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  • Make Tonight Pasta Night!

    There’s never been a better time to switch to whole grains. You can pick from several brands of whole grain or whole grain–blend pastas. You can even find whole wheat lasagna noodles in some supermarkets. If you’re just starting to venture into whole grain pasta, start with Barilla Plus—it looks and tastes the most like white pasta—and graduate to the 100% whole grain brands when you are ready.

  • The New Surgeon General Is Overweight

    President Obama’s pick for the new surgeon general, Regina Benjamin, MD, is generating some controversy. She appears overweight.

    Surgeon General Regina BenjaminHere at My Family Doctor we have a little argument going on whether this should matter.

  • Make Your Own Frozen Entrees

    For a little bit of food and a whole lot of packaging, frozen entrees can run you anywhere from $3 to $5 apiece. But you can make your own frozen meals by using microwave containers that are about the size and shape of typical frozen entrees. This is a big health bonus if you need to limit your sodium, because most frozen dinners are loaded with sodium—some even have as much as 1,500 milligrams (enough for an entire day).

  • Weekly Health Tip: How to Stick to Your Decisions

    Have trouble making decisions and then sticking to them? Reading A User’s Guide to Therapy: What to Expect and How You Can Benefit (by Tamara L. Kaiser, PhD, MSW) might help. Here’s a quote from the book:

  • Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

    For more than 10 years, laughter has been suspected of being a helpful component to medicine for pretty much whatever ails you. Studies by Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH, a preventive care specialist at Loma Linda University, have suggested that laughter seems to increase the levels of two hormones: one that helps elevate mood (beta-endorphins), and one that helps optimize immunity (human growth hormone) and decrease three stress hormones that can be detrimental to the immune system when consistently high (cortisol, epinephrine, and dopac).

  • Common Sense Advice on Health, Happiness, and Longevity

    One of the more pleasant aspects of my professional life is to read excellent medical journals and publications. I read, skim, or speed read quite a few, mostly in my own specialty of internal medicine. (And, yes, "internal medicine" IS a specialty. I have never liked the term primary care medicine and almost never use it. I consider it to be a meaningless nonmedical term of economic convenience for those who do not know the essence of medicine.)

  • My Two Cents on Condiments

    ’Tis the season to be barbecuing, so it seems timely to talk about condiments.

    You know what I’m going to say, right? That the creamy dressings and spreads based on mayonnaise tend to be the most caloric and highest in fat grams. I’m talking about condiments like mayonnaise, tartar sauce, and “special sauce.”

    Sauces and spreads based on cream or sour cream, such as ranch sauce, are next in line. If mayo is a must, consider switching to light mayonnaise, which still adds 35 calories, 3.5 grams fat, and 0.5 g saturated fat per tablespoon.

  • What Is Polypharmacy?

    Polypharmacy simply means too many prescription drugs. It is a legitimate diagnosis, and it is itself a disease state—one that physicians should more frequently assess and more frequently try to help their patients avoid.

    While appropriately used pharmaceutical agents are beneficial and often life saving, NONE are completely risk free. The very first fact one learns on the first day of medical school (and one of the most important concepts in all of medicine) is this: "Any medicine can cause any side effect, at any time"—even months after its discontinuation.

  • Is Obesity Really That Bad?

    Overweight and obesity are both terms for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. These terms identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems. Without going into great detail in terms of weight ranges, there are some "rules of thumb."

  • Speak the New Language of Nutrition: Discover Food Synergy!

    Do you want to catapult your health to a higher level? Yes? Then it’s time to discover the power of food synergy.
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    FOOD Synergy
    is my twenty-fifth book, and it’s the one that means the most to me. In fact, I won’t rest until I’ve done everything in my power to spread the word about this book. Why? Because it’s an exciting and revolutionary look at a new language of nutrition. It’s the absolute first book on the market to discuss the science of food synergy.

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