“Prior to 44 BC, the Ides of March just meant March 15, according to the Roman method of measuring months by counting down from three points, with the ides as the middle marker. But then Julius Caesar had to go get stabbed on the floor of the senate by a group of conspirators led by Brutus and Cassius, having not heeded a soothsayer’s warning that the day would bring him harm. Shakespeare immortalized this unheralded message to “beware the Ides of March” in his play, Julius Caesar.” – MentalFloss.com
Here at FirstMed we are not as worried by the the Ides of March instead we say “beware the ticks of spring”. Due to the mild winter, ticks are already appearing as we have just seen our first tick-bitten patient of the season. To kick off this issue we give this gentle reminder that tick borne encephalitis (TBE) can be prevented by a series of 3 vaccinations which can provide almost 100% protection against TBE and are available at FirstMed today.
In this month’s newsletter, we have put together a refreshing new assortment of topics to welcome spring. If you are feeling fatigued be sure to read our article about the importance of vitamin D, and try our tasty, energizing orange and walnut salad with chicken recipe. We offer helpful tips on alleviating allergy symptoms and to prepare yourself for the season. We congratulate one of our orthopedic-traumatologist specialists, Dr. Zoltán Detre, on his inauguration as the President of the Hungarian Traumatology Society. Last but not least, do not compromise the quality of your vision, read all about the ‘silent thief’ of sight, and schedule your annual ophthalmological screening exam. Enjoy.