Does This Bacteria Make Me Look Fat?

The microbial world within us and its link to obesity A patient I saw last week told me a story about being put on prophylactic antibiotics for recurrent bladder infections. Soon after taking this daily medicine she began to gain weight.  A lot of weight. In fact, over the next two years she gained over …

Happy Heart, Healthy Heart: The link between emotions and cardiovascular disease

Anyone who has ever felt the ache of a broken heart, or the anxious fluttering of butterflies before a promising job interview, knows that the physical heart and the emotions are intimately linked.  In the late 1950s, cardiologists Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman began studying this connection after noticing that the armrests of the chairs …

Seven Tips for a Slow Thyroid

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, a time when our attention is drawn to the delicate butterfly-shaped gland on the front of our necks that is one of the  key regulators of our body’s metabolism. The thyroid gland releases hormones that travel throughout the body and influence everything from weight loss to hair growth, digestion to …

BRCA BASICS: Understanding the Breast Cancer Gene

Last May, Angelina Jolie brought to the world’s attention the ‘breast cancer gene’ when the New York Times published her op ed, “My Medical Choice.”  This essay made public her decision to undergo prophylactic bilateral mastectomy to prevent breast cancer, following the discovery that she carries the ‘faulty’ BRCA1 genetic mutation.  Jolie’s own mother passed …

Three Key’s to a Better Brain: Balanced Diet, Breaking a Sweat, and…Bacteria??!

Almost everyone experiences some degree of changes in memory and brain function as they age.  This can range from simply misplacing keys or taking longer to recall the name of the neighbor you run into at the grocery store, to more serious types of cognitive decline such as Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.  …