Food Without the Stuffing

December 2, 2022

With Thanksgiving behind us and the remainder of the holiday season quickly approaching, it seems like a perfect time to talk about a seasonally popular subject matter: food. Michael Pollan, the [...]

Cigarettes and Their Substitutes Court a New Generation

November 25, 2022

I think we all could agree that preventing an addictive habit before it begins is the best course of action you can take. The problem is, when it comes to young people, there is so much working [...]

Drinking and Smoking to Relieve Stress Stir Up Health Concerns

November 18, 2022

It may not be surprising to learn that deaths caused by alcohol use in the United States spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic. As reported by CNN and others, the Centers for Disease Control and [...]

Wake-up Call for the Changing of the Clocks

November 11, 2022

You have now had about a week to settle into it, so how has this switch back to standard time been for you? With such a critical national, local and regional election cycle underway (I'll save [...]

The Deteriorating Effects of Stress and Anxiety

October 28, 2022

Last week, I focused on the concept of how food can be medicine and how what you choose to eat can be one of the most important lifestyle choices a person makes in influencing health. But it is [...]

Inflammation Consequences of a Bad Diet

October 21, 2022

According to Harvard Health, inflammation plays a central role in many of the most challenging diseases we face today. So, what is our first line of defense? To alleviate symptoms, the common [...]

What We Eat Matters

October 14, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed us in so many ways. We find ourselves often lost in the middle of the process of sorting it all out. And in that process, we are seeing two very different and [...]

Is Suicide a Preventable Death?

October 7, 2022

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate suggests that 20%-40% of premature deaths in this country are preventable. But what does that mean, exactly? According to an analysis by [...]

Will We Ever Get Our Heads on Straight?

September 30, 2022

Citing conditions such as prolonged isolation and loss from the pandemic, as well as other stressors like inflation and rising crime, a panel of medical experts last week made an unprecedented [...]

A Sobering Need To Fortify National Public Health Response

September 23, 2022

In response to a hot day in the past, people would often exaggeratedly refer to the heat that day as a "real killer." It is just one example of how we often dismiss or fail to see a threat to [...]

Heat, Pollution and the Great Outdoors

September 16, 2022

The great outdoors. There is nothing quite like it, especially being among nature's greenery. It does wonders for the mind and body. I have written often about the health benefits of the Japanese [...]

Planting the Seeds for a Better Way of Living

September 9, 2022

During my adult life, I have always tried to approach things with a sense of purpose. Eating became no different. Focusing on food that is nutritious and that aids in warding off disease and in [...]