Nutrition

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Have a happy holiday, not a heart attack

December 14, 2016
Studies show an increase in cardiac deaths by almost 5 percent on Christmas Day, the day after Christmas and New Year’s Day.  All that overeating and stress typically associated with the holiday season could exacerbate existing conditions. Here’s how to stay healthy during the holidays.

Inflammatory bowel disease and dietary fiber

December 12, 2016
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Inflammatory bowel disease can lead to damage of intestinal tissues and symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. Dietary fiber can be friend and foe to people with IBD. Whole foods that are high in fiber can make symptoms worse during a flare-up, but they can also help prevent future flare-ups during remission.

Using an algorithm to treat obesity

October 21, 2016
As our nation’s obesity epidemic grows, board-certified obesity clinicians are taking on more responsibility for treating this condition. Obesity is a complex disease and, as many primary care providers have discovered, effective care goes far beyond telling a patient to eat less and exercise more.

At Swedish bariatric center, specialists treat an array of health problems

October 10, 2016
People who are obese tend to have other health problems as well. With its Bariatric, Metabolic, Endocrine Center, Swedish brings an array of specialists together in one clinic to provide all aspects of care for people who are trying to lose weight. Watch a video and read about how the center has helped one woman.

Five allergy risk factors for kids and what parents can do

September 12, 2016
With allergies becoming so prevalent, parents are naturally left wondering why, and whether anything can be done to prevent their child from developing a food allergy. This blog discusses the 5 “Ds” of allergy prevention: diet, dry skin, dribble, dogs and Vitamin D.

When food is the best medicine

August 01, 2016

Sometimes, healthy food can be better than medicine when it comes to treating chronic illnesses. Read or listen to audio about a cooking class I teach at Swedish to help new doctors understand how good food can make a difference.


Exhausted? Stress may be part of the problem

July 21, 2016
Why are so many of us so exhausted? Too little sleep and too much stress are a big part of the problem. This video explains what we can do to change this.

Specialized diets for kids with epilepsy can reduce seizures

June 27, 2016
When we think of epilepsy and how it’s treated, we might jump straight to medication. But medication does little to control seizures in some children. That’s when doctors turn to diet.

New guidelines for pediatric celiac disease

June 09, 2016
New guidelines have been published for celiac disease and introducing gluten to an infant’s diet. They include key points on breastfeeding and a go-slow approach.

New Nutrition Label

May 23, 2016

The FDA just finalized its new Nutrition Facts Label, which will now include the amount of added sugar found in packaged foods.  While this is great news, parents still need to be vigilant when it comes to sources of hidden sugar in foods. This blog highlights key points to remember.