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Should You Get the New Shingles Vaccine?

Whether to vaccinate or not has become a discussion that creates a great deal of disagreement, and on websites, this conversation often leads to a heated debate. One of the latest controversies has been the new shingles vaccine, Shingrix. I’ve had multiple patients in...

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Where do Tapas Come From?

Tapas are small, savory dishes that originated in Spain. They can be served on small plates as snacks, appetizers, mini-sandwich canapés, or a small serving dish that comes with a beverage. In Spain, lunch is typically served from 1 to 3 pm, and the dinner menu isn’t...

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Should you throw away your aspirin?

Last month, media headlines claimed that aspirin had more risk than benefit for older adults, and a few media articles went so far as to suggest that people throw away their aspirin.  The truth is that the recently published studies didn't make this recommendation. It...

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Southwestern Europe Travel Update

Nicole and I are four weeks into our trip around the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal), departing from Les Sables-d’Olonne in France and aiming to reach southern Spain over 8 weeks. After months of preparing for this trip, we are underway. To get ready, I passed...

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Are you sleeping with toxins?

If you’re like me, you may not have put a lot of thought into the impact that our laundry products have on our homes, bodies, and the environment.After all, if there’s an entire aisle at the store full of “trusted brands”, they must be safe, right?Unfortunately, the...

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How to Treat Heartburn, without medication

Here is a topic dear to my heart, and I’ll share my own personal story below. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid irritates the lining of the esophagus. Symptoms can range from mild burning to severe pain and chest tightness. A little understanding of anatomy helps to...

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Is Mercury Hurting Your Brain?

Mercury is a common element on planet Earth, and it is concentrated in coal. As the planet burns coal to generate 40% of the world’s energy supply (over 4 billion tons per year), we release thousands of tons of mercury into the atmosphere and as a result, mercury...

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Do You Need to Detox?

Spring is in the air. Is it time for spring cleaning in your home?  At least once per year, my wife and I go through the spice drawer, check out cooking oils in the pantry, look at condiments and jars in the refrigerator, and throw out items that are old and/or...

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What foods should you buy organic?

Nobody will likely tell you to consume more pesticides, yet every single day, the average American eats foods that are sprayed with these nasty chemicals. The questions I get often from my patients about organic foods and pesticides are, “what should I buy organic?”,...

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