April 20, 2016
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The Integrative Healthcare Symposium

I have been attending a large gathering of integrative medicine professionals for the past two years. Each time, I’ve come away from this conference with feelings of excitement, wonder and HOPE.

There is hope for the future of medicine where we can get to the core issues that promote not only disease but also wellness.  I’m going to share with you some highlights.

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January 27, 2016
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The Kind of Physician I Want To Be

Lately, I have been fascinated by a type of medicine called “functional medicine” and I follow a podcast called “Functional Forum” hosted by James Maskell.

This field of medicine is also known as “root cause resolution medicine” and it entails physicians exploring the mechanisms that cause conditions rather than treating signs like high blood pressure. Continue Reading →

January 1, 2016
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Patient Empowerment

True caring should involve not just the transactional handing over of a prescription, but it should also engage the person inside the patient by looking within them to intuitively discern what must be done.

Quiet Desperation

I have discovered that you can learn lot about people by observing them when they are discussing their health. For example in my office I often see patients going over their long list of medications with an expression of “quiet desperation” on their faces.  Continue Reading →

December 30, 2015
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Top 3 Negative Calorie Weight Loss Foods

Negative calorie foods are those which provide the body with less calories than it uses to digest and eliminate them. Consequently, they are great additions to any weight loss diet since they can be consumed in large amounts without causing weight gain from fat storage.


Celery is one of the best negative calorie foods because a cup of around 120 grams contains a mere 20 calories. These minimal calories are due to the fact that a celery stick is basically 75% water which has zero calories. The remaining 25% is fiber which makes a person feel full for longer and thus reduce their general caloric intake.

Celery in addition to being a negative calorie food is not a negative nutrient food since a single cup provides more than 30% of vitamin K intake. It also contains the vitamins C, A and the B complex vitamins. Celery also contains minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium.

To increase your intake of celery, you can snack on the plain sticks on their own or season them weight loss spices like ginger and cayenne pepper. You can also mix these spices with low fat yogurt to make spicy dip for the celery sticks.

Juicing celery is another way of consuming this negative calorie vegetable. For instance you can make a healthy green juice by blending a cup of celery sticks with a cup of shredded cabbage (20 calories) and an orange (60 calories) or an apple (100 calories).


Lettuce is another negative calorie food since 1 cup of iceberg lettuce contains a mere 8 calories. This means you can eat as much lettuce as you want and never increase your body fat stores since it is basically made up of 50% water and 50% fiber.

To increase your intake of lettuce, use them to prepare salads for lunch and dinner. As you do so, mix the with other low calorie foods to make filling salads that will not add an ounce of fat to your body composition.

For example you can add two or three tomatoes to each cup of lettuce since each contains 20 calories and tons of healthy nutrients like vitamins A, C and cancer preventing lycopene. You can also add onion rings for their flavor since a quarter cup contains around 15 calories.

Green, leafy vegetables like kale are other nutrient-rich and calorie-poor vegetables that you can add to your salads since they are packed with antioxidants, anticancer phytonutrients and vitamins A and K.

However, ensure that you do not add salad dressings which usually contain lots of calories because of the oils used to prepare them. Some also contain the taste enhancer MSG (monosodium glutamate) which has been linked to obesity.


Watermelons are among the sweetest low calorie foods since a cup of this diced fruit contains around 50 calories. Their very low calorie content is also attributed to their very high water content.

These red fruits have also been proven to increase the metabolism and help the body burn more calories. In addition, they are very good sources of vitamins and minerals.

To increase your intake, cut your watermelon into cubes and enjoy it all by itself. You can also mix it with other low calorie fruits to make a weight loss fruit salad. For example you can add a cup of strawberries a cup of papaya which both contain 50 calories each.

You can even juice your cup of watermelon cubes and flavor it with some lemon juice since an entire lemon contains just 17 calories and tons of vitamin C.

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December 23, 2015
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Top 3 Ways to Boost Metabolism for Weight Loss

Metabolism is the process by which the body breaks down food to create the energy it needs to keep the heart beating, the muscles contracting, the nerves relaying information and all the other numerous activities going on inside the body at any one time.

A person with a faster metabolic rate tends to burn more calories and thus lose weight faster than one with a more sluggish rate. Though the rate of metabolism is largely determined by genetics, there are several things that you can do to increase yours naturally. Continue Reading →

December 18, 2015
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Top 3 Weight Loss Essential Oils

It is a well-known fact that scent affects appetite. Bakeries exploit this fact and waft the scent of freshly baked bread and pies to stimulate the appetites of shoppers and entice them to buy their pastries.

Though most aromas from foods stimulate the appetite, a few suppress it and these can be used as adjuncts to a holistic weight loss program.

Peppermint Essential Oil

The scent of peppermint essential oil is one such aroma since it was found to be potent enough to control the appetite and aid weight loss by the Smell and Taste Treatment Research Institute of Chicago. Continue Reading →

December 4, 2015
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Genomics part 2

In the last post I described how some genomes contain errors known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) which encode for a single alteration in the base pair and cause structural errors in proteins. There are some SNPs which have been studied well and are used in common testing panels and I will discuss some of them in this article. Continue Reading →

December 9, 2015
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Top 3 Weight Loss Tips for Stressful Events

When a person encounters a stressful situation, their immediate stress response is associated with a temporary loss of appetite as their body releases adrenaline which prepares it to fight or flee from the stressor.

However, as the stress becomes chronic many people notice that their appetite increases significantly leading to weight gain. This is attributed to the stress hormone cortisol which instructs the body to replenish the energy stores that it used to prepare itself to fight or flee from the stressor. Continue Reading →