Learn About Arthritis

I see osteoarthritis in almost every patient over the age of 40. “Doc my knees are killing me,” says the patient with a BMI over 30. “I screwed up my hips by playing so much basketball over the years,” says the patient with poor posture and a BMI of 25. There are three main contributing factors of osteoarthritis: -OBESITY -OVERUSE … Read More

What It’s Like to Start Fasting

“Why do you fast? You are nuts!” “OMG! I could never fast. I would pass out” “Why are you on a starvation diet?” These are the many questions friends, family, patients, and colleagues as me when I started fast about 2 years ago. When I hear the remarks, I often chuckle to myself thinking “if only they knew the reason … Read More

What You Should Know About Colon Cancer

What is colon cancer? The colon, also called the large intestine, is a long tube that carries digested food from the small intestine to the anus. Colon cancer is an abnormal growth that can begin anywhere in the colon. It can spread to other parts of the body and lead to death. Colon cancer is common in both men and … Read More

What is coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Coronary artery disease also is called CAD or coronary heart disease. It occurs when the blood vessels (coronary arteries) that carry blood to your heart harden. The thickening looks like a fatty substance. It is called plaque. As it builds up inside the walls of the arteries, it blocks blood flow to your heart. That blockage could cause angina (squeezing … Read More

HPV Vaccine and Cervical Cancer Screening

What causes cervical cancer? The cervix, or opening of the womb, is located deep in the vagina. Cancer of the cervix is caused by a common sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (PAP-uh-LO-ma-vi-rus), or HPV. Most HPV infections do not cause symptoms and go away in a few years without treatment. But in some people, HPV infection can eventually lead … Read More

How to Cope with Holidays

Remember when you were a child and couldn’t wait for the holidays? As a busy parent, you probably still can’t wait for the holidays — to be over, that is. But despite your busy schedule, you can still get organized and enjoy the holidays more. The following tips will be more effective if you do one thing first: Imagine your … Read More

Screening and Diagnosis of Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common diagnoses made by family physicians. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to blindness, limb amputation, kidney failure, and vascular and heart disease. Screening patients before signs and symptoms develop leads to earlier diagnosis and treatment, but may not reduce rates of end-organ damage. Type 2 Diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. What … Read More

All You Need to Know About Cancer Screening

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Anyone can develop cancer, but the risk of most types of cancer increases with age, and some individuals have higher or lower risk due to differences in exposure to carcinogens (such as from smoking) and as a result of genetic factors. Cancer screening is very important and should … Read More

Smartphones and Mental Health

While a smartphone, tablet, or computer can be a hugely productive tool, compulsive use of these devices can interfere with work, school, and relationships. When you spend more time on social media or playing games than you do interacting with real people, or you can’t stop yourself from repeatedly checking texts, emails, or apps—even when it has negative consequences in … Read More

Common Health Problems With Children

Childhood Obesity Obesity is on the rise in our children. Your pediatrician should including obesity screening as part of the physical exam. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that children six years and older be screened for obesity (defined as an age- and gender-specific BMI at or above the 95th percentile) Children who are obese should be … Read More