Statins: Good Medicine or Multibillion Dollar Swindle?

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

July 19, 2019

I am annoyed at headlines that shout about how so many more people could “benefit from taking statins”…that it should be put in the water supply even.

Even worse, are the ones that declare doctors are falling down on the jobs by not prescribing more of them. “Physicians fail to offer statins to more than half of eligible patients,” screams one headline.

I am equally disenchanted by the number of patients who THINK they should be taking a statin drug to get rid of all of their “bad” cholesterol.

In fact, ask anybody you know what they think the biggest threat to their heart is. I’ll bet almost every single one of them will say high cholesterol. 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

You’ve heard of Fatty Liver. What about Fatty Heart?

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

July 8, 2019

M.T. is a new patient. She made her first visit to my office a couple of days ago.

She is overweight and bordering on obese. As far as she is concerned, she has “tried everything”. And I could see that she was desperate to find a way to get rid of those excess pounds.

But like so many of my new patients who are overweight or obese, I found that M.T. had an ingrained concept about “fat” that I needed to clear up.

She avoids fatty foods like the plague. 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

Some Patients Swear this Saved their Lives

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

July 1, 2019

I urge all of my patients and readers to participate in regular physical activity. But not all of them follow that advice.

One of the biggest complaints I hear is “I don’t have enough time.”

Baloney! If you have enough time to watch TV, check social media, talk and text with friends – or whatever else you do with your time – then there is certainly a way to block off 15 to 30 minutes of your day to save your health… and your life.

Next on the list are the doubters. “I’m too old… too fat… too out of shape.” 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

Odd Way to Treat Anxiety…and it Works!

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

June 17, 2019

A day doesn’t go by that I don’t see patients worrying themselves sick.

They are concerned about their health… their finances… their safety. Add in family-related issues, work problems, traffic, some mishap with an insurance bill and did I mention traffic?  It seems like so many of them are waiting for the other shoe to drop…for that third thing to happen to finish up their week.

We all have our emergency biochemical systems in place to deal with life’s stressors on a short-term basis. Yet today more people than ever are experiencing anxiety disorders. A poll conducted by the American Psychiatric Association last year found that almost 40% of Americans felt more anxious than the previous year. And the most recent reliable count is that anxiety affects about 40 million adults here in the U.S each year; 30% of children and adolescents will meet criteria for an anxiety disorder, yet 80% never get help.

There are a lot of theories going around. A number of experts blame social media and “the fear of missing out”. Others claim it’s instant access to all of the bad news, shocking visuals and doomsday scenarios that plague the internet. Add on an increasingly nutrient and sleep deprived population. Continue reading