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  • Tums, The Weight Loss Wonder Pill

    Many of my patients complain of a grumbling or a sense of hunger in the mid-afternoon (sometimes after dinner or…

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  • How Tortilla Chips Make Us Fat

    The caloric density of foods that we’re exposed to has also changed dramatically in the last few decades.  The more…

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  • Video Post: How Diet Sweeteners Increase Hunger

    Hi everyone.  I’m trying something different, a video post.  If technically this goes well, I’ll start incorporating more pictures, graphs…

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  • How To Get A Better Night's Sleep

    Don’t worry about work just before going to bed – make a list of your priorities for the next day…

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  • 10 Tips To Staying Active During The Work Week

    These may seem silly, but the point is that sweating it out at the gym isn’t the only way to…

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  • Is Obesity a Genetic or a Behavioral Disorder?

    Clearly there are strong genetic influences on body fatness.  But what’s really inherited is the rank order of body fatness…

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  • Weight Loss Surgery Reduces Diabetes-related Death Rate

    Weight loss (bariatric) surgery has been shown to reduce diabetes-related mortality by 88%. A study published in the New England…

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  • How Much Secondhand Smoke is Too Much?

    Surprisingly,  as little as 30 minutes of secondhand tobacco smoke is as bad for the blood vessels of your heart…

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  • Can Your Body Store Extra Protein?

    The quick answer is a complicated no. The protein we eat is broken down into small building blocks known as…

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  • Why Do Some Get A Sinus Infection Every Fall?

    “Yea Doc, I’ve just got my usual Fall time cold.” This is a very common scenario reported to me by…

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  • Tax Junk Food to Fight Obesity?

    Must of us have heard the startling statistics on obesity; nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. But it’s…

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  • Which Has More Carbs, a Can of Coke or a Jar Sweetened Tea?

    Surprise, a bottle of sweetened tea can have more carbohydrates than a can of Coke. I was browsing Costco the…

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  • Low Levels of Exercise Could Save Your Life

    You don’t have to run marathons to reap the benefits. Even moderate exercise can have a significant impact on your…

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  • Caution: New "Smart Choices" Label of Foods is Misleading

    Here are some highlights of a recent article from the NY Times about a new and misleading labeling campaign for…

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  • Spicy Chickpeas with Cayenne

    I’m growing a fondness for cooking with chickpeas (garbonzo beans) especially considering its very high n protein and fiber. This…

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  • Is Coffee Bad for You?

    Many of my patients with heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure have been warned at various times in their…

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  • Is Your Salmon on Drugs?

    In 2007, Chile, then the largest supplier of farmed salmon to the U.S. by a long shot, used more than…

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  • Are You Getting Too Much Added Sugar?

    In a recent statement published online in the journal Circulation, the American Heart Association (AHA) states that “excessive consumption of…

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  • Why Full-Fat Salad Dressing is Better For You

    Research performed by Melody Brown (see research article), demonstrates that after ingestion of the salads with fat-free salad dressing, the…

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  • Exercise Is A Poor Strategy for Weight Loss

    People think, if they just work out they can lose weight… but what you eat is much more important than…

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  • H1N1 Update

    August 21, 2009 CDC is reporting 7,983 hospitalized cases and 522 deaths from H1N1 infection in 53 states and territories…

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  • 1/3 of Common Cancers May Be Preventable

    About a third of common adult cancers may be preventable in the U.S. — and that doesn’t even count cancers…

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  • Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese Casserole

    For many of us, Macaroni and Cheese is a classic comfort food but unfortunately packed with carbohydrates. This is a…

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  • Cauliflower, Mac and Cheese Casserole

    For many of us, Macaroni and Cheese is a classic comfort food but unfortunately packed with carbohydrates. This is a…

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  • Is Willpower Alone Enough to Lose Weight?

    Actually no, you should not depend too heavily on willpower as your weight loss strategies. Studies demonstrate that efforts to…

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  • Love That Cottage Cheese

    One of the more maligned food products is cottage cheese.  Like many dairy products that fell out of favor during…

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  • How to Tell If You Have Influenza/H1N1 or a Bad Cold

    Even as an Internist with 20 years experience, I find it somewhat difficult to tell if a person has a…

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  • Will Your Blood Sugar Drop if You Don’t Eat Frequently?

    No.  This is a common misconception and is not true. From an evolutionary perspective, we were designed as Stone Age…

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  • Will Your Blood Sugar Drop if You Don’t Eat Frequently?

    No.  This is a common misconception and is not true. From an evolutionary perspective, we were designed as Stone Age…

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  • Over 50% of Americans Have Insulin Resistance – Do You?

    What is Insulin Resistance? Insulin is a hormone. It helps your body move sugar from the blood stream into the…

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