Why a plant-based diet might be better for your kidneys

There’s a lot of conversation around plant-based, vegan and vegetarian diets as the “healthy” choice. But what makes these diets better for us? Is this even scientifically true? That’s one area medical research continues to explore. Plant-based diets have already been proven to lower your risk of conditions like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. As … Continue reading Why a plant-based diet might be better for your kidneys

How meditation can help you cope with chronic illness

Chronic illness can take many different forms, but the feelings that often accompany it are the same — anxiety, confusion, depression, stress. When I tell people that meditation can help them cope with chronic illness, they often seem skeptical. But in my own life and for the cancer patients I work with, I’ve found that … Continue reading How meditation can help you cope with chronic illness

What doctors want you to know about cancer screenings

Most everyone has heard of cancer screenings, but it seems not everyone knows how they work. According to a recent survey report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, only 5.6 percent of respondents answered all cancer screening questions correctly, meaning most people have inaccurate beliefs about cancer screenings. As a surgical oncologist, this news … Continue reading What doctors want you to know about cancer screenings

What is a primary care physician and why do I have a care team?

A primary care physician, or primary care doctor, is your first stop when you are sick or in need of healthcare services —including your annual physical, immunizations, prescription refills, cold or flu symptoms, a sore throat, minor injuries, back pain or even suspected broken bones. Your primary care doctor promotes your overall well-being and makes … Continue reading What is a primary care physician and why do I have a care team?