Why Being Average is Unhealthy

            Because I’m concerned about the long-term health of my patients, I often ask about diet and interest in weight loss.  For most, this question is understood as a reasonable concern.  Curiously, over the years more have objected to my concerns by pointing out that almost everyone is heavy as if to ask, “I’m just […]

What Supplements Do I Need?

            Have you noticed a supplement ad and thought, “That’s amazing, I need that?”  Well, if you have, you’re not alone.  Supplements are now the most common form of alternative medicine with Americans spending more than $30 billion on supplements each year.             Advertisements for supplements are compelling.  It’s not unusual for supplement ads to […]

Are You a Proteinaholic?

While food controversies over the last few decades tainted public opinions about carbohydrates and fats, protein survived with reputation intact.  With help from food marketing, protein has arguably achieved rock star status as the macronutrient of choice.  It’s noticeable how many foods promote their protein content as if it should be our most important concern. […]

The Lifestyle Medicine Revolution

We live in an age of amazing medical technologies that help with a wide range of circumstances.  Still, it’s hard to not be disappointed with the high cost and the notion that very few of these technologies address the root causes of disease.  This isn’t a surprise given that what most people suffer from is […]

Why Lifestyle Medicine Matters

            There is a movement for change in how healthcare is provided that can improve the quality of healthcare and significantly reduce cost.  It’s a movement that’s been sparked by a recognition that the status quo approach of treating symptoms with ever-increasing quantities of expensive pills and procedures is unsustainable. This movement is being led […]

Was The Refrigerator Guilty?

            An urgent evening call about digestive distress frequently turns out to be about a food-borne illness issue.  If the event followed a meal eaten at a restaurant, the restaurant typically gets the blame.  In fairness to restaurants, if our home kitchens had to meet the health standards of restaurants, virtually all home kitchens would […]

How many calories does walking Use?

            While the most important value of exercise is general good health, a side benefit is the calories we burn that would otherwise become unwanted weight gain. If you have been curious about how many calories you use walking, the table below provides some estimates.             The main factors that affect number of calories burned […]

Want To Prevent The Flu? Eat Your Veggies

            When you’re exposed to a virus like the flu your pre-existing immunity and general state of health determine whether you will get sick and how long it will take to recover.             Having previously had the flu provides some protection if you later encounter the same strain of virus.  Unfortunately, the flu virus has […]