If I had to list the top 2 ailments where people come in to my office asking me to prescribe “something”, it would be “something” for WEIGHT loss and ENERGY. Of course, I’ve also been asked for “something” to help fix a range of ailments like insomnia/bloating/ hot flashes/body aches/you get the idea. Every time […]
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
So this post is part of a series of tidbits that are not directly medical, but still related to patient care that I think are helpful. If you like this type of topic and have other questions, email me! As someone who has been a patient myself, I understand all too well the frustration of going […]
So you’re coughing. You have a low grade fever, pounding headache, stuffiness, sore throat. Basically…..you’re feeling crappy. So you drag yourself to the pharmacy (or better yet, somebody awesome who loves you volunteers) to get something to make you feel better. My last post mentioned the types of ingredients that may be helpful in shortening […]
Every doctor has gotten the “I have a cold/ flu but I really need to feel better by tomorrow. What can I take to nip this thing in the bud?”. In general, when people ask for a “cure”, they are asking for something that will quickly kill the infection and immediately improve their symptoms. And […]
Right now, cold and flu season is in full force and is particularly brutal this year. Every day in clinic I have at least 2-3 patients calling or coming to the office because they’re suffering from the body aches, sniffles, congestion and cough that come with a nasty respiratory infection. So no wonder I’m getting […]
Every now and again, patients come to my office declaring that they plan to start a “detox”, and proffer a bottle of some new product they found at a health food store, so I can review the ingredients and reassure them that it’s safe. The product usually involves some claim of being a “detox”, “improving […]
So you’ve read Part 1 of our weight loss clinic series, and now you know so much more about calories; how many are in foods you eat, how many LESS you need to ingest to lose weight. Great! But now you need to come up with an actual game plan to enhance healthy eating. Like […]
So I just stepped on the scale this morning, and didn’t like what I saw. Blame it on the holidays + my recent New Year’s vacation (darn you, daily brunch pomegranate mimosas!). Although I’m at a relatively healthy BMI (calculate yours HERE ), whenever I go above the weight that’s normal for me, it’s an […]
There’s nothing like a New Year to encourage us to reflect on the successes and shortcomings of the year behind us. Personally, my reflections usually start sometime after the fourth trip to the work break room, which is permanently stocked with the delicious crap I counsel my patients to avoid. I like asking my patients […]
So it’s December, and we’re well into flu season. Many people have already gotten their flu shot [ high five], but based on the statistics less than 50% of people receive the vaccine every year. Among those who don’t get vaccinated, I tend to see the following types of personalities: The Procrastinator– actually plans to get […]