It’s BBQ season, so I’ll be posting some great healthy side dishes to go along with whatever you might be tossing on the grill. This wheatberry salad is one of my favorites. Wheatberries resemble barley or brown rice; they are whole, unprocessed wheat kernels – a true whole grain! All the nutrients are intact, so…

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Well, not ticks, but ‘tics’ – or diverticuli. What are tics, anyway? This is a question that I am often asked following a colonoscopy when they are commonly found. Diverticuli are basically a pouch or sac off the colon wall created by herniation of the inner lining of the colon. They pop out through a…

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1.  More patients will die from pancreatic cancer than from breast or prostate or lung cancer.  My mother in law Dr. Cathy Wilfert was a medical student at Harvard University in the 1960s and she told me the students in her class heard about pancreatic cancer but never personally witnessed a case.  Now, it seems…

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Perhaps you think of pool exercise as being only for skilled swimmers or for those needing rehab for a joint. Well, think again! Swimmer or not, water is a great medium for athletes to cross-train, those with joint or weight-bearing issues to exercise, and for everyone to have a fun time. As someone who spends…

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We started our medical mission in Myanmar at Sao Sun Tun Hospital, a 500-bed government run facility in Taunggyi, located 15-hour bus ride from Yangon. Dr. Po Po No, a young physician in training was assigned as my interpreter. In attempt to learn a few words, I asked Dr. Po to tell me the Burmese…

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1.  Type 2 Diabetes:  Two Meals or Six Meals? As a type 2 diabetic, haven’t your physicians often advised you to eat multiple small meals instead of 3 big meals to better regulate your sugar level?  That has been how I counsel my diabetic patients.  Well, you might have heard of a recent study from…

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I’m prompted to write this having seen a new case of shingles each week for the past month – not too surprising with 1 million cases occurring yearly in the US. Since we have treatment that works better the sooner the patient seeks care, it’s important for people to recognize it. The varicella zoster virus causes chickenpox…

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Much controversy surrounds the concept of a possible male menopause.  Dr. Kristen Gill Hairston, an associate professor in endocrinology from Wake Forest School of Medicine gave an excellent summary of the symptoms of low testosterone, medical evaluation and possible treatments at the ACP (American College of Physicians) annual meeting.  She cautions that only patients who…

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