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Here’s a statistic for you: For every 2000 women obtaining annual mammogram screening for 10 years, 1 less woman will die of breast cancer. 20,000 mammograms will be performed. During that time, 10 women with non-threatening disease will receive a... [read more]
I know your physician has your best interests at heart when he or she notices a slight increase in your LDL ("bad") cholesterol and suggests that you further eliminate fats from your diet, or consider starting a statin medication. Your physician... [read more]
An Open Letter to the Weston A. Price and Paleo Communities:As a family doc who has been instructing people to eat a la Weston A Price Foundation (WAPF) for a decade, and Paleo for about 6 months, I was intrigued to see the recent furor between the... [read more]
Before you decide you don't have time to read about playing (of all things!), consider that play has a powerful benefit for adults as well as children. Researchers in the mental health field have explored the area of “positive psychology”, learning... [read more]
And I imagine most of you do, also. Sometimes it seems that the focus of health advice, including mine, is more about what you can’t eat than what there is to enjoy about food. What’s there left to enjoy if you’re not eating gluten – or all grains... [read more]
I have been concerned recently with the way we physicians make a diagnosis of insulin resistance: we're late. We wait to make the diagnosis until it's “definite”, but by then it's also advanced and more difficult to reverse. Meanwhile, we have... [read more]
I understand loving the taste of grains. Now that I've spent the better part of a year without gluten, months without grains, I can still admit that I have loved grains in my life. When posed the “Name one food to have on a desert island” question... [read more]
It was a birthday celebration that lured me to Nepal. Perhaps that is why my journey was filled with such joy. I often travel to developing nations to provide homeopathic care and training after natural disasters. That's what drew me to Haiti and... [read more]
The first week of April is actually National Public Health Week (NPHW) and includes World Health Day. Oh, if only every day were actually devoted to health. All year long we have days, weeks, and months devoted to disease awareness, all well and... [read more]
No kidding, that's the title of the Medscape (doctors' chat room?) forum on the recent news that calcium supplementation over 1400 mgs. daily or low calcium intake (600 mg or less) are both associated with increased risk of death. Admittedly the... [read more]