One recent Thanksgiving my wife and I sat around the table with a small group of family and friends. One of them asked if we could practice a tradition her family had done for years.
If you love those holiday smorgasbords, but are already stressing about the added pounds you’ll have to sweat off come the beginning of next year, I’ve got some great tips for you to consider.
Maybe you feel like the listener who wrote, “I want to eat healthier over the holidays, but feel like taking away the traditional food takes away the fun.”
In a front-page story, the New York Times reports on Jorge Odón, “an Argentine car mechanic,” who developed an idea for extracting “a baby stuck in the birth canal” based on having seen a YouTube video on retrieving “a lost cork from a wine bottle.”
Do you ever feel like some of the things you say to your teen fall on deaf ears? That may actually be true … Well, sort of.
According to Bloomberg News, “Obesity raises the chance of heart attack regardless of whether a person has the cluster of cardiovascular risk factors known as metabolic syndrome, according to a study that challenges previous beliefs.”
A listener asked me, “Do I really need to worry about a mammogram? I’m barely forty.”
Thinking about retirement? How about using some of that extra time to pump some iron and get your heart pumping. Sound crazy? Well, it’s never too late to exercise.
Prior to 2007, thousands of children were seen in ERs around the country after taking over-the-counter (OTC) infant cough and cold medications (CCMs) that they should not have taken. Then, October 2007, manufacturers voluntarily withdrew OTC CCMs from the US market. Until now, we didn’t know for sure how much this helped. Now, the data are in […]
Few things make new parents more anxious than the possibility of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome—otherwise known as SIDS.
News that the FDA plans to eliminate artificial trans fats, which are found in many baked goods, and are said to be responsible for thousands of heart attacks and deaths, met with wide approval from nearly all health experts, including me.
Can spending too much time with your friends be bad for your health? It may be—IF they’re all online.
Julia Ioffe (a Russian-American journalist and blogger, whose writings have been published by The Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, Forbes, The New Republic and Russia!) has come down with the 100-day cough, also known as whooping cough or pertussis and her career has been immobilized because of the whoops […]
Treating low testosterone may be all the rage these days among men of a certain age. But men bothered by a midlife dip in energy and sex drive may want to think twice about bumping up their “low T” with a testosterone supplement, a new study says. The research, published in JAMA, links testosterone therapy to […]
Below is an article I wrote, along with my friend, Reg Finger, MD, MPH, on the impact that the anti-vaccine zealots are having here in Colorado. The article appeared in a publication of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, the CAFP News. It’s written for professionals, but my readers here will enjoy it.
A listener asked me, “As patients, can we ask our doctors about their spiritual beliefs?”
When shopping for vitamins, it can be hard to make the right choice. There are piles of products and a bevy of brands—and is there really a difference? The truth may be a hard pill to swallow.
It tends to be a topic we think about as we age, but studies show we need to bone up on bone health with our kids.
USA Today reports, “The age at which puberty starts in some girls has continued to drop,” according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, which suggests that “obesity may be a key trigger.”
Americans live in the fast lane—working longer hours, taking less vacation days, and retiring later than most other countries. But is this the path to success or the road to ruin?
Signs everywhere are advertising flu shots. But many people wonder if they’re necessary. Well for me, all signs point to getting one.
Most of my patients have tried at least one diet in their lifetime. As a physician, I need to understand the various dieting fads to best offer advice that encourages long-term lifestyle changes through healthy, nutritious eating. But, I also want my patients (and you) to be aware of the risks and benefits of some […]
One of my favorite talks to deliver is titled “A Person’s A Person, No Matter How Small.” Here’s a recent recording. I hope it will be a blessing for you.
Dr. Leonard Sax is a family physician and author, who recently published an article in the Wall Street Journal, which I found both compelling and convicting. Although I might have worded some thoughts differently, I agree with his conclusions. If you have a teen or pre-teen, do not fail to consider his advice.
I recently spoke to a new mom who was feeling worn out, and was concerned she may have post partum depression.
As we age, we become more vulnerable to ailments and disease—sometimes for surprising reasons. Multiple studies have linked an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease to poor dental hygiene.
Steering your children away from junk food can feel like a losing battle—especially with all of the other voices sweet-talking your kids.
Our pets can be our best friends—but other people’s may not be. Most of us treat animal bites lightly, but minor bites could have major consequences.
Insomnia is a frustrating condition. Either you can’t fall asleep, stay asleep, or feel rested when you do. But there may be a remedy to your rest that has plenty of other benefits.
The New York Times reports new findings released by the Food and Drug Administration found about “12 percent of spices brought to the United States are contaminated with insect parts, whole insects, rodent hairs and other things,” and almost “7 percent of spice imports examined by federal inspectors were contaminated with salmonella.”