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Too Many Supplements?

“I want to know how many of these capsules YOU take!” protested a patient recently, when she brought in a supplement list that I could not reasonably shorten for her. (I like to do a supplement review with patients – we commonly identify supplements that are no longer necessary.) I reassured her that she wasn’t […]

Sleep Loss and Brain Aging

Customary is NOT the same optimal when it comes to sleep. Specifically, let’s talk about a commonly repeated disclaimer, “No, I don’t sleep so well, but, hey, people always sleep less as they get older.” The defense is repeated for good reason as it does seem to be true – the quality and duration of […]

Strategies to Survive the Feasting

The Thanksgiving holiday can be the occasion for multiple different over-doing debacles, more so than any other holiday. The eating and drinking are largely focused on one day. The televised football games – and a lucky window of afternoon sun – are perfect inspiration for a pick-up football game! Oops, a sprained ankle or perhaps […]

Do You Ever Change Your Mind?

Keeping up with research includes not only reading the research, but reading the response to the research. I particularly enjoy thoughtful responses to our shifting store of medical and health knowledge. And sometimes I get a kick out of particular institutions and individuals who will never change. For instance, most of the news about saturated […]

Low Carb Weight Loss

Fad diets come and go, but in my practice, I follow the science more carefully than I follow the fads. In doing so, I have been tremendously impressed with the work of Gary Taubes, who has meticulously detailed the science behind the low-carbohydrate diet trends. He is not alone. Other writers, scientists, and physicians have […]

October’s Best Pink Becomes Red

Let’s re-boot October’s pink message! In the past “breast cancer awareness” has often meant beauty products (some containing carcinogens) labeled with pink ribbons to promote mammograms. In the future, let’s think of October as support for women – all women – with breast cancer prevention, primary and secondary, better research into the causes of breast […]

You Actually Can Skip Breakfast

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a bit of a buzz word among those interested in the wisest way to eat to optimize health and performance. IF seems to allow gentle calorie restriction without its usual problems of metabolic downregulation and hormone imbalance. A bit of calorie restriction without those problems can help with weight normalizing and […]

Eggs and Bacon for Adults, Too

For decades, one possibility of treating seizures in children has been the ketogenic diet. Once the mainstay of epilepsy treatment, the troublesome ketogenic diet faded to a lesser position with the advent of pharmaceutical drugs capable of controlling seizures with only minimal or moderate side effects. Applying the same treatment to adults has never been […]

6 Reasons to Fatten Up Your Coffee

Have you tried Bulletproof Coffee (also known as butter coffee), the brainchild of Bulletproof Executive Dave Asprey? I was reluctant to try it, conjuring images of fermented yak butter forming an oily slick on weak tea. I not only loved it right away, I now recommend it to patients for a variety of reasons, and in […]