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Become More Active and Have Less Pain!

A 79 year old retired truck driver and grandfather complained of back pain, difficulty walking, lifting, and carrying.  In former years he was active with various jobs and hobbies that required physical strength and endurance.  He told me he had been strong and fit his whole life. How would you rather use a cane? Like this? At the […]

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Common Sense Perspectives on Testosterone

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, testosterone has had a tumultuous past couple of months. In addition to Dr. Abraham Morgentaler’s commentary (he’s the nation’s top testosterone researcher in this author’s opinion), here are a few other excellent contributions worth reading: Dr. Jennifer Landa’s article in the Huffington Post Dr. Pamela Smith’s essay, complete […]

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Is it True? Testosterone Causes Heart Attacks?

January was quite the tumultuous month for testosterone. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) came to the conclusion that testosterone replacement in men in the Veterans Affairs (VA) system led to a high rate of heart attacks and stroke.  Another study published in the PLOS One journal came to […]

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Pain Relief Items for your Gym Bag

Arnica has a place of honor in our first aid kit, right next to the Band-Aids and antibiotic ointment. Here is the story that demonstrated to me the effect of homeopathic arnica. When Matthew was four years old, he had two speeds. Stop and Run. Walking was not part of his movement repertoire.  That boy […]

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Is Getting Older a Diagnosis?

Many patients are told the symptoms they experience are in response to getting older, and we need to embrace the fact that we’re just not 25 any longer. I don’t buy this answer. Yes, our bodies change as we age. We might not be able to eat what we want without weight gain, we may […]

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5 Minutes to Change Your Thinking About Health

Human health is inseparably tied to the health of the bacteria that live on our skin and inside our intestines.  Did you know that the body is residence to more bacteria than actual cells?  If you add up the four major bacterial habitats in the human body: nasal/oral, skin, gut and urogenital, these bacteria outnumber […]

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Stretching to Ease Pain and Stress

Stretching can take you from here: To here: Where would you like to be? Tension, shallow breathing, and slouching coupled with stress are a recipe for muscle and joint pain.  Muscles become tight when asked to hold an awkward position and when poor circulation deprives muscles of enough nutrients and oxygen.  Over-achieving tight muscles develop […]

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Moderation in a World of Excess

As Americans, we don’t always do a great job with moderation. we work too much, we sleep too little.  We drag ourselves through the day with coffee, sugar, energy drinks… Only to arrive home exhausted, the couch calling us. Simply stated, we’re burned out. The mandatory annual trip to the doctor to fill our prescriptions […]

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Testosterone: Not too Little, Not too Much

More men than ever before are taking testosterone replacement therapy.  According to JAMA, the number of men over the age of 40 taking testosterone for treatment of “low T” has tripled since 2001.  And for good reason: Men with low  testosterone usually experience fatigue, low sex drive, decreased muscle mass and low mood.  The benefits of […]

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A Case for a Low FODMAP Diet

Does it seem like your digestive symptoms are controlling your life? Do you hesitate to participate in your normal activities because you’re embarrassed, uncomfortable, or in too much pain? Have you been diagnosed with IBS? Tried eliminating any (or all) of the common food allergens, with little or no improvement in symptoms? For Jane, a […]

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