My Thoughts on the Latest Diabetes Guidelines Calling for “Looser” A1C Targets

Background The American College of Physicians (ACP), a major force in creating practice standards for primary care doctors has called for moving the A1C target level of 6.5% or below to a target level between 7-8% instead.  If you're not familiar with A1C (aka HbA1C or glycohemoglobin), this is a…


Watch My Google Talk on Curing Diabetes In Diverse Cultures Without Drugs

Watch My Google Talk on Curing Diabetes in Diverse Cultures It's almost the end of November, which is National Diabetes awareness month here in the US.  My talk at Google on curing diabetes in diverse cultures just went live.  Many of my followers who have attended my prior talks have called this…


Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible and How Can You Do It?

Background At no time during my years of medical training did any of my mentors or colleagues ever tell me that type 2 diabetes (will refer to as T2D) was potentially reversible.  Instead it was described as a preventable condition in its early stages, but once you were diagnosed, then you would…


Is Your Liver Fat? The Rising Incidence of Fatty Liver in Adults and Kids

Background This post was prompted by a blog reader who was concerned about her 10-year-old son developing fatty liver. Unfortunately, this is becoming too common as you'll soon learn.  During medical training I learned about fatty liver occurring in alcoholics.  Chronic intake of alcohol impairs…


Coconut Oil Controversy and Some Updates

Background I've received a ton of questions in my clinic and through my blog about the American Heart Association's (AHA) recent "ban" on coconut oil.  If you're not familiar with this news release, read about it here.  This is not just about coconut oil, but really represents the AHA's continued…


A Supplement that can help with Weight loss, Cholesterol and More

Background I'm not a big believer in supplements.  If I do use them in patients I use them in specific situations like for nutrient deficiencies, and once we are able to correct the deficiency through natural foods, my preference is to cut back or stop the supplement. However, I can't ignore the…


When is Your Lowest Body Weight and How to Burn Fat During the Holidays

Background One of the benefits of the myriad body sensing devices on the market is the ability to analyze big health data trends on large populations.  A study done at Cornell University, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, used Withings wireless weigh scales to measure body weights…


How to Pick Eggs

Background on Eggs You should know by now what an egg lover I am.  Read my past post on this topic.  Despite the bad reputation eggs have had for years as a culprit in triggering heart disease and raising blood cholesterol levels, eggs (including the yolks!) are one of the most nutrient dense,…


How Nuts Should You Go About Nuts?

Background We get lots of questions about nuts in the clinic.  Aren’t nuts going to make me gain weight?  Which nuts are best?  How many nuts can I eat?  Let’s explore nuts in detail and provide some guidelines on incorporating them as a healthy part of your nutrition plan. Health Benefits of……


Is Ghee Good or Evil for Health

Background When you ask a lay person about what is a primary dietary cause of heart disease in Indians, a common response points the finger at ghee in the diet.  Before we discuss ghee in further detail, let's first discuss what ghee is since I have readers from many different ethnic backgrounds…


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