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Mark R. Halstrom, M.D.

As a family physician certified by the American Board of Family Practice, Dr. Halstrom is prepared to handle everything from childbirth to senior care. While focusing on functional medicine as it relates to traditional family practice medicine, he is able to offer a broad range of medical services, prescribe medications and supplements, order tests and perform surgery. Dr. Halstrom is trained in pediatrics, minor surgery, basic orthopedics and emergency care. He also takes a special interest in sports medicine and prolotherapy for chronic joint pain. Furthermore, Dr. Halstrom has completed advance course work in motor vehicle trauma as well.
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6 Healthy Habits for Women & Why You Should Start Them Today

Being healthy is about so much more than not getting sick. In fact, figuring out how to be healthy is just as much about being happy, physically fit, mentally healthy, and socially well-adjusted as it is about avoiding disease and illness. Good health means having more energy, feeling strong and capable, not experiencing chronic pain or illness, and physical, mental, and emotional well-being. But living a healthy life doesn’t always come naturally, so here are six tips on how to be healthy and maintain lasting good health habits.

6 Women's Health FAQs

Women’s health is an important issue at every stage of life, and you are ultimately responsible for managing and maintaining your own properly. Luckily, there are plenty of people, resources, and healthcare practitioners who can help you maintain your health. Not only is this important to you, but also your partner, children, friends, and loved ones. Here are six common women’s health questions, and things you can do to maintain overall health.

Assessing Growing Pains and Your Child's Health

What the human body is physically capable of is nothing short of miraculous. Human development is the process of growth and change that takes place between birth and maturity. Beyond your child getting taller, there are several changes in shape, composition, and distribution of your child’s bone, muscle, and tissue. While experiencing “growing pains” is a normal part of development, each child’s pain level and pain tolerance differs.

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Bulletproof Coffee: Is it Good For You?

Is coffee healthy and what is the rage with Bulletproof coffee, MCT oils, and good fats? How can good fats make me lose more weight? I will answer your questions here in this blog.

Top 8 Preventable Men’s Health Concerns

When it comes to motor vehicles, household structures, and lawn care, men typically lead the charge for routine maintenance. They realize that in these instances, a small amount of consistent effort helps avoid any larger issues from occurring. Sometimes I wonder why those who diligently perform oil changes and system checks on their vehicles don’t provide their bodies with the same level of upkeep. After all, routine maintenance is the key to keeping vehicles, and bodies, running better for longer.

In honor of Men’s Health Month, I’m covering eight men’s health concerns that, with a little elbow grease, can be prevented or alleviated.  

Zika Virus: Are You Really at Risk?

Those pesky mosquitos are going to make an appearance soon in Minnesota. It’s that time of year to stock up on insect repellent and citronella candles. What’s all the talk about the Zika virus? Is it really something you need to be concerned and precautious about? I enjoy any reason to be outdoors, especially if it involves staying active. But, I could do without the mosquitoes and their annoyance just as much as anyone. Thanks, mother nature! In this post, I’ll share some facts and tips, so you’ll know all you need to know about the Zika virus and how it affects you and your family.

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Can I Have Your Number? What Your Blood Pressure Numbers Mean

Height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, and repeat. You know, the usual round up of stats your healthcare provider takes at each appointment. Do you know why your blood pressure is a standard measurement of your picture of health? Did you know salt affects blood pressure in a negative manner? If you answered no to either of these questions, rest assured - I’ll get you up to speed and impart why it’s necessary to be an advocate concerning your blood pressure numbers.

Concussions: A Bang to the Brain

Concussions alter the way your brain functions. The word "concussion" itself was derived from the Latin word concutere, meaning to “shake violently.” Yikes, right? Concussions are not something to be shrugged off - ever. And because I feel so strongly about the education of concussions, concussion symptoms, and care, I'm going to dig into the science behind this traumatic brain injury - it's worth explaining.

What You Should Know About Sleep Apnea

When you sleep, your brain recharges, your cells repair themselves, and your body releases important hormones. Sleep is absolutely essential to humans. What happens in the cases of continuous or chronic interrupted sleep? Your body isn’t getting what it needs. As a proponent of sleep, I always advise my patients to get the right amount. Because if they’re not, then we should take sleep apnea – it might be the culprit.

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Concussions & Your Student Athlete


As your student athlete heads back to school, they also head back to their teammates, practice, and the playing field. Between the Johnnies, Blazers, Huskies, Tigers, Spartans, Saints, and Eagles – there’s certainly no shortage of athletics in Central MN. I love to take in a game, and I love helping athletes feel top-notch.