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…


This Single Thought Process Can Ruin Your Health

Background A few recent accounts of suicide in the families of some of my patients along with headlines of fashion icon Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain taking their own lives led me to write this post.  The root causes of mental health issues are incredibly complex, so during…


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…


Using Your Phone and Heart Rate to Monitor Stress

Why Stress Matters It's common to ignore stress since it is such a subjective measure compared to other familiar risk markers like blood pressure and cholesterol.  Many of you reading this blog may already have a regular stress-reducing practice like meditation in place, but today's post is for…


7 Numbers I Track for Weight Loss

Updated March 2020 Weight Loss Case Study I saw a patient a few weeks ago for weight loss and diabetes reversal who told me he was on the keto diet, had lost 10 pounds initially and then plateaued.  His diabetes A1C blood test dropped from 10.6 to 9.5, but without further changes.  I asked him how…


6 Key Steps to Lowering High Blood Pressure

Background High blood pressure is becoming increasingly common in my clinic.  It truly is a "silent killer" since the majority of people feel no symptoms until something serious happens like a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or blindness.  This means you need to be periodically monitoring your…


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