May 2013


Is Irritable Male Syndrome Making You A Pain in the Neck?

You may know a guy of a certain age whose personality might best be described as a royal pain in the neck.  He can be sarcastic, impatient, demanding, angry, finding fault with everyone and everything.  And these are only a few of the possible traits and symptoms.  This guy may be someone you live with, […]

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Save Your Heart: The Key Methods to Keep Your Heart Going Strong

One of the things I frequently hear from patients is, “Dr. Blankstein, what can I do to prevent a heart attack?” They often have the wrong idea that  protecting their heart involves having to learn a lot of complicated nutritional information, follow a low-fat, tasteless, boring diet, perform exhausting exercise and make impractical lifestyle changes.  […]

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Balanitis and Your Love Life: What You Can Do About It

You’ve probably heard about yeast infections through your wife or your girlfriend.  They’re uncomfortable, itchy, and really put a damper on your love life.  All you can do is wait for them to go away.  But, did you know that men can get a similar yeast infection?  It’s true.  It’s called balanitis and I’d like […]

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Port-Wine Stains – How to Make Them Disappear from View

As a dermatologist, I’ve seen my share of port wine stains on patients’ faces, arms, legs, etc.  They can come in all shapes and sizes – some of them very small and others quite large that cover half the face.  You may remember former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev who had quite a prominent port wine […]

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A Cure for Hair Loss May Be Just Around the Corner

If you’re losing your hair, or have bald spots, take heart as new research findings reveal that restoring your full head of hair may be right around the corner.  This information came across my desk recently and I wanted to share it with my readers – especially those of you who are losing heart as […]

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Part II: The 16 Worst Food Additives and How To Avoid Them

In Part I, I told you about some surprisingly good, non-harmful food additives that are in many of the foods that you may currently enjoy.  The good news is that you don’t have to give those foods up.  On the flip side of that coin, though, there are some bad food additives that I recommend […]

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Part I: Surprising Facts About Food Additives

In our modern world of processed foods, food additives have become part of our culture.  You may have heard that some researchers feel that all the man-made additives in our processed foods are responsible for the current type 2 diabetic epidemic and other poor health conditions.  What you may not have heard though is that […]

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Avoid the 4 Most Common Hand and Wrist Injuries

The warm weather has rolled around again and it’ll soon be summer – the season when you spend more time outdoors playing sports, working around your home, or just enjoying leisure activities.  All that seasonal activity puts you at higher risk for common hand and wrist injuries. With that in mind, allow me to tell […]

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Gold Nanoparticles May Damage Your Health

In today’s economy you might think you could never have enough gold. But, researchers out of Stony Brook University in New York are telling a different story – one you likely never heard before. It’s all about gold nanoparticles and how they can damage your health. This report recently came across my desk so I’d […]

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The Amazing Heart and Soul Benefits of Tai Chi

On a recent trip to China, I couldn’t help take notice of how many people practice the ancient art of Tai Chi – a spiritual exercise program.  Everywhere I went I saw people practicing it in parks and other public places.  The people I spoke to about Tai Chi all told me basically the same […]

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Could Your Frequent Low Moods Be Dysthymia?

For the past 60 years, May has been deemed as Mental Health Awareness Month by Mental Health America.  During this month, more focus is placed on mental health issues to raise public awareness and understanding.  In 2013, Mental Health America’s focus is on Mental Health Wellness – getting and keeping well mentally.  As such, I […]

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