The Tragedy of the Commons

            The Tragedy of the Commons is a situation where a shared resource is overused.  Typically this happens when members of a group fail to communicate about their mutual needs, or self-interest overshadows the common good.             The most visible examples of a shared resource being misused involve natural resources like water, air, or forest.  […]

Can Chronic Diseases Be Reversed?

            When Dr. Dean Ornish and his wife Anne Ornish released their book “UnDo It! – How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases,” it received quite a bit of positive attention from the mainstream medical field including endorsements from medical professors at leading universities, editors of leading medical journals, presidents of medical associations, […]

Habits, They Make Us or Break Us

Habits play a significant role in our lives.  By some estimates, half of our behaviors including what we think, say, feel, and do are controlled by our habits.  As you might expect, if you want to make an important change in life, you will probably have to change some habits. Hundreds of articles and books […]

The Volumetrics Diet

            The Volumetrics Weight loss plan is an interesting variation on the basic plant-based whole food diet that provides wiggle room for your favorite foods.  It’s also one of the few diets that have the potential of being sustainable and supports good health.  The diet offers plenty of opportunities to benefit from good nutrition, and […]

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 […]

Thoughts for daily living

                Our physical and mental well being is inseparable.  Each has the potential to enhance or detract from the quality of our life and the lives of those around us.                  Our lifestyle habits are infectious.  A smile is often returned with a smile.  Unfortunately, a negative attitude can be similarly infectious. Being surrounded by […]

Is Laughter The Best Medicine?

            Laughter has many of the same effects as exercise.  Laughter can enhance your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulate your heart, lungs, and muscles, improve your immune system, reduce negative thoughts, help deal with depression and anxiety, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.  Laughter makes it easier to cope with difficult […]

Advice for retirement planning

1. Eat right. Make the effort to buy and prepare healthful foods.  It’s time to start getting the nutrition you may have neglected when you were too busy working and raising a family. 2. Get some exercise.  Even light-to-moderate exercise can extend your longevity. Exercise helps you feel better by improving digestion, soothing aching joints, […]

Change your habits and change your life

            It’s easy to fall back into old habits of binge watching TV, taking the elevator rather than the stairs, or reading a book on the couch instead of listening to books while walking. If change has been on your mind, consider this two step formula for changing habits.             Step 1: Set a reminder […]