Antioxidants

An Apple a Day?

Ever wonder where the expression “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” comes from? Well, there may be some good scientific evidence that this is valid. The results of an animal study published by The American Physiological Society found that Quercetin, a powerful antioxidant present in apples and other fruits and vegetables, may have

Pollutants

Bottled Water Safe to Drink?

Is bottled water safe to drink? Recently, a good friend and fellow medical school classmate, Dr. Kaaren Douglas, M.D. (www.thefollowupdoctor.com) send me a link to a recent bottled water recall. We’re told that tap water isn’t safe, so drink bottled water. But recently, Niagara Bottling issued a voluntary recall of its bottled water products after

Diet

Live Life Like Your Life Depends On It

Recently, I posed a question on the last day of class to my nursing students. After teaching all quarter about each organ system and its diseases, I asked them to name the things that were important to life. They came up with four things they felt were important ingredients for life. They were (1) proper

Pollutants

Is Our Water Safe to Drink?

Water Pollution – Is It Really as Bad as They Say? A number of years ago when I was in college in Los Angeles (I won’t tell you when but my kids will tell you I took notes on a stone tablet, not an I-Pad), there was a Harvard Professor named Tom Lehrer who wrote

Diet

Why Do Diets Fail?

Ninety-eight percent of all diets fail within the first year or two. People either get discouraged and revert to old habits or fail to reach a realistic weight loss goal. But what about those who really follow a good routine and lose weight, but then plateau and not continue toward their goals? What are they

Health

Probiotics and Heart Disease

The Emerging Role of Gut Microbes in Heart Disease In the past few years, researchers have determined that specific strains of probiotics have the ability to target disease-specific risk factors. This is especially true for cardiovascular or heart disease.1-3 Probiotics and research on the human “microbiome” have become increasingly popular for their ability to boost

Digestion

The Human Microbiome

In the “Last Frontier” of Medicine, as my Trekkie friends would say, scientists and physicians are exploring how the Microbiome and probiotics play a much larger and more vital role in our health. This role is larger than we could ever have imagined. What is the Human Microbiome? The human gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract) is

Diet

Obesity in the Workplace: A Costly Issue for Your Business

Recently, every time you turn on the television, or read a magazine, or surf the internet, you see someone talking about the growing problem of obesity in the US. Now we’re beginning to see all of the news about how obesity is affecting the workplace. Let’s face it, healthy weight is not all about looking

Health

Health Benefits of Exercise

Remember when we were in school and were “forced” to take Physical Education? We were told it was “good” for us. Well science has provided us with overwhelming evidence that exercise is actually good for us. Regular exercise can help protect us from heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, noninsulin-dependent diabetes (Adult-onset diabetes), obesity,

Health

Deficiency in D-Major: Did This Last Symphony Kill Mozart?

It’s been nearly 222 years since the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at the young age of 35 and recently, there has been a lot of speculation as to the cause of his death. At the time of his death, Mozart had some of the finest Viennese physicians caring for him and a number