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Intermittent Fasting

Does the idea of fasting sound like another fad that will be shown to be no better than so many fads that preceded it?  Interestingly, one type of fasting called intermittent fasting has been practiced since at least the beginning of recorded history.  With credentials like that, intermittent fasting can hardly be called a fad. […]

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The End of Over Eating

            The book, “The End of Over Eating,” begins with this thought, “Most of us know what it feels like to fall under the spell of food – when one slice of pizza turns into half a pie, or a handful of chips leads to an empty bag. But it’s harder to understand why we […]

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Could a Recipe Save Your Life?

There have been many advances in medicine over the last 150 years.  Better anesthesia, safer blood transfusions, antibiotics that made amazing surgical techniques possible, and in some cases, almost routine.  Antibiotics alone have saved millions from otherwise deadly bacterial infections.  Hardly a year goes by without another advance in imaging technology, genetics, or new drug […]

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Vinegar for Health – Does it Help?

            Perhaps you have heard that vinegar aids in weight loss and in lowering blood sugar.  As with many folk remedies, no one bothered to test this until 1988 when the Vinegar Institute put it to the test.  Well, that’s a red flag.  How seriously can you take an industry-funded study to sell more vinegar? […]

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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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The Keto Diet

            In recent years, the keto (ketogenic) diet has become increasingly popular.  Like most fad diets, the enthusiastic claims have little substance aside from quick weight loss that is rarely sustainable.  Of course, fast weight loss, with disregard for consequences is the common thread in every fad diet.             Fads are like mold on the […]

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Eat More, Weigh Less

            It’s hard to imagine a more suspicious sounding diet than one called “Eat More, Weigh, Less” and yet that’s the title of a book published some 40+ years ago by Dr. Dean Ornish.  Interestingly, Dr. Ornish had no particular interest in weight loss diets until he noticed that patients on his heart healthy plant-based […]

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Calorie Density – What is it and why does it matter?

            Almost everyone finds it difficult to lose weight by eating less.  Fortunately, there is a solution to this vexing problem on the produce aisle.  By substituting the appropriate low caloric density foods for foods with a high caloric density, calories intake decreases.  This strategy has the advantage of allowing you to eat all you […]

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Why Oats?

            If oats haven’t become a popular food in your life, then it’s time to reconsider the benefits it offers.  Oats have the best amino acid balance of all the cereal grains and contain more soluble fiber than any other grain.  While getting the right balance of amino acids is rarely a dietary concern, soluble […]

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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 […]