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Inside Outside Wellness Center & Medical Spa  



Dec 2019



 Greetings from Dr. Christian & the Staff of Inside Outside



We are finishing our 16th Year! Holiday season is upon us!  Christmas today and a New Year around the Corner.  Let's get serious about our Nutrition, Exercise and Skin care & make 2020 the best year yet!!  At Inside Outside we have "The Cure" for our Health and Fitness Crisis, never doubt it!! "The Inside Outside Way of Life"! Live It in 2020 & Take it to a New Level! It's Magic! Commit!!




in this issue

  • From Dr. Christian: Reflections on "Chasing Two Rabbits  & Semi-Retiring"
  • Strength Training, Omega 3's & LoCarb/Fasting and Sleep, the Health Triad!
  • Tribute to Dr. Alfonso Chiscano, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Mentor and Inside Outside Client!
  • We Can Now Send/Receive Text Messages with Land Line 210.616.0826 via ZipWhip!
  • Update on our Web Analytics by Revolver, 160 Countries! They love us around the World!!!
  • Former Inside Outside Staff Elydia Miles R.N. graduates from Nursing School!
  • Welcome our Six Spring 2020 Kinesiology,  Cummunity & Public Health Interns!
  • It is Better to Give than Receive! Gift Certificates!! Personalized!
  • Member Spotlight: Norine Torres, Retired Nuclear Radiology Technician!
  • Community Relations:  Silent Auctions, Raffles, Walks & Runs!  50 Donations so far 2019!!
    From Dr. Christian: Reflections on " Chasing Two Rabbits and Semi-Retiring" 


    As many of you know as of 30 November I terminated my 35 year 24/7 Contract with the Methodist Hospital Heart Transplant Team, having served as the primary Heart Procurement Surgeon on about 500 transplants. Doing so effectively ends a 35 year Career as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon in Private Practice in San Antonio. If I include my USAF Wilford Hall Surgical Internship (1yr), General Surgery Residency (4yr) and Thoracic Surgery Residency (2yr) +5 years as a Staff Surgeon and Chairman of Thoracic surgery, it adds up to 47yrs since graduation from the University of Alabama in Birmingham Medical School. We created Inside Outside in 2004, so for the past 16 years I feel like I have been living the old adage "if you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one".  In the past year the Procurement Runs have been to more distant locations than in previous years, taking often 6-10 hours leave, harvest and come back.  These trips were beginning to have an effect on my attention to everything we do here at Inside Outside and were quite tiring as many were in the middle of the night. Although I performed many routine Heart and Lung Operations from 1980-2004, no doubt the "Highlight " of my surgical career would be my participation on the Heart Transplant Team. Lot's of great memories and I'm sure we helped many live more comfortable lives. I'm happy that I have Inside Outside as my only rabbit to chase!! I'm looking forward to helping all of you take your Health, Strength and Appearance to a New Level in 2020 and doing it for another 10 years, so I have simplified and refocused. Semi-Retired.....

    Link to my 1st Facebook Post      Link to Methodist Facebook Post.    Link to my 2nd Facebook Post   "The Inside Outside Way of Life"!   "My Health, Where Do I Start"     

    "The Six Components of Optimal Health & Aging"

    Strength Training, Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Low Carb/Fasting and Sleep The Health Triad!


    At Inside Outside we have always  promoted Evidence Based Strategies. There is no question that our emphasis on safe Hi-Lo Strength Training is right on point and avoids the loss of strength and lean mass as we age.  Our recommendations of Adequate High Quality Protein and LoCarb eating are being expanded with various Fasting Strategies which may have anti-aging benefits.  Several studies finished this year, the REDUCE-IT Study and EVAPORATE Study evaluated the Omega 3 EPA in a purified form and documented lowering of Triglycerides, a decrease in Cardiovascular Risk and slowing of Progression of Atherosclerotic lesions.  Many of these benefits may be related to an anti-inflammatory effect of the Omega 3's.  Based on these studies the FDA has expanded the indications for prescribing VASCEPA, the purified EPA made by Amarin.  Much of this has been predicted by Dr. Barry Sears who was one of the first to promote adequate, not placebo, does of Omega 3's. Also, on the Omega 3 front there was a nice review about the role of Omega 3's in helping with the Sarcopenia, or loss of muscle as we age.  And there is no lack of data coming out almost daily about the importance of Sleep.   The Health Triad:  Exercise-Nutrition-Sleep.

    The REDUCE-IT Study     EVAPORATE Study

    The Role of Omega-3 in the Prevention and Treatment of Sarcopenia

    Tribute to Dr. Alfonso Chiscano, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Mentor, Friend & Inside Outside Client.

    All of San Antonio is mourning the recent death of Dr. Alfonso Chiscano.  I met "Chico" in 1984 when I came out of the USAF into private practice.  He was well established in San Antonio as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and was very instrumental in helping me to start my own Cardiothoracic Surgery practice. He was a immigrant from the Canary Islands and quickly became a pioneer in acknowledging the importance of the Canary Islands in the early days of San Antonio. I assisted him in over 1000 heart surgeries over the years and learned much from him. During his last year he was a client at Inside Outside and we helped with his strength training. A Research Professorship has been established at UT Health San Antonio in honor of Dr. Chiscano. Always grateful for what America did for him he would always say "Good Morning America" and "Only in America" as he entered the operating room. Our condolences to his wife or 51 years Mary-Alice, and his children Kristie, Carina, Steve and Todd. Many owe their "extra" days to his commitment to his profession.

    Rivard Report Saluting "Chico"

    UT Health San Antonio Tribute Site to Dr. Chiscano

    San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Tribute to "Chico"

    YouTube Video of Chico on Behalf of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    KENS 5 Remembers Dr. Alfonso Chiscano, A Leader in the City's Tricentennial Celebration.

    We Now Have Ability to Send a Text Message Via Our Land Line 210-616-0826 via ZipWhip

    Many Clients over the years have asked us if we have the ability to send reminders or if there would be a way to communicate with us using Texting Capabilities of SmartPhones.  We are please to announce that we now are able to offer this service using one of our existing LandLines through ZipWhip. We have to have your permission to communicate with you in this manner and we can't use it for marketing or to send you any Protected Health Information and you would not want to send us any Credit Card or Payment Information.  This service will only be used to schedule appointments or to remind clients of appointments or that they are due for a Botox Treatment.  We certainly won't abuse this capability with unnecessary messages and by Typing STOP, you can opt out for these messages. We have developed a little Botox Emoji to send along with the messages to remind you that you might be due for Botox!! 

    Update on our Web Analytic Reports, The Revolver Map!!  They love us around the world!

       Everyone is aware that Businesses & Organizations use Web Analytic Tracking Services to monitor their web site traffic for marketing purposes.  Inside Outside uses Google Analytics, Clicky and Revolver Maps for tracking services. The Top Ten Countries are United States, Canada, United Kingdom,  India, Australia, Germany, Philippines, France, Brazil, and Italy! The map shows hits over the past 90 months, monitored by Revolver Maps, 160 Countries & over 93,166 Visits. Recent additions since the last newsletter are Gibraltar, Samoa and Gambia.  Popular pages for international visitors are the DXA Body Composition, DXA Bone Density & our Dark Side of the Sun page.   

    To Checkout our current Revolver Map, click on the 2D Version and Hover over the Red Dots to see Location, Requires Java!

    Former Inside Outside Staff Member Elydia Miles R.N. graduates from UT Health Nursing School!

    I and all of our Inside Outside clients are proud of long time Inside Outside Staff Member Elydia Miles R.N.!  She graduated this Summer from an Accelerated Nursing Program at UT Health. During her 2 year program she was on the Dean's list while working as a administrative assistant at University Hospital, caring for her child and being a wife!  That's multi-tasking!  Ely is being pinned by her Mother JoAnn and Linda Ybarbo.  After passing her Nursing License Exam, Ely was offered a Nursing Residency program at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Program!  We are pleased to have Ely join our honored profession of service and compassion!

    Welcome to our Spring 2020 UTSA Kinesiology Interns!

    Inside Outside welcomes Akemi-Hari Mendez, Alejandra Medina, Diana Villarreal, Aliyah Lane, Sabrina Lalani and Sativa Martinez as our UTSA Interns for Spring 2020.  Akemi, Alejandra, Diana and Sativa are Kinesiology/Exercise Science Majors. Aliyah is a Community Health Major and Sabrina a Public Health Major. We are excited to have these future health care providers with us for the 2020 Spring Semester and to share with them The Inside Outside Way of Life!  Coming 20 Jan 2020!!!

    UTSA Health and Kinesiology Department Website

    Our Current and Past UTSA Kinesiology Interns 

    We have Gift Certificates for all of our products and services!

     Gift Certificates for Any Occasion

    Christmas, Birthday, Valentines, Mother's Day, New Bride, Graduation

     We can Personalize Gift Certificate

    for any Product or Service We Offer!

    Great Gift Certificate Ideas Here!!

    Member Spotlight: Norine Torres, Retired Nuclear Radiology Technician


    We salute Norine Torres in our Member Spotlight this Month!  Norine has been a member of the Inside Outside Family since 2005 and enjoys her once a week Hi-Lo Workout and Spa Services.  Norine is a San Antonio native and trained at the Scott and White Clinic in Temple, Texas for her Nuclear Radiology Technician License. She retuned to San Antonio where she worked for 28 years at the Methodist Metropolitan Hospital and the 15 years at the Audie Murphy VA Hospital in their Nuclear Radiation Departments.  After 43 (Yes, 43 Years!) years of service and lots of "on call" duty she retired and now spends much of her free time traveling with the Los Amigos Ski & Travel Club. Over the past few years she has had trips to Portugal, Italy, Spain and Scotland and credits her strength training allowing her more enjoyment of the trips.  She is a avid pet lover and favors Dobermans and cats.  We appreciate having Norine as a valued member of the Inside Outside Family.

    Community Relations: Silent Auctions, Raffles, Walks & Runs, 50 Events so far in 2019!

    Since it's inception, an important mission at Inside Outside has been to make

    a difference in our community.  The best way we have found to do this is to

    make contributions to Non-Profit organizations through silent auctions at their

    annual fund raising events, seminars, health fairs or direct donations.  We would

    consider it an honor for any request for items to be donated or for Dr. Christian to speak to Non-Profit and other organizations/businesses in San Antonio and surrounding cities. Check out our New Community Service Page chronicling Inside Outside's Community Service efforts since 2004!

    Inside Outside Community Service, 50 Donations this Year!

    Thanks to our Community Service Director Lora Lane!

    Silent Auctions, Raffles, Donations

    Over the past 12 months we have made donations for the following Silent Auctions, Raffles or Donations organized by these fine Non-Profit Organizations!!  this is one of our favorite ways to support them!



    A Great Christmas White Board by Adrianna, Joshua and Sanchez, Our Fall 2019 UTSA Interns!



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