Preventive Health

The Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle

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An anti-inflammatory lifestyle has become something of an obsession for me. It was thrust upon me, really, after a health incident that caused me to take a very hard look at my own lifestyle. Chronic inflammation is at the root of many of our disease processes, as we’re only just beginning to understand. I blogged about […]

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10 Tips to Prevent Cancer

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It’s like Voldemort. It strikes such fear into people’s hearts, some of us are afraid to even speak the word, for fear of invoking the name…but let’s just say it: Cancer. Everybody is afraid of cancer. It’s the elephant in the room for many, many of my patient visits. Occasionally people will vocalize their fear, but often it’s lurking there, unsaid.  […]

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Are You Getting Enough Calcium?

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Calcium has taken a back seat, lately, to some of the current darlings of the vitamin and supplement scene (like vitamin D and omega-3). So it’s easy to forget about calcium. But…is calcium something you need to worry about? Should you take supplemental calcium? The answer: it depends. It depends who you are, what your risk […]

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How to Fight the Common Cold with Zinc

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Got a cold? Yes, there are tons of viruses going around this year. If you haven’t caught one yet, just wait…(sorry!)  However, when you’re sick with a cold, do you have to suffer in misery? Well, truthfully, your immune system does need to deal with the virus, and that process takes time (typically a week). But […]

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4 Reasons to Include Probiotics In Your Diet

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The World Health Organization defines probiotics as: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”. So, to paraphrase…good bacteria. Most of us have a sense that probiotics are a good thing. That’s what TV commercials and food packages tell us, anyway. And why would they lie? But…what are these mysterious health […]

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Detox Diets & Cleanses: What’s The Deal?

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A friend of mine recently told me she’d done a “cleanse” that lasted 9 days. It cost her $150. It involved a regime of supplemental shakes and powdered cleansing drinks (this product was the reason for the $$), fasting days of only juice and water, alongside other recommended dietary changes. The main claims? Weight loss, cleansing the […]

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Should You Take A Multivitamin?

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Many people have no idea whether a multivitamin is essential or a total waste of money. Or something in between. So what’s the truth? As with many things, it’s controversial. And not even the “experts” can agree. Some studies have shown benefit. Others have been equivocal, or downright discouraging. For example, the Annals of Internal […]

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How Healthy Are You, Really?

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So you feel, well, okay. But is okay good enough? Could you do better? Time to be honest…with yourself. Because prevention, in my book, is far better than waiting for symptoms to appear. Below you’ll find some questions to answer. Now, this is not a multiple choice quiz, with a cute classification scale at the end. These […]

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Why You Need Omega-3

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Okay so you’re looking to kick up your health a notch, and you think: supplements. Yes, that’s easy. I can do that. But where do you start? How about Omega-3? Sure, you think. That sounds good. There’s a lot of talk about Omega-3 these days. It’s got to be good, right? But…what about Omega 6? […]