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…


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 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…


Heart Disease: A Preventable Tragedy

I've had the privilege of making a positive impact on the health of many patients and employees through my consult practice and employer wellness programs. I share these stories often to educate and motivate patients and physicians.  Unfortunately I'm also haunted by tragic stories where healthy…


Metabolic Syndrome: What Cholesterol Guidelines Should Really Focus on

Gerald Reaven and I at Stanford Faculty Club Background I recently had the opportunity to meet a medical hero of mine at the Stanford University faculty club.  Gerald "Jerry" Reaven is the renown endocrinologist and researcher (pictured with me) who coined the term metabolic syndrome and is author…


A Closer Look at the New Cholesterol Guidelines

Old Cholesterol Guideline Theme: It’s All About Your LDL Number When clinical guidelines come out, there are two major levels at which they’re interpreted. The first interpretation is literal, following the guidelines to a tee. However the more important interpretation is the guideline theme. Most…


Insulin: The Primary Reason South Asians Are High Risk

Introduction If someone were to ask me to answer in one word the primary reason South Asians have a high risk of heart disease, diabetes, excess body fat, fatigue, and a number of other health conditions...my answer would be insulin.  Insulin is the hormone wreaking havoc on my South Asian…


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