Understanding Heart Scans, Stress Tests and Heart Disease Risk

Background I have had numerous requests from doctors, patients and my readers for a thorough explanation of heart scans and their significance.  In an effort to appease both sides of the exam table, I have written this post with enough depth to inform clinicians and hopefully enough explanation to…


Stress Management Tools and Resources

Updated for COVID-19: April 2020 Background I know stress can be an abstract concept which isn't as easily measurable as your weight, blood pressure, or blood glucose.  This is a key reason most individuals have very poor stress awareness and make stress management a much lower priority than…


Using Your Phone and Heart Rate to Monitor Stress

Why Stress Matters It's common to ignore stress since it is such a subjective measure compared to other familiar risk markers like blood pressure and cholesterol.  Many of you reading this blog may already have a regular stress-reducing practice like meditation in place, but today's post is for…


Stress Follow-Up: When Is A High Heart Rate Healthy vs Unhealthy?

High Heart Rate: When is it good and when is it unhealthy? I received a lot of questions regarding my last post (be sure to read and watch the video if you haven't) where I talked about how to use heart rate to monitor stress, and a prior post I did for my medical group on heart rate.  Before I…


Can Stress Trigger Disease in Otherwise Healthy Individuals?

The connection between stress, inflammation and chronic disease has become quite clear to me in my practice.  Let's talk about a patient of mine (name and details changed) to illustrate the point and then discuss some of the supportive science. Case Study Dev (name changed) is a 45-year-old hard…


Biohacking Breathing and Oxygen Fasting

Background Breathing is an overlooked gateway to optimal health.  When you breathe better you become more energized, more focused, and more calm.  Spending more time on my breathing has taken my meditation to another level and my aerobic workouts have also improved significantly.  I'm less tired,…


Beware of the Covesity Pandemic

Background Covesity is a slang term found in the Urban dictionary here that references the common weight gain arising from our pandemic lifestyle habits.  I'm going to elevate this term from urban slang to a public health crisis that refers to the mechanism by which obesity, particularly abdominal…


Training for the Covid-19

Background I have many people reaching out to me asking about what supplements they should be taking to combat Covid-19, but they are not fully taking advantage of what is arguably the single most important intervention that can reduce your risk of a serious Covid-19 infection, other than social…


The Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Guide

Background A continuous glucose monitor (cgm) is a wearable sensor that tracks you blood glucose 24/7 in real time and transmits it to a receiver which can either be a separate unit or your smartphone.  It's time for doctors and practitioners to get comfortable ordering cgms for their patients.  We…


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