The Not So Sweet Truth About Artificial Sweeteners and Diet Sodas

Background Hopefully by now you are convinced that excess sugar consumption is a major cause for disease, ranging from childhood and adult obesity to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, fatty liver disease, and even Alzheimer's disease.  So for those of us with a sweet tooth, artificial sweeteners…


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…


Is Organic Food A Scam and Space Running Out for Our Upcoming Free Lecture!

Don't Miss Our Free Seminar in Palo Alto...Limited Space! My colleague, Dr.Akil Palanisamy (aka "Dr.Akil"), Harvard trained physician practicing integrative medicine in San Francisco and author of The Paleovedic Diet, is back for an encore blog post while we eagerly await a very special upcoming…


The Power of Protein

Background One of the most common questions I get in the clinic or during lectures is:  How do I get more protein into my diet? Today we'll talk about the science of protein in your diet and some of the risks and benefits. Our dietitian, Prerna Uppal, will end the post with some practical tips on…


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……


Can Wheat Really Be Bad for Your Health? A Closer Look at Gluten

Background I used to think gluten was an over-hyped health fad that would soon pass.  I’m not talking about Celiac Disease (CD), where the immune system actually physically damages the intestinal lining, but rather individuals who are gluten sensitive without CD.  We refer to these folks as having…


Sleep Longer and Deeper by Fixing This Simple Issue in Adults and Kids

Sleep has to be at the top of your health priority list if you want to reach your physical, metabolic, and emotional health goals.  I've read enough research papers and seen the adverse effects of sleep deficiency in my patients, and more importantly how miraculously they improve in every area of…


A Review of the 2016 US Dietary Guidelines by Prerna Uppal

INTRO From prior posts you likely know how I feel about nutrition guidelines, especially those issued by the government.  We've witnessed the fall of the food pyramid, the rise of the healthy eating plate, and the continued escalation in obesity and chronic diseases attributed largely to unhealthy…


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…


Serving Up Some Rice Advice

Intro Those of you who follow my blog and have read my book know my stance on rice already.  I'm not anti-rice and I personally consume rice conscientiously and strategically with great results. However, back when I had insulin resistance with significant metabolic syndrome, untethered rice intake…


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