Yuk! But it’s true: our face is a breeding ground for tiny parasites called face mites. They are small arthropods; that’s in the joint-legged animals group, like spiders and crabs. Eight legs, whereas insects have six. So they are nearer to crabs and ticks. As parasites go, these are relatively easy to get along with. It’s not a new discovery; scientists have now about them for a long time, in fact since 1842 in France, when D. folliculorum was spotted in human earwax. There are two distinct species that live on us: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. They live in different parts of the skin. D. folliculorum resides in pores and hair follicles, while D. brevis prefers to settle d ...[click to continue]
When there’s an iodine deficiency in the diet of young people, it results in hypothyroidism. Iodine is an essential mineral that the human body requires to manufacture thyroid hormones, assist with growth and development, and to manage your metabolism properly. Many common health conditions can be traced to not getting enough iodine in the diet, including blood pressure, cystic fibrosis of the breasts, bad cholesterol, ovarian cysts, arthritis, and under-performing thyroid.  When your thyroid doesn’t work properly, it leads to sluggishness and weight gain.

Symptoms of Iodine Deficiency

You all know I live in Las Vegas, right? And in case you don’t know, I NEVER gamble (except when in traffic, we are all gambling with our lives, right?). Even so, Vivien and I show up at the Bellagio for coffee about once a month and we are always astonished to see folks eating their breakfast at the slot machines or tables, some of whom have obviously been there all night. Incredible, but true. Having a gambling disorder is an unfortunate way to live life. While gaming (in moderation) can be beneficial, it isn't an ideal way to spend your time. Click here to learn more... ...[click to continue]
Every day, scientists and researchers around the globe are discovering more ways to prevent cancer naturally using a combination of food and lifestyle changes. In fact, it’s one of the most incredible benefits of living in our time.  This is an age of scientific, technological, and medical advancements unlike any other period in history.

The Miracles and Milestones of Modern Medicine

Modern medicine is almost miraculous in the accomplishments they’ve made in the past century.  Your limbs can be reattached, you can receive a new heart (or a mechanical one) if your own fails, and you can get scans that show every possible problem within the complex framework of the human form. Many diseases have been eradicated e ...[click to continue]
Here I am going to share 10 myths of aging. These are false beliefs, often held in place by screwball science (like the cholesterol myth). Ready? Let’s dive right in!

Myths of Aging #1

Aging is in your genes. Piffle! American Walter Bruening lived to be 114 years old; yet his parents both died in their 50s! With an understanding of epigenetics, we know we can switch any gene on or off (rather easily, as a matter of fact.

Myths of Aging #2

Thin is good; the thinner the better. Not true. Underweight individuals do not live longest. In fact, surprisingly, those who are just slightly overweight (but not obese) do best. Of course obesity shortens your life, everyone kno ...[click to continue]
It’s that time of year…when everyone starts making New Year’s Resolutions and panicking about all the things they haven’t accomplished in the year that’s wrapping up behind them. Right now, it’s critical that you start letting go of all the things you “haven’t” done and focus on all the things waiting for you to do them!  A lot of that is grounded in emotion. Not all of those emotions are good ones.

Breaking Down the Human Psyche

We start off as children in a condition that’s reasonably happy and stable.  Over time, learned behaviors, new information, and personal experiences gradually shape who we become. Everyday life can be a harsh teacher.  There may be moments or people in you ...[click to continue]
There is a critical problem happening right now that most people aren’t aware of.  There’s an attack on antioxidants.  Before I get into the details, let me say that powerful antioxidants can mean the difference between sickness or health, between early mortality or long life, and between looking older than you are or holding back the signs of aging. That’s scientifically proven. Again and again, independent labs and universities around the world prove the benefits of increasing the antioxidants in your daily eating plan (or even through supplementation if you know you don’t get enough through diet alone). This is not up for debate. A few years ...[click to continue]
Everyone is a tiny bit dishonest.  Each person has a degree of honesty that fluctuates given the situation or party involved.  We call it telling little white lies, stretching the truth, or “being kind” to another’s feelings. If you think you’re 100% honest 100% of the time, you’re not being honest with (or about) yourself.  No one is the exception to the rule on dishonesty. No one is objective when it comes to their own devotion to honesty.  While you might be a truly honest person in some areas (such as your profession), there’s undoubtedly another area of your life where you’re a little less truthful (relationships are a big one ...[click to continue]
I worked for a great surgeon once (great as in: damned good, not as in famous). His name was Arthur Bullough.1 While I was on his firm he became president of the Manchester Medical Society. He had a terrific idea for his presidential address: The Medicine Of History. NOT, please note, the history of medicine (yawn). Arthur meant how disease had influenced our history, often in surprising ways. He was thinking of things like Alexander the Great, who conquered the known world, got drunk often, and then succumbed to typhoid (he may have been poisoned some speculate). Or the Russian royal family (the Romanoffs), whose son Alexei had hemophilia, like many royal houses of Europe, and was too sickly to ever rule. ...[click to continue]
The concept of showing self respect is not a new one.  Several decades ago, a psychiatrist named William Glasser determined that there are fundamental needs that must be met for basic human happiness.
  • The need to love and be loved.
  • The need to feel we are of value, to ourselves and others.
He called this “Reality Therapy.”  As Glasser pointed out in 1965, these two needs are actually entwined.  It’s fascinating reading If you are capable of loving and respecting others, you tend to have an easier time learning to love and respect yourself. To feel worthwhile, to feel as though we have value, there are certain positive aspe ...[click to continue]
Ever since the unravelling of the human genome, the mechanistic scientists have had a field day proclaiming we are just a bunch of “stuff”, made from an accidental molecule called DNA. It’s all genes is their cry. In fact it’s now proven that genes have very little to do with anything. They switch on and off so much, you could say we control them, rather than they control us. I sent a case of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (a genetic disorder, supposedly) into complete reversal just by changing his diet! The boy could not climb stairs when he came to me (characteristically, the patient has to go upstairs on their butt, using hands and arms for mo ...[click to continue]
I hope that you never, ever get a kidney stone!  It’s pain unlike anything you’ve ever felt in your life.  We need to talk about how to get rid of kidney stones because if you have one, you’re going to want it out of your body as fast (and effectively) as possible!

6 Crucial Facts about Kidney Stones

  1. Kidney stones are not rare at all! There’s about 1 million cases of kidney stones in the United States every year.  That translates to about 10% of the adult population.
  2. They’ve been around forever (archeologists found them in Egyptian mummies that were 7,000 years old). Unlike many conditions, this ...[click to continue]