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…

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…

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…

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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