Archive for February, 2011

The Most Common Cancer…and Tips to Prevent It


MD 2011 | marek@myhousecallmd.com

What do you think is the most likely type of cancer to affect you and your loved ones?  Lung cancer?  Colon cancer?  It’s not a pleasant thing to think about by any stretch of the imagination yet it is so common (one in five will be affected) AND so preventable (in the majority of cases), that not talking about it is not an option.  The answer is skin cancer.  In fact, there are more cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year than lung, colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.  It’s kind of a big deal.  Lucky for us, most skin cancers are slow growing and do not metastasize (i.e. spread to other parts of your body) very often.  Another nice thing about skin cancer is that the tumors can often be seen and diagnosed without any fancy tools or expensive tests.  However, thousands of people continue to die from skin cancer every year.  What’s the missing link?  Knowledge…which is why we’ve broken down the three most common types of cancers to watch out for below.

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02 2011

TRAINER: The February Program


RD, NASM-CPT | Nutrition for Body & Mind

February is “Heart Month” and it’s time to get your cardiovascular system in shape and ready for that special someone on Valentine’s Day!  It is a day filled with chocolate, sweets, and treats, but remember that it’s only one day, not an entire month. Stay focused on the goals that you made in January and commit to keeping them throughout 2011. Your goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and accomplished within a specific, designated time frame. Remember, being an active individual will make you more focused, confident, determined, and subsequently more successful.  Sounds like a win-win to us.

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02 2011

Blackout Beers: Caffeine + Alcohol = Dangerous?


PharmD 2011 | houspian@myhousecallmd.com

We know that the energy drink, Red Bull, has been around since 1987.  We don’t know, however, when the first individual had an epiphany and said to his friend, “Hey, this would be great mixed with alcohol!” Whoever he is, he probably regrets failing to patent his idea. At one point in time, it was the drink to order because it had everything most young (but, of course, over 21) drinkers would ask for. Alcohol to develop a buzz? Yes. Caffeine from an energy drink to make sure the buzz doesn’t make you sleepy? Yes. Flavored? Yes.  Flash-forward a decade or so at which point companies have caught on and have started manufacturing drinks called caffeinated alcoholic beverages (CAB’s) or alcoholic energy drinks (AED’s) that contain both caffeine and alcohol already combined for you (no bartender needed). We’ll be referring to them as CAB’s for the rest of the article for consistency’s sake. There were more than 25 different brands of CAB’s on the market a couple of years ago including popular brands like Sparks, Four Loko, Joose, and Max. Combining alcohol and energy drinks has always been controversial due to concerns over the cardiovascular effects of such a combo. Recently, the controversy has heated up due to multiple hospitalizations linked to consuming CAB’s.  As potential consumers of these drinks, you may be wondering why they are so bad for you and what the future holds for CAB’s.  Grab a drink and keep reading.

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02 2011

GOODS: The Top Fitness Gear for 2011

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

It happens, invariably, every year.  Come January 1st, invigorated by our New Year’s resolutions, we begin our commitment to fitness for the year.  This commitment often includes new gym memberships, work out clothes, and fitness equipment.  The problem is that the market is so saturated with fitness gear, it’s hard to weed out the good from the bad and the ugly…which is where our expertise comes in.  We’ve reached out to the best and brightest sports medicine physicians and personal trainers in the business to put together our list of the top 10 items you should consider for your fitness regimen in 2011.  We don’t believe in fads.  We don’t believe in useless gadgets.  We don’t believe in wasting money.  We believe in proven products that make health a reality for you.

Fitness Tip: Find a workout routine you love.  It’s the only way you’re going to stick with a regular workout regimen when life gets busy.  If you hate running, don’t try to convince yourself to love it.  Try a variety of different types of exercise and then stick with the ones you enjoy.  If you look forward to exercising, it’s more likely to happen.

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02 2011

Fad Diets: The Good, The Fad & The Ugly

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

With a new diet making headlines each week it can be more than a little confusing deciding which diet will give you the results you’re looking for. Many of these diets have some good intentions but can be very stringent or not realistic to follow for more than a few days. Most fad diets cut out entire food groups, making it difficult to meet the nutrient requirements we need for our bodies to function properly. These fad diets become popular because people actually lose weight on them; many of these fad diets will reduce your caloric intake in one way or another leading to weight loss…it’s not rocket science. Last year, a nutrition professor lost weight on a diet consisting of twinkies and donuts because he simply decreased his overall calorie intake. We don’t recommend the Twinkie Diet (it is obviously lacking in several areas including fruits and vegetables), but it proves a valuable point: there’s more to a healthy diet than weight loss.  We’ll not only discuss the basic idea behind recent fad diets, but also get into the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of each.

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02 2011

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