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Memo from Stomach to Brain

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Dear Brain,

I want to take this opportunity to reach out and let you know what a profound impact you are having on our shared quality of life.

I feel like I’m being held personally responsible for what you put inside of me and, ultimately, I’m cleaning up your mess. It is unfair. I know what you are thinking….I do growl from time to time when I’m empty and hungry, but you really ought to use some discretion before sending things down here! Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning: Throw away unwanted pounds

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2014 has been an extremely busy year thus far and I feel like I have been carrying around some extra weight. After hovering around 200 lbs for the past several months, I set a goal earlier this year to reach 190 by this Summer. Despite consistently making quality food choices, limiting my portion sizes and exercising regularly, my weight does not seem to be responding as I have come to expect. Continue reading

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Managed Care

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There is so much talk about managed care these days and how every American citizen needs to have a health plan. It is a rather complex and controversial topic. But amidst all of this talk, are we really focused on true “health plans”? What is the definition of a health plan anyway? Is it a product of an insurance company that is ultimately responsible for your well-being? At the end of the day, aren’t you the one managing your care? Shouldn’t your true health plan be a set of guidelines that you follow to keep yourself healthy? Managed care, as we know it, would be a far less controversial topic if all Americans had an established health plan that guided their actions and behavior.

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Chemistry 101

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How is your chemistry practice going?  You know you are a chemist, right?  I’m a chemist too.  Everyone…everyone that is old enough to feed themselves, at least….is a chemist.

A chemist is defined as a person engaged in chemical research or experiments.  So think about it….every time you put food into your system, you observe the effects it has on your body and mind (i.e. energy, mood, behavior, appearance, etc).  Whether short-term or long-term effects, the more experience you have with this research, the more sophisticated understanding you have of what works and does not work to achieve your desired outcomes. 

Bearing this philosophy in mind, does it make you feel any differently about eating?  Certainly, there is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between what we put in our mouths and how we look and feel.  This is undeniable.

In my opinion, this emphasizes the importance of scrutinizing and carefully selecting the substances we put in our body.  Next time you prepare a meal, think like the chemist that you are.  Consider your clinical experience (i.e. past research) and then thoughtfully execute your next clinical experiment (i.e. what’s on your plate).

And remember….change happens one experiment at a time.

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