Beat the Bathroom Blues
If you’ve ever had to deal with irregularity — and who hasn’t? — you know how uncomfortable it can be to discuss bowel problems. I understand it’s awkward to talk about such personal things. But we’re all here to make | Read More »
Could You Have Adult ADD?
Discussions of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) normally revolve around children with behavioral and/or learning difficulties. But ADHD and its cousin, ADD (attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity, which is more common in grown-ups), can persist into adulthood. In fact, over half of | Read More »
How to Avoid Food Poisoning
Just the other day, a friend and I were reminiscing about the good old days, when the most likely source of food poisoning was Aunt Sue’s potato salad that had been sitting for hours on a picnic table in the | Read More »
How to Buy Dietary Supplements
As a practicing physician, my patients frequently ask about dietary supplements, including vitamins and related substances. Here are the top two questions: Do I need to take vitamins? Which vitamins should I take? Since these topics come up so often, | Read More »
Dangerous Drug Interactions
How many times have you actually read the inserts that come with over-the-counter medications or prescriptions from your doctor? Don’t be ashamed to admit the answer is “never.” That’s very typical. The inserts are not only difficult to read because | Read More »
Take the DIE Out of DIET
If you’re like many of my patients, you’d like to lose a few (or more) pounds. As you’ve probably noticed, there’s no shortage of help when it comes to dieting. Let’s see, there’s the cabbage soup diet, the ice cream | Read More »
Is It Alzheimer’s… or Something Else?
If there’s one thing my patients have in common, it’s concern about developing Alzheimer’s disease. With more than 4 million sufferers in the U.S. alone, most of us either know someone with the disease or have heard the horror stories | Read More »
A Guide to Understanding Blood Tests
If you’re like most of my patients, you’ve probably looked over the alphabet soup of acronyms and abbreviations in your blood test results and wondered what it all means. So to empower my readers, here is a simplified guide to | Read More »
Sleep Apnea: Learn to Sleep Peacefully and Soundly
Are you sleepy during the daytime despite getting 7 or 8 hours of sleep during the night? Do you snore so loudly that others have difficulty sleeping in the same room? Do you wake up with a headache or parched | Read More »
3 Questions to Identify a Stroke
Here are two important statistics I’d like to share with you. First, every 45 seconds, someone in this country has a stroke. Second, as many as 80 percent of those strokes could have been prevented. Eighty percent! That is not | Read More »
12 Solutions for How to Cool Off This Summer
It’s that time of year again — time to talk about weather-related health complications, like heat exhaustion and heatstroke. One look at the weather map shows that most of the country is baking, with heat records being shattered far and | Read More »
Is Lyme Disease Behind Your Fatigue?
In my practice, it’s not unusual to meet with patients who have already seen ten or more different physicians. They come to me because they’re exhausted and ache all over. Sometimes they have swollen joints, a fever, stiff neck, or | Read More »
Have Trouble Hearing?
If you know someone with hearing loss, you know how difficult life can be. Misunderstanding directions, constantly asking people to repeat themselves, avoiding noisy restaurants and social events because it’s too difficult to hear — these are just a few | Read More »