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…


Is Ghee Good or Evil for Health

Background When you ask a lay person about what is a primary dietary cause of heart disease in Indians, a common response points the finger at ghee in the diet.  Before we discuss ghee in further detail, let's first discuss what ghee is since I have readers from many different ethnic backgrounds…


Serving Up Some Rice Advice

Intro Those of you who follow my blog and have read my book know my stance on rice already.  I'm not anti-rice and I personally consume rice conscientiously and strategically with great results. However, back when I had insulin resistance with significant metabolic syndrome, untethered rice intake…


Are Your Batteries Low? It’s Time to Recharge with My Free E-book on Fatigue!

Get Your Energy Back! I was recently in the UK on sabbatical, working on my 2nd book when I received an e-mail from a patient that made me completely shift from writing my 2nd book to producing a free e-book.  An excerpt is below and I did change a few specifics, to keep it anonymous, including the…


An Exercise Our Asian and Indian Ancestors Used to Do That Burns Fat and Slows Down Aging

Origins of Squatting Squats originated in India and Asia, long before the age of furniture.  Squatting made life easier as it gave people the freedom to “sit” wherever they choose; have dinner without a table and chairs, play dice in the street, read a book or take a coffee break.  Aside from…


Where’s Your Body Fat? A Look at Body Shapes and Health Risks Across Different Ethnic Groups-Indians, Asians, Caucasians, etc.

Background The global obesity crisis has traditionally been focused on body weight and body mass index (aka BMI) rather than body shape and composition.  Weight and BMI are blunt tools that can identify more obvious health risks, but unfortunately they miss the more subtle manifestations of…


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