7 Numbers I Track for Weight Loss

Updated March 2020 Weight Loss Case Study I saw a patient a few weeks ago for weight loss and diabetes reversal who told me he was on the keto diet, had lost 10 pounds initially and then plateaued.  His diabetes A1C blood test dropped from 10.6 to 9.5, but without further changes.  I asked him how…


The Real Risks of Exercising Too Hard and How to Exercise-Part 1 of 2

Background This is the first of a 2-part series on exercise and how to do it in a way that maximizes fitness and enjoyment without increasing health risk and injury. I feel there's been a shift over the years where many of my existing and new patients are now engaging in different types of…


Eliminating Pain and Improving Exercise and Athletic Performance-Part 2 of 2

Background If you haven’t read part one, please do so now, especially the part about anaerobic versus aerobic exercise.  You need to understand the difference between anaerobic and aerobic exercise for many of my recommendations in this post to make sense. To very briefly summarize, anaerobic…


The Alarming Epidemic of Alzheimer’s Disease and its Direct Connection to Diabetes

Background Virtually every person, including myself, at one time or another has wondered if they might be developing early Alzheimer's disease. Such fear is usually triggered by our daily ritual of forgetfulness..."where did I put my keys?"  "what was that person's name I just met a few minutes…


How Back Pain Made Me Taller, Slimmer, and Faster

Background As a primary care physician I have treated a lot of patients with low back pain. The usual protocol was for me to examine the patient to make sure they don't have a dangerous condition (herniated disk with nerve compromise, cancer, etc.), provide a handout with some stretches, and…


5 Top Myths About Fasting

Background Fasting is a powerful way to achieve optimal physical and mental health, used for generations by multiple cultures across the planet, yet I find so many patients, physicians, dietitians and other colleagues in health care either skeptical or fearful of its potential harm.  I want to…


A Key Method of Cellular “Detox” Wins the 2016 Nobel Prize

Background The words "detox" and "cleanse" are two of the most overused terms in the area of health and wellness today.  They typically conjure up images of mud masks, spas and green juices that typically raise the skeptical eyebrows of scientists.  However, this year's Nobel Prize in medicine went…


Top 5 Healing Spices

Below is a guest post by my good friend and colleague, Harvard trained integrative medicine physician and author of The Paleovedic diet, Dr.Akil Palanisamy. The Top 5 Spices by Akil Palanisamy M.D. Spices are considered medicine within Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India.  You may…


The Power of Protein

Background One of the most common questions I get in the clinic or during lectures is:  How do I get more protein into my diet? Today we'll talk about the science of protein in your diet and some of the risks and benefits. Our dietitian, Prerna Uppal, will end the post with some practical tips on…


How to Motivate Men to Take Care of their Health

Background I wrote a blog piece for my medical group a few years ago that I continue to get positive feedback on where I talk about "The 3 Components of Maleness" and "The 3 stages of Male Health Breakdown."  Recently someone reached out to me and said: "Your blog piece on men's health was right on…


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