Vital Signs

BBQ Health Risk

Grill It or Kill It

We often turn to our grills for “healthy” food in order to reduce excess fats and oils. But in recent years, there have been so many warnings about barbequed food and carcinogens, in addition to the usual hazards such as undercooked food and backyard fires.

The Fasting Diet

The Fasting Diet

Straight off the British Isles is another import. It’s not the Beatles or the Rolling Stones; it’s “the fasting diet” and it’s hot. The diet was covered recently by a BBC documentary.

It purports to help patients lose weight quickly by slashing their dietary intake on 2 non-consecutive days per week. This is not a total fast, mind you, just a serious reduction in calories on those 2 days: 600 calories for men and 500 calories for women. To sum it up, for 5 days you eat what you normally consume (don’t gorge, obviously), and on 2 days during the week, not in a row, you do a reduced-calorie fast.

Meditation

Meditation: The Power of Slowing Down

The desire to improve your health and life is a never-ending one—unless you’re a masochist. Long to-do lists are staples of the A-type personality that tend to become part of many adults’ lives. More often than not, these attempts at improvement go unresolved because people are imperfect creatures of habit. It’s important to think basically when it comes to improvement, but most important of all: you simply need to think, or rather, meditate. Meditation, a practice that is thousands of years old and was once used to try to connect with the answers of the universe, is a modern-day powerhouse. Meditation has garnered a lot of scientific interest, and research is saying there is good news, so much so that meditation should become a larger part of people’s daily routine.

Doctor Movies

Doctor Movies

From the “heavy” to the hilarious, we’ve picked a dozen movies about doctors we think you’ll enjoy. A synopsis of each film’s plot is provided, and we’ve even included a link to the movie trailer for each of them.

Let us know if you’ve seen any of the doctor movies we’re recommending and tell us what you thought about the film. We know we left some great doc flicks off this list; can you recommend other movies about doctors that you’ve enjoyed watching?

Yoga

Yoga

Yoga: it’s the word that is everywhere, the practice that is surging in popularity every year. It seems that everybody is doing it, partly because everybody is doing it. In 2001, 4 million Americans said they practiced some form of yoga, and in 2011, that number reached 20 million.

Men's Health

Superheroes? Think Again…Men’s Health

Studies and surveys indicate that more than half of the men in the United States have not seen a doctor in over a year. Men just don’t go to the doctor as often as they should. Why is getting a man to see a doctor such a problem? And how, as a health care practitioner, can you get your male patients to see the light?

Diet Nation

Diet Nation

In the United States, the diet and weight loss industry is nearly a $61 billion enterprise. In some instances, its purveyors are modern-day equivalents of traveling snake oil salesmen. For a case in point, the new Hollywood diet craze—the HCG fat-burning supplement—promises that with daily sublingual applications of a couple of drops of their product, people can burn up to 2 pounds of fat per day.

Do Eggs Impact Cholesterol

Yolk or No Yolk

Most physicians would agree that healthy eating incorporates moderation and enjoying a wide variety of foods or nutrients. Eating nutrient-rich foods, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables is a healthy choice. Portion control is essential in achieving or maintaining a healthy weight.

Mediterranean Diet 101

Mediterranean Diet 101

Have your patients ever asked you about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? If so, and you weren’t quite sure about the basics, we’d like to give you a quick explanation of the diet.

Mimicking the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the Mediterranean diet is based on the healthy eating and lifestyle habits of the people living in southern Italy, the Greek island of Crete, and other areas of Greece in the early 1960s.

Mediterranean Diet Recipe

Have your patients ever asked you about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet? If so, and you weren’t quite sure about the basics, we’d like to give you a quick explanation of the diet.Mimicking the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the Mediterranean diet is based on the healthy eating and lifestyle habits of the people living in southern Italy, the Greek island of Crete, and other areas of Greece in the early 1960s.

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