Is Intermittent Fasting Overrated and Harmful to Health?

Background I got a ton of questions from patients and readers about the recent UCSF study on a form of fasting called time-restricted feeding (TRF), being ineffective for weight loss.  This is a perfect opportunity for me to dig deeper into how fasting can either be a powerful tool that potentially…


VO2 Max and Other Key Markers of Fitness and Longevity

Background There is no doubt that improving diet is a powerful way to shift metabolism and reverse conditions like insulin resistance and chronic inflammation.  In fact, in my early days, simply changing the diet in patients led to such significant changes in metrics like body weight, triglycerides…


The Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Guide

Background A continuous glucose monitor (cgm) is a wearable sensor that tracks you blood glucose 24/7 in real time and transmits it to a receiver which can either be a separate unit or your smartphone.  It's time for doctors and practitioners to get comfortable ordering cgms for their patients.  We…


Burning Body Fat With Cold Exposure

Background I have many patients who get the impression that staying healthy is not a year round responsibility.  They tend to focus on physical activity and healthy eating when the weather warms up, but during the fall and winter months, they think they can magically transform into a hibernating…


Case Files: Elevated LDL Fixed

Background I'll be sharing some occasional cases from my clinic to help you learn about some of my approaches to helping my patients.  I'll make some minor changes to the history and possibly tweak the labs a bit to protect the patient's identity.  My goal for doing these case files is so my…


Why Muscle Really Matters

Background I consider the preservation and enhancement of muscular strength to be one of the most important goals a human being should set at any stage of life.  Lack of adequate muscle mass and function is one of the single greatest contributors to poor quality of life and accelerated aging. This…


Why Women (and Men) Struggle with Weight Loss and Health

Background This blog post is applicable to both women and men, but I am going to focus a bit more on women since in my practice women struggle so much more with weight loss than men.  For many women it has become a 24/7 obsession that takes over their life, or is at the very least a constant…


In Defense of Eggs

Background After being acquitted for causing high cholesterol and heart disease and even making it onto the nutrition guidelines as a safe food to eat, the latest study that has been piped out to every major news outlet is back to saying eggs increase the risk of heart disease. Instead of writing a…


Thoughts on Omega 3s from Fish, Plants and Supplements

Background Like so many other nutrition topics, the pendulum has swung back and forth on the benefits of Omega 3s and fish oil, particularly from supplement sources. For this post, I want to do a comprehensive overview on natural fish sources and supplements to help you gain a better understanding…


Why Women Must Worry About Heart Disease

Background Despite all of the awareness around heart disease prevention, it's troubling that women are still viewed differently than men, even though heart disease remains the number one killer in women.  Women generally still perceive breast cancer as a greater threat to their health despite the…


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