Bad News for Good Cholesterol

More confirmation that man-made logic can’t predict nature: The recent report that niacin failed to prevent vascular disasters when added to statins was yet another disappointment of drug induced attempts to boost HDL. There was good reason to expect that… Read More

You Don’t Have to Wear Your Genes

“If it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen.” I’ve heard that more times than I can recall from patients with a family history of heart disease. But, as Gershwin wrote, it ain’t necessarily so-not by a long shot! A recent study… Read More

Reflections from an Integrative Medicine Panel

I recently had the pleasure of moderating a panel on integrative medicine that included Drs. Andrew Weil, Victoria Maizes, and Adi Haramati. This panel was a “dream team” of integrative medicine, as it included the founder of the  integrative medicine… Read More

Lifestyle Changes Improve Results After Ablation Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation

Integrative cardiology at it’s finest: lifestyle + ablation for atrial fibrillation: Atrial fibrillation is a rapid, irregular heart beat that affects a rapidly growing number of adults-and can be quite challenging to treat. Medication is usually tried first, but recurrences… Read More

How Far Will 10,000 Steps Get You?

The goal of 10,000 steps/day, although developed arbitrarily decades ago, now has some solid scientific support. Powerful Motivator Research shows that setting a goal of 10,000 steps/day is more motivating-and leads to a greater boost in activity-than setting other types… Read More

“Patients Don’t Really Want to Make Lifestyle Changes”

Fact or self-fulfilling prophecy? I present to you a beautiful tale of possibilities…starring the power of prevention. New Bedford, a city steeped in whaling history, is located on the south coast of Massachusetts. And, according to a 2014 study, it… Read More

Diabetes Vaccine

A friend of mine called in distress. He was just told by his primary care doctor that his blood sugar was close to the diabetic range. He was advised to recheck his blood sugar check in 6 months, at which… Read More

What Is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine means different things to different people. Always a mix of conventional medicine and “complementary” approaches. But depending on who you ask, the mix varies considerably, as do the modalities. So what really defines integrative medicine? In my view, … Read More