Reality Health Check

Chemical soup: Navigating the sea of toxins

As a reader, you already know that I try to avoid as many chemicals as possible… Whether the exposure comes from plastic, disinfecting products, food items, or more. This is always top of mind for me. But let’s really dig into how difficult it can be… Toxic food supply I was recently on vacation—on a […]

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Are you disinfecting your BRAIN?

We live in a toxic world. And while I believe that getting back to the basics can help spare you from the modern health dangers of toxic chemicals… It’s also not lost on me just how deep the threat lies. Case in point: A new study reveals a startling link between common disinfecting products… and […]

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Never overlook these two dietary factors

There has always been an avalanche of information on how to lose weight, how to maintain a healthy weight, what you should or should not be eating, and more… I mean, it honestly makes my head spin. So, I can only imagine what it does to you. People now more than ever are really trying […]

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Stop using plastic… before it’s too late

It’s about time that the mainstream discusses the harmful effects of plastics. Because not only is plastic harmful to the planet, it’s especially harmful to human health. I stopped eating and drinking out of plastic years ago. And I work diligently to only ever purchase items not stored in plastic. Indeed, I try to eliminate […]

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Is PAIN masking cognitive decline?

A lot of people take musculoskeletal pain as a given. (This is pain felt in your bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, or tendons.) The excuses range from, “I am just getting older” to “well, I did exercise a lot”—and everything in between. Many just pop an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever and move on with their day. […]

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Better sex in THREE simple steps

There’s one topic that often remains top of mind in even my oldest patients… Which means it must surely pique your interest, too. I’m talking about maintaining a healthy sex life. Far too often, dwindling desire is brushed off as a sign of aging. But supporting this aspect of health will actually boost your overall […]

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Is the mainstream be pro-testosterone… FINALLY?

Well, well, well! Testosterone is finally emerging from the dark shadows of what I call “stupidity medicine.” You know, the type of medicine that’s practiced without any evidence. So, recommendations are made on hunches or suppositions… Like when you’re told to drop eggs from your diet because it’s contributing to high cholesterol… or when you’re […]

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Get the “skinny” on Ozempic

Being “large” has become so normalized in our culture… That nearly 50 percent of people don’t even realize they’re overweight. But here’s a reality check for you… Obesity is a disease. And the only way we’re going to turn the tide on the growing obesity epidemic is to talk about it… acknowledge there’s a problem… […]

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[SENIORS] A simple way to cut dementia risk in HALF?

It seems that many seniors dread using the internet. I’m not entirely sure why… But if that sounds like you—or someone you know—this new study might have you rethinking your view on the world wide web. Because it reveals spending some time online might just CUT dementia risk nearly in half! A near-50 percent risk […]

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Stave off DEATH by stretching?

There’s nothing quite like a good, long stretch when you wake up in the morning. Or, at the very least, to accompany a solid exercise routine. Yesterday I shared some intriguing results about how stretching can help boost longevity and strength as you age. But that’s not the only benefit to this flexibility activity… Stay […]

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Lifestyle habit HALTS diabetes?

I love talking to you about “lifestyle medication.” That is, adopting healthy habits to potentially overcome chronic disease and boost health. And really, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is quite simple. But that’s also where I love stepping in to help you. So, allow me to outline a proven intervention for you to try. Better still, […]

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[ALERT] You CAN lose weight without those wonder drugs

I’ve spent a lot of time lately discussing the new weight-loss drugs that are all the rage. And yes, I still believe that GLP-1 agonist drugs can be a viable option for many folks struggling with weight loss. But considering I’ve spent most of my career helping people lose weight without help from a pharmaceutical […]

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Eating THIS for breakfast does WHAT? (Weight loss hack!)

Just yesterday we talked about weight-loss drugs that continuously make headlines, like Ozempic. These drugs are actually glucagon-like peptine-1 (GLP-1) agonists. Meaning they stimulate the pancreas to release insulin, which helps push sugar out of your blood and into your tissues. (That’s why they’re prescribed for Type 2 diabetes.) Plus, by mimicking GLP-1—a hormone your […]

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“Weighing” in on a cultural phenomenon (Ozempic)

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a drug take over the world—or at least the U.S.—as quickly as Ozempic. (Or “vitamin O,” as I like to call it.) It’s truly a cultural phenomenon… Perhaps even bigger than Taylor Swift! (Though, your grandchildren might think otherwise.) Now, before I dive into today’s discussion on Ozempic, keep […]

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Botanical extract enhances cognitive recovery in stroke patients

I just love when an oldie-but-goodie gets some attention. Case in point: A tried-and-true staple for microcirculation and memory is making headlines once again… This time, for cognitive recovery in acute ischemic stroke patients. Statistically significant enhancements I’m talking about ginkgo biloba. It’s a botanical extract made from the dried leaves and seeds of the […]

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Sick and miserable? Here’s why

This past cold/flu season was a rough one for my patients. It seemed they would catch a virus… and then take ages to recover. I’ve seen this happen plenty, even before the pandemic. And in retrospect, I wonder if I was seeing COVID cases before we knew what it was. Now, four years later—I know, […]

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Atrial fibrillation is killing younger patients?

Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is a serious condition. It causes your heart to beat faster (or in an irregular pattern)—and raises your risk of heart attack and stroke. Similar to other health conditions, your A-fib risk increases as you age. But now, recent research suggests this condition is impacting those under 65 at an alarming rate… […]

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It’s KIDNEY STONE season? [Must-read]

It’s no secret that kidney stones can have big health implications. Not to mention, they hurt. (Many compare the pain of passing one to the pain of childbirth.) In fact, if you ever pass one, I guarantee you won’t forget the agony. Of course, roughly one in 10 people will suffer from kidney stones in […]

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Can loneliness predict health and longevity?

Are you lonely? Do you feel isolated? If so, you aren’t alone. And the sad reality is, these feelings don’t just make our hearts ache… They threaten our very health and longevity. Let me explain… Dire health implications Feeling lonely has become a worldwide epidemic. In fact, the U.S. surgeon general now claims loneliness is […]

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Chemical soup threatens healthy pregnancies? [BEWARE]

It’s finally happening… More studies are coming out alerting us about just how toxic all of the chemicals are in our surrounding environment. (Not that the threat will go away anytime soon. That will likely take decades. But still, knowledge is power.) And the latest gut punch is particularly concerning for women in their childbearing […]

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Sleep apnea’s impact on your brain

It wasn’t long ago that we talked about sleep apnea. It’s one of those conditions that often flies under the radar. Or, at the very least, gets left untreated for far too long—since conventional treatment isn’t well-tolerated. Well, as a reader of mine, you know that sleep is one of the cornerstones to good health. […]

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New sweetener on the block RUINS health?

There’s no doubt, Americans are addicted to sugar. And in our collective quest to ditch the white stuff, many give in to the marketing gimmicks of artificial sweeteners. Of course, I’ve reported before how this is a risky move… These options are linked to weight gain, cardiometabolic disease, and more. And yet, new versions of […]

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The greatest medical mistake ever?

When was the last time your primary physician—or any of your doctors, for that matter—recommended you start taking a multivitamin? Have they ever? Let’s look at why that simple omission could be the greatest medical mistake of all… Repeated brain-boosting potential New data from the Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamins Outcomes Study (COSMOS) further confirms that […]

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How to maintain a healthy metabolism as you age

Have others rolled their eyes at you and inelegantly blamed you for being overweight? Have you ever said, “I think have a slow metabolism?” Only to receive more eye rolling? Well, guess what? You were right—and they were wrong. Let me explain… Understanding your energy expenditure It’s true that metabolism can be blamed for weight […]

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Ward off depression with THIS dietary secret (Yum!)

Americans are suffering from depression more than ever before. And of course, the long, dark days of winter—followed by the dreary, rainy days of spring—can impact most anyone’s mood. If you or a loved one find need additional help battling your mood disorder, try adding THIS dietary secret to your weekly menu. After all, research […]

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Gluttony is a sin—and it STEALS lives

Here in America, we live in abundance… More abundance than the world has ever seen. Yet, what do we choose to do with it? Become gluttons! And it’s actually costing us our LIVES… Something is amiss Last I checked, gluttony was one of the seven deadly sins. But some of us revel in it. And […]

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Missed diagnosis could lead to cognitive decline (and MORE)?

Many patients come to me with mysterious symptoms that are otherwise shrugged off by conventional docs. Because if something isn’t black and white… the mainstream medical community typically doesn’t want to deal with it. That’s especially true when it comes to one medical condition in particular. As a result, it is grossly under-diagnosed. Let’s talk […]

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Big Food is killing us slowly? (Don’t indulge)

Our food supply is horrible. And it seems to get worse with each passing year. After all, the powers-that-be are greedy. Who cares if their plans destroy our health and, in turn, our lives—as long as they have a steady paycheck… right? While there’s nothing more satisfying to me than informing you about these dangerous […]

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Stop peeling your apples and carrots

Have you ever prepared lunch for your grandkids by cutting off the crust of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich…? And peeling off the skin of an apple or cucumber? If so, let’s talk about the nutrients that are, quite literally, landing in the trash. Eat the skin It’s no secret many folks offer their […]

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If age is just a number… is 65 the sweet spot?

Guess what? Yet another 90+-year-old patient recently came to see me at my clinic… A man who also takes care of himself completely, lives independently, and yes, takes hormone replacement therapy (HRT). (As you may recall from Tuesday’s discussion, HRT may be a key to longevity.) Of course, folks just don’t stumble into healthy aging… […]

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My ultimate guide to longevity

I recently had a pretty remarkable work week. I saw six patients in their mid-90s. And get this… They all arrived to my office independently. (Sure, two of them had walkers. But only to help safely navigate the hustle and bustle of the main streets of New York City. You don’t want to get knocked […]

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Achy joints? Get up and MOVE (Really!)

If you’re a regular reader, then you know that exercise is important to most aspects of our health. But what I often fail to recognize is this… For those with painful joints (arthritis), exercise may be the last thing you want to do. Here’s why skipping out on movement is a BIG mistake… Reduce pain, […]

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A fan-favorite way to cook veggies (it’s easy!)

Remember yesterday we talked about switching to a healthy, whole foods diet? And upping your vegetable intake as a way to prevent kidney stones? I have some good news… For those of you still finding their way around the kitchen—and who crave simplicity—let me share a downright easy way to prepare most any type of […]

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This common mistake causes kidney stones?

Think about the most painful experience you’ve ever had… Was it stubbing a toe? Cutting your finger? Childbirth? Surgery? Or—perhaps it was passing a kidney stone. Indeed, for those who have passed one, I guarantee you’ll never forget it. And since roughly 1 in 10 people will suffer from kidney stones in their lifetime, let’s […]

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To “O” or not to “O”?

To “O” or not to “O,” that is the question. At least, that’s the question most of my patients are contemplating these days. And I’m not talking about the Big O—rather, Ozempic. It’s a newer drug originally designed for diabetics. But it has a side effect that people just can’t seem to get enough of… […]

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Survey says: Your favorite snack is “dirty”

I’m always telling you to follow a healthy, balanced diet. And as the temperatures continue to rise, many of us crave fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies. That’s great news for our nutrition… As long as you opt for organic varieties. Because survey says a shocking 75 percent of conventional produce is tainted with… (Can you […]

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Cracking the code on healthy aging

A lot of things come to mind when someone talks about healthy aging. For many of us, it simply means we want to feel as healthy as possible—for as long as possible. So, I think it’s normal that we discuss topics like warding off dementia, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. But today, I want to focus […]

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