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Eating patterns

Weighty Matters

We’ve got a heavy topic this week, folks: obesity in America and our quest for the perfect, quick fix. The latest guidelines from the FDA (supported by comprehensive scientific review of fad diets) state that any diet that limits daily intake to 1500 calories or less will

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Go Nuts!

In the last 6 weeks of the year, most of us are exposed to more nuts than at any other time. . .and I’m not just talking about the ones camped out by the punch bowl or in the long check-out lines at WalMart! As family gatherings

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Biting Comments

There are millions of Americans who have at least periodic jaw pain. Various names have been given to this phenomenon including: TMJ Syndrome, TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders), or I’ve just heard folks say, “I’ve got TMJ”. In any case, TMD is not just one disorder, but a group

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The Salmonella Blues

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virginia Woolf Did you know that summertime is the prime time for food poisoning? If you think about it logically, you would have surmised such already. After all, when we are trying to

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Aphthous Agony

Aphthous ulcers (aka Canker Sores) are those painful, shallow ulcers that occur periodically on the mucosal surfaces of the mouth. . .sites which include the soft palate, the inside of lips and cheeks, and the tongue. They’re painful in their own right, but just add a spicy

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The Sunshine Vitamin

The warmth and brightness of the weekend sun got me thinking about Vitamin D for this week’s Insight. What’s the relationship between this vitamin and sunlight? Why has this nutrient been added to one of our most widely consumed beverages? Let’s bone up on this subject in

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The Good Egg

Eggs have been associated with Easter for centuries. Symbolizing both fertility and new life, they have been decorated and celebrated in a variety of ways in diverse cultures. Originally, Easter eggs were painted with bright colors to celebrate the sunlight of spring. Most commonly, Easter eggs were

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Home is Where the Heartburn Is

“Never eat more than you can lift” Miss Piggy Another Thanksgiving celebration looms just around the corner. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863,though the original celebration was a three day feast in 1621. Captain Miles Standish, the leader of the Pilgrims, invited Squanto, Samoset,

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Do You C?

Ascorbic Acid, the scientific name for Vitamin C, was formally identified in lemons in 1928, but the symptoms of disease created by Vitamin C deficiency had been described for thousands of years previously. Aristotle, in 450 B.C. described a syndrome characterized by fatigue, gum inflammation, tooth decay,

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Salt and Sensibility

In 1997, an eating plan named DASH: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension was published as a scientifically proven dietary means of preventing and/or controlling hypertension. The eating pattern emphasizes fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods, whole grains, poultry, fish, and nuts consumed in a total daily consumption of

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My Philosophy

(Latin: doceō, I teach) I learned in medical school that the word, doctor, comes from the Latin word for teacher. I hold that thought closely... read more

Hinesights on Health

These are articles I wrote while in private practice in the early 2000’s. These many years later, I still have folks who ask for links, so I’ve kept them active... read more