August 2012

What is the difference between farmed and wild seafood?

What’s The Difference Between Farmed And Wild Seafood?

You likely know that you should get the health benefits of more fish in your diet. It’s a primary source of Omega-3 fatty acids and I frequently recommend my patients and readers get 2-3 servings per week. Yet, eating only 1 serving of fish per week can still reduce your risk of these diseases.  You […]

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Myths Can Keep Your Skin Unhealthy – Know the Facts

You’ve likely heard a lot of ‘misinformation’ about skin health since the time you were a teenager.  Well-meaning parents and peers pass on information they read or heard somewhere and the myth frequently overrides the facts.  These skin myths can range from eating chocolate or French fries will give you acne to getting a deep […]

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Supplements, Take Out Some Nutritional Insurance

Supplements – Take Out Some Nutritional Insurance

Like myself, and most of my patients, you probably have insurance policies on many things – your house, your car, your health, and, most importantly, your life.  Why? Because they give you peace of mind.  They cover, and perhaps even prevent, possible problems that might occur that could cost you a fortune to solve – […]

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Your Heart: What Predicts And What Lowers Heart Attack Risk

Your Heart: What Predicts And What Lowers Heart Attack Risk

You’ve heard stories about the guy (or gal!) who seemed to be in good health.  He or she exercised frequently, seemed to eat right, didn’t smoke, didn’t drink to excess.  Yet, one day, to everyone’s surprise, that person had a serious, perhaps fatal, heart attack.  You wondered how could that happen to someone who appeared […]

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Psoriasis: New Hope Through Research

August is psoriasis awareness month. Several of my patients are afflicted with psoriasis as are an estimated 7.5 million Americans. Thousands more will be diagnosed this year.  Psoriasis is a somewhat common disorder of the autoimmune system that causes skin cells to multiply 10 times faster than normal. Instead of shedding off, these skin cells […]

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Your Genes May Be The Cause

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Your Genes May Be The Cause

For years, doctors and researchers have wondered why some people developed PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after serious traumatic events and others didn’t.  Even in my own patients, some who had experienced significant personal losses, or trauma, didn’t develop the condition.  Yet, other patients who had experienced seemingly less-severe incidents went on to develop full blown […]

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New Thoughts On Old Back Pains

As an orthopedic doctor, I frequently see patients with chronic back pain from a variety of causes – sciatica, herniated discs, fractures, muscle sprains, etc.  Although the pain these patients feel is real, caused by physical conditions in their back, new light has recently been shed on the brain as a reason why their back […]

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Identifying The Causes Of Abdominal Pain

Do you sometimes experience pain in your abdomen? It may not be bad enough to seek immediate medical attention but may be persistent enough to wonder why you keep having it. I often have patients who call me with symptoms of abdominal pain and I explain that there can be many causes for it – […]

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Task Force Recommends Doctors To Screen Patients For Obesity

I’ve always counseled my patients about the need to keep a healthy weight. It not only makes you look and feel better but it decreases your risk for serious diseases.   Many doctors, though, have shied away from telling their patients that they need to lose weight. Why? For one reason, patients tend to take comments […]

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Frailty In Older Adults Associated With Special Health Concerns

I have a few over-age-50 patients who are on the “frail” side.  Though frailty is typically thought of as a condition that affects much older (over-age 70) adults, usually women, it isn’t always strictly associated with someone’s age.  If you, or someone you know, are frail, let me tell you about the unique health concerns […]

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