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…


Coconut Oil Controversy and Some Updates

Background I've received a ton of questions in my clinic and through my blog about the American Heart Association's (AHA) recent "ban" on coconut oil.  If you're not familiar with this news release, read about it here.  This is not just about coconut oil, but really represents the AHA's continued…


The Link Between Stomach Acid and Optimal Health

Updated 10/22/2019 Background The focus of my clinical practice and work is on cardiometabolic disorders (obesity, diabetes, cholesterol disorders, heart disease, insulin resistance, etc.), so why am I talking about acidity and digestion in this post? As I started seeing patients with…


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…


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…


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…


How to Pick Eggs

Background on Eggs You should know by now what an egg lover I am.  Read my past post on this topic.  Despite the bad reputation eggs have had for years as a culprit in triggering heart disease and raising blood cholesterol levels, eggs (including the yolks!) are one of the most nutrient dense,…


Is Organic Food A Scam and Space Running Out for Our Upcoming Free Lecture!

Don't Miss Our Free Seminar in Palo Alto...Limited Space! My colleague, Dr.Akil Palanisamy (aka "Dr.Akil"), Harvard trained physician practicing integrative medicine in San Francisco and author of The Paleovedic Diet, is back for an encore blog post while we eagerly await a very special upcoming…


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…


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