MICHAEL NOONAN
    Vitamin D is in the news a lot this time of year, and rightly so. It is an important nutrient, especially for bone health, and the body uses sunlight to make the active form. Those of us who do not live in the tropics get little… Read More
    MICHAEL NOONAN
    A recent ad for a cholesterol-lowering drug shows a woman jumping up and down, celebrating the fact that her blood cholesterol is lower with her new statin medication. Similar ads tout drugs to control high blood pressure or high blood sugar. This is medicine by the numbers, using… Read More
    PHILIP CAPER
    A clash of cultures is rapidly developing among those of us who see the mission of the health care system to be primarily the diagnosis and healing of illness and those who see it primarily as an opportunity to create personal wealth. The concept of health… Read More
    MICHAEL NOONAN
    Restless leg syndrome is a condition in which the legs are uncomfortable and the patient feels a need to move them to get away from the discomfort. Many of us are familiar with a mild version of this, but for some the sensation can be very intense and… Read More
    MICHAEL NOONAN
    Although the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has expanded coverage to many who were uninsured, it does little to actually reform health care. Improving coverage for medical care does not fundamentally change the system. True health care reform is not likely to come from the government… Read More
    Seniors think about many things as they age. One of the most prevalent concerns that seems to come with the territory is falling. The fear of taking a fall, which can compel a senior to limit activities and potentially become isolated, is almost as debilitating as the fall… Read More
    PHILIP CAPER
    We often hear boasts about American exceptionalism. But there is at least one area where being exceptional is a negative. Most other wealthy democracies have made health care a de facto right of all. Yet we have been arguing about whether to do so… Read More
    MICHAEL NOONAN
    Here we go again. In another example of, “it used to be bad for you, but now it isn’t,” the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is expected to declare dietary cholesterol is no longer a “nutrient of concern,” reversing more than 40 years of recommendations that changed… Read More
    MICHAEL NOONAN
    Breakfast has been described as “the most important meal of the day,” but my training and experience suggests that what is most important is not whether you eat but what you choose to eat. One of my first dietary recommendations for weight loss — and overall… Read More
    CAROL HIGGINS TAYLOR
    Valentine’s Day is upon us, and hearts — the symbol of love — are everywhere. But there is more to think about than love. Let these symbols remind you to take care of your own heart. Did you know that heart disease is still the No. Read More
    MICHAEL NOONAN
    Chronic back pain is a huge problem. According to the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans have back pain at any given time. Half of all working Americans have back pain at least once a year, and it is estimated that 80 percent of… Read More
    MICHAEL NOONAN
    In an attempt to control the leading cause of death in our culture — heart disease — the medical profession has focused on dietary fats. Most recently, we are told the problem is saturated fats, which are highest in meat and other animal products. The “heart-healthy”… Read More
    MICHAEL NOONAN
    Many of my patients with foot pain think of it as a problem in the foot only. This is especially true when there is a heel spur seen on X-ray. But foot pain is typically not that simple. It often involves not only the whole leg, but even… Read More
    MICHAEL NOONAN
    Even after 15 years of practicing chiropractic acupuncture, I am still amazed by the results I get. To this day, it challenges my ideas of health and healing. I was raised, like most everybody else, on the idea that diseases are to be attacked, usually by… Read More
    MICHAEL NOONAN
    When I was new in practice, I noticed several patients would have a “bad day” at the same time. At first I wasn’t clear about why — were they all overdoing it? Perhaps a viral infection was going around? Was it my last treatment? It turns… Read More
    MICHAEL NOONAN
    I learn a lot from writing these columns. For example, to prepare for this topic, one of the first things I did was to find out exactly what types of vegetables go into making “vegetable oil.” Turns out the answer is none. There are no vegetables… Read More
    MICHAEL NOONAN
    Most people assume that teens do not have back or neck problems, or if they do, they are just sore from an injury or overuse. But when I ask an adult patient with chronic back pain when they first started having problems, it is not unusual for them… Read More