How much alcohol is good for you?
All the studies about alcohol can leave you a bit confused. But research suggests that you still need to keep moderation in mind when you raise a glass. I have previously written about red wine in particular, and the suggestion that it can boost health, especially heart health, because of its antioxidant resveratrol. Alcohol use […]
Is your Mattress or Pillow Causing you Spine Pain?
We spend nearly one third of our lifetime in bed. It’s natural to presume all this time on mattresses and pillows has an effect on the musculoskeletal system, pain levels while awake, and ultimately our ability to function. The evidence on this topic is sparse. Furthermore the evidence that exists is diluted with sensational articles […]
Artificial Sweeteners: The Science
What are artificial sweeteners? Artificial sweeteners or Low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) are synthetic sugar substitutes up to 8000 times sweeter than sugar but with less food energy. They are metabolized more slowly than sugar which allows for stabilization of sugar levels. The FDA has approved 6 artificial sweeteners saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low) acesulfame (Sunett) aspartame (Equal) […]
Reduce Stress and Anxiety in Five Minutes
One of the simplest and often most overlooked treatment for anxiety and stress is “mindfulness”. A simple way to practice is to mediate and focus on your own breathing. Mindful breathing has been shown that with a little time investment (10-15 minutes daily), people can minimize negative emotions, cool themselves down and help with stress […]
7 minute workout
Science says….YES!! As I have previously written, high intensity interval training (HIIT), can be as beneficial, if not more, than moderate intensity prolonged exercise. Interval training must encompass both intense activity combined with brief periods of rest. Studies have shown that training at YOUR maximum capacity, even in short bursts, can cause molecular changes in […]
The Power of Positive Thinking
Mind over Medicine Most of us have heard of the “placebo” effect. This healing effect occurs in patients during clinical trials, when they are given a fake or sham treatment, yet they still feel the positive benefits. The placebo effect is real, some suggest involvement up to 70% of the time. But this effect is […]
A Guide to the “Medicinal Diet”
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates, 400 B.C. I have previously written about why a calorie is not just a calorie and the key to an anti-inflammatory diet. While foods do provide us with energy, they can also shape our health and determine the way we live. In addition to […]
Stay Healthy While you are Flying
Almost 1 billion people fly or board an airline every year. We all can agree that air travel can be tiring and often cumbersome, between TSA, boarding the flight and eventually retrieving your bags at your destination. Flying can mess with your natural (circadian) rhythm which can increase your stress and increase your chance of […]
How to Keep Up with the Kids….and not Get Hurt!
Many of the patients I see are new parents, new grandparents or even aunts/uncles. A well-established study states that children suffer fewer injures while spending time with grandparents and family members than when they are with other caregivers. Unfortunately, as you may already know, even the youngest and fittest family members can get aches and […]
How Much Water Should You Drink
You may have heard that there’s no science behind the age-old advice to drink eight cups of water a day, but how much should you be drinking? It seems like a pretty basic question, but unfortunately there’s no clear-cut answer. Water is the one nutrient we can’t survive without for more than a few days […]