The “magic pill”


If there were a drug that prevented and/or cured most diseases, would you take it? What if it were free, safe, and readily available? This miracle drug already exists, but is largely ignored by doctors and patients around the world. Is there a miracle drug? According to Dr. Jordan D. Metzl, that miracle drug is exercise.  […]

Reasons to run a 5k race


Joe Carey, President of the Houston Area Road Runners Association (HARRA.org), wrote something interesting about 5k races in the June issue of the HARRA newsletter, printed in Texas Runner & Triathlete magazine. His words were “5ks get no respect”. That’s an interesting quote, and I think for many long distance runners it is probably an accurate statement. And, I realize that while […]

Ways to prevent cancer


Regular screenings are the best way to find cancer in its early stages and treat it. It’s well known. But are screenings all we need to do to protect ourselves from the various types and forms of cancer? It’s a good question.  Why?  Because experts feel that one-third of cancer can be prevented. Preventing Cancer Evidence shows that weight management, […]

Best exercise for strength and fitness


Men’s Fitness Magazine had an excellent article recently regarding a particular exercise that shouldn’t be neglected when it comes to fitness. What is this must-do exercise? Squats! Why are squats so beneficial?  They help you build more muscle, help you become a better athlete, and they may well be one of the “best moves in fitness.” Here are some of the […]

Setting yourself up for success


It’s true that anyone can succeed in making changes and having personal success in their lives.  But, when it comes down to the numbers, why is it that not many are successful in achieving their goals? If we are one that wants to make some changes in our habits or activities, what are the things that will […]

Overcoming excuses to exercise


I don’t have time.  I’m not feeling up to it.  The weather is lousy.  These are a few of the common excuses we tell ourselves when we don’t feel like exercising. We all feel tired from time to time, and may not have the energy to exercise as regularly as we would like to.  Sometimes there […]

Fitness goals for a non-runner


So I decided that I want to put my fitness goals in writing so as to have something to work toward.  Let me start by saying that these goals are primarily running-related goals, and I’m not a runner.  It’s true; I don’t like to run, and I’m really slow.  That being said, I understand the many health benefits of running (and […]

Why stress is bad


Stress.  We all have it.  Whether it’s due to work demands, economic pressures, job insecurity, family difficulties, the list goes on.  But, for the sake of our physical and mental well-being, and many other reasons, we should take reasonable steps to manage our stress. Why is it important to manage our stress? Stress is our body’s response […]

A dieter’s dream food


Kale is part of the cabbage family (along with collards, and Brussels sprouts); it has high nutritional value, a distinct flavor, and great health benefits.   Here are a few reasons why it’s so beneficial. What it contains Great source of fiber.  Fills you up, is low on calories, and it is slow to digest. Nutrients and Vitamins.  […]

Exercise: is higher intensity better?


High intensity exercise is all the rage.  But, just because it’s popular, doesn’t mean it’s the most beneficial for you… Adapted from an article at Livestrong.com, here are some reasons why moderate to low intensity workouts are beneficial: 1)      You’ll live longer.  Recent studies showed that joggers who moved at a moderate intensity (10-11 minute […]

Health benefits of green tea


Green tea.  It’s good.  It’s popular.  What is it and why should you drink it? Green tea is made from Camellia Sinensis leaves; it is regularly consumed in Asia, and it has recently become popular in the U.S. and western countries as well.  Green tea is a powerful antioxidant, and drinking it regularly provides a growing […]

Mental benefits of exercise


As a pharmacist for many years, my dad always said that 30 minutes of daily exercise can do more for our brains than most medicines. And, he was absolutely correct.  It’s not that I didn’t believe him; it was pretty much a subject of regular conversation with him.  But he was always ahead of the curve […]

Why eat beans?


Why should beans be an important part of your diet? Here are the top 10 reasons why beans should be incorporated into our diet: 10) Beans are an inexpensive source of vegetable protein.  They’re cheap.  Good source of protein.  And they’re not meat-based. 9) They are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber.  Dietary fiber is […]

Learning to enjoy exercise


Enjoying exercise.  All of us know people that love to exercise.  You might be one.  But, we also know people that don’t enjoy exercise.  You wouldn’t catch them going to the gym or taking a daily jog before or after work.  Not intentionally, that is. But, why is it that some people enjoy exercise, while others don’t?  Is […]

Health risks associated with being overweight


  We hear it all the time.  Americans are overweight.  And, it’s true.  As a population, we’re eating more.  Combine that with eating more unhealthy foods, and being less physically active…  It’s no wonder many of us are overweight. So, what can we do about that?  Do we want to be part of the 1 in 3 adults […]

World Cancer Day


Monday, February 4, 2013 is World Cancer Day Because many of us are or have been affected in some way by cancer, I would like to highlight two upcoming events that are raising money for colon cancer awareness and prevention, one is in Houston, Texas, and one is in NY. SCOPE 5k.  First, the MD Anderson SCOPE 5K […]

More veggies for me, please…


Over 100,000 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year and 50,000 people will die from the disease.  Those are staggering statistics.  Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society: Cancer Facts and Figures […]

Obesity research and weight loss motivation


 Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a challenge for many, including me.  I can lose it, and I can gain it back.  Seemingly effortlessly.      But it is increasingly evident how important maintaining a healthy weight is.  Current statistics for 2012 show that two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.  The overweight classification refers to […]

Common spice that fights cancer?


  It’s a common spice with uncommon health benefits.  What is it, and why is it important? Curcumin, a natural extract from the spice turmeric, has been used for many centuries in India and Asia.  It is a major ingredient in curry powder, and has a bright, distinctive yellowish color.  Curcumin has long been known for its health benefits.  Research […]

Getting motivated to exercise


Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to exercise.  Hard.  What with the winter weather being cold and rainy much of the time, it can be really hard to get up and get going.  So, here are some practical tips to assist in getting a little exercise more regularly: 1) Set some goals.  Do you want to get in an […]

Should we stop eating wheat?


Wheat sensitivity, wheat allergies, celiac disease: it seems that these issues are getting more attention lately.  Why? Most of us are carb junkies (even if we don’t want to be), and wheat plays a major role in our diets.  Overall, it supplies about 20% of the total food calories worldwide, and is a staple in most […]

Breath test used to detect cancer?


Is it possible to detect cancer from a breath test?  Researchers believe so.  In a study published this month in the British Journal of Surgery, researchers were able to successfully detect the presence of colorectal cancer with 75% accuracy through breath analysis.  Breath sampling is a relatively easy and non-invasive method of screening, but it is still very […]

Universal blood test to detect cancer?


   New research suggests that a universal blood test to detect cancer could be closer than previously thought. By sequencing the normal DNA that a tumor releases into the bloodstream, researchers believe they can develop a single blood test that can detect early tumors as well as advanced cancers.   DNA tests that have been previously used detect […]

New “smart drugs” target only cancer cells


  New research from Dr. John Lewis, a medical researcher and associate professor in the Department of Oncology and Fellow with the National Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Alberta, shows that nanotechnology is assisting greatly in the quest for new and effective cancer treatment drugs.   Chemotherapy, widely used in cancer treatments today, travels throughout the body and kills any cells that divide, […]

Why we need dietary fiber


  I know what you’re thinking… fiber?  really???  I agree, it is an odd subject.  Something we really don’t want to talk about, or sometimes even think about.  But fiber in our diets, especially the type that comes from whole grains and cereals, is really good for our health.   Here are a few reasons to increase your intake of dietary fiber: […]

Carbs- linked to colon cancer?


Recent information posted in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows a link between a high carbohydrate diet and an increased risk of colon cancer recurrence.  The study was designed to assess the effects of glycemic load and total carb intake on the survival rate of stage 3 colon cancer patients. What they found was […]

Why do we need to be active?


  We all know that exercise is beneficial for us.  It is still hard to get motivated sometimes.  Here are just a few reasons to get out, get started, or keep up an active lifestyle.    Why should we be active? Researchers show that regular physical activity or exercise can improve health in a number […]

Mammography- effective screening method?


So we’ve all heard about the chemicals, toxins, and carcinogens around us, which are known to be cancer-causing agents.  There’s increased risks associated with red meat and alcohol consumption; the dangers of breathing car exhaust and cigarette smoke, even incidentally.  These are only a few of the noted environmental factors that may contribute to the growth of cancer cells.   […]

Reducing your risk factors


Interesting information was reported this week in the Huffington Post.  While we’ve heard that heredity plays an important part in our susceptibility to cancers, Dr. Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc notes in the article that 90 to 95% of breast cancer cases are not based on genes and heredity.  While we know heredity plays a part in influencing the […]

Why hot pink?


Pink is great. Hot pink is even better.  Pink to me represents things that are feminine, pretty, and awesome.  But pink also is a means of supporting cancer research and prevention. People everywhere are affected greatly by the effects of cancer; and whether directly or indirectly, it affects everyone.  When it affects you personally, there is a real need to do something […]