As Ben Franklin said many moons ago, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When we talk about chronic diseases and cancer, prevention is paramount. We’d much rather prevent on the front end than have to cure. But what does it look like to take an active role in your preventive care? … Continue reading 3 essential questions to ask your doctor at your next visit
Every day, I get up and make myself a cup of coffee. I used to drink instant, moved on to pods and then ultimately graduated to grinding my own. I drink about 2-3 cups during the day, sometimes more if I’ve been on call the night before. As a cardiologist, I’m asked nearly every week … Continue reading Is coffee good for your heart?
I’ve cared for patients in a healthcare setting for the last 16 years, but it wasn’t until my own battle with chronic pain that I had an important realization about health: it starts with you. It takes a will to get better. That willpower is what inspired me to overcome chronic pain on my journey … Continue reading My journey to get better: How I lost weight and overcame chronic pain
Getting good sleep is like drinking enough water — a basic building block for good health. When we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies and our minds feel the effects. But it’s one thing to talk about a healthy sleep schedule and another thing entirely to actually have a healthy sleep schedule. Whether it’s having … Continue reading 7 reasons you’re having trouble sleeping
Do you only see your family medicine or primary care physician for annual physicals or during cold and flu season? Like many people, you might be unaware of the wide variety of treatments and procedures that can be provided right in your doctor’s office. As your “health quarterback,” your primary care or family medicine physician … Continue reading 5 things you might not know your primary care physician can do
Honey. You can think of it as “meal prep” for bees. Just like you might meal prep for the week ahead, bees work tirelessly during the spring to prepare food for the winter months. One might say bees are quite the overachiever, as they typically produce two to three times the hive’s honey needs per … Continue reading The bittersweet truth about honey’s health benefits
If you took a peek inside the average American refrigerator, chances are you’d come across some type of milk. Milk has long been a staple in many households. For people with allergies to cow’s milk proteins, plant-based milks made from nuts, seeds or grains are a useful alternative. Let’s look at our options from a … Continue reading Udderly confused: Which “milk” is best?
“You have cancer,” could be one of the most difficult phrases to hear. Those powerful words can leave anyone devastated. But if you or a loved one hears those words articulated by a doctor, know there is hope. After a cancer diagnosis, your mind may immediately turn to how you are going to beat the … Continue reading Caring for the whole patient through integrative medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine includes more than just acupuncture. If you follow any health and wellness gurus on Instagram you have likely seen some of the other natural techniques gaining traction here in the U.S — cupping, Chinese herbal medicine and auricular therapy to name a few. But one technique that has gained recent popularity is … Continue reading Gua sha: The Chinese facial tool for healthy skin and pain relief
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