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I hate to see people suffer. That is one of the reasons I became a physician. I have witnessed fear and paranoia since Thomas Duncan was diagnosed in Dallas Texas with Ebola. I’m sure you have too. That’s why I’m writing about Ebola. In this blog post I’m going to address another media based fear that Ebola may become airborne. With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States but more than 100 people being monitored in case they contract the disease, President Obama recently urged Americans not to give in to “hysteria” about the spread of the virus.



Well, it’s already the end of January, and gym attendance has tapered off. The ongoing arctic blasts of cold weather and snowstorms didn’t help either. For many of us, our New Year’s Resolutions have taken a back seat to our regular daily activities for many. Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to improve your health, lose weight, eat better, etc., but haven’t maintained your promise to do it regularly, and now feel like you’ve failed…yet again?


Are you ready for flu season?  Even though it’s only early October, I’ve noticed commercials about flu shots are in full swing. As noted in earlier blog posts, flu season does not happen because we’re indoors more-but due to our decreased exposure to sunshine and the drop in our vitamin D levels. Enhancing your immune […]


Experimental studies have shown that green tea components and theanine prevent influenza infection, while clinical evidence remains inconclusive.  Researchers at the University of Shizoka in Japan undertook a study to ascertain if green tea catechins and theanine could prevent the flu and human spirit. Led byKeiji Matsumoto, PhD, of the Department of drug evaluation and […]



A recent study reported in the American Journal of Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirms that  children taking vitamin D supplements taken during the winter and early spring had a lower incidence of seasonal flu and asthma attacks.   Motoyami Urashima, of Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, and colleagues to in a double blind study […]


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), sometimes called spastic colon, irritable colon, or nervous stomach, is a functional disorder of the bowel. Its symptoms include frequent bouts of abdominal pain, and associated with changes in bowel habit (either in frequency, urgency, or characteristics).  The primary cause is not clearly known, but an abnormal interaction between the gastrointestinal […]


    A  University of Michigan study, published in the March 2010 issue of Medical Care, researchers compared a set of critical factors that can affect hospital deaths: hospital occupancy, nurse staffing levels, weekend admission and seasonal influenza.   Hospital admission when beds are filled to capacity can lead more deaths.  The study found a […]

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