There is no shortage of health claims gracing glossy magazine covers that promise cures for everything from arthritis to wrinkles, if only you buy Product X. While some claims are outlandish enough to be laughable, others are enticing enough to be tried, and therein lies the… Read More
    I was taught that wellness and preventive care have only one purpose: to restore health. They should not worsen your health or have dangerous side effects, and it goes without saying that they should not cause the very condition they are supposed to prevent. But insurance… Read More
    A common criticism of alternative health care is that it isn’t “scientific” like modern medical care is assumed to be. But many have questioned how science based our current health care system really is. Modern medical care certainly has embraced technology. X-rays and MRI allow us… Read More
    If we’re lucky, we meet a person or two during our lifetime who have crossed the threshold into greatness. These special people are more than supremely accomplished in their fields — they are truly generous of spirit, kind-hearted and always leave someone better off for having known them. Read More
    I see this all the time in my practice: Patients tell me their back was fine until they bent over to tie their shoes or pat the cat or even just brush their teeth when — wham! — there was a sudden, intense pain in their back. Usually… Read More
    It has been known for some time that diabetics are prone to a host of problems: poor circulation, vision, even back pain. But it seems a new one has been added to the list: dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. According to one… Read More
    Early memory loss can be a truly terrifying thing to experience. What is normal aging, distraction from being too busy or simply living with stress? What constitutes the beginnings of dementia? Look at the differences in these scenarios: — Did you forget to pay… Read More
    Our health care system focuses on treating and preventing illness. While doctors make some lifestyle recommendations at a typical annual physical, most of the time and effort is spent on screenings. Checking for high blood pressure, listening to the heart and lungs, and taking urine and… Read More
    Anxiety is becoming increasingly common, as are the drugs prescribed for it. Like any complex health problem, anxiety is best seen as a condition that has many causes. It appears that while there are hereditary tendencies toward anxiety, for most of us it does not become… Read More
    It is well documented that many other countries have created health care systems that are more popular than ours, cover everybody, are more effective as measured by better health outcomes, are better able to restrain increases in costs and, therefore, have per-capita costs that are a… Read More
    It’s finally spring. The snow has melted, and the world is coming alive again — including lots of plants that release pollen into the air. For allergy sufferers, this can be the worst season of the year. Of course, pollen does not cause allergies. We all… Read More
    Our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal. It is one of the most important bodily functions, right up there with regulating blood pressure and digesting our food. From recovering after falls and injuries to dealing with bacteria, viruses, bad food and toxins, we have ancient, built-in mechanisms… Read More
    Insomnia is a very common problem. In 2010, an estimated 6 to 10 percent of the U.S. population used drugs to help them sleep. Many of these drugs are called hypnotics, including Ambien, Sonata, Klonopin, Lunesta, Ativan and Xanax. These drugs have been found to carry… Read More
    Just the word “stroke” can strike fear in our hearts. It is easy and somewhat comforting to dismiss weird symptoms that may be fleeting — dizziness, severe headache and vision disruption, all of which happen suddenly but may disappear just as quickly. As tempting as it… Read More
    The meniscus is a wedge-shaped piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber in the knee. There is a pair in each knee: one on the inner side, one on the outer. They are thought to be a very common cause of knee pain — meniscus surgery… Read More
    The decline of eyesight as we age is considered normal. The need for glasses to read is a hallmark of aging — print seems to get smaller and smaller as we age. But what if this change were not inevitable? What if there were cultures where… Read More
    When it comes to spinal pain, low back pain gets most of the press — and rightly so. It is extremely common and one of the most expensive health care problems. But neck pain is no slouch. About two-thirds of the population will have at least… Read More