Food Is Medicine 2018-08-31T12:20:51+00:00


Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in our country. While we have made progress in treating and preventing these conditions with medications and procedures, we have failed to address the true underlying cause. By consuming a toxic diet of highly processed foods, saturated fats, and too much meat and dairy, our population is becoming increasingly obese. Obesity has a clear association with conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and systemic inflammation, all of which contribute to cardiovascular disease and other common medical ailments.


Animal Protein: Adverse Effects Beyond Fat and Cholesterol

There is a misconception in Western society that in order to obtain adequate amounts of protein, one must consume animal-based foods. Proteins are composed of building blocks called amino acids, and just like animal protein, [...]

The Cardiovascular Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Introduction Intermittent fasting has become increasingly popular over the past couple of years, as a means not only of helping weight loss, but also for touted benefits of favorably influencing our genes to reduce aging, [...]

Diet and Breast Cancer

Did you know that nearly 90% of breast cancer has little to do with your genetics. In fact, the majority of breast cancer is related to lifestyle choices. There are many dietary interventions that can [...]

Mindful Eating

I've recently been working on educational modules to help me to eventually become a certified member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. One of these modules focused on the concept of mindfulness. What is [...]

Is it Okay to Eat Eggs?

Whether or not consuming eggs or dietary cholesterol has an association with cardiovascular disease or death has been a debate for years. The 2015 updated dietary guidelines removed a previously-recommended limit of 300 mg of [...]

Evidence-Based Eating Guide by Dr. Michael Greger and NutritionFacts.org

Dr. Michael Greger put together this brief, easy-to-read, evidence-based food guide. It's great to use as a quick nutrition resource and can help you during your transition to a plant-based way of eating. Check out [...]

Do Low Carbohydrate Diets Increase Mortality and Cardiovascular Disease?

Low carbohydrate diets have become very popular for those who are trying to lose weight. After all, we are a society that tends to overindulge on processed carbohydrates laden with sugars and white flour. It's [...]

Is Olive Oil Heart-Healthy?

Is olive oil a heart-healthy food? I get this question often and the topic was again raised recently at a vegan food festival I attended. While it may be less unhealthy to consume fats in [...]

Can Vegan (or Vegetarian) Marry Ketogenic?

Keto or Plant-Based? Given the recent popularity of the ketogenic (“keto”) diet, I’ve had a lot of patients inquire as to whether or not this method of eating is beneficial for weight loss and long-term [...]

Plant-Based Diets: A Physician’s Guide

A Physician's Guide To Plant-Based Diets

Food Revolution Summit 2018

Brain Health: Keep Your Mind Healthy at Every Stage of Life Dale Bredesen, MD: The End Of Alzheimer's Daniel Amen, MD: Foods Your Brain Will Love Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, MD: Preventing Dementia With Nutrition

Below are selected handouts provided by the Institute for Functional Medicine. These can be printed and used for your individualized food and exercise plans.   General Dietary Information Functional Nutrition Fundamentals - Eating Your Way [...]

Prevention and Reversal of Cardiovascular Disease

Coronary artery disease (CAD) remains the leading cause of death in our country, with stroke, oftentimes the result of diseased blood vessels in the neck or head, only a few spots behind. Why are these [...]

Nutritional Tidbits

I enjoy sharing brief nutritional facts about various foods on social media or accompanying the recipes on the Vibrant Beat. Since most of these tidbits of knowledge are educational, but not necessarily enough to warrant [...]

What Should I Eat?!

When consuming a whole-foods, plant-based diet, there are specific foods that we should try to eat daily to maximize health benefits. Most days a work, I observe people consume a typical lunch of something like [...]

Keep Calm! Plants Have Protein! The Benefits of Plant versus Animal Protein

Keep Calm! Plants have protein! “Keep Calm, Plants Have Protein!”. This phrase is printed on one of my favorite plant-promoting t-shirts. While I oftentimes cannot answer the question that most patients ask me, “How can [...]

The Best Diet to Lower Bad Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a major contributing factor for heart attacks and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of death in our country. While the traditionally recommended goal for total cholesterol is to achieve a [...]

Chia Seeds Aren’t Just for Chia Pets, They Pack a Powerful Nutritional Punch!

Up until five years ago, my mind associated chia seeds with only one thing: chia pets. These are the decorative planters available in various personifications such as animals and celebrities. Once the chia seeds are [...]

Can We Use Diet to Treat High Blood Pressure? A Review of the DASH Diet

How much sodium should we be consuming? The American Heart Association recommends limiting sodium consumption to no more than 2300mg daily, but ideally trying to keep this under 1500mg. Most Americans consume roughly 3400mg. Almost universally, [...]

The Cardiovascular Benefits of Cacao

"Cacao is a Health Food!" During a recent visit to Costa Rica, I somewhat reluctantly took a day off from high adrenaline activities to visit a family run Cacao plantation. As it turns out, [...]