Five Steps to Intelligent Gluten-Free Eating

The last several years we’ve been bombarded with gluten-free products, touting claims for better health to weight loss to lowering risk of disease. What is the truth in these claims?  Is it just another fad? And if you decide to be gluten-free how do you do it in a way that truly honors your health? […]

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What the Health?

After multiple patients and colleagues asked me to weigh in on the new documentary “What the Health?” I felt compelled to watch and give a review. Knowing it was pro-vegan I was reluctant but thought I would do so with an open mind. Filmmaker Kip Anderson goes though the evils of meat and dairy quoting […]

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News from the American Diabetes Association 77th Sessions:  The Link between Diabetes, Heart and Liver disease, Alzheimer’s and Cancer

Going to a conference with 17,000 people is not exactly my cup of tea but conferences are imperative to staying up to date with research so down to San Diego I went. I won’t bore you with all the research technicalities but rather give you the bottom line which is more interesting that you may […]

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What’s the 411 on Sugar versus Fat?

How many times have you ordered a salad without olive oil or dressed your greens WITH fat-free dressing thinking you were making the healthier choice? Do you opt for that low-fat yogurt instead of the full-fat version? For many years dietary fat has been considered the villain of all food groups. Just muttering the word […]

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Change your Metabolism: Balancing Gut Hormones, Food Timing, and Sleep

Venturing to Vancouver and attending the International Congress on Obesity I had no idea what the research would indicate. Would it be the same old messages of “calories in equals out,” “just move more,” “and “cut down on fat intake.” It turns out this conference gave great detail to the complexity of obesity, weight challenges […]

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The Beta-Cell Bank: The False Sense of a “Normal Glucose”

You go for your annual physical because you care about your health. After a week or so your doctor calls you and assures you all is normal and there is nothing to worry about…or is there? It is not unusual that I see a fasting glucose level on a new client’s blood work in the […]

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Surprising Supplements to Manage Diabetes

As a young child it was very common to see loved ones on both sides of my family pricking their fingers, taking insulin, and watching their carbohydrate and sugar intake. Since diabetes is very prevalent in my family, it naturally sparked my interest of ways I would not become another family statistic. Now that I […]

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Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper?

Growing up I would hear my grandmother Josefina’s voice stating this slogan: eat breakfast like king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. I didn’t think much about it till I started learning more about nutrition. Was this slogan simply another dieting myth or an anecdote that gets passed on through generations? As […]

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Children with Type II Diabetes?

Diabetes is on the rise, especially in children and adolescents. How can this be? Diabetes is a complicated medical issue but stems from one common thread: carbohydrate intolerance or insulin resistance. It could have started in the womb when a Mother consumed more carb than her body could handle during pregnancy or when the beta-cells […]

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Changing Health in the Middle East One Step at a Time

Almost 10 years ago I moved to the US from a small Arab country on the Persian Gulf called Kuwait. With a population of roughly 3.4 million, Los Angeles would be a much bigger region than my whole country. Growing up in Kuwait I lived a sheltered, privileged life mainly around Kuwaitis, not knowing much […]

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