• How often should I get a physcial?

    How often should I get a physcial?
    Thank you to one of my readers for submitting this question: What is your opinion on male physicals? When or how often they should be done? As a physician, I realize that young, healthy men rarely (if ever!) go to the doctor for a check-up. But there are some valid reasons to visit your family doctor other than illness. #1 Reason to visit your family doctor: They’re available when you do need...
  • You already know Garlic. Now, meet Allicin.

    You already know Garlic. Now, meet Allicin.
    Garlic doesn’t just liven up our food. A powerful, natural medicine, garlic is used to treat illness such as infection, inflammation, and hypertension, and is often called the world’s greatest wonder herb. Allicin, a chemical compound sourced from raw garlic, accounts for many of the herbs medicinal benefits. It was discovered 1944 by an Italian chemist named C.J. Cavallito, who conducted studies on its...
  • What can I take for swelling caused by arthirits?

    What can I take for swelling caused by arthirits?
    Thanks to one of my readers for submitting this question: I have a very painful swollen finger due to arthritis and I wondered if Curcumin would help and how much I should take? For joint pain, I recommend Glucosamine-chondroitin sulfate. While it hasn’t been shown to reduce joint destruction in osteoartritis, it does reduce pain. Avoid red meats as excess iron  increases inflammation. Increase your...
  • Quercetin: a multi-tasking supplement

    Quercetin: a multi-tasking supplement
    Quercetin is a plant-derived flavanoid found in many foods such as apples, berries, onions, teas, and grapes. Widely used as an anti-inflammatory supplement, recent studies reveal the energy-boosting properties of this plant derivative. Quercetin naturally increases the amount of mitochondria – your cells power source – in your cells. This provides an influx of extra fuel to your muscles for increased endurance and sustained energy. As a flavonoid, quercetin also acts...
  • I’ve been diagnosed as pre-diabetic: should I be concerned?

    Thanks to one of my readers for asking this question:   I have recently been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Should I be concerned? Thank you for the question. I think you are right to keep an eye on your blood sugar and to be more informed. Blood sugar is a great barometer for general health and longevity. Diabetics who do not keep their blood sugar...
  • What are the benefits of a gluten-free diet?

    What are the benefits of a gluten-free diet?
    Thanks to one of my readers for asking: I have heard of many people saying that they are “gluten intolerant”. They do not have celiac disease though. Is there really such a thing as gluten intolerance or is this a trendy thing? If it is real, what can be done for this intolerance? Do these people need to follow a gluten-free diet? This is...
  • ADHD: Are we medicating boyhood?

    ADHD: Are we medicating boyhood?
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a childhood disorder characterized by hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or inattention. Not all ADHD sufferers experience all three behavioral symptoms, but each of them can lead to difficulty in academic, emotional, and social functioning of the child. ADHD diagnosis is made by satisfying a specific criteria, which may be associated with other neurological, behavioral, and developmental or learning disabilities....
  • If you are what you eat, why do we make poor food choices?

    If you are what you eat, why do we make poor food choices?
    “Do you really think what you eat affects your health?” I was asked this about a week ago while eating lunch in a busy hospital cafeteria.  I had just expressed the irony of our recent medical rounds: fifty or so physicians were there to hear a talk about the ongoing crisis of diabetes. All of them were eating bagels with jam that had been served on...
  • What makes red wine good for you? Resveratrol!

    What makes red wine good for you? Resveratrol!
    Resveratrol is a naturally occurring poly-phenolic compound (found in foods such as grapes, peanuts and some berries) that has several unique qualities and health benefits.Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant able to flush away harmful toxins and free-radicals from the body. It also helps prevent or slow down the oxidation process of other cells.Resveratrol gained popularity when researchers found that French people, who typically enjoy...
  • Will curcumin help with back pain?

    Will curcumin help with back pain?
    Thanks to a reader for submitting this question about the supplement curcumin: I have some arthritis in my lower back and wondered if curcumin might help with the pain? I am also taking the following medications for my heart and wondered if those can be taken with curcumin: 81 mg aspirin, Crestor, Metropolol, Proscar and Lyrica. Back pain is a frequent problem and prompts many...
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