Create Your Own “Blue Zone” And Live To 100

Create Your Own “Blue Zone” And Live To 100

Every so often, people will start to get excited about a small town where people routinely live to be 100. That town might be on the Japanese island of Okinawa, or the mountains of Sicily, or in a desert town 60 miles east of Los Angeles. These, and other places, have...
Stop Aging! Prevent Dementia!

Stop Aging! Prevent Dementia!

As I care for the families of those with dementia, nothing drives me crazier than the myriad businesses/practitioners/physicians who seek to separate people from their money by offering miracle cures. The pitch usually goes something like this: Buy my magic beans. No...
The Low Down on Leaky Gut

The Low Down on Leaky Gut

No one likes to talk about it much, but “leaky gut,” or the inability to completely control one’s bowels, is one of the most common problems I face as a geriatrician. This condition usually has its origins in an inflammation, which can have many...
Why is Sugar so Scary?

Why is Sugar so Scary?

In an average year, Halloween trick-or-treating kicks off a two-month sugar binge we call the holidays. Bowls of Halloween candy empty just about the time Thanksgiving desserts beckon. And then, December is a riot of parties and goodies, everything from boxed...
Vaccines Can Save Your Life

Vaccines Can Save Your Life

Nothing frustrates me more than all the controversy about vaccines. This tool, the vaccine, has saved uncounted millions from early and terrible deaths. I think many misunderstandings about vaccines have their roots in a misunderstanding about how the practice of...
Planning is Key as Rural Hospitals Shutter

Planning is Key as Rural Hospitals Shutter

No matter where you are, caring for an elder with medical and cognitive issues can be challenging. It can be doubly difficult if you live in a rural area. One trend that hasn’t gotten much public attention is the closing of rural hospitals nationwide. Since 2005, more...