Author: Alan Organ, M.D., Ph.D.

Alan E. Organ, M.D., Ph.D. is a retired physician who practiced Pediatrics in Overland Park, KS for over 25 years. He also taught medical students, nursing students, interns and residents from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and the University of Health Sciences School of Medicine. He was the Co-Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the University of Kansas Medical Center from 1979 - 1985. Since retirement, he has lectured on Health and Wellness, Alternative Medicine and written numerous medical information web sites on Alternative Medicine and Nutrition. His research interests dealt with cell physiology and he presently writes about health and nutrition.He holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from UCLA, a Ph.D. degree in Biology (Physiology & Cellular Biology) from the University of Kansas, Lawrence and an M.D. degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia. His research in cell physiology, particularly osmosis, has been published in The Journal of Cell Biology, The Journal of Protozoology, Acta Protozoologica and The Kansas Archives of Medicine. He has been an editorial reviewer for The Journal of Cell Biology. He also wrote The BabyDoc Project, a Pediatric Informational web site as well as helping to write a Medical Office Manager System (DrMOM) and a Laboratory Information System for his Pediatric Practice.

What Sugar Does to Our Bodies

Each day we see more and more information on the effects of sugar in and on our bodies. Recently I saw several ads claiming that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS, a source of sugar) and table sugar were both safe. However, recently a study was published by a Pediatrician colleague of mine from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He and his team reported that in 43 children they tested, after only […]

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How Safe Is Our Public Drinking Water?

While a harsh national spotlight focuses on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., a USA TODAY NETWORK investigation has identified almost 2,000 additional water systems spanning all 50 states where testing has shown excessive levels of lead contamination over the past four years.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Their Role in Inflammation

There are three essential fatty acids. They are called essential to human health because the body cannot make them. They are the Omega-3s, the Omega-6s and the Omega-7s. Another fatty acid is called Omega-9. It is not essential since the body can make it. Omega-7s are relatively new, but have been found to be useful in maintaining normal blood sugar levels. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in salmon, tuna and halibut as well as […]

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Drug-Induced Nutritional Deficiencies (DIND)

The average 65 year in the US is on some 25 prescription or over-the-counter medications today. Not all are for some medical condition your doctor or multiple doctors are treating you for, but approximately half of these medications are for controlling the side effects of the other half. It’s not uncommon that a person who is on a prescription med or OTC med for sometime to develop other symptoms, sometimes debilitating. Take, for instance, Mary […]

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Comparison of Popular Diets

This might seem weird to compare popular “diets” in a blog, but it’s important to remember that we are not just dealing with a reduction of calories when trying to lose weight. We are looking for a way for the body to get nutrient-rich instead of nutrient-poor foods. Most of the “diets” have some positive benefits, but the negative benefits are greater. This includes those negative benefits that don’t allow the body the proper nutrients, […]

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