March 2009

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Dried Fruit: Smart Snack Or Health Hazard?

In speaking to countless patients over the years, it is apparent that people generally want to eat a healthy diet. In most cases, however, this is easier said than done. It takes a lot of planning to eat right each day, and many people feel overwhelmed by the high volume of information about nutrition coming […]

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Drinking Hibiscus Tea May Significantly Cut Blood Pressure

For as long as you can remember, your doctor has probably tested your blood pressure on every visit. This medical test has become so commonplace that many patients barely notice. If you struggle with high blood pressure, however, you know that lowering those numbers may be challenging, and risk factors like heredity are beyond your […]

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Diabetes, Sugar and Insulin

Sugar And Insulin: How To Reduce Your Diabetes Risk

We all love to eat, but unfortunately everything we love to eat has some traces of sugar in it. Sugar is not always a bad thing. All our cells and organs depend on it, including our muscles and brain, and it serves as an important source of energy. Although we can’t exist without it, there is a darker side to sugar. When consumed in certain forms or in excess, sugar has damaging effects on our health. In particular, high insulin levels, a risk factor for diabetes, are closely related to sugar. Let’s take a closer look at what this food does to the body.

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Treat Bunions Early To Avoid Surgery

Even though I’m a dermatologist, many of my patients show up at my office with feet related problems. Regardless it they’re corns, blisters, athlete’s foot… they all cause embarrassment along with pain and discomfort. Bunions are no exception. I always encourage my patients not to feel self-conscious about asking for help with their feet. Too […]

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Poor Circulation In The Legs: What It Means For You

Soreness and muscle cramps are routine problems that most people experience at one time or another. In the lower extremities, pain may strike the calves, feet or hamstrings. Most likely, this type of pain is due to over exertion, new activities or even dehydration. In some cases, however, discomfort in the legs and feet may […]

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What To Do When Your Doctor Says It’s Time To Replace Your Knee

In my experience, nobody likes to hear they need surgery. Surgery is scary. It’s dangerous—or at least it sounds dangerous. The recovery is often difficult, and the whole process is painful. That’s a lot of reasons not to want surgery. It’s also why responsible doctors usually turn to surgery as a last resort. But, under […]

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How To Live With Adrenal Exhaustion

No one knows your body better than you do. Occasionally, I will treat a patient who is experiencing a variety of symptoms without an obvious cause. Unfortunately, some doctors tell patients it is “all in their heads” when test results fail to reveal a specific problem. This is often the case in people who suffer […]

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Iritis: A Serious Inflammatory Condition

When I first read about this condition, I was taken by surprise. Arthritis is commonly associated with joints and cartilage. But “iritis” is a very different form of eye irritation and should not be confused with conjunctivitis (pink eye). Although it may sound like a case of arthritis in the eye, the cause of iritis […]

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Acid Reflux Causes The Loss Of Valuable Sleep

In people who suffer from acid reflux, nighttime symptoms are a common problem. Although it occurs during the day as well, acid reflux is especially damaging at night. Burning in the chest, coughing and pain may easily keep you awake, robbing your body of the time required to rest and renew itself. If this sounds […]

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Triglycerides: An Important Predictor Of Heart Disease

Most people are familiar with blood pressure and cholesterol. They are important measures that provide doctors with a lot of information about your health and disease risk. When it comes to cardiovascular disease, these numbers warn if your heart is working too hard to pump blood throughout your body and alert to the presence of […]

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