Dark Chocolate – From the Gods

January 10th, 2017

Oh Chocolate, how I love thee. What a wonderful medicine.

Theobroma cacao is the tree that chocolate comes from. The genus, Theobroma, literally means “food of the gods”. The Mayans and Aztecs both thought of cacao as a gift from the gods.

If you are as much of a dark chocolate fan as I am, you would likely agree with that.

Why is dark chocolate and raw cacao so coveted and enjoyable? Several reasons.

Cacao is a nutritious superfood that contains notable amounts of several minerals including magnesium. […]

Common Cause of Obesity: Malnourishment!

December 2nd, 2016

Yes, you read that right. Malnourished and Overfed.

A very common reason that people struggle with obesity is because of starvation via malnourishment.

I won’t beat around the bush (because I never do). Most of the food choices that people make in this country are crap. The “Standard American Diet” (SAD) is terrible for you!

This highly palatable, highly tasty, highly processed chemical poo storm is simply devoid of any nutritional depth. It’s quite literally junk. The bulk of what people eat I would not feed […]

Less Pain, Harder to Kill, More Sanity… I’m IN!

November 17th, 2016

What can strength training do for you? Besides helping you avoid a hip fracture in the future, there are some very handy aspects to being strong.

I have dabbled in all sorts of exercises and modalities, from running to Pilates to Tae Bo and more. I started as a high level gymnast. I then atrophied into a skeleton in my constant pursuit for thinness.

My mother is a smart woman, she required that I take some sort of exercise course each and every quarter throughout college […]

Are you at risk for a broken hip?

November 17th, 2016

Can you squat over a toilet and hover over it without touching the seat? Can you kneel down and then get up off of the ground without using your arms?

If you answered NO to either of these questions, you are living in very dangerous waters.

In medicine we all know one thing: a hip fracture in the elderly is a near death sentence.

Most hips don’t fracture because of the fall. They were ALREADY fractured and they caused the fall.

Hip fracture statistics […]

Thoughts on Grief

November 17th, 2016

I had to say goodbye to my handsome old man companion dog recently.

His name was Barkley and he was the best. He and I spent 17 years together. He was a regal old gent and he passed with such grace. We had a big party, invited friends and family over, and he went surrounded by love.

Barkley was born on the same month and year as my daughter. She has literally spent her entire life with him. I got to be his human for 17 […]

9 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric (curcumin)

November 17th, 2016

Can you guess my favorite herbal medicine? The one herbal supplement that I prescribe to nearly every patient who walks through my clinic door? One of the most widely studied herbs with a proven safety record and margin that I give to my dog, my daughter and take gads of myself?

If you are a patient of mine you’ve likely guessed it by now. My absolute favorite herbal medicine is the color of the sun and has been shown in studies to be advantageous for nearly every […]

Little Red Pills: The Dangers of NSAIDs (ibuprofen)

October 20th, 2016

My friend Dr. Joe Tatta and I recently sat down to talk about a subject that I feel very passionately about, America’s obsession with popping ibuprofen and NSAIDs like they’re candy. (NSAID stands for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug).

I see patients EVERY DAY who, while seemingly informed, intelligent, fit and healthy, are also popping ibuprofen and other NSAIDs like it’s going out of style, completely unaware of the dangers. These drugs are over-the-counter, cheap, pretty red-colored and even covered in a sweet coating. They work wonders to decrease your […]

Sunshine in a Cup: “Golden Milk” Recipe!

October 8th, 2016

As fall has come and the temperature is dropping, I wanted to share a wonderful little recipe with you. Many of you may already know of this drink and for those who don’t, I hope you will try it. I call it Sunshine in a Cup, others call it Golden Milk or Turmeric Milk.

Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric. Next week I will give you a solid list of reasons why I love curcumin, but for now, just trust me, you’ll want to […]