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Dr Glenn Braunstein

Don't Let Food Safety Reform Go Down the Disposal

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

While many worthy policies and programs need funding, it's hard to think of any more universally necessary than protecting our nation's food supply. The sequestration means, however, the FDA will be forced to reduce the number of inspections it conducts.

Let's Take a Stab at the Medical Myths Surrounding Vampires

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

A considerable body of scholarly work seeks to explain what might have created the folklore of the vampire or Nosferatu -- a name that comes from the Greek nosophoros, or plague-carrier.

Does Stanford's Study on Organic Food Have You Seeing Red? Does It Mean You Could Save Some Green in Your Eating?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.08.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Except for the added cost, there isn't much of a downside to buying organic. But if you can't afford the added cost of organics, fill up your recyclable shopping bag with the freshest produce you can find and you'll be serving yourself and your family well.

Should You Get An Annual Physical?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

For those of you who get annual physicals, check out with your physician whether this is a necessary checkup. You may be pleasantly surprised that you can forego this routine ritual and see that your kids do it, instead.

Want to Stay Healthy? Go Ahead and Take a Vacation

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

If you want to stay healthy and well, it may surprise you that a summer break may just be what you need -- and what this doctor is recommending.

A Time-Out to Ponder If Duffers Should be Awed by Therapies Considered Game-Changers by Elite Athletes

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 09.05.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

When the finely honed bodies of elite athletes break down, these players' compulsion to get back in the game sometimes can lead them to embrace medical procedures that eventually may benefit the duffers among us and more.

For Independence Day and the Summer Holiday, Take Along Some Great Reading on Health, Medicine and Science

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

As you declare your independence this week and we splash the skies with patriotic fireworks and stirring music, don't forget to stash some great summer reads in your tote for that annual retreat to the mountains or shore.

Baby Boomers: Bone Up on Treatments for Arthritic Hips and Knees

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

It seems like only yesterday you were bounding across the tennis court with the finesse of a Williams sister. Now your hips and knees ache just getting out of bed in the morning. Well, you're not alone.

Home Values May Depend on "Location, Location, Location" and So Does Your Health

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Within the borders of the United States, precisely where you live has a lot to do with your health, your health care and what it costs.

Drilling Down on Body Piercing Health Issues

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

While I offer no moral nor aesthetic judgment to would-be piercers, they should just be aware that today's trendy practices change in a blink. And while most piercings will close over time, there are medical risks.

Manopause: There's Gold for Some in Those Unneeded Hormone Pills, Shots

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The anti-aging industry has gone wild diagnosing men with nonspecific and virtually ubiquitous symptoms with dubious hormonal deficiencies, which they then proceed to treat at great expense.

For Baby's Sake, Women Considering Home Birth Must Plan and Heed Health, Safety Issues

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

If you're a trend-watcher, there's an intriguing statistical uptick that's worth a second glance and it involves women, their health and where they're giving birth.

Are You Sitting Down? That Inactivity May Impair Your Health

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.30.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

A growing body of scientific study, "inactivity research," shows that prolonged sitting can lead to serious health problems, regardless of whether you exercise and are at fighting weight.

Be Smart on Statins: Heart Health Can't Rely on Just Cholesterol-Cutting Drugs

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Before we start indiscriminately dumping statins into the water supply as an easy way to reduce cardiovascular disease, we must individually -- patient by patient -- examine the tradeoffs.

To Improve U.S. Health Care, Heed MD-Specialists' Suggestions to Reduce Excess Tests

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The goal of quality patient care is and always should be the same: Health care professionals should do the right thing for the right patient in the right setting with the right resources.

Let's Immunize Boys Against HPV and Educate Them About Sexual Responsibility at the Same Time

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

So what does the research tell us? We need to talk to both young women and men, not once but early and often about sexual health and responsibility.

The Asthma Epidemic

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The movement of what was once a relatively inconspicuous disease to an epidemic of significant public health concern remains both worrisome and mysterious.

With Yoga, Tai-Chi, Balance Expectations, Expand Your Calm, Flexibility

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Combining movement with meditative practices can help protect your good health -- but let common sense control expectations.

Why Won't Jane and Johnny Eat Healthier at School?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Now that the federal government has sought to get schools across the country to make healthier lunches, there's another tough question for us all: Will kids eat them?

Don't Get Punch Drunk Over Extreme Health Claims for Juices, Juicing

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

To hear their advocates, liquefied fruits, veggies and herbs offer an amazing elixir to lose weight, boost the body's immunity, prevent cancer, and cleanse the liver and colon -- and more. Be careful if you buy all these claims.

It's Never Too Soon: Make Your Final Wishes Known

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

There is a spectrum in the process of dying. It ranges from unbearable suffering for patients and their families to a reasonable quality of life in which symptoms are controlled until the end. Either way, survivors are left to grieve.

Shame on Us: Intolerable Inequality in U.S. Infant Mortality

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Even as it leads the planet in medical and scientific accomplishments, the United States also has some downright shameful disparities in its health care, and one of the worst is in the area of infant mortality.

For Health's Sake, Share and Enjoy Lots of Lovin', on Valentine's Day and Year Round

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In the human health equation, love in all its varieties rains down benefits for us. So let's take this day to celebrate the joy, pleasure and positive psychology that love from all sources brings to our mental and physical health.

What's Behind Our National Drug Shortages?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

It's easy to understand why millions of patients with cancer, infections, heart disease, central nervous system conditions and pain get riled up when they learn there are shortages of drugs for what ails them.

On the Slopes, Take Smart Steps to Prevent Ski Knees, Skier's Thumb, Serious Head Injuries

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

As snow sport enthusiasts invade ski resorts this winter, two to three in every 1,000 ski visits and nearly seven snowboard visits will result in an injury. Fortunately, most ski and snowboarding injuries are not serious or life threatening.