Archive for December, 2010

Salvia divinorum: From Ancient Shaman to Miley Cyrus


MD, MBA | goldman@myhousecallmd.com

Miley Cyrus’ documented celebration of her entry into adulthood has transformed a shaman’s sacred herb into one of the hottest new drugs (and legal one at that) on the market.  Since the YouTube leak of Miley Cyrus smoking Salvia divinorum from a bong on her 18th birthday hit the internet, Google searches for “salvia” in the United States spiked 600% (even Saturday Night Live took a jab at Cyrus for her Salvia indulgence).  What is this wacky Mexican herb that has suddenly found its way to the main stream thanks to Cyrus’ accidental celebrity endorsement?  Is it really as safe is people make it out to be?  We dive into the ancient roots of the herb, its affects on the body and, most importantly, its potential health risks.

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12 2010

Arachnophobia!: The Truth Behind Spider Bites


MD 2011 | camilon@myhousecallmd.com

They are the stuff of legends, nightmares, horror movies, and, for some people, deeply intense fears. Without a doubt, spiders are freaky little buggers.  But is this fear justified?  Their impact has reached into the medical field: one Australian medical organization notes that 13% of emergency calls are regarding spider bites. We know that we, as a society, freak out (and apparently call our Australian doctors) when we are bitten, but is a spider bite really cause for concern?  While these miniscule monsters strike fear in many, the question remains, “Are they really the medical malady that we think they are?”  

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12 2010

The Baby Manual: Instructions for your new Kiddo

by Joshua Goldman, MD, MBA | goldman@myhousecallmd.com


adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ HealthyChildren.org

How many times have you heard new parents say that they wish their new baby came with an instruction manual?  Well, we made one.  It’s by no means the comprehensive novel that comes with a new car (and no, your baby doesn’t come with power windows), but the slimmed-down guideline below will get you started when it comes to caring for your new family member.

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12 2010

TRAINER: The December Program

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

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with turkey and all of the fixings! Now it’s time to burn those calories off. As we jump into this holiday season filled with parties and pastries, exercise is the key to staying fit, maintaining your weight and feeling healthy.  You need to be eating right, sleeping right and training hard to build muscle and continue to improve your overall fitness. It’s a simple formula for proven results.

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12 2010

Calcium Supplements & Heart Disease

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

Earlier this year, a study looking at the relationship between calcium supplements and cardiovascular events was published changing the way doctors and other healthcare professionals approach calcium supplementation. This study, which included analysis of 12,000 subjects, found that oral calcium supplements can increase the risk of cardiovascular events, including heart attacks (1). With many people taking calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis, this study has made many health professional reassess the risks and benefits of taking those tasty calcium supplements for bone health.  We’ll discuss the results of this study and what these results mean for you.

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12 2010

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