Does Marijuana Kill Brain Cells?

by Ayotola Ogunsipe, edited by Christopher M. Cirino, DO MPH As of 2021, marijuana is currently legal in eighteen of the United States; 15 additional states have decriminalized use. It appears that the bad reputation it has garnered over the years is gradually diminishing. The renewed interest comes amid marijuana's possible benefits in chronic pain, … Continue reading Does Marijuana Kill Brain Cells?

Is Coffee Harmful to Your Health?

Is Coffee Harmful to Your Health? A Daily Apple on the Effects of Caffeine in Coffee and other foods. There's something incredibly soothing about waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. However, millions of coffee drinkers don't just take their cup of joe daily because of its aroma; it's also a delight because … Continue reading Is Coffee Harmful to Your Health?

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?

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

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?

The Keto Diet: Is it Ideal for Diabetes?

by Ayotola Ogunsipe, Edited by Christopher M. Cirino, DO MPH There are many different approaches to starting a low-carb diet. One option that has garnered significant interest over the years is the ketogenic diet (Keto). This diet is a high-fat, low-carb eating pattern that can help someone to lose weight and cut cravings. It is … Continue reading The Keto Diet: Is it Ideal for Diabetes?

An Omnivore or Herbivore Diet: Which is Better?

Welcome to the Daily Apple, a new page on Your Health Forum that addresses questions that you may be curious about and are likely to come up in clinic visits. The goal is to answer questions in a useful format to allow quick learning and application in an article about 500 words or less. Photo … Continue reading An Omnivore or Herbivore Diet: Which is Better?

Insulin: Why Going up Doesn’t Take It Down

Question: If my doctor increases my insulin, will it correct my high sugars from diabetes? A dilemma that comes up frequently in the clinic is whether to increase the dose of insulin for patients with uncontrolled diabetes In the modern information era, many people are familiar with this principle hormone for glucose metabolism. But is … Continue reading Insulin: Why Going up Doesn’t Take It Down