Monthly Archives: June 2009

Doctors Fail to Inform Patients of Abnormal Test Results

A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine looked at how physicians manage test results, including how often physicians failed to inform patients of negative results.  Most of us have been there at one point or another.  The doctor orders routine (or non-routine) tests and says, “If we don’t contact you, then that means the results were negative.”…

Weight Loss Drug Alli May Cause Liver Damage

Many of you have probably heard about the over-the-counter weight loss drug Alli.  It is a less potent version of orlistat, which is a pharmaceutical drug used for weight loss.  The way that it works is that it binds to a fat enzyme in the digestive tract, so that about one quarter of fat from the diet is not digested. …

The Candida Connection

Proving the Link between Yeast Overgrowth Prevention and Optimal Health In 1983 internist and allergy specialist Dr. C. Orian Truss compiled years of clinical research into what may be the most revealing analysis ever written about the health hazards of candida overgrowth. His research gave us a detailed look at the connection between chronic candidiasis (the long-term proliferation in the…

March of Dimes Recommends DHA Supplementation

The March of Dimes is a not-for-profit organization whose mission it is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.  Through research, community services, education and advocacy, they strive to carry out this mission.  March of Dimes might be best known for their recommendations that women of childbearing age to take 400 mcg…

Protect Your Family with Probiotics and Enzymes

If you are in the United States and you eat anything at all purchased from a supermarket you are most likely aware of current food scares.  These scares involve food contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella.  We have had many in the past year involving foods such as ground beef, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, peanuts, pistachios and white…

The Gut-Brain Connection

My assistant recently returned from the latest Institute for Functional Medicine conference in southern Florida. For those not familiar with Functional Medicine it is a personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease. In other words, they teach Medical Doctors as well as all other specialties how to evaluate a person…