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…


Lifestyle Shifts for the New Year

I already discussed in a prior post why I don’t like the word “resolution” which tends to set people up for inevitable failure.  I discussed using the word "habit" instead, but this year I'm talking about "shifts."   Shifts are simplistic changes and substitutions you can make that require little…


A Must Have Food App for Adults and Kids

I've had the pleasure of speaking at TEDx and the opportunity to lecture to some of the biggest companies in the world on a multitude of health topics, but last week I gave what I felt was the most challenging, yet rewarding lecture of my life.  I spoke to the 5th grade classes for my twin sons,…


Solar Power and Vitamin D

Let There Be Sun I've talked in great detail about the role of a sedentary lifestyle and a carb-centric diet in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance, but what about the role of sunlight and vitamin D?  One of my interests is trying to uncover why the global burden of insulin resistance weighs so…


What Color Is Your Fat?

I'll Have The Brown Fat Please If you think that all fat cells are inert, metabolically inactive storage containers that swell up with triglycerides, especially when we overindulge in carbohydrates, think again.  The two major types of fat produced by our body are brown and white fat.  White fat is…


Our Ancestors Didn’t Need Dental Check Ups, But You Do (Guest Post)

I wanted to introduce my good friend Dr.Mark Burhenne, accomplished dentist who runs the wonderful blog, Ask The Dentist.  He has kindly authored the following post which discusses the link between our loss of oral bacterial diversity with dental and chronic inflammatory disease.  Mark sees a large…


Are We Aging Faster?

Our modern lifestyles have turned chronological age into a virtually insignificant number.  Aging is not just the number of years you've inhabited planet Earth, but rather the degree of wear and tear your body, brain, and vital organs are expressing at a given point in time.  When I came out of…


Can Stress Trigger Disease in Otherwise Healthy Individuals?

The connection between stress, inflammation and chronic disease has become quite clear to me in my practice.  Let's talk about a patient of mine (name and details changed) to illustrate the point and then discuss some of the supportive science. Case Study Dev (name changed) is a 45-year-old hard…


Are You Digitally Addicted: The “CAGED” Criteria

I saw a patient recently who I suspected had issues with alcohol abuse.  A standard questionnaire we learned from medical training to identify alcohol addiction is known as the CAGE Criteria where "CAGE" is an acronym for the following: C Have you ever felt you should Cut down on your drinking? A…


The Most Important Exercise You’re Not Doing Enough Of

We need to completely re-evaluate our approach to exercise given the weight of current evidence.  Back in the days when physical activity was a natural part of our life and daily habits, it was assumed that we took enough steps to interrupt the damaging metabolic effects of prolonged sitting…


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