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I routinely recommend that my patients consider obtaining their raw genetic data from, choosing either the Ancestry package ($99) or the Health and Ancestry package ($199). Both options analyze about 750,000 genes out of about 3,000,000... [read more]
Do you want to lose body fat, gain muscle, all without going on any kind of a diet? If you are a postmenopausal woman, I have a tip for you. In a properly designed (randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled) study, researchers studied 81... [read more]
Pretty much guaranteed that public advice based on "the latest research" will fall into the category I would call misguided at best and unethically stupid at its worst. The latest jaw dropping suggestion came from my alma mater, the University of... [read more]
My good friend Gene returned recently from ten days with her lovely grandsons: delighted but exhausted. We shared a good laugh about how glad we are to not have young children now. We can be mothers of adults and grandparents to wee ones, but... [read more]
Pet peeve: speaking with folks about nutritional choices and hearing the insistence that “everything in moderation” is the sensible way to go. First objection: most people who say this (you know who you are!) have already made choices that reveal... [read more]
Healthy and fit at 60  years old, my patient Kay was complaining only of some hair loss and fatigue. On questioning she assured me she eats “plenty of protein” but I knew we had to go deeper. If you want to stay strong as you age, you have to eat... [read more]
Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have such a good reputation for improving cardiovascular health that someone actually invented a prescription form of them. The official indication for Lovaza is the existence of high triglycerides, and the... [read more]
"I’m afraid I was a bit hasty during our last conversation when I encouraged you to eat more butter without much explanation. Although this is a subject I have visited on the website here and here, I decided it was time again to address the subject... [read more]
Best Amount of Protein is __________________??? Some time ago I wrote an article about the importance of avoiding sarcopenia as one ages  in which I stressed the importance of consuming enough protein, perhaps more than you are regularly... [read more]
Maybe you really OD’ed on sugar over the holidays, maybe you’ve been meaning to do this for a long time. Maybe your doctor just gave you some bad news. “Your exam shows that you have __________  (insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, pre-... [read more]