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…


Is Full-Fat Dairy Ok?

Background The latest study on dairy fat once again confirms that instead of pointing our finger at the full-fat milk in that cereal bowl, it's the so-called healthy whole grain cereal or the glass of orange juice on the side we need to shift our focus to as the real culprit behind diabetes and…


Carb Trafficking, Body Fat Storage, and Insulin Resistance

SOME BACKGROUND After taking a bit of a hiatus over the summer from writing posts, I'm now back with a vengeance delivering this detailed post on carb trafficking and insulin resistance.  Whenever applicable, I'm going to end my posts with a Children's Corner section reflecting the experience of my…


See This Movie

FED UP: The Movie If a picture is worth a thousand words, a movie is worth even more.  I encourage you to not walk, but run and see the movie FED UP, playing in movie theaters, which highlights the insidious, corporate-driven forces behind our current obesity epidemic.  I saw this with my wife and…


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…


Why Saturated Fat Is Feared

Let me first start this post off with my disclaimer.  If you are inactive and already eating a diet high in excess carbohydrates, your are likely in constant fat storage mode due to excess levels of the hormone insulin.  In this case, eating liberal amounts of saturated fat is not healthy.  Please…


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…


Don’t Neglect Your Kidneys!

Updated 7/3/2020 I’ve lectured and written a lot about the heart and the brain over the years, but I regret that I haven’t focused enough attention on the kidneys.  In honor of March being National Kidney month, I joined up with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to contribute this post.  Among…


The Book Is Finally Here!

After what seems like an eternity, my book has finally arrived!  Check out the video below and read the book summary so you get a good idea of what this book covers.  It feels so rewarding to share all of the experience and success stories from my consult practice and corporate health education and…


The Great Rice Controversy

I often get asked why South Asians need to significantly cut back on their rice intake to help them achieve optimal health.  After all, rice has been a traditional part of the South Asian and East Asian diet for generations.  I want to start off by saying there is nothing intrinsically unhealthy…


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