Dietary Advancement for Those with Cow’s Milk Allergy

You may have seen the “baked milk challenge” being recommended for people who have a cow milk allergy. So it turns out that many patients with cow’s milk allergy can tolerate extensively heated or baked forms of milk that can progress to tolerance of less extensively heated forms of milk over time. There was recently […]

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Ayurveda for Health

Ayurveda in Sanskrit comes from ayur, or life and veda, or knowledge. It is a 5,000 year tradition of living. The rishis, or sages, knew that our mind, body, and ātman, our internal essence, we all connected. In medical school, we called this the biopsychosocial aspected of a patient. There is real science to the knowledge of […]

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Put A (Vaginal) Ring On It! Reusable Contraceptive Vaginal Rings

There is a new development with vaginal ring contraceptives that may be a good option for some patients. The contraceptive vaginal ring that is already on the market provides the convenience of three-week dosing. The ring needs to be replaced monthly. There is now a new reusable contraceptive ring that contains segesterone acetate and ethinyl […]

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Plant-Based People

A number of my patients have chosen to live a whole-food plant-based lifestyle. This consists of consuming natural unrefined or minimally refined ingredients and foods that come from plants and do not come from animal ingredients such as meat, milk, eggs or honey. Hence, whole food plant-based. I am fully supportive of their lifestyle choices. […]

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Is your Over-the-Counter Dietary Supplements Guilty of Adultery?

Although it is not new information that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate over-the-counter (OTC) dietary supplements there is recent evidence that consumers should be cautious when purchasing these products. So it turns out that there are many over-the-counter dietary supplements have been found to contain active pharmaceuticals not identified on the label. […]

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Sunshine, Daydreams, and Your ABC’s

The St. Louis cold weather is making me dream of warmer days and the summer! I came across even more evidence to wear sunscreen on sunny days that I wanted to share. Unfortunately, skin cancer in the most common cancer in the United States and it’s important that people are doing what they can to […]

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Immaturity and ADHD

There have been previous studies that have suggested that immaturity may contribute to some behaviors that were attributed to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There was a recent study that supports that claim. Specifically, there was an insurance database study of >407,000 children that highlight the need for a practitioner considering the patients maturity level […]

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Probiotics are Not a Cure-All

Probiotics are very popular now and seem to be everywhere. There are also many claims out about what probiotics can and cannot be used for. (Check out the skinny on probiotics here.) I think using probiotics are great for many things, however, I also advocate for their appropriate use. One current controversial use of probiotics […]

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What to do with a Negative Screen for Autism Spectrum Disorder

I came across this new update about autism recently. Screening tests for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) should be interpreted on a case by case basis and in the context of overall development of the child. There was a recent prospective cohort, 228 of >68,000 children who screened negative for ASD at age 18 months were […]

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To Keto or Not to Keto? (Or eat Taquitos?)

The New Year comes around and it gets people thinking about resolutions. Hence, people have been asking me about the “keto diet” a lot lately, so I decided to make a blog post on the topic. What is keto? The goal of the ketogenic (commonly referred to as keto) diet is to create a state […]

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