Reality Health Check

COVID-19: What do the new guidelines mean?

COVID-19 prevention strategies have changed so many times over the past year that my head is still spinning.   And due to all of this flip-flopping, many folks are uneasy about any shift in behavior, especially when it comes to mask-wearing.   At first, we were told that masks were unnecessary… and then for more than a year, public health officials repeatedly told us that masks save [...]

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The epidemic that will far outlast COVID-19

More young children than ever are suffering from diseases that were once reserved for unhealthy adults. And that bothers me… a lot.  But there’s more bad news…   A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study just confirmed that kids with preventable health conditions—like diabetes, obesity, and some heart issues—were more likely to be hospitalized and become severely [...]

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Lose a tooth, lose your mind? (Scary!)

It’s no secret that cognitive decline remains one of the toughest challenges facing modern medicine today.   The driving causes behind Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia have been notoriously difficult to pin down. And even Big Pharma—an industry that never fails to innovate whenever there’s money to be made—has come up short on solutions.  That’s why my discussions on this […]

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Got hypertension? Check your meds

If you have a newly diagnosed case of high blood pressure, you’re not alone.   Hypertension is easily one of the country’s most common conditions, and threshold targets for drug treatment keep getting tighter and tighter.  But did you know your recent diagnosis could be because of a prescription drug that you’re already taking?  Let me explain…  These common drugs influence blood [...]

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Tips for a cleaner, greener body and yard

Yesterday’s e-letter may have seemed a bit like the “little house on the prairie.” But the truth is, getting back to the basics can spare you the modern dangers of a lot of hidden health threats.    Since we just talked about safer alternatives for household chores, today, let’s tackle personal grooming.    Believe it or not, these are some of the most toxic products in our homes—and they [...]

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Ten non-toxic alternatives for a sparkly clean home

This week, let’s address a growing concern: How to eliminate as many toxins as possible from your home.  It’s a big feat. One that comes with a lot of diligence and sacrifice.  Toxins are all around us—we knowingly and unknowingly come face-to-face with them on a daily basis.   But that doesn’t mean we’re doomed. Because knowing your enemy is the first step to defending yourself against it. [...]

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This “forbidden food” may help promote weight loss

I love breaking the news that what some people think of as a dietary vice is actually a virtue in disguise.   Truly, there’s nothing better than giving a patient the green light to keep eating a food they like. (That’s one reason why my A-List Diet delivers that permission slip in spades.)   I’m sure you remember that one of my absolute […]

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The only “prescription” you need for better heart health

Sometimes it feels like craziness is ensuing everywhere.   Just last week I told you about the ugly truth behind those dazzling headlines suggesting vegetarians are heart-healthier than meat-eaters.   But get a load of this madness: The American Heart Association (AHA) just announced that the first and best way to address high blood pressure and cholesterol in otherwise healthy adults [...]

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My two-step plan for healthy weight loss

Here’s a headline for you:  Pandemic Shows Risk of Obesity, and Challenge of Weight Loss   And, well… with a lead like this, you know I have no choice but to rip it to shreds.   Buckle up folks, because I’m about to take you on a little ride from my perspective today. And call me biased, but the […]

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COVID-19: The Delta variant is here to stay

We are finally making our way out of the pandemic, thanks to a collaborative effort between all of us—from various frontline workers, to regular folks who did their civic duty to get vaccinated, wear a mask, and social distance.   Yet still, this fight is far from over.  As you may already know, there’s a deadly variant making rounds, known as Delta, which is highly [...]

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You don’t need to give up meat to save your heart

Yesterday, I set out to debunk a recent misleading headline claiming that vegetarians are somehow heart-healthier than people who eat meat.   The claim itself is dubious for a lot of reasons. For one thing, it was based around an observational study—which, while useful, isn’t exactly the gold standard for scientific proof.   Not only that, but this headline left out a big chunk of the […]

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[REVEALED] The ugly truth about vegetarianism

I’m sure today’s conversation will grab its fair share of attention. And once you get a load of this headline, you’ll understand why I wanted to get a jump on it:   Vegetarians Have Better Cholesterol Levels, and More, Than Meat-Eaters   It’s a bold claim—one that’s certain to get a whole lot of uninformed press.   So, let’s read between the lines and take a closer look…   Breaking […]

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This common beverage doubles colorectal cancer risk

I will never understand why people continue consuming sugary drinks.  Especially when you consider they’ve been linked to premature deaths, heart disease, obesity, and more.  Plus, there are just so many other drink options available to you. (And no, I’m not talking about “diet”, chemically-sweetened options, either. Those are just as bad—if not worse—than regular, sugar-sweetened drinks.)   [...]

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The obesity epidemic is throwing mortality rates in reverse

Here’s some utterly unsurprising news for the day: The obesity epidemic is making it harder for our country to win the war against cancer and heart disease.  Of course, given obesity’s role in just about every form of chronic disease, this conclusion is just plain common sense.   But according to a new analysis of over 50 million […]

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Insomnia steals your memory decades down the road

It’s always nice to bring an entire week’s worth of conversations full circle, and wrap it up with a neat little bow. And, well… that’s exactly what I’m about to do today.  On Monday, I shared new research showing that memory loss isn’t inevitable with age. Then we talked about how caffeine can’t reverse the cognitive effects of sleep loss—and how it might actually pose its own risks to your [...]

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One in every 14 deaths is attributed to this common “disease”

I’m always preaching about the life-saving powers of regular exercise. That includes the benefits of a simple daily walk. Because doing something will always be better than sitting still. In fact, recently published research shows that a sedentary lifestyle—also known as “sitting disease”—is responsible for eight percent of all chronic disease and death. That’s one […]

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Coffee isn’t the answer to a sleepless night

For someone who doesn’t drink coffee, I certainly talk a lot about it, right?   I realize it’s one pleasure that a lot of people feel guilty about, though. So when I have an opportunity to set facts straight, I take it.   Of course, our last discussion focused on caffeine. And how it might not be so great for your brain—despite the fact that so many people use it […]

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Caffeine and your brain: It’s complicated

I routinely get asked so many questions about coffee—or, more specifically, caffeine. Can I drink it? Should I drink it? Is it good for me?   Of course, I have written about the health benefits of caffeine here before. But today’s conversation is going to be a little bit different. Because new research from the University of Basel shows that regular caffeine intake may change your brain’s [...]

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These two health factors skyrocket mortality risk

Today, let’s talk about sleep.  Healthy sleep habits are every bit as important as diet and exercise, where your metabolic health is concerned.   And according to a new paper published in the Journal of Sleep Research, poor sleep nearly doubles your risk of death if you’re a diabetic…   A lethal combination   Researchers looked at data from roughly half a million middle-aged participants of [...]

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This daily habit BLOCKS liver disease (amazing!)

Here I go, writing about exercise again. But before I lose you, take my word that you’ll want—need—to hear this latest report.  Because while we already know how beneficial exercise is for your health—from battling chronic disease, like cancer, to improving heart health and relieving stress—new research is looking at a rising concern: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).   And [...]

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COVID-19: Problematic eating patterns have emerged

The high intensity of the COVID-19 pandemic will eventually be behind us—hopefully sooner than later.   But unfortunately, certain health behaviors may continue to linger upon us.   Including a whole constellation of disordered eating behaviors, which the pandemic seems to have brought out in full force…  Six key eating changes  This research comes from the University of Minnesota Medical [...]

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COVID-19: These four supplements may lower infection risk

I’m so tired of hearing mainstream “experts” claim that vitamins do nothing but give you expensive urine.   They’ve been doing it for as long as I’ve been practicing medicine. And if the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) can’t even recommend regular screening for vitamin D deficiency, I find it hard to believe that things will ever change.   Let me remind you, however, [...]

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Late-night snacking is ruining your health

I don’t know about you, but I need all the help I can get to stay focused during these long summer days.   After all, it’s hard to keep your head down when your mind is still stuck at the beach—or planning your next vacation.   So when I came across a recent study on how something as common as nighttime snacking could be sabotaging your daytime focus and productivity? Well, I had to take […]

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Yet another reason to add beef to your menu—just in time for BBQ season

I’m so excited to discuss this latest finding about red meat with you—and I mean, really excited.  Not just because we’re entering yet another summer of steaks and burgers on the grill.   But because this study confirms what I have known all along. And nothing thrills me quite like vindication—even when I know it probably won’t change a thing.   Nevertheless, get a load of […]

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Is your favorite sunscreen giving you cancer?

Summer is upon us—and I think it’s safe to say that we’re all ready to get out of the house and mingle again. Luckily, the success of the COVID-19 vaccines means we may actually be able to do just that… and enjoy something close to normal yet again.   But if it’s not one thing, it’s another. And the danger I […]

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COVID-19: The promising truth behind “breakthrough” infections

Before this story is massacred by mainstream media outlets and gets completely out of control, I thought I should write about it. Because the facts are bound to be washed away in a game of “telephone”—losing any and all credibility.   According to research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of April 30th  2021, more than 10,000 cases of fully vaccinated [...]

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The simple secret to lifelong health and happiness

You know I don’t give much weight to animal studies. I prefer to share research on actual human beings.   But after yesterday’s conversation about early risk factors for cognitive decline, there’s no way I couldn’t mention this new study. Because its takeaway message is crucial for parents everywhere…  Bigger brains, less anxiety  Let’s jump right to the juicy part: This new research found [...]

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The scary link between BMI and your brain

I was a very heavy child—and later, a very heavy teen. It’s one of the reasons why childhood obesity is such an important, personal issue to me. (It’s also why I wrote my first book, Feed Your Kids Well.)   Healthy relationships with food start when we are children. Our eating habits take root at a tender age. And the impact is lasting, in more ways than one.   […]

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[Men: WARNING!] Study reveals hidden cause of low T

Yesterday, we talked about declining rates of fertility as a result of the chemical soup we’re living in. So, today, let’s talk about another factor that directly influences reproductive health—and it’s one that you have complete control over.   I’m talking about your diet.   In fact, according to a new meta-analysis, low-fat diets lower testosterone levels in men. And I guarantee [...]

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The invisible health crisis that’s threatening our future

I have a lot of patients (and friends) who have chosen to have children later in life (which is pretty common here in New York City). As a result, I’ve spent a fair amount of time in my practice treating fertility problems.    Infertility is an unexpected journey for many people… but, unfortunately, from a medical perspective, it’s not too surprising.   I’ve written about the dangers that [...]

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Boost your exercise routine and conquer crippling anxiety

It’s been a harrowing year—and counting. That’s why I’ve dedicated a lot of time talking to you about how to manage pandemic anxiety. And regular exercise is always one of my first recommendations—for good reason.   Exercise is one of the most effective stress-busters there is. It triggers the release of feel-good endorphins that kill pain, bust tension, elevate your mood, and offer a [...]

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Can worms help prevent chronic disease?

If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while, then you already know that I’ve always felt that Americans—and most of the Western world, really—live in environments that are entirely too clean.   I came across this concept when I was writing my first book, The Allergy and Asthma Cure. In the process, I discovered many studies detailing how children […]

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Even “moderate” sugar consumption kills

Now that we’re all back from a nice long Memorial Day weekend, let’s travel across the Atlantic...  Because some brand-new research out of Switzerland has just driven yet another nail into sugar’s coffin. (Say it with me now: Sugar kills!)  This team of Swiss scientists wanted to know whether regular sugar consumption has any other health effects beyond weight gain. And while they could have [...]

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The latest vitamin D “guidance” is too absurd to be true

I have some appalling news to share with you today—and just in time for summer, too.  The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)—yes, the same group who controls what doctors should and should not do, and whose guidance insurance companies use to determine what tests to pay for and which ones to reject—have just issued a truly idiotic decision.   They’ve determined that there’s [...]

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COVID-19: A key to good health is right outside your door

Memorial Day weekend has arrived once again, marking the unofficial start of yet another summer season. And with vaccination rates climbing and restrictions lifting, things are shaping up to be more “normal” than they’ve been in a long while.   But that doesn’t mean this pandemic is over. We’ve still got a ways to go before we’re out of the woods. And as always, […]

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The ugly truth behind cancer surgery and biopsies

I’ve fielded this question, in various forms, for years: Does surgery or a biopsy cause tumor cells in your body to spread?   Unfortunately, I’ve never really had a good answer. After all, modern medicine relies so much on these procedures that it was hard for my otherwise traditionally trained mind to imagine they could possibly produce such an effect.  But I can say that [...]

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COVID-19: Our healthcare heroes are suffering more than you realize

Throughout this pandemic, I’ve written a lot about how people need to be taking care of themselves—through managing their diet, staying active, and taking care of their mental health.    But I haven’t written much about the toll this crisis has taken on the healthcare professionals that have been working the frontlines. And there are a couple of reasons for that.   For starters… [...]

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COVID-19: Are our leaders guilty of “social murder”?

I recently came across a very interesting editorial. It appeared in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ). And it accused politicians who didn’t take more aggressive measures to control pandemic losses of a crime that they called “social murder.”   That’s a pretty provocative statement. Sure, I’ve had similar conversations with my friends—but this is the first formal commentary I’ve [...]

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Here’s why you’re hungry all the time

On Tuesday, we talked about the problem with refined grains—which for some reason, this country’s nutritional “experts” just haven’t been able to wrap their brains around.   Current dietary guidelines still give white carbs a deadly pass. Meanwhile, we all sit around and wonder why the U.S. population just gets sicker and fatter by the day, even as the facts […]

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