Health Specialties: Healthy Aging

Preparing for Flu Season 2014-2015

As winter approaches, it’s time to begin thinking about getting your flu vaccine. As you know, I am not a big fan of medical interventions but the flu vaccine is one of those interventions that provide great benefit with little risk. I recommend that all my patients get a flu... Read more

Back Pain & Antibiotics: Who Would Have Thought?

80% of Americans will suffer back pain during their lifetime, resulting in over $50 billion dollars in healthcare costs and loss of productivity. New research has found that antibiotics can cure back pain 80% of the time for a subgroup of back pain sufferers. Specifically, if you have back pain... Read more

Saturated Fats and Heart Disease… What Gives?

Saturated Fats are BAD FOR YOU… or are they? We have been admonished repeatedly for decades by doctors, the American Heart Association, the press, your family and friends for eating saturated fats. But a recent study by Rajiv Chowdhury that reviewed 80 previous studies suggests that saturated fat may not change... Read more

What’s All the Fuss About This Year’s Flu Season?

A recent article in the SF Chronicle Health Section reads: “H1N1 flu strain has returned with a vengeance”. Indeed, the most recent CDC Health Alert “H1N1-Associated Illnesses for the 2013-14 Influenza Season” did set off alarm bells throughout the medical community given that the 2009 H1N1 strain seems to have returned... Read more