Category Archives: General Health

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

Guacamole, Chocolate and Nuts are NOT Off-Limits

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

May 31, 2019

T.J. has struggled with weight for most of his life.

Yet somehow, every time he gained an extra 20, 30 or 50 pounds, he managed to drop them again. Usually using drastic measures… like fad diets and extreme workouts.

Once T.J. achieved his weight loss goals, he would revert back to his regular habits. His weight would creep up again. And a couple of years later he would go through the entire weight loss process all over again.

It was like a Merry-Go-Round. Up and down… up and down.

But now that he’s in his 60s and his metabolism is slowing down, this hit-and-run style of weight loss isn’t working anymore.

Instead, he recently tipped the scales toward obesity. Even worse, T.J. became pre-diabetic. And as far as my efforts to persuade him to switch to a Mediterranean style diet are concerned, the big man refused to consider it.

He was convinced that this way of eating would make him feel like he was starving all of the time. (It won’t. But he didn’t know that yet.)

Does this sound like you?

Are you struggling to regain your youthful weight and blood sugar levels – and worried that changing your eating habits will send you on a binge that will spiral out of control?

If so, let me share a few fun and tasty food tricks with you.

Guacamole, Chocolate and Nuts are NOT Off-Limits

Do you like guacamole? Would you eat it every day if you could?

Well, T.J. sure liked that idea. He loves it with tacos, nachos and chips.

“Here’s what to do,” I told him. “Buy yourself two fresh, organic Hass avocados. Mash them up and add around 1/3 cup of minced onion, a chopped tomato, about a half bunch of cilantro and a couple of cloves of garlic. Give it a squirt of lime juice and a dash of sea salt.

But don’t just put it on chips and tacos. In fact, give them up entirely. Instead, put it on everything else.”

We were off and running!

In only a few seconds we were talking about guacamole smothered eggs, salads and wraps.

Little did he know that I had an ulterior motive.

As it turns out, replacing an unhealthy, refined carb (like chips and taco shells) with avocado reduces an unhealthy insulin response, increases satiety and may even help with weight loss.

He was all for it, and loved every second of it.

But I didn’t stop there.

I had another trick up my sleeve. “Do you like chocolate?” I asked.

T.J. said he did, but knew it was fattening. So he avoided it.

That’s when I gave him an even better surprise.

I advised him to buy a bar of dark chocolate with a cacao content of at least 70%, break it down into squares and store it in the freezer.

Then, once a week, crunch down on about 3.5 ounces of it.

Despite popular belief, conservative consumption of dark chocolate is not associated with weight gain or other health problems. Quite the opposite.

The flavonoids in dark chocolate appear to improve glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity by restoring B-cell activity in the pancreas.

Plus, when you choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate for a quick snack, it helps to keep you feeling fuller and more satisfied throughout the day. This, of course, helps prevent mindless snacking.

Next on the list? Nuts!

In T.J.’s youth, nuts only appeared during Christmas holidays. He and his brothers had a great deal of fun cracking them open and eating them… but in a matter of weeks they were gone. It never occurred to him that they could be a part of his regular diet.

So I gave him a mission.

“Whenever you want to have a bagel, English muffin, croissant or toast, grab a hand full of tree nuts instead. I don’t care if it is walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios or pecans.”

You see, every time you replace an unhealthy carbohydrate with tree nuts, you can lower your blood sugar and increase feelings of satiety. This, in turn, contributes to weight loss and can have a decidedly healthful effect on your life.

T.J. loved these recommendations so much that he became a believer.

These days he’s eating like a Mediterranean, looking much slimmer… and feeling healthier than he has in years.

I urge you to take the same steps. It could literally save your life.

SOURCES:

Zhu L, et al. Using the Avocado to Test the Satiety Effects of a Fat-Fiber Combination in Place of Carbohydrate Energy in a Breakfast Meal in Overweight and Obese Men and Women: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Nutrients. 2019 Apr 26;11(5). pii: E952.

Wien M, et al. A randomized 3×3 crossover study to evaluate the effect of Hass avocado intake on post-ingestive satiety, glucose and insulin levels, and subsequent energy intake in overweight adults. Nutr J. 2013 Nov 27;12:155.

Ramos S, et al. Effects of Cocoa Antioxidants in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Antioxidants (Basel). 2017 Dec; 6(4): 84.

Shah SR, et al. Use of dark chocolate for diabetic patients: a review of the literature and current evidence. J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2017 Sep 19;7(4):218-221.

Jenkins DJA, et al. Nuts as a replacement for carbohydrates in the diabetic diet: a reanalysis of a randomised controlled trial. Diabetologia. 2018 Aug;61(8):1734-1747.

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3 Ways to Heal Your Leaky Gut

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

May 22, 2019

Today there are a large number of health conditions that mainstream medicine doesn’t recognize.

One of the most disturbing of them is abnormally increased intestinal permeability, commonly called leaky gut syndrome.

I’ve been evaluating leaky gut patients for decades. And I’ll tell you right now. It’s not a “mystery” illness. It’s not a gray area, fake disease or hypothetical condition.

It is a very serious health concern that is overlooked daily by health professionals all across the U.S. Continue reading

The Scary Truth about Impossible Burgers

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

May 15, 2019

Last month there was a lot of hoopla about Burger King’s latest fare: The Impossible Whopper.

The big news? Burger King started testing these plant-based burgers at certain locations in the St. Louis area. And since it was well received, they’ll start rolling them out nationally.

As far as I was concerned, this was “non-news”… just another way for a fast food chain to make their food sound healthier than it really is. Other chains like White Castle and Wahlburgers have already done it.

So imagine my surprise when I went out to eat at a relatively upscale Italian restaurant last weekend and came face-to-face with a menu that included… yes! An Impossible Burger. Continue reading

Surprising Ways You Might be Harming your Kidneys

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

May 13, 2019

In the May 3rd issue of Advanced Natural Wellness I talked about COPD, the 3rd cause of disease related deaths here in the U.S.

Today I’d like to talk about another killer that ranks in the top 10 leading causes of death. And just like lung disease, it’s something people don’t think much about until they’re diagnosed with it.

I’m talking about chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Now, the problem with kidney disease is that you can’t see it. In fact, you may not even feel ill or notice any symptoms until it has reached advanced stages. But once you reach that point, there is no turning back. Continue reading

Go Ahead: Eat More Salsa and Guacamole

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

May 10, 2019

I’m busy. I work hard all day long. At closing time I’m often stuck in the office doing paperwork for two or three more hours. I’m worn out by the time I get home. And when I get there, the last thing I want to do is cook.

Sound familiar?

I hear this same litany from my patients, day in and day out. But for some reason, they seem to think I don’t “get it”. Continue reading

Here’s a Lung Bombshell you NEVER Expected…

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

May 3, 2019

Here’s an odd and random statistic…

COPD is third highest cause of death here in the U.S., following right on the heels of heart disease and cancer. This means more people die from chronic respiratory disease each year than from stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes or influenza.

So I find it strange that people aren’t talking about it.

My patients sure aren’t. Continue reading

Surprise! Popular GERD Testing Doesn’t Actually Work.

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

May 1, 2019

The number of patients I have who think they have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is startling. Some of them received the diagnosis from their previous physician. Others have self-diagnosed their heartburn as GERD.

And most of them slug down heartburn meds like they’re candy.

Well let me tell you a little-known fact about how most doctors diagnose gastric reflux.

In a large number of cases, primary care providers perform something called a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) test. It’s a super easy test. But it’s extremely unscientific. Continue reading

Is Organic Produce really all it’s cracked up to be?

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

April 26, 2019

Most of my new patients are in for a surprise the first time they visit my office.

After I examine them, take their blood pressure, draw blood, so on and so forth, they expect me to pat them on the shoulder and send them home with a prescription.

That doesn’t normally happen at my clinic. Continue reading