• 7 Strategies to Relieve Back Pain

    Few things can put a crimp in your day the way back pain can. It’s one of the most common complaints I hear from my patients, and statistics show close to 80 percent of Americans suffer from back pain at | Read More »

  • Very Easy Baked Beans

    Beans are an excellent source of the trace mineral zinc, known for its ability to help build muscle and rev up testosterone production. Some beans, such as those used in this flavorful recipe, contain as much zinc as red meat | Read More »

  • Test Your Testosterone Knowledge

    Maybe you’ve seen the television ads explaining that “low T,” or low testosterone levels, can be a health risk. Although the ads are by a pharmaceutical giant selling a prescription product, low testosterone is not a fake health concern created | Read More »

  • 10 Tips for Healthy Skin All Winter

    If cold weather and artificial heat leave you with dry, cracked skin, here’s some good news. You can fix that problem and improve your overall health by following a few simple guidelines. We tend to think of skin — the | Read More »

  • Recognize These Heart Attack Warning Signs

    With the holidays at hand, many people are focusing on the joys of the season. But as I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the pressures of shopping and party-going need to be balanced with plenty of self-care and stress relief. | Read More »

  • 12 Tips to Stop Holiday Stress

    How are you feeling about the upcoming Christmas holidays? Are you looking forward to the next few weeks of festivities? Or are you secretly dreading what should be a cherished time? Maybe, like many of us, you’re somewhere in the | Read More »

  • End Seasonal Suffering

    One of the best things about being a doctor is being able to help people after hours, not just at the center. A couple months ago, an opportunity to do that came up during one of my speaking engagements. I | Read More »

  • How to Fight the Winter Blues

    Diagnosing illness is a tricky business. Most doctors do their best to help patients, but certain conditions are very similar to others, and teasing them apart can be difficult. For many physicians, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is an ailment that | Read More »

  • Nutrients You Need: The Big Three

    Are you confused about what you should be eating? With all the contradictory information out there, who can blame you? So let’s set the record straight, starting with a closer look at carbohydrates, fats, and protein, a group also known | Read More »

  • What Your Headache is Trying to Tell You

    If someone knocked on your door, saying your house was on fire, would you tell that person to go away? Of course not! But every time you pop a painkiller for a headache, that’s what you’re doing — telling the | Read More »

  • Ways to Stay Allergy-Free this Season

    One of the best things about being a doctor is being able to help people after hours, not just at the center. A couple months ago, an opportunity to do that came up during one of my speaking engagements. I | Read More »

  • Don’t Stop Exercising This Winter

    If I told you something was available that could make tremendous improvements in your health — both physically and emotionally — you would want to know more, right? Then I would tell you about the thousands of studies showing its | Read More »

  • The Bright Side of Aging

    Whoever said that growing old isn’t for sissies had a point. Every day, I see patients struggling with aches, pains, limited mobility, and far worse. When our health declines, we tend to blame aging. But I’ve come to the conclusion | Read More »

  • How to Win the Blood Sugar Battle

    The holiday season may be weeks away, but now is a good time to plan a way around the typical overindulgence, bad choices, and weight gain. The holidays are a great excuse for going overboard, especially when it comes to | Read More »

  • The Fall Food Guide

    Now that autumn is officially here, it’s time to celebrate the season’s abundance. Summer may be when gardens produce popular favorites, but fall’s harvest is filled with less well-known flavorful vegetables and fruit that should not be missed. Unfortunately, I’ve | Read More »

  • Beat the Bathroom Blues

    If you’ve ever had to deal with irregularity — and who hasn’t? — you know how uncomfortable it can be to discuss bowel problems. I understand it’s awkward to talk about such personal things. But we’re all here to make | Read More »

  • Could You Have Adult ADD?

    Discussions of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) normally revolve around children with behavioral and/or learning difficulties. But ADHD and its cousin, ADD (attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity, which is more common in grown-ups), can persist into adulthood. In fact, over half of | Read More »

  • How to Avoid Food Poisoning

    Just the other day, a friend and I were reminiscing about the good old days, when the most likely source of food poisoning was Aunt Sue’s potato salad that had been sitting for hours on a picnic table in the | Read More »

  • How to Buy Dietary Supplements

    As a practicing physician, my patients frequently ask about dietary supplements, including vitamins and related substances. Here are the top two questions: Do I need to take vitamins? Which vitamins should I take? Since these topics come up so often, | Read More »

  • Dangerous Drug Interactions

    How many times have you actually read the inserts that come with over-the-counter medications or prescriptions from your doctor? Don’t be ashamed to admit the answer is “never.” That’s very typical. The inserts are not only difficult to read because | Read More »