Reality Health Check

Omega-3s help protect your memory 

  As much as the powers-that-be want to keep fish oil down, there’s really no denying its health benefits. And study after study helps prove it.  In fact, in a new, unique study, researchers investigated the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on memory retention. And the results are promising.  Here’s everything you need to know…  Omega-3 stops memory decline  First things first: This was a [...]

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Don’t let this seasonal threat RUIN your holidays 

  THIS nagging threat is forcing millions of people to become PRISONERS in their own homes. And the worst part is, the changing of seasons is a typical trigger.  Do you know what it is? (No, I’m not talking about the coronavirus.)  Here’s a hint: Constant sneezing… annoying dry coughs… unbearable congestion… itchy, red eyes…  Indeed, anyone who suffers […]

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Good health is a mind-body condition 

  Does your primary physician pay as much attention to the social and emotional factors affecting your life, as they do to your test results and vital signs?  Or—do you feel like you’re shuffled in and out of the door, like a line of cattle?  If the latter… listen closely.  It shouldn’t be unusual to spend more than 15 minutes in your doctor’s office. In […]

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Sweat more and sit less for good health 

Regular physical activity does more than just keep you alive.   Greater fitness means more energy, a clearer mind, and a lower risk of conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.   And as I’m always telling you, doing something is always better than doing nothing at all. But then… if you’re able to do MORE over time, you […]

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The benefits of fasting are virtually endless  

  I have written quite often about the weight loss and weight management benefits of intermittent fasting (IF). But I’ll also be the first to tell you that this nutritional strategy can do a whole lot more than just help you shed some pounds.   IF has shown promise against a wide range of life-threatening conditions, including diabetes, fatty liver disease, and even cancer.   [...]

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Less than 10,000 steps per day boosts longevity 

  In recent years, more and more people have started paying attention to the number of steps per day they are taking. Here in NYC, specifically, it’s a badge of honor to be above the popular daily target of 10,000 steps.    But this is a walking city. So, I can see how other people might find 10,000 steps to be way out of reach—so they don’t even bother trying to attain it.   […]

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This delicious superfood helps redistribute lethal belly fat 

  As we just discussed last week, I prefer to think of nutrition in a broader sense than labeling food as “good” or “bad.” (Unless we’re talking about sugar, of course!)   That’s why I often talk about healthy eating patterns. Because it’s HOW you eat— regularly and over the long term—that matters the most.    That isn’t to say that there aren’t certain foods that are just plain good for [...]

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This one simple policy could save millions of American lives 

Yesterday, we talked about the absurdity of black and white nutritional science, which worships one food while demonizing another. And then, I reminded you of the one “food” that does deserve its bad reputation: Sugar.  As I’m always telling you, sugar kills. We have reams of research to back my stance on this—showing associations between sugar intake and death or disease.  But in […]

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Debunking the absurdity of mainstream nutrition science 

I love it when the traditional medical community tries to comment on nutrition.   I mean who are they kidding? Take one look at the devastating epidemics of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer and you know immediately that they just don’t have a clue.   So when I came across an article with the headline, “This food will kill you, that food will save you,” you better believe I had [...]

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This key nutrient may BOOST heart health and longevity 

When we talk about heart health, we usually focus on basics like blood pressure or cholesterol.   But there’s one metric that’s just as important, even if it doesn’t get as much lip service: Resting heart rate (RHR).   In fact, counting your heart’s beats per minute might be one of the simplest ways to gauge cardiovascular health. The fewer beats it takes to take to […]

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Dementia plagues MILLIONS of people each year (Don’t become a statistic!) 

Currently, more than 55 million people across the globe are living with dementia—a statistic that costs more than one trillion dollars a year. (And that’s just the monetary loss.)  But according to a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO), that already sobering statistic is set to jump by a whopping 40 percent—up to 78 million people—in the next […]

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This powerful nutrient cuts an early colon cancer diagnosis in HALF

Yesterday, we talked about the role that antibiotic overuse may play in the rocketing rates of early-onset colorectal cancer.   So, today, let’s expand on that conversation—and discuss another new study that reveals one powerful way to stem the tide.  (Hint: It’s something that I hope you already do!)  Cut cancer risk in HALF   For this new analysis, researchers looked at the total vitamin D [...]

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A SINGLE course of antibiotics could lead to a cancer diagnosis?!  

By now, you probably already know how I feel about antibiotics—they’re important medications that should be used only when absolutely necessary.    That’s because our bodies are meant to fight disease. And rushing to an antibiotic at the first hint of anything is quite detrimental.  But it’s an all-too-common trend. One that has come at a very high price—through fueling [...]

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Coffee addicts could face an increased risk of dementia

I know a lot of coffee lovers.   And even though I personally don’t drink it (it makes me too jittery), I know many people look forward to their cup (or more) each day.   Of course, in my experience, many people are also concerned that they drink too much coffee. So, today, let’s look at how much is too much. Because coffee does come with plenty of […]

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Is this common parasite stealing your memory?

As the nation collectively ages, brain health has become a super hot topic. I mean, who doesn’t want to keep their memory intact well beyond their golden years? (Even if there are some things we wish we could forget, like the turmoil from this pandemic!)   Of course, our conversations about warding off cognitive decline typically focus on lifestyle—including proper nutrition, regular [...]

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Daily stress is killing your heart

File this one under the least surprising news ever: Stress will raise your blood pressure.   Well, duh!   While this may not be a groundbreaking discovery, though, in today’s climate—when pandemic fears still run rampant and adjusting to a new “normal” remains challenging—it’s definitely a topic worth revisiting…  Because too much daily stress could be KILLING your heart!  Here’s everything [...]

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[REVEALED] Strongest evidence yet that COVID vaccination is safe

I know, I know: COVID-19 continues to steal the headlines. That’s why I try to take breaks from writing about the topic, myself.  But with the new Delta strain making calls for vaccination even more urgent, I thought I’d share some valuable medical news on the subject.   And then, you can decide what to do with this information…  No serious risks with mRNA vaccines  A first-of-its-kind […]

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Migraine sufferers: This approach works TWICE as well as prescription drugs

Ask anyone who suffers from migraine headaches, and they’ll tell you: It’s no joke.    They are debilitating and can last for days. And while there are some medications available that many people tolerate, I’ve treated migraines successfully for years without them—using targeted nutritional supplementation and dietary changes.   And now, at long last, a recent study adopted this same [...]

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The surprising truth about “middle-aged spread”

Many people remember a time in their life when they could eat just about anything and not gain a single pound. (I’m not one of those people. I was overweight from childhood through college. And even now, I fight to stay trim and fit every day.)   Of course, it’s easy to blame metabolic changes when bad habits start catching up with you later in life. […]

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Snack your way to better heart health (in just 8 weeks!)

Since we spent all week breaking down the good, the bad, and the ugly side of dietary fat, I thought today would be a great time to talk about the perfect “diet” snack…  One that’s actually quite full of the right kinds of fat: Nuts!   Nuts are abundant in fat, fiber, and protein. They satisfy your hunger while delivering a long list of health-boosting nutrients. And they do, indeed, impact [...]

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Facts about fats: Confusing terms and common cooking oils

As I briefly mentioned on Tuesday, it’s important to pay attention to the types of cooking oils we consume.   So, today, let’s first continue clarifying some confusing aspects of fats—starting with a few terms you may not be so familiar with. And then, we’ll compare the health benefits of common cooking oils.  Omega-9 fatty acids  Omega-9s are monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs)—but not [...]

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Facts about fats: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Having knocked out a few basic definitions about fats yesterday, I’d like to keep the conversation going by breaking down dietary fats by type—the good, the bad, and the ugly.   Here’s everything you need to know…  Saturated fats    In my view, saturated fats get a really bad rap—not only in medical literature but in mainstream nutrition circles as well.    These fats are found in meats, [...]

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Facts about fats: Cholesterol, triglycerides, and more

As a “diet doctor,” I encounter misconceptions about fats every day—despite the progress we’ve made in nutritional research. Clearly, many myths persist. (Just look at the “fat-free” craze, which is still going around.)   In fact, I was recently in a grocery store, speaking with my friend about salad dressing. A woman came over and said to me: “That dressing would be better with grapeseed [...]

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Chronic dehydration could kill you

Natural disease prevention doesn’t get much safer or more powerful than plain old water.   The fact is, you can ward off a long list of problems—from headaches and fatigue to low mood and difficulty focusing—simply by making sure you’re drinking enough water every day.  But staying properly hydrated is more than just a simple trick to give your mood and energy a boost. As new […]

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COVID-19: Still making waves

Let me just say this: If I thought dealing with the first round of COVID was challenging, boy was I wrong.    You can probably guess which part of the story we’ve arrived at now: Vaccination efforts.   But this isn’t going to be a conversation about the benefits or drawbacks of the vaccine. I’m merely recounting these events from my own view as they happened to me.  […]

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COVID-19: Safety is a personal driver

Where were we? Ah yes, the summer of 2020. That brings us to about August.    There was rumbling about a vaccine hitting the market soon. But there was also a lot of (what I can only describe as) “noise.”   A constant talk of the virus drowned out anything and everything else. When and where do I have to wear a mask? How often do I need to sanitize my hands? Do I really need […]

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COVID-19: Reflecting on the early days of this pandemic

This week, I’m going to get a little personal and talk to you about my own pandemic experience.   After all, each of us has our own story to tell. And, as a frontline health worker, I have a lot to share about what I’ve been doing (and feeling) over the past 18 months and counting.  So, without further ado, let’s start at the very beginning… the winter of […]

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FACT: It’s never too late to save your own life with exercise

You know I love talking to you about the benefits of regular, consistent exercise. Because whether you’re looking to escape a diabetes, cancer, or Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it really is one of the simplest forms of disease prevention you have.   Of course, if you’re already struggling with health problems, it’s easy to think that the ship has sailed. Or in the case of issues like heart […]

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COVID-19: Empathy during a time of crisis

As I mentioned the other day, I’m writing this week’s content from another country. I have many friends here—both locals and ex-pats from the States, Canada, and Great Britain—who call this place home, like me.    Needless to say, this is the first time I’m seeing many of them in a long while. (We made it a point to visit here at the same time.)  And after our post-travel quarantine periods, [...]

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COVID-19: Peace through the pandemic comes from within

Last month, a 56-year-old man was arrested and charged with threatening Dr. Anthony Fauci—the chief medical advisor to President Biden on COVID-19, and as I’m sure you’re aware, one of the most visible faces of the pandemic.  As a rule, I’ve been trying to avoid the 24-hour news cycle (unless it directly relates to health matters). But when I […]

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COVID-19: Science says the vaccines are effective

There remains to be plenty of debate surrounding this pandemic… and the COVID-19 vaccines, in particular.   But this isn’t going to be a conversation about how important it is to get vaccinated. (I’ve already shared my thoughts on that more than once.) Today, I’m simply going to present facts—because you just can’t make an educated decision without them.   These scientific facts [...]

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The simple secret to a long life after stroke

I realize I harp on exercise all the time. But the fact is, study after study shows that consistent movement really is one of the single best ways to save your own life.   And it doesn’t even take a lot, either.   In fact, as the research I’m about to share today shows, simply going on a 30-minute walk every day could cut […]

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Can this “new” diet drug help you lose weight for good?

Remember back in the spring, when I told you about the “new” diet drug called semaglutide?   As you may recall, research showed that this off-label diabetes medication enabled dramatic weight loss. (Even in people without diabetes.)   But it didn’t take long for Big Pharma to catch on and monopolize these effects.   Insurance companies made semaglutide unavailable to people without [...]

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The pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy (A MUST READ)

Research shows that people with healthier hormone levels live the longest.  That’s why I’m a big fan of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT), for both men and women.    Of course, there are multiple ways of taking HRT. My personal favorite way to prescribe is topically, with a cream. Whereas other routes, like pills, tend to have more side effects. You also [...]

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This cutting-edge, cancer blood test is the real deal

Earlier this year, I told you about a new blood test—called Galleri—that could detect up to 50 different types of cancer.  It’s currently under development by the healthcare company Grail, and uses cutting-edge sequencing technology to examine methyl groups on circulating DNA in blood samples.   And although it isn’t approved yet by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), [...]

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Early birds, night owls, and mental health

I talk a lot about the importance of sleep. Because, like being obese, your body suffers from more than fatigue when you don’t get enough rest—that feeling of tiredness is really just the tip of the iceberg.  The truth is, there’s a long list of health consequences attached to poor sleep. But the effects are far more than just physical.  In fact, a large new study found that people who keep [...]

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That “spare tire” may increase your cancer risk

I’ve been speaking out about the dangers of obesity for decades. Yet the problem is still growing—all puns intended—despite ample awareness.   If you ask me, we should be pushing to make obesity a public enemy on par with smoking. But too many people—many medical professionals included—want an easy solution… and their heads remain in the sand.   So, I’ll keep screaming from the rooftops […]

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Debunking the myth of “healthy obesity”

I’ve never really bought into the idea of “healthy obesity.”  The premise that some people who are overweight or obese may actually be healthy has always struck me as a pipedream, and a completely unrealistic expectation for most.   So when I came across a recent study debunking the notion entirely, I knew I had to share it. Because this is […]

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Attention women: A vibrant life after menopause does exist

Let’s end the week with a little fun…  Because I love being able to remind you that staying healthy doesn’t always have to be hard work.  Case in point: New research shows that dancing—yes, dancing—may be one secret to a vibrant life after menopause.  Manage weight and mental health    It’s no secret that the transition to menopause can introduce new health problems […]

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