I had my surgery. They put a metal box in my chest the size of a deck of cards. I was lying in the recovery room, numb. Not upset, not anxious, not thinking about what I was doing that weekend. I was just numb and alone.
Advanced illness is unfortunately an aspect of life. While our culture no longer whispers the name of serious conditions such as cancer, we far too often go silent on the subject of dealing with a disease that is likely to take the life of someone we love.
The thing to keep in mind about the USDA Pyramid is that it comes from the Department of Agriculture, the agency responsible for promoting American ag...
Urging women to adopt a healthy, humane vegan diet in order to lose weight isn't "fat shaming" any more than urging people with heart disease to eat better is "clogged-artery shaming." The use of the word "shaming" is a sham.
If it were truly clear exactly what criteria for statin use were best, there would be no controversy in the first place. There appear to be strengths and weaknesses to both sets of criteria, the old and the new.
Climate denial has rightly lead many to unilaterally embrace science as the last bastion of rational thought in an increasingly contentious world. But the question is: Whose science?
A great deal of money is being made from our nutritional confusion. Even worse, the government created these guidelines in much the same way it creates laws: by listening to lobbyists and by making compromises.
Whether we're talking about broad public health prescriptions or individual prescriptions, it's all a matter of benefit versus risk, and that requires a careful look at the evidence. Doctors and patients alike may find themselves understandably confused by changing guidelines and the uncertainty inherent in predicting the future.
The new cholesterol guidelines represent a sea change in that they no longer recommend patients shoot for a target cholesterol level. Instead, they recommend options based on an individual's risk of a heart attack or stroke.
This Thanksgiving, don't starve yourself. Don't feel deprived. Starvation isn't sustainable. Hunger isn't healthy. Instead, eat more -- but higher-quality -- holiday foods.
I hope you spend many wonderful hours with family and friends -- catching up, sharing stories and savoring your favorite dishes and beverages. I also hope you do that last part with some moderation.
Memorizing this list isn't important. It is important to know that any form of caloric sweetener harms our health and leads to weight gain. Put differently, our body does not care where sweetener calories come from.
There's some major news in the cardiovascular world that I want to make sure you've heard: Doctors just received new recommendations for the best ways to care for your heart.
What really kills us prematurely, and all too often imposes years of misery beforehand, isn't a list of chronic diseases, but the factors that cause those diseases. What really takes years from life and life from years is a willingness to know WHAT, yet neglect the opportunity to know HOW.
His landmark book Aerobics came out in 1968, and Baby Boomers quickly heeded his call to get moving. Whether they were walking, running or finding other ways to get their hearts pumping, an entire generation of Americans made exercise an important part of their daily routine.
As we wait for the research to unfold, clearly more dollars need to be allocated to the world of Alzheimer's. In the meantime, we can say one thing with confidence: Watch what you eat very carefully, for the sake of your heart as well as your brain.