Teenage Mental Health and Suicide

Background I'm writing this in October, which happens to be National Mental Health Awareness month and October 10th is World Mental Health Day.  However the real reason I'm writing this post is because I had a few mothers see me in the clinic who made me aware of a recent teenage suicide at a local…


The Power of Nasal Breathing

Background I was exposed to the concept of nasal breathing from a very early age, but didn't quite realize its significance.  Breathing is often overlooked as one of the most powerful levers we can pull to impact multiple areas of our health.  It can have profound impact on reducing stress,…


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…


Why Women (and Men) Struggle with Weight Loss and Health

Background This blog post is applicable to both women and men, but I am going to focus a bit more on women since in my practice women struggle so much more with weight loss than men.  For many women it has become a 24/7 obsession that takes over their life, or is at the very least a constant…


Top Health Goals and How to Stick to Them

Background A key reason resolutions and rigid goal setting fail is because they typically involve some form of austerity or discipline: "I need to exercise harder" "I need to quit alcohol or tobacco" "I need to cut out sugar" "I need to start fasting" "I need to start meditating" Might work…


Stress Management Tools and Resources

Background I used to be a stress skeptic, always putting exercise and nutrition at the top of the list.  However, after many years of seeing elite athletes and extremely fit type A corporate executives face conditions like heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, depression and anxiety, I've come…


This Single Thought Process Can Ruin Your Health

Background A few recent accounts of suicide in the families of some of my patients along with headlines of fashion icon Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain taking their own lives led me to write this post.  The root causes of mental health issues are incredibly complex, so during…


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…


6 Key Steps to Lowering High Blood Pressure

Background High blood pressure is becoming increasingly common in my clinic.  It truly is a "silent killer" since the majority of people feel no symptoms until something serious happens like a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or blindness.  This means you need to be periodically monitoring your…


How I Overcame Resistance and Met My Idol

Background An unexpected dream meeting took place for me last week and I wanted to share it with you since I hope it may influence your life in some positive way. I’m an amateur guitar player and through tough times and the rigors of medical training, I would listen often to CDs of my all time…


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