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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 […]

Low Carb Diet Recommended for…

Yes, it’s come to that: every day brings  a news story about a condition for which a low-carbohydrate diet is the most healthy diet to follow. One such news article this week is really no surprise: low carbohydrate diets recommended for diabetics, types 1 and 2. The summary of the research on ScienceDaily.com goes into quite a […]

Reading the Body

Living in my tipi in the early 1970’s, we might have said we were “tuning in to our bodies” when we tried to figure out if being a vegetarian was a good idea, or if a particular job was taking too great a toll on our health. Ten years ago we would take a morning […]

Maybe Just Seven Hours

How many hours of sleep are best for you every night? Do you sleep the same amount every night? On average, Americans sleep less during the week, 6-plus hours, and creep up above 7 hours on the weekend. In a recent study discussed in the Wall Street Journal here, some findings are familiar: skimping on sleep […]

Smoothies, Good and Bad

We’ve learned our lesson – the liquid diets of the 1970’s wreaked havoc with dieters’ health and even cost some their lives. In my own practice, I have had several patients whose liquid diet damage to kidneys and gall bladder led them to consult an alternative and integrative approach. So we’ve learned our lesson, or […]

Once Again for Organic Food

As a clinician I know that common sense is an incredibly reliable tool: it’s most likely that the patient returned from a back-packing trip has abdominal pain and diarrhea because of some exposure from the trip. As a clinical I also know that science has its place: when the physical exam doesn’t quite fit the […]