Editorial: Soy milk may not be the answer.

Soy milk is not an ideal replacement for milk!

If you’re allergic to dairy or lactose intolerant, you may be reaching to soy milk as a comparable alternative.  May vegans feel it is a great alternative but is it?  Generally, soy has a longer shelf life than dairy milk and some many prefer the taste, but is it nutritionally complete?  


Editorial: Just say no to wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is not a worthy addition to your diet!

Many health nuts add a shot of this sprouted grain to their diet daily with little to no idea of what it actually is. Wheatgrass is a nutrient-rich type of young grass in the wheat family.  It is created by soaking or mechanically grinding it into water.  It’s sold as a dietary supplement in tablet, capsule, powder, and liquid forms.  You can purchase high priced wheatgrass shots and if often used for juicing or added to smoothies.   As indicated before, it can be expensive and it begs to ask if it is worth the price?  


Editorial: The 10,000 steps goal is insistent with reality.

Is the 10,000 step goal effect for weight loss?

Many Americans are focused on a 10,000 step goal.  Our smartwatches and cell phones all recommend reaching this goal.  No matter whether you are new to weight loss and exercise or if you are a seasoned power walker, I am sure you too have focused on this goal. The question is whether this is based upon science or is this just some arbitrary number that means absolutely nothing weight-loss.  

Editorial: Artificial sweeteners are not all bad!

Editorial: Artificial sweeteners are not all bad!

I am a physician and I have read a lot of articles that vilify artificial sweeteners.  There are plenty of rat studies that suggest that they may be harmful to rodents.  Very few studies have shown any significant form in humans are the recommended dosage.  In fact, I would do a step further and say that there is limited evidence to suggest that nonnutritive sweeteners have any beneficial effects on metabolism, weight, and obesity-related chronic diseases. 


Editorial: Sleep medications are not the answer

Sleep medications are not without risk and will not help you with weight!

As a family physician, sleep medications are one of the common requests that I received from patients.  Sleep medications are one of the most common advertised medications that you will see online.  Sleep medications rank right behind impotence behavioral health, impotence, and dermatologic medications.   The research would have you believe the sleep medications will fix all that is wrong with your sleep, but the facts are that they are not without risk.  


Editorial: Obesity is a Disease

Obesity is a disease and not a choice.  

Fatphobia is the rampant in social media, the United States, and most of the World.  Most people believe that obesity is a personal weakness and choice.  Many fail to see the facts before them.  Obesity is a disease and we should not judge people that suffer its evil clutches.  Sure, obesity is less healthy than being slim, but people who suffer from having it does not make the choice to eat more and exercise less.  


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