The Obesity Paradox and Heart Disease

Most of us think obesity is bad. We tend to associate it with negative lifestyle habits, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic disorders. The recent obesity epidemic has been highlighted by the media, health professionals and many scientists. In the general population, obesity is associated with increased mortality and risk for cardiovascular disease. Weight reduction is considered a priority for … Read more

Cancer Is Not a Disease

I read an odd article on the internet recently, suggesting that cancer is not a disease. The article is entitled “Dispelling the disease myth“. I really wouldn’t have bothered if it hadn’t been written by a colleague of mine, Dr. Thomas Lodi. He is an oncologist and runs an alternative cancer treatment center in Arizona. Among the … Read more

A Woman With High Cholesterol

Sandra is a 53 years old high school teacher. She is married and has three children. She has enjoyed good health all her life. There is no history of any serious illness. She was admitted to hospital once, when she was 13 years old and had to have an appendectomy. She smoked cigarettes for a few years, … Read more

Should I Take a Cholesterol Lowering Drug?

“Doctor, should I take a cholesterol lowering drug?” Although it sounds simple, it is one of the most difficult questions I face in my office.  “What are the risks?” “What are the side effects?” Will I have to take it for the rest of my life? Patients are often anxious to know the right answers. … Read more

The War of the Diets – Low-Carb or Low-Fat

The war of the diets - low carb or low fat

There is an ongoing war in the world of diet and nutrition. I call it the war of the diets. This war started many years ago and there just appears to be no end to it. Both sites are blaming each other for a huge number of casualties. Like in so many wars before, it is … Read more