Spring Into Action
By Julie T. Chen, MD
Most of us think of our closets when we talk about spring cleaning. But what about our pantry and fridge? Because our diet can drastically change from winter time into the warmer months, cleaning out our pantry and fridge during springtime is a good habit to pick up.
The key things to think about for a fridge and pantry clean up are your health goals. Is your blood sugar or cholesterol too high? Do you have food sensitivities or allergies that require abstinence from certain foods? Do you have a few pounds you’d like to loose?
Once you’ve established your health goals, then it’s a good time to start looking through your cupboards and refrigerator.Read More
It’s late April, months since you dedicated yourself to those New Year’s resolutions, one of which was to get off the couch and get into the best shape of your life.
So, how are you doing four months into 2013? Chances are you’re like too many other resolvers who gave it their “best” shot for a few weeks in January, then hit a stumbling block and decided 2014 sounded like a better starting point.Read More
Spring is in the air – literally, in the form of massive pollen levels that are causing an historic spike in cases of seasonal allergy, also known as allergic rhinitis. In fact, health experts are calling this the worst allergy season on record, which means the tactics you overlooked last year to survive the sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes and various other symptoms may require real attention this time around. Bad news for spring-lovers who can’t wait to emerge from their winter cocoons and enjoy the outdoors. After all, who wants to smell the flowers when doing so causes you to feel miserable?Read More
Upwards of 80 percent of adults suffer at least one episode of back pain in their lifetime, which means you’ve already felt the pain, are feeling it now or will feel it before you know it.
Forks Over Knives
Reverse degenerative disease with diet? Sound crazy? I don’t. In fact, after treating patients with degenerative joint diseases for over 25 years now I’m convinced it’s true! A new documentary entitled, Forks Over Knives, tackles this issue straight on. I strongly encourage you to watch to watch this film or at the very least, watch the below trailer:
Breast Cancer Health
It’s been said that “movement is life,” and from a health perspective, there’s no better example than the dramatic impact consistent physical activity has on disease risk.
In fact, regular exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of developing many forms of cancer, including breast cancer. But exercise isn’t the only form of “movement” that may affect breast cancer risk, according to a recent study. Results of the investigation, presented at the American Society for Cell Biology meeting in San Francisco, suggest that applying physical pressure to malignant breast cells helped the cells regain a normal growth pattern, rather than triggering cancer.
Guatham Venugopalan, one of the study researchers, emphasized that, like other studies, this investigation emphasizes the health benefits of physical movement / activity:
“People have known for centuries that physical force can influence our bodies,” said Venugopalan. “When we lift weights our muscles get bigger. The force of gravity is essential to keeping our bones strong. Here we show that physical force can play a role in the growth – and reversion – of cancer cells.”Read More
Obesity: The Truth
A few years ago I read an article written by Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF. In it, Dr. Lustig explained in a very clear and concise way how and why we as a people have gotten to where we are with regard to obesity. He debunked a lot of the myths circulating about obesity; i.e., we are fat because we eat foods that contain fat. Another myth that Dr. Lustig tackles is that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie.Read More