Anti-Aging or Lifestyle Change – Which Term is Best Used When Talking About Delaying the Onset of Diseases of the Elderly?

Over the past several weeks, I have had the pleasure of helping my daughter take care of her new premature infant. As I did a number of the late night feeds on my newly adopted grandson, I was able to reflect on some of the things that led me to the path of being a Pediatrician. Why was this so important to me? Some of you may know my family history – my dad died…

Do Genetics Determine If I Will Have Heart Disease?

I read an article a couple of days ago that was written by a medical colleague of mine. It reminded me of my life story and what I have done to change it. A follower of his blog wrote:”… my father has heart disease, his father did too, and I’m obviously concerned about my own heart. What can I do to prevent heart disease?” My story is so similar, it made me think that maybe…

Air Pollution – A Toxic Exposure That Can Lead to Ill Health

It comes as no surprise that air pollution is a source of toxic exposure that can lead to ill health. In fact, it’s estimated that 5.5 million people die of diseases attributed to breathing polluted air. I grew up in Los Angeles, California in the 50’s and 60’s when the quality of air in Southern California was becoming very poor. We had numerous “smog alerts” when I was in school. But air pollution isn’t only…

Air Pollution: It’s not just outside

I grew up in Los Angeles, California. Fortunately, I lived a couple of miles away from some of the nicer beaches in Southern California. What I mean by this is the the daily sea breezes would blow the smog back into Center City and away from the beaches. Since we had no air conditioning (didn’t need it because of where we lived), air pollutants getting into the house through open windows wasn’t much of a…

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