8 Reasons your Child Should Play Board Games

8 Reasons Your Child Should Play Board Games!

I grew up loving board games. It was a natural relationship, one strengthened by my being an only child. To this day, I love them. Do I pass my love for board games on to my kids? Absolutely. Board Game Benefits Board games are fun, first and foremost. My words are always met with pleasure when the words, […]

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Is Thyroid Function Affected by Food?

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For many years now, a theory has been circulating that links certain foods with low thyroid hormone levels. I’ve been asked about this link on several occasions by patients on thyroid medication. The theory states that, in those with pre-existing thyroid dysfunction, certain foods cause a shift downwards in thyroid levels by being goitrogenic. What […]

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Eight Ideas for Staying Happy

The American Pursuit Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. Many of us are still trying to pursue that last bit. But what defines the achievement of happiness? Money? Love? Children? And, more importantly, can we stay happy while we’re in its pursuit? Even more, […]

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8 Ways to Limit Sugar (in Children)

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Limiting Sugar Intake Willy Wonka welcomed children into his factory and weeded them out one by one. How do we ensure we don’t raise an Augustus Gloop? Or how do we turn Willy Wonkas into Wonder Women? A lot of research this day and age focuses on the health of our young children, and, with obesity a […]

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What in the World Are Prebiotics

an image of leeks, which are a prebiotic

It’s a term that’s gradually gaining a fan base, especially with the growing trend of alternative and natural-based medicine. Though for most of us, prebiotic is a word that sounds new, it, in fact, is not. Who coined the term? The concept of prebiotics was introduced in 1995, in the Journal of Nutrition by Gibson and […]

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Coffee: Friend or Foe?

a coffee mug, seen from the top, with its delicious foam seen at the edge. Below is a review on the health benefits of coffee

The Bad I don’t usually start off with the bad, but I’d like to switch things around and end with a bang. A well caffeinated bang. As for the bad, it’s worth stating that coffee can, among other things, cause: • elevated blood pressure • • heartburn • • agitation • • development of breast cysts •  • incontinence • • insomnia • • physical […]

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Take Things With a Migraine Of Salt

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I have a unique perspective in that I not only treat patients in the office who suffer from migraines but also happen to suffer from them too. In fact, I’ve had migraines since I was 12. I still remember the first day I ever had one. It left quite an impression in my memory bank because the […]

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My Main Squeezes: The Tools in My Life

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Every profession has its tools. Now it’s true that good old fashioned history-taking can lead a clever physician to the root of an ailment. But often, along the way, we need our tools. In primary care, before I send patients out for imaging (one of the greatest tools invented), and after I use the best […]

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Should We ‘Salut’ on a Nightly Basis?

Wine Nightly- What does the medicine say?

At the turn of the century, we were already becoming aware of the positive effects of moderate alcohol use on heart disease. In the year 2000, a research article by the American Heart Association published in Circulation (read the full version here), showed that “several observational studies suggest that moderate alcohol intake reduces the risk […]

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