Order Your Own Labs

When was the last time you had a complete work up? Has your provider run basic labs only to tell you that “everything looks normal”? If you are still having chronic health issues, you can order your own functional medicine labs to expedite knowledge of your own physiology, even before you seek the advice of […]

High Cholesterol and Breast Cancer: Is There a Connection?

This week two patients called me concerned about their high cholesterol possibly causing breast cancer. I’d seen a related news piece come through Medscape with the headline “High Cholesterol May Boost Breast Cancer Risk” and a quick read assured me that this was just another example of the usual drug-company funded anti-fat propaganda that promotes […]

Top 10 Diabetes Meal Patterns?

A couple of days ago I received the August issue of Today’s Dietitian and was excited to see “The Top 10 Diabetes Meal Patterns” on the cover. My excitement faded, however, when I realized that the list was the same one published by US News & World Report in January, which ranked the Atkins and Paleo diets 25 and 31, respectively. […]

What is HDL Cholesterol?

If you’ve had a blood sample drawn for assessment of lipid panel you probably already know if your cholesterol level is acceptable or not. You might also recall something about good and bad cholesterol and the ratio between these two. Of course there is only one type of cholesterol. The “good” and “bad” has to do with the lipoproteins […]