The Gut-Brain Axis and Its Relationship to Health

Introduction to the Gut-Brain Axis Everything is connected. At a large scale, this is true when thinking about our planet: our choices influence our environment, which affects the plants and animals of our ecosystem. Ultimately, the systems come back to influence us once again. These same effects occur locally: the actions and kindnesses we should … Continue reading The Gut-Brain Axis and Its Relationship to Health

Musings on the Brain: Understanding Behaviors

Introduction: Life with a Brain I write an ode to the brain in this article. We live in a world where constant forces require that we must counteract or succumb. We stand against the force of gravity taking us down. We seek shelter from the wind and rain that impose their control over our movement … Continue reading Musings on the Brain: Understanding Behaviors

What are the best non-medical treatments for chronic pain?

What is an evidence-based way to address chronic musculoskeletal pain without medications? Short answer: A Multi-Pronged Approach Including Movement, Stress Management, Low Carbohydrate Diet, Optimal Weight, and Optimal Sleep Introduction: What is the Burden of Chronic Pain? We carry through life the sum-total of trauma to our brains and bodies. As we age, there is … Continue reading What are the best non-medical treatments for chronic pain?

Breast Cancer Screening: What is Recommended?

by Julian Dollente, RN and Christopher M. Cirino, DO MPH Breast cancer has become a global health issue, as it is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women worldwide. In 2020 alone, about 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer, with 680,000 deaths worldwide. 7.8 million women received this diagnosis in the past … Continue reading Breast Cancer Screening: What is Recommended?

What is the Best Diet to Lose Weight?

Choosing the best diet for you is a lot like a labyrinth; it's easy to get lost and sometimes it requires trial-and-error.

Fasting: Are There Health Benefits?

Fasting is gaining increasing attention as a potential method to optimize weight and reverse insulin resistance. Can fasting be a helpful practice on the road to optimal health? Here is a quick overview on fasting, types of fasting, and benefits. Early Studies on Mechanism of Fasting We owe much of our knowledge to what happens … Continue reading Fasting: Are There Health Benefits?

The Daily Apple: Best Tips for Good Sleep

This article on sleep was written by Daniela Dominguez, second-year medical student at Universidad Internacional del Ecuador Escuela de Medicina. We all want to wake up and feel refreshed and ready for a new day. One of the keys to a fulfilling life is a goodnight's sleep. In the past, it was common to think … Continue reading The Daily Apple: Best Tips for Good Sleep

Erectile Dysfunction: Harder to Get Hard?

There are benefits in reversing chronic disease states that lead to improved functioning in all vascular tissues - including the penis!

Menopause: Symptoms and How to Manage It

Every beginning has an end. Menopause is the moment in a woman’s life where ovulation ends. While it may be a natural biological process for a woman, it causes uncomfortable symptoms that disrupt her sleep, lower energy, and affect emotional health. Here is an overview of menopause, including the management of menopausal and perimenopausal symptoms. What … Continue reading Menopause: Symptoms and How to Manage It

What Do Elevated Liver Function Tests Mean?

Let's say your doctor saw you, and they ran a series of blood tests on you. The bloodwork came back, and your doctor informed you that you had elevated liver function tests. What does this mean? Is there any reason to be concerned about these results? Are Elevated Liver Function Tests any Cause for Concern: … Continue reading What Do Elevated Liver Function Tests Mean?

Physician Burnout: 6 Ways to Develop Resilience

The current pandemic has been a catalyst of change in many people. Health guidelines prioritized public safety over other practices, including clinic visits, social activities, worship, and school. Together we waited for the process to pass in our silos, a shared experience in time but not in space. The pandemic also put into the forefront … Continue reading Physician Burnout: 6 Ways to Develop Resilience

Sin: How Does Neuroscience Explain It?

As an open flame attracts a moth, an encounter that can end fatally, certain things in life lure us as humans. Whatever one wishes to refer to the attraction of sin, e.g. mistakes, vices or transgressions, does not change their grip on all of us. Is there something intrinsic about being a human that makes … Continue reading Sin: How Does Neuroscience Explain It?

Pandemic Burnout: How Healthcare Professionals Can Cope

Over a year ago, the Covid-19 pandemic broke out and took the entire world by surprise. Although this is not the first outbreak and it will not be the last, modern society hasn’t experienced a health crisis of this nature in decades.  Knowing nothing about Covid-19, we led ourselves to believe life could go on … Continue reading Pandemic Burnout: How Healthcare Professionals Can Cope

What You Need to Know About Skin Cancer

Besides the discomfort caused by a sunburn, there is a potential for significant immediate and long-term harm. The accumulation of damage from past burns not only accelerates wrinkling and other skin changes of aging but also increases the risk of skin cancer. The purpose of this article is to outline the three types of skin … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Skin Cancer

The Fractal Whisperer: Musings on health

What is “healthy” and would you know it if you saw it? From nature, we gather our understanding of life and how our environment affects us.  We develop insights or “laws” – of gravity, entropy and heavenly bodies, through the observations we make in the world around us.  At its essence, a law is a … Continue reading The Fractal Whisperer: Musings on health

MRSA Infections: Best Advice for Treating and Preventing Them

The article is a summary on treating MRSA and other Staph aureus skin infections and colonization. If you have had Staph aureus infections, this article is a great way to prevent further problems with this bacteria. As an infection doctor, this is one of the most common reasons that I see people. This article is packed with information. If … Continue reading MRSA Infections: Best Advice for Treating and Preventing Them

Prostate Health: Keeping the Waters Flowing

All men are at risk of having prostate problems, especially older men. These problems can range from simple inflammation to the development of cancer. About 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions and around 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. However, only 1 in 39 men will die … Continue reading Prostate Health: Keeping the Waters Flowing