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…


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…


In Defense of Eggs

Background After being acquitted for causing high cholesterol and heart disease and even making it onto the nutrition guidelines as a safe food to eat, the latest study that has been piped out to every major news outlet is back to saying eggs increase the risk of heart disease. Instead of writing a…


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…


Stress Management Tools and Resources

Updated September 2020 Background I know stress can be an abstract concept which isn't as easily measurable as your weight, blood pressure, or blood glucose.  This is a key reason most individuals have very poor stress awareness and make stress management a much lower priority than nutrition and…


My Latest Cholesterol and Heart Disease Talk

My Latest Community Talk on Cholesterol and Heart Disease I recently did a community talk titled "A Natural Approach to Curing Cholesterol and Preventing Heart Disease" at the Cupertino Library It's a high quality recording with updated content and a great Q&A session at the end. Watch the…


A Heart Attack at the Movies: What Everyone Should Know

Background I'm about to share an incredible story with you that happened over this past summer.  In my clinic I see patients before and after heart attacks, but not typically during one.  My family and I had just exited a movie theater on a Sunday afternoon and I was walking ahead when suddenly my…


The Latest Study Questioning Low Carb Diets

Background Death, taxes and headline news stories about the latest study questioning low carb diets are part of the predictable cycle of life.  I have a recurrent calendar reminder set on my phone that warns me every 6-9 months that there will be such a story and my inbasket will be filled with…


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…


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