Recently, a colleague of mine reported that a relative of his, who was previously in very good health had suddenly come down with a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis.  He asked a group of us to pray for this person, which we did.  But even while we prayed, my mind whirled as I immediately began… Read More

A common way of dealing with depression or anxiety is to use a medication such as an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) like Prozac or Lexapro or Zoloft on an everyday basis.  And a popular Rx choice for immediate effect is Xanax or Klonopin.   But research shows that using such drugs on a regular basis… Read More

When we go to the doctor for a regular check-up, most of the time, we’re asked if we have a family history of heart disease. We also are usually somewhat concerned if parents or siblings have had a stroke or heart attack at an early age. That’s because it’s pretty well-known that genetics has something… Read More

Most people probably know that it’s possible to take “pictures” of the arteries in your neck to see if you have clogged arteries by doing an ultrasound.   This test is done if the exam of your neck artery is abnormal or if someone has had a stroke from a blood clot or has had a… Read More

Last week, I attended an amazing 2-day preceptorship on cardiovascular disease detection and prevention. Have you ever tried drinking from a fire hose? That’s what this conference was like! There were about 40 of us from all around the country gathered together at downtown New Orleans hotel for almost 20 hours of intense teaching and… Read More

Myths and Truths About Belly Fat Myth #1        “I can reduce my gut by doing sit-ups” Truth: I don’t know how this myth ever got started because there is no logic in it. You cannot spot reduce by exercising. Fat in a certain zone of your body is not connected in any way to the… Read More

Bioidentical Hormones and Compounding Pharmacies When I prescribe bioidentical hormones for men and women, I often write a prescription that can only be filled through a compounding pharmacy instead of a pharmacy such as Walgreens or CVS. So what’s the difference between the two kinds of pharmacies? The regular pharmacy of today is more of… Read More

Bioidentical Hormones Sometimes when a patient asks their gynecologist about bioidentical hormone replacement, their gyne says that he or she doesn’t do that.  A response like that just demonstrates how little understanding there is sometimes about this term bioidentical. Some doctors think that bioidentical hormones are something that has to be specially prepared in compounding… Read More

You CAN overcome those roadblocks! We humans are motivated by two things: the avoidance of pain and the pursuit of pleasure. So to overcome the roadblocks, we need to maximize the pleasure of exercising and minimize the pain. So how do you maximize the pleasure? Make it fun. Maybe this means joining a class. You… Read More