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Refusing Cancer Care and the Burden of Segregated Medicine

Green Tea

I recently became board certified by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. In general, I am not big on the whole board certification process, which usually requires paying a lot of money to take a test and get…
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Booze and Health: Everything You Need to Know

Alcohol and Health

My articles here at Health Wire have recently been touching on the potential health benefits of alcohol, and specifically wine, quite a bit. I am not sure if it is my cabin fever while being stuck inside during these bitter…
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Ensure, Boost and Powersauce Bars

Powersauce Bar

In a classic Simpsons episode, Homer decides to climb the “Murderhorn,” the tallest mountain in Springfield. This occurs after homer joins a 24-hour gym (that he pronounces “gyme”) and meets Rainier Wolfcastle, the show’s equivalent of Arnold Schwarzenegger.   After…
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Aristotle, Blood Sugar, and Surviving Cancer: Does A = B = C?

Surviving Cancer

Recently, there has been another addition to the array of medical papers revealing the detrimental effect of elevated blood sugar in patients undergoing treatment for cancer. This paper showed that patients with an episode of elevated blood sugar while receiving…
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Cancer: Luck, Lifestyle or a Little of Both?

Cancer Lifestyle

A recent paper in Science has shown that over two thirds of all cancers apparently come from sheer luck, or bad luck in this instance. Drs. Vogelstein and Tomasetti from Johns Hopkins University took a large amount of data and,…
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Fasting, the Ketogenic Diet and AMP-K: The New Kid on the Block

ketogenic diet

When I was growing up in the 80s, New Kids on the Block were a massive hit. Yet, I never understood why, nor was I interested in their music. With behemoths like Michael Jackson and Milli Vanilli, who had time…
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Running from Health: The Perils of Jogging

Long-Distance Jogging

In my book, Misguided Medicine, I dedicate an entire chapter to the modern jogging movement. The chapter starts with the storied run of Pheidippides, who ran all the way from the Battle of Marathon to Athens to deliver the message…
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Ketogenic Diet and Vegetarianism: Can They Coexist?

Ketogenic Diet and Vegetarianism

The interest in the hot, but controversial ketogenic diet has been growing on a daily basis. The diet consists of mostly fat (generally 70% of the diet or more), with generally lesser amounts of protein and a minimal amount of…
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Fasting and Cancer: Has Nature Provided a Treatment All Along?

Fasting and Cancer

As a radiation oncologist, my research generally involves studying ways to make radiation therapy work better to kill cancer cells with fewer side effects. Oftentimes, this includes reducing the dose or potentially eliminating radiation therapy or other treatments altogether. However,…
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Do Antibiotics Cause Cancer? Part II

AntiCancerAgain

“If all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity”  -Oliver Wendell Holmes   Last week we discussed the important function of our normal bowel bacteria. This…
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