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
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
You’ve probably heard some buzz around the very popular Whole30 diet — an elimination diet with the goal of committing to a 30-day nutritional system reboot for your body. But what does this 30-day diet entail? And is it good for your health? In essence, the Whole30 diet aims to eliminate a large portion of … Continue reading The whole scoop on the Whole30 diet
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
If you work at a desk all day, are on your feet a lot, commute long distances or are required to carry heavy loads — like young children — chances are that your lower back complains from time to time. Sometimes our daily repetitive activities cause chronic, recurring pain. You might have tried over-the-counter painkillers, … Continue reading Lower back pain? Yoga might be the treatment for you
Allergies affect more than 50 million Americans, and it turns out allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, symptoms are our bodies’ way of being overprotective. The immune system mistakes irritants such as airborne pollen, dust, mold or pet dander as viruses, bacteria or parasites that are trying to enter the body. Mucosal membranes of the nose, … Continue reading The best foods to help you fight allergies
In a national survey, 89 percent of Americans agreed it’s important to have a relationship with a physician who knows their family medical history and health background. So why is it that, despite this statistic, a significant percentage of Americans do not have a primary care doctor, the first point of contact for your health … Continue reading Why you should have a primary care physician
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?
Once upon a time, many centuries ago, stress, anxiety and worry served a greater purpose for mankind. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors used these feelings to survive. If they didn’t worry about where food or shelter was coming from, they would starve to death or be stranded in the elements. Today, the problem is that this anxiety … Continue reading Exercises that can boost your mental health
Springtime is marked by blooming flowers and hours of sunshine which, unfortunately for some, means runny noses and watery eyes. Seasonal allergies occur from pollen in the air, which is in full force this time of year. Allergic reactions result when your body has an exaggerated response to a substance and attacks it as though … Continue reading Are allergy seasons getting worse year after year?