Why Eating Disorders Are Concerning No Matter Who You Are

woman-on-scaleOver the years that I’ve been doing the show, I’ve had a number of guests who have come to bravely share their struggles with eating disorders. I’ve always been struck by how consuming and devastating these illnesses are. Those who suffer from them often struggle with them for decades and, in tragic cases, may die from the illness.

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and I wanted to take some time to talk about eating disorders. I think addressing the topic is important not just because these illnesses are so damaging, but also because many people have a distorted sense of who is at risk for developing an eating disorder. Read more  »

Developing a New Understanding of Obesity

Doctor with Stethoscope Holding Red Measuring Tape.Many patients come through my office that are overweight or obese trying to drop weight to lower their risk of heart disease. For the most part, they’ve seemingly tried everything. Following the traditional advice, they try to cut back on their calories and up their exercise. They’ve tried increasing protein, cutting out bread, juicing everything they eat and everything in between. I see them at their most desperate, close to disease, knowing that their weight is a problem and yet seemingly unable to lose their extra pounds.

A number of research studies have come out recently examining where obesity comes from and why people become obese. They’re emphasizing what most physicians are only now beginning to acknowledge: that gaining weight and losing weight isn’t just about calories in and calories out. Obesity is the result of a complex list of changes that happen in the body, some of which we have little control over. But don’t feel like your weight is written in stone. There are some steps you can take whatever your weight to get your health back on track and some new possibilities on the horizon that might completely change the weight loss game. Read more  »

Keeping Your Heart Healthy at Every Age

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If you’ve been watching the show, you’ve heard me talking a lot about heart health lately. That’s because this month is American Heart Month, with the goal of raising awareness about America’s number-one killer. As a cardiothoracic surgeon, I’ve been up close and personal with the damaging and too-often deadly effects of heart disease. I wanted to take a moment to talk about who is at risk and the easy steps you can take to safeguard your heart.

Am I at risk?

Heart disease affects people from all backgrounds. While most people have heard that older men are at high risk, heart disease is also the number-one killer of older women as well. In fact, many lifestyle factors play a key role in developing heart disease. Here are some of the signs that you might be at risk. Read more  »

Understanding the Measles Outbreak

sick baby thermometer feverAs you’ve probably heard by now, an outbreak of the measles virus has spread to more than 120 people. Last year, measles cases hit 644 in 23 separate outbreaks across the country. What’s so shocking about these numbers is that they add up to more cases than all of those seen in the five years before. So what’s going on? What is measles and why are we hearing about it? Here are some of my thoughts on the most recent outbreak.

What is the measles?

Over the last week, I’ve had a lot of people ask me about measles, so I want to get the facts straight. Measles is an extremely contagious virus spread through the air from those who are infected. Symptoms include fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, inflamed eyes and a blotchy red skin rash. It used to be a common disease that killed thousands of people, mostly children, but vaccination largely eliminated it from the U.S. population. There are still a few cases every year, but nowhere near the hundreds of thousands that we used to see. It’s because measles is so easily prevented with a vaccine, called the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine for the three viruses it protects against, that the news has quickly turned to a conversation about vaccination. Read more  »

Introducing Total Choice: The Easiest Way to Lose Weight

woman reading computer coookingIf you’re like the millions of other Americans who have tried The Total 10 Rapid Weight-Loss Plan, you’re probably about to start February at least a few pounds of lighter than you were at the beginning of January. That’s great news for your health. Study after study has shown that even small amounts of weight loss can lower your risk of diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

But I don’t want those gains to stop. The Total 10 Rapid Weight-Loss Plan showed you that you could lose weight. Now we’ve developed a plan that will pick up where The Total 10 left off. It’s called The Total Choice Plan, and it’s designed to help you continue to lose weight and maintain the losses you’ve already seen this year. I want to take some time to explain how The Total Choice Plan works. Read more  »

Making It Past the Mid-January Lag

alarm clockWe’ve made it past the third week of 2015 and I’ve already been floored by some of the results I’ve seen from friends and family on New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve also seen some success, good work. But this week I want to talk about how to get yourself through the next phase of keeping your resolutions, something I like to call the mid-January lag.

You might have started to feel it creep up on you. The first two weeks of change were easier than you thought and made you feel good about your choices for the new year. But fatigue starts to grow. Going to the gym just makes you feel tired, putting on your running shoes has become a chore, and the new healthy meals you’ve been making are starting to lose their appeal. Read more  »

How Changing Your Thoughts Influences How Cold You Feel

Woman in mountainsTemperatures have plunged in cities across the country. My wife and I have become accustomed to the morning ritual of layering on socks, sweaters, scarves, jackets, gloves and boots before braving the freezing winds that whip down our street. While no one would dispute how cold it is outside, science is beginning to find that how we experience temperature isn’t as objective as we once thought.

Ever felt hot when everyone else seems cold or vice versa? That experience illustrates that there’s more to temperature than the number on the thermometer. The first study looked at whether these feelings of temperature are contagious. They observed that human beings pay close attention to the emotions of others and those emotions can be contagious. Other studies have shown that watching other people in stressful situations causes a rise in our own stress hormone levels even though we aren’t doing anything stressful. The researchers wondered if watching a person experience cold or warm temperatures could cause the person observing to feel those temperatures as well. Read more  »

Start the New Year With the Total 10 Rapid Weight-Loss Plan

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In a few of my recent blogs, I’ve hinted at a big new initiative I’m launching to help you meet your weight loss goals this year. I’m proud to introduce to you the Total 10 Rapid Weight-Loss Plan for 2015. I’ve been testing this plan with several dedicated audience members and they’ve both loved it and lost weight already. The results speak for themselves and I’m excited to introduce the rest of the world to this fabulous diet.

The plan is straightforward, easy to follow and gives you a lot of flexibility in food choices. I want you to go to my website right now and go to the Total 10 Rapid Weight-Loss Plan page. There you’ll find an easy-to-follow guide that will help you kick start a new phase in your weight loss. You should print it out, read through it carefully and put it somewhere you can refer to it easily. Read more  »

Crafting Your Goals for the New Year

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Happy New Year! Tonight the ball will drop and 2015 will begin. It’s been an exciting year here on the show, and I have much more in store for you in the New Year. Keep an eye out! I mentioned in my last blog that I wanted to you to reflect on what goals you made for the past year, whether you met them or not and what you might have learned from them. I also asked you to think about what you might like to accomplish this year. Ready to put all that thinking to good use? Let’s do it. Read more  »

Wishing You Very Happy Holidays

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The holiday season is in full swing. While family time always has its ups and downs, it’s been fun to be together in one place again. I thought I’d take a few moments away from the festivities to send you some of my thoughts inspired by the holiday season. Read more  »