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The statin debate continues…

Do primary prevention benefits outweigh the risks? By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Statins were first approved in the U.S. over 30 years ago. Today, they are one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. Yet, many in the medical...

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When should you take vitamin D supplements?

With vitamin D supplementation, more is not necessarily better. By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Here in the Northeast, we are quickly approaching the point in the year when we have the least daylight hours. This is the point at which many reach for vitamin D,...

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Maximize exercise benefits

A good pace and mindset may improve your outcomes By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Medical professionals (including me!) often press you to exercise. This sage advice seems simple enough; however, the type, intensity level and frequency of exercise may not be...

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Mashed cauliflower recipe – Vegan

Mashed cauliflower recipe – Vegan

A super simple and a terrific healthy substitute for potatoes is mashed cauliflower. (4 servings) 1 head cauliflower 3-4 cloves garlic splash of soy milk (can substitute another non-dairy milk)   Peel and chop garlic. Saute until toasted in either a nonstick...

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Giving thanks for good health

Simple strategies can improve health for everyone around the table By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Many of us give thanks for good health on Thanksgiving. This is especially relevant this year. While eating healthy may be furthest from our minds during the...

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Will you benefit from a gluten-free diet?

By David Dunaief, M.D. A quick trip to the grocery store or a restaurant will confirm what you already know: gluten-free is a “thing.” Pizza, pasta, bread, and even breadcrumb-encrusted products have been reformulated, and everyday products, like frozen vegetables,...

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Treating hypothyroidism

Use extreme caution when taking supplements By David Dunaief, M.D. Hypothyroidism can cause weight gain and low energy, but diagnosing and treating it can be tricky. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ at the base of the neck, and it is responsible for maintaining...

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When should you take vitamin D supplements?

With vitamin D supplementation, more is not necessarily better. By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Here in the Northeast, we are quickly approaching the point in the year when we have the least daylight hours. This is the point at which many reach for vitamin D,...

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Step Away from the Television

By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Comcast, one of America’s largest cable and internet providers, reported in May that Americans were watching an additional 8-plus hours of programming a week, whether on a television, computer or a portable device since the...

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Understanding Resting Heart Rate

By David Dunaief, M.D. How many of us regularly check our resting heart rate, or pulse, and what can we learn from it? Resting heart rate is pretty important. In fact, it may play a role in longevity, heart disease — including heart failure, arrhythmias, heart attacks...

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The powerful effects of exercise

By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief There are some compelling studies that show exercise’s powerful effects in altering our genes. Recent studies show its impact on specific diseases. Exercise has effects on diabetes and a host of other chronic diseases,...

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Can you exercise off that holiday meal?

Diet choices trump exercise for weight loss By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief To quash guilt about Thanksgiving meal indiscretions, many of us will resolve to exercise to burn off the calories from this seismic meal and the smaller, calorically dense aftershock...

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Maximize exercise benefits

A good pace and mindset may improve your outcomes By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Medical professionals (including me!) often press you to exercise. This sage advice seems simple enough; however, the type, intensity level and frequency of exercise may not be...

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Lifestyle strategies to prevent prostate cancer

What you consume may have a dramatic effect on your risk By David Dunaief, M.D. Happy “Movember!” The Movember Foundation is in its 17th year of raising awareness and research money for men’s health issues (1). What better time to discuss prostate cancer prevention?...

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Recognizing and addressing acute pancreatitis

Lifestyle changes can reduce your risk   By David Dunaief, M.D. Acute pancreatitis is the most frequent gastrointestinal cause for patients to be admitted to a hospital (1). Typically, severe abdominal pain is what compels patients to go to the emergency room. A...

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Will you benefit from a gluten-free diet?

By David Dunaief, M.D. A quick trip to the grocery store or a restaurant will confirm what you already know: gluten-free is a “thing.” Pizza, pasta, bread, and even breadcrumb-encrusted products have been reformulated, and everyday products, like frozen vegetables,...

read more

The statin debate continues…

Do primary prevention benefits outweigh the risks? By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Statins were first approved in the U.S. over 30 years ago. Today, they are one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. Yet, many in the medical...

read more

The powerful effects of exercise

By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief There are some compelling studies that show exercise’s powerful effects in altering our genes. Recent studies show its impact on specific diseases. Exercise has effects on diabetes and a host of other chronic diseases,...

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Overcoming insomnia

Cognitive behavioral therapy may improve outcomes By David Dunaief, M.D. Though statistics vary widely, about 30 percent of Americans are affected by insomnia, according to one frequently used estimate, and women tend to be affected more than men (1). Insomnia is...

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We need to catch more Zzz…

Even short-term sleep deprivation can negatively impact health By David Dunaief, M.D. If you’ve ever felt fatigued, this article is for you. Fatigue is a common patient complaint, and there is a long list of maladies that may be responsible: sleep deprivation,...

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Step Away from the Television

By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Comcast, one of America’s largest cable and internet providers, reported in May that Americans were watching an additional 8-plus hours of programming a week, whether on a television, computer or a portable device since the...

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Hydration vs. summer’s heat

Consequences of mild dehydration are subdued mood, decreased concentration, fatigue and headaches By David Dunaief, M.D. With this summer’s hottest days right around the corner, discussing dehydration is timely. Even air conditioning can be dehydrating. Complications...

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Should we embrace a low-carb diet?

By David Dunaief, M.D. It’s a persistent question: Should we minimize our carbohydrate consumption? Unfortunately, it depends on a number of factors including the type of carbohydrate and your family and personal history of chronic disease such as diabetes,...

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The complexities of weight loss

The right motivators might be as important as dietary changes By David Dunaief, M.D. Excess weight has consequences, including chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, autoimmune diseases and a host of others. Weight also has an...

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Can you exercise off that holiday meal?

Diet choices trump exercise for weight loss By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief To quash guilt about Thanksgiving meal indiscretions, many of us will resolve to exercise to burn off the calories from this seismic meal and the smaller, calorically dense aftershock...

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Red Thai Curry Vegetables

Red Thai Curry Vegetables

(6 Servings) 8 ounces mushrooms sliced 1 large onion sliced 2 heads broccoli cut into florets 1 red bell pepper diced Sauce: 1 cup plain unsweetened non-dairy milk soy or almond 1 teaspoon coconut extract 1 tablespoon maple syrup 2-3 teaspoons red curry paste or...

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Nutty Summer Picnic Salad

Nutty Summer Picnic Salad

(4 servings) ½ cup quinoa 1 large bunch of kale 1 bunch Swiss chard 8-9 sun-dried tomatoes (diced) ¼ cup pine nuts 1 cup sliced mushrooms 3 large cloves garlic 1/8 to 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar Finely chop kale and Swiss chard together. Steam greens mixture (kale and...

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“Cheesy” Baked Tofu – Vegan

“Cheesy” Baked Tofu – Vegan

(4 Servings) 1 14-oz-package firm tofu 1⁄4 cup nutritional yeast 2 tablespoons of your favorite dried spices Depending on what we're serving it with, we have used paprika; or basil and oregano; or Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute. Experiment to find what suits your...

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