Entries by drweitz

What About the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo diet (aka, the Caveman diet or the Stone Age diet) is very popular these days, esp. among the nutritionist/nutritional doctor community and there are lots of articles and books out promoting this way of eating as the healthiest.(1,2,3)  We are told by supporters of the Paleo diet that we would do best if we ate […]

Nutrition Benefits Cancer Patients

A recent study(1) has found that cancer patients who received individualized nutritional counseling while undergoing conventional treatments had a higher quality of life, less radiotherapy toxicity, and a better long term prognosis.  Patients with colorectal cancer were assigned to three groups and then followed for an average of 6.5 years.  Group 1 received individualized nutritional counseling without […]

To Cheese or Not to Cheese, That is the Question

To cheese, or not to cheese, that is the question: Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of saturated fats, Or to take Arms against a Sea of carbohydrate troubles, There has been a recent trend in the nutrition world towards recommending eating cheese as part of a healthy diet. […]

Boost Your Brown Fat

Brown fat is fat that is metabolically active and helps your body burn more calories.  It is typically found along the neck and upper back region.  We used to think that it only existed in infants, but we have learned recently that it is also found in adults.  This is in contrast to the typical […]

How to Have a Healthy Thanksgiving

How to Avoid Gaining Weight Over the Thanksgiving Holiday by Dr. Roseanne Dembeck and Dr. Ben Weitz     Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t always so indulgent or calorie filled.  It was all eaten over a three day celebration.  It wasn’t until the mid-late 1800s that the meal became a national past time, when it was declared a […]

Drinking Soda and Juice

The average can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar (one teaspoon = one packet = one sugar cube). Drinking soda and juice are probably not your best health options for a number of reasons.  While soda is clearly the least healthy beverage due to sugar or artificial sweetener content, as well as the preservatives and other […]

What To Do About Low “T”

Before you reach for that testosterone gel because your libido is reduced and/or you have been diagnosed with low “T”, think about a few things.  The first thing to consider is that most cases of ED, ie., erectile dysfunction, have more to do with inflammed, clogged arteries than they have with testosterone levels.  Inflammation on the insides of […]

What to do About Heartburn (Reflux)

You relax on your sofa after dinner and watch a movie.  Then you start tasting acid in your throat and you feel like your food is coming back up on you.  This is often referred to as Heartburn and it is often diagnosed as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).  More than 50 million Americans experience  this […]

Magnesium Prevents Stroke

  A recent meta-analysis of studies on magnesium reveals that  the increased intake of magnesium is associated with decreased risk of stroke.  (Larsson SC, Orsini N, Wolk A. Dietary magnesium intake and risk of stroke: a meta-analysis of prospective studies. Am J Clin Nutr 2012;95:362-6.)   Magnesium supplementation has been shown in other research to […]

Kidney Disease From Pain Killers

You’ve probably been told that over the counter pain killers, esp. NSAIDS, like ibuprofen, and Tylenol, are extremely safe.  Well, not exactly.  More and more evidence has been accumulating over the last few years about how dangerous these drugs are.  NSAIDs (non-steirodal anti-inflammatory drugs) increase the risk of high blood pressure and chronic heart failure, irritation and […]