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Metabolic Syndrome and the Cholesterol/Insulin Connection

Every doctor knows of patients who have a large belly, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar (glucose).  This collection of symptoms is commonly known in the medical world as “metabolic syndrome.”  Typically the approach to treatment goes something like this… “Mr. Jones, your blood tests look pretty concerning, your cholesterol …

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The Weight and Fat Loss Secret…

After treating thousands of patients, trying a variety of diets myself, and experimenting on my own, I have come to the conclusion that, while there are many ways to lose “weight”, there is only one way to lose fat and preserve muscle mass.  Diets that restrict calories but don’t change the type of food you …

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Why you should not buy your Supplements on Amazon or EBay

-I am re-posting an article by Gary Collins, an FDA special agent, concerning the epidemic of fraud and counterfeiting of supplements, particularly those sold on Amazon or EBay.  As my patients are aware, we provide links to reputable manufacturers of nutritional supplements through our website home page.  They are offered at special discounted prices, with …

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How to properly manage menopause

At my practice, Optimal Wellness MD, about 60% of my patients are women seeking relief of menopausal symptoms.  I commonly see women complaining of: Hair Loss Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Wrinkles Sagging Breasts Can’t Lose Weight Increased belly fat Heavy Periods PMS Insomnia Anxiety & Depression “Brain Fog” or problems with focus and memory Osteoporosis/Osteopenia …

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Plastics are a Health Hazard

Be careful and conservative in your approach to using plastics. 1. Always take sniff and taste test first. If there’s a hint of plastic in your water, don’t drink it. Also avoid skin contact with plastics that smell funny. Remember the foul synthetic scent of vinyl shower curtains? Nasty! 2. Remember most plastics tend to break down …

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“Adrenal Fatigue”: Stressed Out and Burned Out

Not infrequently, I see new clients who state that they have a condition known as “adrenal fatigue.” As an internist, I know that conventional medicine does not recognize adrenal fatigue as a disease. Adrenal gland destruction, through an autoimmune attack, is known as Addison’s disease. The symptoms are classic: bronzing of the skin, low blood …

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The Paleo-Mediterranean Diet

At a new patient visit, I provide a detailed analysis of a 3-7 day dietary log and point out areas where the patient is doing well and where things could be improved.  In general, the following 15 points work well for most people.  Of course, if allergic, I recommend they avoid those particular foods.  The …

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