The Case for Distraction

The Case for Distraction

It is rare that I walk into a patient room in my office when not one or more people are on some sort of device.  This includes parents, grandparents, siblings, and patients as young as 18 months. Some put down their screens as soon as I walk in. Most do not.  When I’m examining a […]

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The Kiss of Cancer

The Kiss of Cancer

In honor of Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month, my colleague made an informative, yet very entertaining public service announcement video. Take a look! One of the highlights of the message is that several types of cancer, including cancers of the mouth, throat, and sinuses, can be caused by a virus known as human papillomavirus, […]

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Who doesn’t love blueberries?

Who doesn’t love blueberries?

Who doesn’t love blueberries?  They are, for the most part, sweet, they go with just about everything, and, for us lucky Californians, they are almost always in season.  They contain long-worded substances such as antioxidants, anthocyanidins, and flavonoids, making them rank with such superfoods as acai berries and kale. So when a study demonstrating that […]

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I’m Nuts Over Nutella

I’m Nuts Over Nutella

It’s hazelnuts. It’s European. It’s stylish, which makes it seem a bit healthy. Why, it can be likened to fancy peanut butter. Who here has not dipped a teaspoon– wait– tablespoon into that voluptuous tub of CANCER-RIDDEN goodness? Nutella, the treat of childhood, best eaten plain, but also divine on bread, pancakes, or crepes, is […]

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Plastic Bracelets for a Healthy Soul

Plastic Bracelets for a Healthy Soul

Over the past few years, the vaccine controversy has continued to simmer.  First it was Hollywood , and now it’s in Washington.  Many of us in medicine chuckled at the press that starlets were getting from the potential damages that vaccines can do. Although crowds listened to their stories, there was always the caveat of […]

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