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Health Myths Busted: Part One

If you have lived in America for any significant amount of time, chances are you have heard at least one cliché about health that is widely accepted as true. In reality, many of these clichés are either highly misleading or flat out false. Some can be a pain to observe, to boot! Save yourself the [...]

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Curb Your Appetite, Not Your Enthusiasm!

As the excitement of the new year fades, you may begin to lose your enthusiasm for the resolutions of health that you made. That one day break from the gym you earned turned into an ever increasing pattern of of three or four day gaps between workouts.But to your surprise you feel more hungry than [...]

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5 Ways to Beat Winter Blues: Part 3

4) Supplement with vitamin D. In addition to having difficulty synchronizing ourselves with the sun in the colder months, many of us simply don’t get enough sun exposure, leaving us deficient in vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin”. Vitamin D deficiency has been found to be especially prevalent in people of African descent living in latitudes [...]

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5 Ways to Beat Winter Blues: Part 2

2) Exercise. You may have a million excuses for why you can’t exercise, but what you might not realize is that many of those excuses only exist because you don’t exercise. If you are too tired, too achy, or simply not in the mood to exercise, do it anyway! Studies have shown that 30 minutes [...]

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5 Ways To Beat Winter Blues: Part 1

With the holiday season upon us, there is plenty to look forward to — families coming together, hearty meals, and well-earned time off from work! Nonetheless, many people find themselves struggling to muster up any holiday cheer during the winter months. If you need a pep talk just to get out of bed in the [...]

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‘Head’-ing for Cancer? (Rated R)

Not long ago a friend called me late at night, disturbed by some information she discovered about her teen-aged son.  She overheard a conversation between her son and his friend during which the son admitted to being “serviced” by a girl at school who was not his girlfriend.  After reeling from the shock of her discovery, my friend’s [...]

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Why Prenatal Care?

Years ago before I went to medical school I had a close friend who became pregnant.  She was young and healthy.  She was also unemployed and did not have any health insurance.  She did not think to apply for medicaid because she had just graduated from law school and hoped that she would be able to [...]

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Stop Smoking

 It’s January 2011 and some of you are still smoking.  Why?  We all know that smoking is detrimental to your health.  I assume that you are still smoking because you feel it is too hard to quit.  Or perhaps your life is very stressful and you feel that you can’t afford to add smoking cessation to your ”to [...]

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D.R.E.S.S. for Success!

Does losing weight make your list of New Year’s resolutions?  D.R.E.S.S. for Success has nothing to do with your wardrobe.  It is an acronym for a strategy to lose weight.  DIET  The most important strategy for weight loss is diet. Make sure that any diet plan you choose to follow is nutritionally sound.  It should include [...]

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Why Won’t Men Go to the Doctor?

  One day this summer I received a call from a middle-aged black male friend.  I could tell from his voice that there was something wrong.  “I’m having chest pain that radiates down my left arm”, he said.  My friend has several health issues that are risk factors for a heart attack:  high blood pressure, [...]