Category Archives: LifeStyle

Time to Rethink Rice? (Arsenic in Rice)

A Simple Guide to Safely Consume Rice

Arsenic in Rice? Yes

Changes of Arsenic levels in rice compel us to rethink the amount of rice we eat, as well as the type of rice and where it is grown. More than ever we need to read labels if we are going to make choices that will have a positive effect on our health.

Rice consumption is rising. As more individuals are finding themselves gluten intolerant, we have seen a rice as a replacement for wheat products. In addition, many of us are sushi lovers. We would never have suspected something as benign and presumed healthy to contain Arsenic.
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Why I’m a Fitbit fan!

My friends at ZebraHealth gave me a Fitbit a few months ago and while I had heard of Fitbits, I was not overly impressed at first. It’s a little device you put in your pocket or wear on your belt. When you pick it up in the morning it gives you a little message of encouragement, “I like U”, “It’s on” “You Rock”, etc. You actually grow to like these little messages. It also tells you the time, steps you’ve taken, distance you covered, floors you climbed and calories burned. Not bad.
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10 Steps to Reduce the Risk of Cancer

Many think that getting cancer is just because of “Bad Genes” and they cannot Reduce the Risk of Cancer. But, analysis by the World Cancer Research Fund shows that more than 1/3 of all cancers can be avoided by making some simple changes in our diet and life style. Some individuals and their family members do have inborn higher vulnerability to some cancers. Every person has inborn or acquired susceptibility to a myriad of different diseases.
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Eight Habits to Improve your Sleep!

Here is sleep advice that has worked well for me and my patients:

  1. No exercise for at least 6 hours before sleep. Exercise is good for you but raises your adrenalin levels. Exercise early afternoon or morning as late workouts will hinder a good sleep.
  2. Do not watch television for at least one hour before bedtime. High action shows and news that upsets you is not the way to relax before bedtime.
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Diabetes, your risk is 40%

Learn how to reduce your risk.

A recent study published in Lancet shows the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is at almost 41% for men and almost 40% for women. That is each of us has a 2 in 5 chance of developing diabetes. For Hispanic men and women, the rates exceed 50%. This is a terrible reality for all of us as well as our national health care expenditures.
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Six Toothpaste Brands that do not contain Triclosan

Many of you are already aware that Minnesota has banned the use of Triclosan in consumer products. The law takes effect in 2017. I recently wrote about the ban, showing the evidence of harm that anti-bacterial soaps cause (“Using Antibacterial soap? Think again!”).
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Fresh Fish or Fish Oil?

Are fish oil supplements as healthy for us as fish?
Fish oil supplements line the shelves of most grocery stores, Costco, Walmart and pharmacies. They are popular supplements and many of my patients take them. It is common knowledge that fish eaters live longer and have less heart disease and strokes than non-fish eaters. Medical studies support this claim. These facts have led to the assumption that the benefit from fish is the oil in the fish. Most of my patients that take fish oil supplements believe that taking fish oil supplements is as healthy as eating fish. Much of the medical community assumes this as well.
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Creatine: Gaining Muscle and Losing Hair?

Creatine is a popular workout supplement used by many individuals and athletes to enhance exercise performance and increase muscle mass. Chances are you or someone you know has used or is using creatine.

Although creatine is found naturally in our bodies and may have therapeutic uses for treating some medical conditions, using creatine as an exercise or muscle mass enhancer may not be good for you or your hair.
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Are prescribed medications harmful like some preservatives?

A patient recently asked “Are prescribed medications harmful like some preservatives? I am thinking about stopping prescription medications as they were man-made and our bodies will find them as unnatural as food additives and preservatives.” As many of you are aware, I am a physician and am committed to teaching the tenets of healthy eating so we may avoid disease and pursue good health. I am not opposed to medications when prescribed correctly. Should we be avoid medications that are appropriately prescribed by our doctors? Absolutely not! Yes, many medications are man-made and are unnatural for our bodies, however they are rigorously tested and passed by the FDA to be used as medications if they are effective for the condition they are treating and the side effect profile is acceptable. Generally, the longer a medication has been on the market and the more it has been prescribed the greater information about side effects are known and as a physician my comfort level prescribing them increases. The newer the drug on the market, the more skeptical I am as I want to avoid harming my patients.
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