Category Archives: General Health

Bacon and Your Kidneys: A Cautionary Tale

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 23, 2020

Years ago, I loved to tempt my dog with cooking bacon.

I’d invite him into the kitchen and watch him sit patiently on the edge of the carpet while I worked over the stove.  Bacon would sizzle and hiss as it cooked up into crisp strips.  The smell would drive my pup crazy.

He’d sit there, trying his best to be a “good dog,” while saliva slowly started leaking out the sides of his mouth. Continue reading

CBD Oil May Be What the Doctor Ordered for Your Brain Health

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 5, 2020

This year sure has been one for the books!

I’m feeling it on my end too.  Despite all the hardship, I’ve been working hard on a few new projects.  And I’m getting excited about some newer treatments that are starting to gain popularity.

One of the most interesting new treatments I get asked about is cannabidiol (CBD oil). For the longest time, hemp-derived CBD was grouped together with medical marijuana.  It was illegal in most places and taboo to talk about. Continue reading

The Surprising Link Between Gut and Brain Health

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 2, 2020

Did you ever get a “gut feeling” about something? Well, next time, you should trust that feeling.

That’s because your gut – or your intestinal tract – actually has a fascinating secret to share… it’s your second brain!

I know this sounds a bit crazy, but let me explain how it works. Imagine yourself as an embryo forming in your mother’s belly.  You were just one or two weeks old. Continue reading

Why Your Feet are Such a Mess

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

September 21, 2020

I’m not a podiatrist, but as a physician I’ve seen more than my share of feet. Patients come in with blisters, toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, calluses and more.

It always surprises me how little attention people give to their feet… especially men. Folks come in looking perfectly coiffed and neatly dressed.

Then, they pull off their shoes… and there it is! Continue reading

An Exciting New Way to Walk

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

September 16, 2020

I love to go walking on the fitness trail at my local park.  I walk briskly around the one-mile loop while enjoying some quality time outdoors.

In fact, I often recommend to my patients they add daily movement to their routine.  It’s as simple as picking a direction and walking for twenty minutes… and then walking home!

Walking really is good for you, but it’s not the best.  It alone isn’t enough to improve whole body strength, coordination and fitness. Still, many of my patients, friends, and even family members use walking as their primary form of physical activity. Continue reading

Clearing up the Confusion about Functional Medicine

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

September 14, 2020

Years ago, I became seriously ill and ended up in the hospital.  Fearing cancer, my doctors did test after test looking for an answer.  I even went through several rounds of radiation via injectable dyes and scanners. It was terrible.

Thankfully, I left the hospital before any real harm was done to my body.  All of my “treatments” had left me with a serious case of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue – leaving me unable to work and sleeping on the couch 20 hours a day.

One day, my daughter came down the steps and said, “So you’re a victim now? I thought you were the guy, Daddy.  Aren’t you smart enough to figure this out?” Continue reading

Give Your Colonoscopy the 1-2 Punch!

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

September 11, 2020

I remember my first colonoscopy clearly. I laid down on the table to get prepped for the procedure…

Then, I opened my eyes, looked at the IV nurse, and said, “Okay, I’m ready.” She just looked down at me. “Honey, you’re done!”

Wow! That was quick and easy.

Thinking back, it really wasn’t that scary, but I can understand why so many of my patients feel some nerves. Continue reading

Is Organic Produce Worth the Extra Cost?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

September 4, 2020

Is it really worth it to spend extra money on organic produce?

It’s a question I get asked all the time.  My reply is pretty simple. Yes!  In fact, when you consider the long term health risks, buying organic is going to save you thousands of dollars per year.

This might seem like a pretty strange statement since organic foods typically cost 47 percent more.[1] Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore the Fungus Among Us

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

September 2, 2020

Let’s take a moment and talk about a staple ingredient in my kitchen… mushrooms!

Mushrooms are really great.  I toss them into my omelets and frittatas and chop them up for my soups, stews and stir fries. They’re also a tasty addition to salads and veggie wraps or can be used as toppings for meats and fish.

In fact, I use them so often it shocks me when others don’t. Many of my own patients say they don’t eat mushrooms regularly. Continue reading

So You Think Italian Food is Bad for You…

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

August 28, 2020

My first trip to Italy was a real eye opener. And I want to tell you all about it. But first, I have a question for you.

What’s your favorite Italian food?

Is it pasta smothered in tomato sauce, meatballs and cheese? How about chicken parmesan? And, of course, neither of these would be complete without a giant slice of buttery garlic bread! Continue reading