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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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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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“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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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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Reducing your stroke risk

Medications and lifestyle play important roles By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Stroke remains one of the top five causes of mortality and morbidity in the United States (1). While some risk factors are out of our control, like family history and age, many of...

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Managing Hypertension

Nighttime pressure readings may better predict cardiovascular events By David Dunaief, M.D. Roughly 45 percent of adults in the U.S. have hypertension, or high blood pressure. That’s almost one in two adults, or 108 million people, of which 82 million do not have...

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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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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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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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Growing old “gracefully”

Low inflammation may play a significant role in healthy aging By David Dunaief, M.D. What does it mean to you to “grow old gracefully?” For people I speak with, it means to be independent, mobile, mentally alert, and not burdened by chronic illnesses. In other words,...

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Reducing your heart attack risk

Maintaining your mobility is crucial By David Dunaief, M.D. We have made great strides in reducing mortality from heart attacks. When we compare cardiovascular disease — heart disease and stroke — mortality rates from 1975 to the present, there is a substantial...

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Sugar and spice and diabetes

Fresh fruit and cinnamon may reduce risk By David Dunaief, M.D. What causes Type 2 diabetes? It would seem like an obvious answer: obesity, right? Well, obesity is a contributing factor but not necessarily the only factor. This is important because the prevalence of...

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Strategies for reducing COPD exacerbations

Pedometers may help achieve exercise goals By David Dunaief, M.D. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is the third leading cause of mortality in the United States, although it’s not highlighted much in the layman’s press (1). COPD is an umbrella term that...

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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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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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Osteoarthritis approaches

Focus on reducing pain and improving mobility By David Dunaief, M.D. Osteoarthritis has been diagnosed in over 54 million Americans, with 43.5 percent of them reporting symptoms that limit their activities and significantly impact their quality of life (1)....

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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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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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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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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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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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Let the Dietary Fat Wars Begin

Dietary fat is one of the most controversial and complicated topics in medicine. Experts have debated this topic for years, ever since we were told that a low-fat diet was important. There are enumerable questions, such as: Is a high-fat diet good for you? What about...

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Weight loss: Why it is so complex

By David Dunaief, M.D. Before we can tackle the complexities of weight loss, we have to understand that there are a number of misconceptions. Therefore, “synonymous” is the word of the day. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, synonymous means, “similar in...

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Do diet pills really work?

With almost 70 percent of the U.S. population overweight or obese, it’s no surprise that the number one New Year’s resolution each year is to lose weight. Now that you or someone you know has made this resolution, what are you going to do about it? Roughly 50 percent...

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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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Cauliflower Tacos with Nut Butter Crema

Cauliflower Tacos with Nut Butter Crema

(4 servings) Filling: 3 garlic cloves finely grated 2 tsp. ground cumin 2 tsp. smoked paprika 1⁄4 cup water 2 medium heads cauliflower cut into 1"–2" florets Sauce: 1 green chile (such as serrano) finely grated 1 garlic clove finely grated 1⁄4 cup nut butter cashew or...

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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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