Will An Aspirin A Day Really Keep Heart Attacks Away?

Background Taking a baby aspirin daily to reduce the risk of a heart attack and even colorectal cancer has been standard practice for years.  As time goes by and the number of trials accumulate, we often get a better snapshot of whether a medication truly offers its intended benefit, and whether…


Is Your Liver Fat? The Rising Incidence of Fatty Liver in Adults and Kids

Background Before we dig into this very important topic, a quick reminder that our weekend wilderness retreat is less than 2 weeks away (July 28-30 in Scotts Valley, California), where we will teach you everything you need to know to optimize health and potentially reverse diseases, including fatty…


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…


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…


Top 5 Healing Spices and Free Lecture on 10/6/16 in Palo Alto

Must Attend Free Lecture I'm thrilled to introduce my colleague, Harvard trained integrative medicine physician and author of The Paleovedic diet, Dr.Akil Palanisamy for our post this week.  His book is an excellent resource that blends his knowledge of Western medicine, Ayurveda and Integrative…


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…


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…


How Do You Eat? A Key Factor in Optimal Nutrition

Digestion Under Stress I've talked a lot in my book and blog about the effects of stress on heart disease risk, sleep and obesity, but I want to focus in this post about the effects of stress on digestion (how well our body breaks down food) and nutrient absorption (how well our body absorbs…


Prescription Food Series Debut: Introducing “Paleo Naan”

Background Before I talk about the highly anticipated Paleo Naan, let me give you a little background since this is the first post of my new prescription food series.  As a physician, I've spent a large part of my career writing prescriptions for drugs.  Unfortunately that was the primary weapon…


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