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…


The Power of Nasal Breathing

Background I was exposed to the concept of nasal breathing from a very early age, but didn't quite realize its significance.  Breathing is often overlooked as one of the most powerful levers we can pull to impact multiple areas of our health.  It can have profound impact on reducing stress,…


Understanding Heart Scans, Stress Tests and Heart Disease Risk

Background I have had numerous requests from doctors, patients and my readers for a thorough explanation of heart scans and their significance.  In an effort to appease both sides of the exam table, I have written this post with enough depth to inform clinicians and hopefully enough explanation to…


Why Muscle Really Matters

Background I consider the preservation and enhancement of muscular strength to be one of the most important goals a human being should set at any stage of life.  Lack of adequate muscle mass and function is one of the single greatest contributors to poor quality of life and accelerated aging. This…


Why Women (and Men) Struggle with Weight Loss and Health

Background This blog post is applicable to both women and men, but I am going to focus a bit more on women since in my practice women struggle so much more with weight loss than men.  For many women it has become a 24/7 obsession that takes over their life, or is at the very least a constant…


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.…


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…


Why Women Must Worry About Heart Disease

Background Despite all of the awareness around heart disease prevention, it's troubling that women are still viewed differently than men, even though heart disease remains the number one killer in women.  Women generally still perceive breast cancer as a greater threat to their health despite the…


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…


How to Prevent and Reverse Hypothyroidism

Background My clinic focuses on preventing and reversing diabetes and heart disease, but I've been struck with how prevalent thyroid disease has become in my practice.  In particular, hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) due to an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto's thyroiditis.  Unfortunately…


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