Category Archives: General Health

Why Music Boosts Your Health

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

August 14, 2019

“Sweet dreams are made of this… Who am I to disagree?”

I love listening to this song by the Eurythmics when I’m walking on a treadmill. With the speed set at 3.5 miles per hour, I find it’s the perfect tune to give a bounce to my step and a boost to my brain.

I literally put it on repeat – and it keeps me going much longer than I normally could go. Continue reading

Let’s Make Red Meat Healthy Again!

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

July 22, 2019

Despite popular belief among my patients and readers, I don’t have anything against red meat… as long as it is grass-fed and only takes up a small portion of your diet.

It’s never too late to take me up on this advice. And some day you may even thank me for it.

You see, higher red meat intake increases your risk of death from most of the health threats you are trying to avoid during your lifetime… like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Let me explain… Continue reading

What Most Doctors won’t Tell You about Gum Disease

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

July 17, 2019

Most physicians don’t have much training in oral health. They don’t have a lot of interest in it, either. After all, there are dentists, periodontists and endodontists to take care of those concerns.

But as a certified functional medicine physician, I have a great deal of interest in what is going on in your mouth. And for good reason…

I notice that patients with gum conditions and dental problems are more likely to experience more serious health concerns than people who have good oral health. And there is a reason for this.

As it turns out, all of those nasty, gum-destroying bacteria (P. gingivalis and others) don’t just stay in your mouth. They also escape into your bloodstream. Continue reading

5 Mistakes People Make on the Mediterranean Diet

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

July 12, 2019

In the July 8, 2019 issue of Advanced Natural Wellness, you learned how switching to a modified Mediterranean style diet can help slash belly fat, liver fatty, fat around the heart … and potentially even reverse diabetes.

But there are many pitfalls that can occur when you try to “Americanize” this way of eating.

Believe me. I see it all the time when patients first start trying to adapt to a modified Mediterranean diet. Continue reading

Let’s Take Cancer out of Grilled Meat

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

July 3, 2019

With the arrival of the 4th of July, grilling season is just beginning in many parts of the country. (Down here in South Florida, it never ends!)

I’ve enjoyed grilled steaks, ribs and chicken. They are even better when eaten outdoors surrounded by friends, family and neighbors.

But they come with a problem.

While grilling adds a rustic smoke flavor to meats, it can also change their chemical composition. Continue reading

5 Healthy Beverages You Probably Aren’t Drinking

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

June 28, 2019

I’ve noticed an odd thing over the years.

When it comes to choosing something to drink besides water, a lot of folks have no idea what constitutes a healthy beverage.

For example, in my practice I’ve noticed that most “healthy” choices made by my patients include milk, juice and diet soda.

Cow’s milk is not intended for humans. And while the American dairy industry markets milk as a way to build strong bones, the truth is that people who drink milk regularly are more likely to experience fractures. Higher milk intake is associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer, early death and higher levels of inflammation. Continue reading

Frankenfish Salmon comes to America

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

June 26, 2019

Corporate greed is messing with your food supply again.

Several weeks ago the first genetically altered salmon eggs arrived in the U.S. They were delivered to AquaBounty’s growing facility in Albany, Indiana where the first genetically engineered salmon in America will be raised.

What’s their big claim to fame?

These GMO salmon grow to full size in half the time it takes for conventional salmon. (This means the first frankenfish harvest could be ready for your dinner plate by the end of 2020.) Continue reading

Would you like a side of Feces with that Steak?

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

June 19, 2019

Every now and then I get a patient with a case of food poisoning. The symptoms are readily noticeable. Abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever are the most common.

But in recent months, it seems there has been a noticeable uptick in patients experiencing these symptoms.

It almost feels as though I’m back in the early to mid 2000’s, when cruise ships were plagued with the norovirus. Some of the passengers were patients of mine, who returned from Ft. Lauderdale and Miami based cruises with agonizing symptoms.

While the source of this common type of cruise ship outbreak is very easy to track, it’s not always possible to identify the culprit behind unbearable gastrointestinal distress when you’re at home. Continue reading

Why Aren’t You Eating Enough Seafood?

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

June 14, 2019

Seafood is one of those foods that most people want to eat more of… but be cautious.

One of the biggest concerns my patients have is that, while they know the omega-3 fatty acids in wild caught fish are good for them, they worry about mercury levels. So they tend to avoid it. Or they eat farm raised fish that have higher levels of inflammatory fatty acids and added antibiotics.

Others recognize the benefits of seafood, but can’t quite accept the odor and flavor or mouth feel of it.

But there are plenty of folks tell me they love seafood. The only reason that they don’t eat more of it is because they often make the “wrong” decision when… Continue reading

5 Habits that Reduce Risk of Cancer, Dementia & Early Death

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

June 10, 2019

A couple of weeks ago while catching up on some of the latest scientific health insights, I ran across some news out of Brazil.

It turns out that 30% of cancer deaths in Brazil are linked to just five things. An unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, excess weight, smoking and alcohol.

It caught my eye, but didn’t surprise me in the least.

However, within an hour I ran across a World Health Organization news release. It was a synopsis of new WHO guidelines outlining ways to help reduce the risk of dementia. Continue reading