Is Your Family Medical History… Heroic?

March 28, 2013

There was an article in the New York Times recently about the importance of cultivating a family narrative to instill a sense of identity, control, and resilience in children. The more children know about their family story, the better equipped they are to handle stresses that would shake their foundation. Is it possible that, in […]

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Top 7 Health Reasons to Boycott the Superbowl

January 24, 2013

You’ve probably watched the Super Bowl as I have many times, faithfully, elevating the occasion to some kind of macabre family tradition. It is a spectacle of athletic agility, drama, and struggle; the pinnacle of American sporting contests. Despite the heavy onslaught of commercialism, faux halftime culture, and evident violence on the field, we suspend […]

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Organic Foods – Are They More Nutritious, Safe, or Worthy of Still Life Paintings?

November 26, 2012

I’ve been feeling a bit more skeptical of the supposed benefits of “organic” foods lately. It’s hard to imagine any greater purity as I watch this fruit in a bowl on my kitchen counter top – a sad modern still life, festooned with brand name stickers. The high grocery bills I’ve been racking up combined […]

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October 18, 2012

Dr. Andrew Weil delivered the keynote address at the 2012 American Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assembly.  I admit that I don’t know much about him or his wellness empire, but apparently Time Magazine has anointed him one of the top 25 visionaries in the world.  Here is the gist of his keynote address, as […]

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Diapers and Condoms

August 11, 2012

While picking up some diapers at the pharmacy I noticed the adjacent, ironic placement of condoms in the same aisle. I suppose as a medical professional who does his fair share of counseling about safe sex I should appreciate the not-so-subtle juxtaposition of products rimmed for pleasure and fitted for maximum absorption. Yet I couldn’t […]

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June 29, 2012

I walked past this advertisement posted at a bus stop the other day and had to pause. It announces a new medication for the treatment of HIV-related belly fat, or lipodystrophy. It is remarkable for many reasons, but perhaps most strikingly it represents the latest sign that the battle against HIV/AIDS has further matured into […]

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The Dangers of Fracking for Natural Gas

May 6, 2012

I’d like to post an email I received from a friend: Hello All, I am writing this letter to you because I am truly fearful for our country, my own children and their children. The only way that I can think of combating this fear is to try and let people know what we have been learning about […]

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Is There a Chocolate Conspiracy?

April 2, 2012

It seems that study after study has been touting the benefits of chocolate – eat more of the (delicious!) dark stuff and you might find yourself losing weight, suffering fewer or less severe heart attacks, possessing cleaner arteries, and having a lower blood pressure. Despite the theoretical explanations for chocolate’s health benefits, it is usually […]

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Pollution Inside Your Home

December 4, 2011

You may have already heard that the air inside our homes is more polluted than the air in most modern, industrial cities. As the winter months approach, and as we batten down the hatches to stay warm and cut down our heating bills, it is important to remember the potential hidden costs to our health. […]

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