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…


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 Supplement that can help with Weight loss, Cholesterol and More

Background I'm not a big believer in supplements.  If I do use them in patients I use them in specific situations like for nutrient deficiencies, and once we are able to correct the deficiency through natural foods, my preference is to cut back or stop the supplement. However, I can't ignore the…


The Not So Sweet Truth About Artificial Sweeteners and Diet Sodas

Background Hopefully by now you are convinced that excess sugar consumption is a major cause for disease, ranging from childhood and adult obesity to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, fatty liver disease, and even Alzheimer's disease.  So for those of us with a sweet tooth, artificial sweeteners…


Exercising When You’re Upset Can Increase Heart Attack Risk

Background "I can't believe the way my boss treated me at work today.  I'm definitely going to catch my 6pm high intensity kick boxing class so I can take my anger towards him out on the punching bag!"  Have you ever felt similar emotions about a situation and decided to channel your anger and…


When is Your Lowest Body Weight and How to Burn Fat During the Holidays

Background One of the benefits of the myriad body sensing devices on the market is the ability to analyze big health data trends on large populations.  A study done at Cornell University, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, used Withings wireless weigh scales to measure body weights…


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 Nuts Should You Go About Nuts?

Background We get lots of questions about nuts in the clinic.  Aren’t nuts going to make me gain weight?  Which nuts are best?  How many nuts can I eat?  Let’s explore nuts in detail and provide some guidelines on incorporating them as a healthy part of your nutrition plan. Health Benefits of……


Can Wheat Really Be Bad for Your Health? A Closer Look at Gluten

Background I used to think gluten was an over-hyped health fad that would soon pass.  I’m not talking about Celiac Disease (CD), where the immune system actually physically damages the intestinal lining, but rather individuals who are gluten sensitive without CD.  We refer to these folks as having…


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