So it seems like the ketogenic diet is the newest controversial diet craze. I can’t scroll through Instagram without seeing a new #ketodiet recipe. And on a more personal level, one of my best friends is a keto convert. By sticking with keto for the last few months, she’s lost a significant amount of weight […]
About Dr. K
I’m a relatively young physician, but what I lack in years I make up for in enthusiasm. I obtained my MD and completed my internal medicine training in Philadelphia, where I cared for a mostly under-served patient population. Translation: the sickest of the sick! In my current private practice job, most of my patients are also of this demographic. And while I am treating diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, depression, COPD and a little bit of everything else, the part of my job I enjoy most of all is educating patients and empowering them with the knowledge they require to improve their own health and wellness.
Over the years I have definitely noticed some common themes in the types of medical questions that people ask. The thought occurred to me, that if my patients have these questions I bet a whole lot of other people do too! That idea evolved into this blog.
This site is not meant only to recommend traditional medical treatments. Although I am traditionally trained and certainly prescribe drugs when appropriate, I have developed a particular interest in lifestyle medicine, and integrative approaches to health. Growing up on a Caribbean island, we treat stomach issues by drinking “bush tea”. In our kitchen table, there lay a book on the medicinal properties of herbs. So, in my life there was always a respect and appreciation for natural approaches to treating illness. Hence, the name of this blog
So I’ll put the prescription pad aside and will be sharing tidbits about evidence-based solutions to various medical issues, with an emphasis on Lifestyle factors (ie, diet, nutrition, physical activity) and other non-pharmacological approaches; as I continue to deepen my own knowledge in lifestyle medicine I will share what I learn with you!
I hope to educate, but also entertain. Because ultimately laughter is the best medicine, am I right?!
Entries by Dr. K
Few foods are as controversial as the egg. It feels like one minute it is being hailed as the next super health food, and the next minute, a cholesterol-laden bomb to be avoided at all costs. This back and forth gives me-and my patients- some serious whiplash when we’re trying to figure out the answer […]
So today I read an article where a Harvard professor declared coconut oil is “pure poison”. Say what now? A few days ago, a couple of my blog readers asked me to talk about the health benefits of coconut oil. So I decided this was a perfect time to write this post I’ve been meaning […]
The food advertising industry is amazing. The way certain foods are marketed and labeled provides false reassurance that they are healthy. We’ve been conditioned to equate the certain words and phrases with health, like “all-natural”, “made with real fruit/vegetables “, “cane sugar”. When in many cases, it couldn’t be further from the truth! One example […]
In my practice, about half of my patients take some sort of daily dietary supplement. Many take a daily multivitamin and a large percentage also take a vitamin D supplement. Sometimes it’s just plain vitamin D3, sometimes Calcium + D3. Out of curiosity I like to ask people why they are taking a particular supplement […]
The bread aisle in the grocery store can be a headache. You know that “white bread” is a huge no-no, and that whole wheat is supposedly healthy….but there’s lots of other types of bread out there. Multigrain, honey wheat, rye…and look at that healthy looking multi-grain bread with the seeds sprinkled on the top of […]
Exciting times in the world of health and nutrition! I am currently attending the 15th Annual Nutrition and Health Conference, sponsored by University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. This is actually my second year attending, and if you’ve been reading my blog and checked out my bio, you know how much I emphasize nutrition […]
Every day, I learn something new from my patients. Every day, they surprise and inspire me. I’ve decided to highlight some of their stories (with their permission of course! No HIPAA violations over here, sir!) Before I enter the exam room, I always review the patient’s vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, weight) and compare […]
If I were to charge friends and family for all the medical advice I give, I’d be able to shop at Sephora a lot more often (which, in retrospect, probably is not a good thing). My last medical question went something like this “so this sinus infection has my face and teeth hurting for a […]
Around this time last year, mommy dearest started getting frequent colds. She would feel like she was coming down with something; malaise, cough congestion, sneezing. She was treated a few times by her PCP for an “upper respiratory infection”, and when she described her symptoms to me, I agreed with the diagnosis. However, after feeling […]