Why I love Austin #2

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Two words: Yarn bomb! Remember to smile today. In health, Dr. Philip

Why I love Austin

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Two words: Yard dinosaurs! Here in weird south Austin it’s easy to find reasons to smile. And allowing for that moment of happiness is one of the best ways to reduce stress from a hectic modern life.

Why such high costs for medical care in the US

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An excellent article in the NY Times attempts to¬†explain why costs of medical care are skyrocketing in the US. Using data from the last few years, economists examined what specific areas of medicine are driving these costs. They were surprised to find that the price of prescriptions, while higher than anywhere else in the world,   

Are physically active kids smarter?

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In an interesting article summarizing several studies in the US and Denmark, Gretchen Reynolds of the New York Times suggests that being physically active and fit is correlated with brain size in kids — particularly in the sections of the brain responsible for “executive function” that keep kids focused during school. This, in turn, is   

Dangerous Marker of Bad Cholesterol: LDL Particle Size

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When you are routinely tested for Cholesterol levels the results of LDL, HDL, and Triglycerides are calculated to form a Total Cholesterol count. HDL is considered to be the Good cholesterol, LDL is the Bad Cholesterol, and Triglycerides sit in between. Modern research has determined that not all LDL cholesterol is bad for us. In   

The Obesity Epidemic

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The obesity problem in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, and it’s only getting worse. Among adults, obesity prevalence increased from 13 percent to 32 percent between the 1960s and 2004. In 1991, only four states had obesity rates of 15 percent or higher, while in 1998, 37 states had exceeded this level. Currently,   

Is Sugar Toxic?

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I recently read this article on the effects of Sugar and found it to be extremely accurate and informative. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1 The article provides an excellent explanation of the toxic effects that sugar has on our biochemical pathways that lead to inflammation. Chronic inflammation leads to a weakened immune system and eventually a disease state. Know   

National Nutrition Month 2011

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The theme for March 2011 is “Eat Right with Color.” National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Find great information about Nutrition. http://www.eatright.org/nnm/

Things are Getting Fishy

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The Facts about Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplements EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are the two principal fatty acids found in fish. They belong to a family of essential nutrients known as omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA are polyunsaturated fats (“good” fats, as opposed to saturated fats which are thought to increase