Case Files: Why Alcohol is Not “Low Carb” or Keto

Case Study A 45-year-old woman came to see me in the clinic for difficulty losing weight.  She has been on a low carb, ketogenic diet for 6 months but has lost very little weight and feels tired and sluggish.  She thinks she has a prolonged case of the "keto flu." She consumes between 30-50 grams…


What’s the Best Cooking Oil?

Background There’s a ton of conflicting advice and confusion on cooking oils and I will not claim that I am the subject matter expert on this topic.  The advice I share in this post is based on a combination of what I think are higher quality studies, common sense given the manufacturing process…


Beware of B12 Deficiency

Background Vitamin B12 deficiency is incredibly common in the population, yet often undiagnosed and can lead to all types of health issues.  In medical school I was taught that B12 deficiency is often called "the great masquerader" since it can mimic a whole range of different medical conditions.…


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…


Top Health Goals and How to Stick to Them

Background A key reason resolutions and rigid goal setting fail is because they typically involve some form of austerity or discipline: "I need to exercise harder" "I need to quit alcohol or tobacco" "I need to cut out sugar" "I need to start fasting" "I need to start meditating" Might work…


Top Vegetarian Proteins to Help with Diabetes and Weight Loss

Background One of the most common complaints I get in the office and on the lecture circuit is the lack of protein options for my vegetarian/vegan patients.  Although many of my patients and followers have been great about lowering their sugar and excess carb intake, especially if they have or are…


Top 6 Herbs and Spices for Diabetes

Background Can herbs and spices actually help you prevent and manage diabetes?  I used to be skeptical about this idea when I first started my practice, but now have started seeing the true benefits over the years.  I have mostly my patients to thank for this who have shared their various recipes,…


7 Top Concerns About The Ketogenic Diet

Background on The Ketogenic Diet Before all the ketogenic diet enthusiasts come after me for writing this blog post, I do want to let you know that I am actually in nutritional ketosis while writing this blog, so please don’t throw zero carb eggs at my windshield.  I’ll cover the ketogenic diet in…


Does Skipping Breakfast Increase Heart Attack Risk?

Background I've grown accustomed to sensational news headlines on health which convert flawed scientific studies into catchy one-liners like "Red meat increases cancer" or in this case "Skipping breakfast increases heart attack risk."  Before we discuss the actual study on breakfast and its…


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