Archive for September, 2010

Healthy Weight Gain without the Burger and Fries


by Leah Frankel, MS, RD | frankel@myhousecallmd.com

With over half of American’s classified as either overweight or obese, there is a plethora of information available on weight loss (not that we recommend the unusual “grapefruit diet” your Google search pulled up). While most of us in America are trying to lose weight, have you ever thought about the people out there trying to gain weight? According to the Center for Disease Control (2003-2006), approximately 1.8% of adults are underweight. Adults are underweight for a variety of reasons including a desire to be thin for aesthetic reasons, medical conditions and poor dietary intake (which is common in the elderly). As with being overweight, there are risks associated with being underweight; we’ll discuss these risks as well as common reasons for being underweight and walk you through how to gain weight in a healthy manner without a diet of burgers and fries.

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09 2010

Sunny side up with a side of Salmonella, please


PharmD 2011 | lee@myhousecallmd.com

If you’re the type of person that absolutely adores breakfast burritos, scrambled eggs, Egg McMuffins and anything else you can get your hands on made with eggs (think puff pastries), then the recent Salmonella scare is like a real life Steven King novel for you.  More than 500 million eggs have been recalled by the FDA nationwide including brands such as Ralph’s, Albertson and Farm Fresh (that’s a lot of potential omelets).  The question is: How serious are these bugs that have managed to make national headlines?  Do you need to swear off eggs for good?

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09 2010

Testosterone: The New Anti-Aging Wonder Drug?


by Rebecca Shatsky, MD 2011 | shatsky@myhousecallmd.com

Since the advent of Viagra, the field of Men’s Health seems to have grown by leaps and bounds. Topics that were once taboo like erectile dysfunction and low libido are now being addressed and treated more effectively than ever before. However, while the field has seen its successes recently, there are still a number of questions that are just beginning to receive the attention they deserve as valid medical issues. One of the most hotly debated topics currently is testosterone deficiency and replacement. Historically, testosterone was used in high doses as an anabolic steroid by athletes and body builders, a practice that was banned in 1990 due to various sports industry scandals. Recently, however, questions have arisen as to whether low doses of testosterone might be helpful for middle aged and elderly men whose testosterone levels have begun to decline due to aging or chronic disease. There are already million dollar ad campaigns plastered all over popular magazines encouraging men to ask their doctors about “low T.”  It’s clear that drug companies are hoping testosterone replacement will be the next big blockbuster moneymaker, but is it the right treatment for those with low testosterone?

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09 2010

TRAINER: The September Program

by Courtney Walberg, RD, NASM-CPT | CW Nutrition for Body & Mind

The July and August Training programs focused on a variety of different exercises including cardio, core, resistance, strength and agility exercises, will leave you feeling fit and fast.  This month, we are going to bring you exercises to keep that summer swim body as the fall rolls in. We will focus on your core musculature, which includes 29 muscles total.  Chronic low back pain affects 85% of the U.S., which is largely attributed to a weak or inefficient core. It is vital to strengthen your core as this is your center of gravity and your central point for movement.

Aside from looking great, building a strong core can yield greater athletic performance (improve your running speed, increase power in agility drills and increase your vertical for sports like basketball or volleyball). It can also reduce the likelihood of injury and reduce the amount of existing pain you experience. It is important to remember that no matter how many crunches or core exercises you do, your diet is equally important if you want to show off those toned abs.  The Registered Dietitian in us can’t help but throw out a diet tips: eat a balanced diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grain carbohydrates and low-fat or nonfat dairy products.  The link between nutrition and fitness is the key to overall health—looking and feeling great!

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09 2010

Sports Drinks & Alkaline Water: What are you drinking?

by G. John Mullen, DPT 2011 | mullen@myhousecallmd.com

Sports drinks have grown into a billion dollar business beginning with the development of current industry leader, Gatorade, at the University of Florida.  The market has rapidly expanded since and grocery store shelves are now lined with a myriad of drinks that promise to restore electrolyte levels following exercise or maintain body alkalinity.  These sports drinks have convinced consumers to expand their use and are now consumed during meals or anytime someone feels like a quick snack (yes I said snack, as most of them should be considered snacks given their content, 122 calories in a 20 ounce bottle. To clarify, this amount of calories is great for an intense workout, but if you’re not working out it is a snack).  Hydration status is deemed quintessential in any sporting event and proper hydration is needed for optimal performance, but the association between dehydration and electrolytes is not supported by the literature.  Moreover, these drinks are constantly trying to alter the body’s pH status.  Luckily the bodies naturally homeostatic state prevents you from oscillating between acidic to basic states.  This article will dig into the volume of liquid needed to stay optimally hydrated, proper electrolyte consumption, muscle cramps, hydration and body pH.

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09 2010

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