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12/30/2014 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC
Updated: 12/30/2014 4:31:50 PM PACIFIC
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Working on New Year’s resolutions? Gritman to host January presentations on metabolism/weight loss and getting a good night’s sleep
Gritman Medical Center will host two presentations by local physicians in January, one for sleep and one for metabolism/weight management.

•    Wednesday, Jan. 7, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dr. Rayme Geidl - the only board certified Obesity Medicine physician in Idaho north of the Boise area - will explain how a person’s body chemistry affects their energy levels, weight and general health.
•    Monday, Jan. 19, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dr. John Grauke, director of Gritman’s Sleep Center, will discuss sleep problems and provide a free sleep assessment encompassing Body Mass Index and other measurements.

Both meetings are free and open to the public and will take place in the Gritman Conference Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to fill out a confidential assessment survey and ask questions.

Dr. Grauke’s presentation will help people understand causes of sleeplessness, such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, insomnia and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

“Most people with sleep disorders don’t even know they have one. They are tired all day, fall asleep in their chairs or movies or they snore heavily,” said Dr. Grauke, who practices at Moscow Medical and is also the medical director for the Gritman Sleep Center. “This clinic will help people understand some of the reasons why they might have difficulty sleeping and what they can do about it.”

Dr. Geidl’s presentation will be of interest to people who feel run-down or out of sorts, even though there is no apparent reason for it and their blood tests appear normal. People will also find the presentation useful if they have tried to lose weight but can’t, even if they severely restrict their calories, or have lost weight but haven’t been able to keep it off

“Some people are technically overweight but very healthy, while other people are at risk of diabetes or heart attacks even though they are normal weight, exercise, and have what they believe is a good diet,” said Dr. Geidl, who practices at Moscow Medical and Northwest Metabolic Medicine. “With the right kinds of blood tests, we can get a pretty good idea of what is wrong and what we need to do about it.”

Dr. Grauke holds dual board certification, in Family Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He has been practicing at Moscow Medical since 1994. A native Texan, he graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his Family Practice residency at the University of Washington affiliated residence GHMC, Seattle.

Dr. Geidl grew up in Troy and graduated from the University of Idaho with and earned her MD from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed Family Medicine residency training in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Geidl holds dual board certification, in Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine.

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