Lifestyle

Down with Vegetables! Vegetarian, vegan, or omnivore? Choosing Health.

About 6 months ago I was perusing my online reviews, because you should do that every once in a while, and I came across a review that skewed my stats with a 1 star out of 5. This happens. You can’t be right for everyone, and given my blunt nature, I’m bound to disappoint here and there. But the content of this one threw me.…

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Will a Gluten-free Diet Help Me Lose Weight?

Historically, I think people without celiac disease or a gluten intolerance have lost weight on a gluten-free diet because it has been harder to just grab junk. No more muffins at Starbucks. No more Krispy Kremes from the break room at work. But these days gluten-free foods are abundant in most urban and many suburban areas. And many gluten-free substitutes for bread products are highly refined and quite high in sugar.

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Healthy Choices, YOUR Choices.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a mean-spirited blog post ranting about people who choose to avoid certain foods or types of foods. Both the original post and the comments bummed me out. It’s not that I think that the world should bend over backwards to accommodate folks with food sensitivities (or preferences for that matter), but because it seems so, well, judgmental toward people who choose to avoid foods that make them unwell in some way.

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Blood Pressure Basics

By Dr. Beverly Butler When was the last time you went to the doctor? Blood pressure checks are a regular exam done when you go to the doctor. Basically the top number (systolic) is the max pressure your heart produces with contraction (at rest). The bottom number (diastolic) represents the heart relaxing to fill chambers. High Blood pressure has been dubbed as the “silent killer”…

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Seasonal Allergies? Already?

Every year around this time I get an influx of patients who are sick. Runny nose, cough, irritated eyes, full ears. And often enough it’s the same patients year after year. I get out my thermometer, stethoscope, peek in their ears and ask “are you sure it’s not your allergies acting up?” “Oh, right! But isn’t it too early?”

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Navigating Superbowl Sunday with Healthy Choices

Tomorrow is Superbowl Sunday. We’re just over a month into 2012 and already I’m seeing that the gym isn’t quite so full of all of the resolution folks. But if you resolved to make healthier choices this year (or you have a healthy eating theme) and you are having trouble figuring out how to navigate in a world where most people don’t make healthy choices,…

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