Show Notes: Successful Weight Loss Strategies part 1 and 2 with Dr. Christine Salter on Health Talk with Dr. Diane MD

“It was a real rude awakening to look in the mirror and say ‘That’s me that I’ve been talking about.’” – Dr. Christine Salter In this episode of Health Talk with Dr. Diane MD, Dr. Diane A Thompson speaks with Dr. Christine Salter, a family medicine physician who specializes in holistic medicine and obesity medicine. This is a two-part interview, and during part 1, Dr. Salter focuses on the basics of why people gain weight and why they find it hard to shed the extra pounds. Unlike other … [Read more...]

13 Tips to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Health

The negative effects of stress on both mental and physical health are well documented. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Aging Research examined long-term patterns of stressful life events and their impact on mortality and found that, compared to the low-stress group, both the moderate and the high-stress groups showed increased rate of death. Another study published in the British Medical Journal showed that even mild stress is linked to long term disability. And Stanford Professor … [Read more...]

Non-Alcoholic Red Wine May Lower Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for several diseases and has been linked to an earlier death. One in three Americans have it and most have trouble controlling it. A recent study may offer another tool in the fight against this deadly disease. The term “blood pressure” refers to the force of blood pushing against the walls of blood vessels called arteries. If the pressure remains high for a long period of time, it can cause damage to various organs in the body and … [Read more...]

Lying May Be Bad For Your Health

Being a liar may not put your pants on fire, but a new study suggests that it could be bad for your health. Prior studies on the topic of lying have suggested that people lie on an average of 11 times per week with anywhere from one to two lies per day. There is now evidence to suggest that all this lying may not be so harmless after all, and could negatively affect your physical and emotional health as well as your relationships. A recent study from the University of Notre Dame, called … [Read more...]

Berries Slow Brain Aging

Strawberries and blueberries are rich in powerful substances called flavonoids.  Flavonoids are believed to deliver tremendous health benefits, and are said to have antioxidant properties that help the body fight attacks from harmful chemicals that could cause cellular damage.  Specific types of flavonoids call anthrocyanidins give fruit and vegetables their color and are said to provide protection against inflammation and aging.  They have also been credited with prevention of diseases such as … [Read more...]

Keep Alzheimer’s Away With Daily Physical Activity

For year we have known that physical activity has many tremendous health benefits. Study after study has shown that exercise can help you feel better and live longer by having positive effects on weight, self-esteem, mood, blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes, blood pressure management, lipids levels (decreasing triglycerides while improving good cholesterol), fall prevention, arthritis symptoms, sleep, and sexual activity among others. It now appears that exercise has a positive benefit on … [Read more...]

New study shows that grape seed extract kills head and neck cancer cells

Head and neck cancer, the 6th most common malignancy among men worldwide, kills close to 12,000 Americans every year.  Those who survive have a high chance of recurrence, and only about ½ of them are still alive 5 years after the diagnosis.  Important risk factors include the use of tobacco, alcohol, and to a lesser extent, infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV).   Some of the early signs and symptoms include a persistent sore throat, hoarseness, difficulty or pain with swallowing, and a … [Read more...]

8 Painless Ways To Add A Serving of Healthy To The Thanksgiving Day Meal

Every year, millions of Americans participate in the ritual of the Thanksgiving Day festivities.  People schlep cross-country to visit family for that yearly meal, which generally consists of the large bird as the center piece along with any number of carbohydrate and fat filled accompaniments. A typical Thanksgiving Day meal can add up to more than 2500 calories.  That’s more than an entire day’s requirement in one sitting.  So how do you enjoy the Thanksgiving Day festivities while still … [Read more...]

Achieving Your Goals With Your Accountability Buddy

With just under two months left in 2011, you may falsely believe that the goals you had set at the start of the year are destined for another New Year’s Resolutions’ grave. But you are so wrong! I know a secret weapon that can help you accomplish those goals at lightning speed and still make 2011 a winning year. I am talking about an accountability buddy, an AB for short. What is an Accountability Buddy? An accountability buddy is like a best friend and a life coach rolled in one.   Having … [Read more...]

Combining Fitness With Philanthropy

Fitness has now become a priority and giving back has always been one of my passions. I have decided to find creative ways to combine the two.  I will kick this off on Sunday October 16, 2011 at 0800 at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, NY when I take part in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.  My goal is to walk in order to fundraise to help women with this deadly disease while at the same time getting my fitness on. You too can combine fitness with … [Read more...]