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What’s for breakfast?
We've all heard since we were pouring Frosted Flakes into a plastic bowl and drinking the chocolately milk after a helping or three of Chocolate Rice Krispies: "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." But what was not drilled into us, was why it was so important. A good breakfast...
Another healthcare recommendation down the tubes
First it's heart catheterization as a treatment for heart disease is no better than medical management. Then agressive management of diabetes increases the risk of death. Now, the Achives of Internal Medicine tells us: "Despite important reductions in nonfatal MI, aspirin prophylaxis in...
Keep your kids off the chart
The chart below shows the unheralded rise in pediatric obesity (not overweight, just obesity!) over the last 40 years. Outrageous, and downright scary. Kids today are flocking to multi-billion dollar pediatric centers for adult-onset diabetes, heart disease, joint replacement and bariatric...
To screen or not to screen
If you haven’t heard by now the United States Preventative Services Task Force released their most recent guidelines on prostate cancer screening. The verdict is a first: they recommend against routine screening for prostate cancer in men who don’t have symptoms. The USPSTF has been...
How I read a food label
I was thinking about food labels recently as I scanned yet another new food product at the grocery store. It's become something of a hobby. "Oh, second ingredient evaporated cane juice (AKA sugar) and then at the end 'natural' (my quotation marks) flavors." The verdict: processed food....
Anti-inflamatory meds increase cv risk in one week
A study in the major cardiology journal, Circulation, shows a darker side of NSAIDs (anti-inflammatories like Celebrex, ibuprofen and naproxen) than once thought. We have known for some time of the increased risk of heart attack and sudden death with the use of NSAIDs but this recent study shows...
More calcium does not stregthen bones
A new study from the British Medical Journal in May 2011 shows us why we should stop looking at osteoporosis as a calcium thing. Over 60,000 women were followed for 19 years and their calcium intakes where assessed trying to determine the link between calcium intake and fracture prevention. There...
Food sensitivities? Don’t blame the food. Part 2
The Gut-Immune Barrier The problem with food sensitivity is often less about the food causing a direct harm to the body and more about a protein within the food being reconized as a foreign invader and stimulating inflammation of the immune system. It's this inflammation that sits at the...
Food sensitivities? Don’t blame the food. Part 1
There certainly is a lot of attention now given to food sensitivity. The awareness is increasing: Labels in the grocery store, menus at restaurants, lists of restrictions for kids in schools and daycare. The focus is mainly on the message that certain foods are irritating the body and driving lots...
Interesting case this afternoon. Lady was having major digestive spasms that prompted anxiety. Went to several different doctors and a workup at a major national medical center and told there was nothing wrong. Meanwhile she as started on 2 blood pressure medications for a high heart rate (from...