general eating healthy foods, exercising, not smoking, and getting recommended vaccines ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
A common question: This is a question i get almost daily in my practice. The solution is simple to articulate, but extremely difficult to do - you have to eat less. If y... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Get it checked out: The amlodipine part of Caduet can cause constipation, and this might be part of the problem, but it is hard to be sure. Almost any medicine can cause ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Minimally, if at all: Remember most of the cholesterol in your body is made by your liver. Only about 1/4 of it comes in through your diet, and if you are adequately fastin... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Here is one: There is an excellent iphone / ipad / ipod app that gives research-based preventive health recommendations on cancer tests, vaccines and healthy lifes... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
The kind in foods: If you get a balanced diet and are otherwise healthy, you probably don't need to take a supplemental vitamin. They have not been shown to reduce the r... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Not a problem: If you get enough iron in your diet (e.g., meats, beans, fortified cereals), and are not low on it somehow (e.g., women losing it with heavy periods) ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Here is one: There is an excellent iphone / ipad / ipod app that gives research-based preventive health recommendations on cancer tests, vaccines and healthy lifes... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
One of several: There are many drugs that can be tried for migraine prevention. The one that has been studied the most, to my knowledge, and has the greatest chance o... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
There are a few: Simcor (simvastatin and niacin) is made up of two meds; Simvastatin which mostly lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol, and Niacin which lowers LDL and triglyc... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
At least 2 weeks: The pharmaceutical companies recommend at least 2 weeks, but to be safe i think waiting a month is reasonable. Also remember that the pill does not pr... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Usually every 10 yrs: After the initial childhood series, a td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster is recommended every 10 yrs. If there is a significant wound, a booster is r... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Genes: Our livers make about 75% of our cholesterol, with the rest coming in through our diets. I would guess most vegans take in even less fat in their diet... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Higher risk: High density lipoprotein, or hdl, is the "good" cholesterol (think "h" for "healthy)." imagine HDL is a vacuum cleaner, sucking up bad cholesterol and... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Avoid contact: Thank you for asking. Herpes simplex virus, or hsv, causes both oral (cold sores) and genital sores. Genital herpes is spread by touch (whether or not... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
No: Progesterone is a female hormone that functions in the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and the development of the newborn. Vitamins, on the other hand, ar... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Not likely: While it is hard to be certain, if you had bleeding that seemed like your period, you are not likely to be pregnant, even if you skipped one or two pe... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Avoid caffeine, soda: Essential tremor, which is a rapid tremor usually easily seen with the hands and arms outstretched, is common; about 1 out of 20 adults have it. Medic... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Your PCP: While i can't be certain, the most likely cause of numbness in your situation is that one of the nerves in your wrist, arm or neck is being irritated ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Probably every 1-2 y: There is little or no research that guides us on how often to do check ups. I agree with dr. Klauber that every year or so makes sense, mostly because... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
There are many: There are many good brands. Nature made is one. Just eating right is a good start, but you are right that prenatal vitamins are probably a good idea,... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Liquid or soft foods: Of course getting your teeth fixed if possible would be a good start, but i'll bet you are aware of that. Getting calories in when teeth are bad is a ... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Whatever feels right: This is one of those "no right or wrong answer" questions. Some couples are content with sex every few weeks or less, and others feel something is wro... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Mostly good: Cows milk is a good source of protein and calcium. It is not a great source of iron, because it is not absorbed very well, and young children can beco... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Vaccines too: In addition to the blood pressure and cholesterol checks, checks for alcohol or weight problems, and depression already mentioned, several vaccines ar... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
No: Daily exercise is generally a good idea, and not harmful. I have been doing so for about 30 years now. Of course, common sense applies in terms of how... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Several things: There are many causes for bad breath. Among the more common are gingivitis (inflammed or infected gums), possibly from poor brushing and flossing, and... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Perhaps, but risky: Serostim is a human growth hormone used in a variety of conditions of inadequate growth or wasting syndromes such as in HIV patients. As such, it may ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Most likely: What you are describing, an unwanted loss of urine, does sound like incontinence. A big question, though, is what is causing it. This could be anythin... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: A family history tells us about risk. Many diseases tend to run in families, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and some cancers. And if you are a... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
A few possibilities: Of course stools or gas often have an unpleasant odor, but one that is recognized as normal. Unusually or distinctly bad odors may come from simple di... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Not usually: Most heart attacks and strokes are caused by blood clots. Aspirin reduces these risks by thinning your blood. However, it can also make heartburn symp... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Probably not related: Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying protein found in red blood cells. The normal range varies by age and gender, but 12 is pretty close to normal, and n... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
600-800 units, maybe: Vitamin d is important for strong bone health, as well healthy nerve, muscle and immune systems. We generally get what we need from the effect of sunl... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Not needed: With a healthy diet, taking vitamin supplements generally have not been shown to benefit your health. However, taking a folate (folic acid) supplement... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Probably not: I am not an orthodontist or dentist, but to my knowledge braces or retainers are the only way to straigten teeth in nearly all cases. Sometimes surgic... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Proven ones: Depending somewhat on age, this list includes checks for high blood pressure, colon cancer, cholesterol (at least for men), unrecognized depression, m... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
ASAP: Certified diabetes educators are a tremendous resource for people with diabetes. They provide great detail about how to manage your diabetes and reduc... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
1 out of 14: Anemia is most likely in older infants. It is present in about 1 out of 14 children 1-2 years old. The us preventive services task force recommends ro... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Not harmful: A prenatal vitamin would not be harmful. However, if you get a good, balanced diet, you would not need it, with one exception; a supplement of 400 mic... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Only if still needed: If your blood iron level and blood count are in the normal range, you could assume you are getting enough iron in your diet and don't need to take an ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Annual eye exams: For those not born blind, diabetes is the number one cause of blindness. It is a big deal, and it is often preventable. The best way to prevent it is ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hartlaub is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hartlaub is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Nov 26, 2015
I am grateful for this doctor this Thanksgiving!
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Thank you so much! Actually my father is a heart patient and I wanted to know the amount of calories he should consume on a daily basis. He walks everyday in the morning, but I feel like he needs port...Read More
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University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, WI
Graduated 1987MD

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