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How to Quench Your Thirst

Being adequately hydrated is essential to optimum health.  Curiously, in a country that offers so many convenient sources of water, I still encounter many patients that are not adequately hydrated.  This state of low-grade dehydration is more common than you might suspect – especially in the elderly. Many factors contribute to our being dehydrated even […]

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Let’s Get Walking

While most find more enthusiasm for exercise in warmer weather, our need for exercise doesn’t diminish because it’s winter.  For best health, we need ways to offset the consequences of sedentary living with daily activities that keep us moving.  Studies show that a brisk walk can help lower the risk of high blood pressure, high […]

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Enjoy a Mindful New Year

            This New Year’s message is complements of Beth Cook and Leila Nabors, cofounders of the Alabama Institute for Mindfulness Making Room For the New             Several weeks ago I had a conversation with a friend about the upcoming holidays, including the new year. Our discussion centered around new year’s resolutions and intentions. She mentioned […]

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Cook Your Butt Off

            I love the idea suggested by the title of the book, “Cook Your Butt Off”.  In essence, when you do the cooking, you gain control over your nutrition and especially the calories per meal.  In general, the book is a reminder that weight loss often provides health benefits.  To get you started, the book […]

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Have a Healthy Halloween

            Fall is the time of the year when doctors begin seeing more patients with sneezes, coughs, and fevers.  It’s also the time of the year when flu season ramps up.  For most, these are just inconveniences.  For those with chronic conditions (lung disease, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, BMI greater than 30, cancer, or HIV) […]

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Do You Snack Wisely?

            Have you noticed how many people snack between meals?  If you have, the Department of Agriculture assures us, it’s not just the people around you.  According to Government surveys, snacking between meals has increased significantly over the past 50 years. By the 1970s, about 50% had taken up snacking between meals.  More recent surveys […]

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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, […]

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Brain Health is Important

This month’s tips for brain health come from the Ohio Council for Cognitive Health.  In their mission to raise awareness about cognitive health, they have partnered with ‘Walk With a Doc’ as a way of providing information about brain health. As it happens, there is a lot that can be done to help maintain our […]

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Can better nutrition make a better world?

Recently I picked up a book on the new book shelf at the local library. It was the words “Plant-Based Diet” in small letters with an endorsement from Jay-Z and Beyonce’ that caught my attention.  I couldn’t help but smile.  When icons of pop culture promote healthy living, tens of millions get the message.  So, […]

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What’s for Breakfast?

            When your blood sugar begins to fall, your body will demand food.  For some, willpower can delay fulfilling that urge.  Unfortunately, willpower only last so long when up against a relentless survival urge.  If tired or stressed, expect willpower to lose. For a woman in her premenstrual week, hormones can also magnify cravings.             […]