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Caffeinated coffee: a cup of contradiction

There have been rumors that caffeine in coffee can prevent diabetes. This is a pretty tall order (or should I say venti?) for roasted seeds. With diabetes rates climbing alongside America’s coffee addiction, it seems impossible. After pouring through hundreds of studies on disease risk and prevention, I found one common theme around caffeine: it’s . . . → Read More: Caffeinated coffee: a cup of contradiction

A diet to end all others

For years I’ve watched loved ones struggle with diets only to cave in to hunger, carbs, and cravings. Dieting feels like a punishment when we all associate eating with celebration, consolation, or distraction. As a result, the average person is heavier than ever before, and obesity puts us at risk for type 2 diabetes, heart . . . → Read More: A diet to end all others

Pertussis: know the vaccine, the epidemic and your rights

Like most parents who received the vaccine alert this spring, I thought my child would be ousted from school without the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine or “Tdap” booster. The letter, like many others across California, did not explain that parents have a choice in this matter. California is one of 20 states that allow vaccine . . . → Read More: Pertussis: know the vaccine, the epidemic and your rights

Words of love

Love sounds like a subject far too trite for this blog, but lately my encounters with the elusive eros are worth noting. I am fascinated with how feelings of love correlate with my physical and emotional vitality. Love is always a driving force in health, and understanding how it affects the body can take us . . . → Read More: Words of love

Dissecting tennis elbow

OK, tennis elbow is driving me crazy. Three months now of periodic pain and swelling. Three weeks without a match and I’m losing it – playing air guitar with the vacuum cleaner and testing the limits of milk chocolate raisin consumption. While there is some relief in having a condition that my friends and relatives . . . → Read More: Dissecting tennis elbow

Radiation protection from nutrition & herbs

The radiation scare in Japan has created quite a stir around the disaster-prone communities here in California. Some of my friends are asking about potassium iodide tablets and yes, I have always had a secret stash in the closet (from Anbex). We live a half-hour away from a nuclear power plant, and I like to . . . → Read More: Radiation protection from nutrition & herbs

Calcification – the bones of disease?

Pain is a language we barely understand. Aches and pains affect our vitality, daily decisions, and outlook on life. We brush them off as old age, stubborn strains or inherited arthritis. Our medicine cabinets feature a smorgasbord of creams and ointments that promise relief, albeit temporary. To reduce or prevent pain in the first place, . . . → Read More: Calcification – the bones of disease?

Bite into biometeorology

While visiting the public library yesterday, I dodged an assortment of community health flora – lingering coughs, limb injuries, and severe fatigue. I fit right in, nursing my worst bout of arthritis and tennis elbow ever. These all seem like unrelated conditions, but are they?

Every year the fall and winter months uncoil a . . . → Read More: Bite into biometeorology

The mysterious [don’t] panic attack

I am embarrassed to admit that I occasionally suffer from panic attacks – another complex, improperly-named collision of biochemical mysteries. Yesterday it was in the movie theater, where half of my attacks have occurred. The movies have not been consistent in theme, and I am not agoraphobic. The familiar feeling of terror gripped me . . . → Read More: The mysterious [don’t] panic attack

Not so sweet cherry angiomas

Living in Orange County, it’s standard procedure to study your skin for blemishes to avoid skin cancer as much as the scrutiny of the local ladies at the market. During my daily scan yesterday, I discovered not one but TWO red freckles on my forehead. As the world’s most obsessive health research nut, I rushed . . . → Read More: Not so sweet cherry angiomas