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…


5 Top Myths About Fasting

Background Fasting is a powerful way to achieve optimal physical and mental health, used for generations by multiple cultures across the planet, yet I find so many patients, physicians, dietitians and other colleagues in health care either skeptical or fearful of its potential harm.  I want to…


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…


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…


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