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Immunity for the Winter Season

Immunity for the Winter Season

With Winter upon us and in the midst of the holidays, once again a season of viral activity is in full swing. Whether it’s Covid, Flu, RSV or the preexisting cold viruses, there are some simple steps you can take to support a quick recovery- or avoid it altogether!

Please note that although we can usually arrange for a short consult during the weekday business hours if you are currently fighting something, the best thing you can do is to get prepared before something happens. For example, it’s best to have some basic supplements on hand in advance- outlined below.

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Avoiding the Sun Can Be as Dangerous as Smoking

Avoiding the Sun Can Be as Dangerous as Smoking

Yes you read the title of this blog right. More to follow, but first, given that we are in the last two glorious weeks of summer, the time is now to snatch up any last opportunity to feel those warm summer rays on your skin. There is nothing quite like that feeling. And like most things that feel good, it usually means both that there is something about it that our bodies evolved to deeply need, but also that you have to be very careful and respectful of its dangers at the same time.

I’ve been cultivating some protective color in my skin since spring, so by now I can soak up even more rays without burning. On my days off, I get in a good personal yoga session and a good sweat, in the full sun.

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GLP-1 Agonists Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro…What to Think?

GLP-1 Agonists Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro…What to Think?

Many of you are probably wondering what I think about the hype that has been spreading about the once per week injections that demonstrate remarkably better effectiveness in assisting with weight loss than any medicine that has ever come before them. This much does seem true, and we all know how significant extra weight can be on many short and long term health outcomes. So when a tool like this becomes available, it is worth taking a serious look at it.

The first of these medicines to be approved was exenatide (Byetta) in 2005, so while these medicines may seem new, that have been on the scene for almost 20 years now, though their use has been limited until recently to those with diabetes. Unlike certain medicines like insulin which can cause weight gain while lowering blood sugar, these medicines actually induce a weight loss.

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Mycorhizza, Microbiome, and You

Mycorhizza, Microbiome, and You

by Dr. Rob

This picture of fungus growing on a dead tree branch was taken in my compost pile. We are beginning to understand more profoundly the amazing role of fungal and mycorrhizal networks in the Earth’s ecosystem. Myco (fungus) and Rhiza (root) specifically refers to the symbiotic associations between a green plant and a fungus. For example a plant provides the mycorrhiza with sugar and carbohydrates while the mycorrhiza helps deliver mineral nutrients and water to the plants roots.

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Introduction to Paleo and Keto Diets

Introduction to Paleo and Keto Diets

by Dr. Rob

At this time, the concept of a Paleo or Keto diet is no longer foreign to most people. It wasn’t always that way, but with the spread of information in the 21st Century, and with so many people experiencing clear benefits, things are beginning to change. The most common reason for embarking on this type of diet is weight loss, but there can be many other reasons as well, including improving energy, enhancing mental sharpness and clarity, dealing with metabolic issues such as high triglycerides, insulin, and sugar, preventing Alzheimer’s Disease in high risk individuals, and a host of other rationales.

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Intermittent Fasting – A Typical Protocol (Part 3 of 3)

Intermittent Fasting – A Typical Protocol (Part 3 of 3)

by Dr. Rob

The table below illustrates what a weekly intermittent fasting schedule could look like. Note that on day 7 in this table, that lunch is skipped. This is optional, but would lead to a 24 hour period of fasting between the meal on Day 6 and the meal on Day 7. This would especially be the case if the bulletproof coffee or tea was also skipped in the morning, or if the coffee was black. But this, as well as other factors, are at your discretion.

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Intermittent Fasting – Why Intermittent Fasting Works (Part 2 of 3)

Intermittent Fasting – Why Intermittent Fasting Works (Part 2 of 3)

by Dr. Rob

In Part 1, I emphasized that the human body evolved not only to survive, but to thrive on periods of fasting. This is one of the reasons why among the many cultures and religious traditions around the world, all of them include observances of fasting in their practices. This is a connection with our humanity itself, and a way to achieve spiritual and physical cleansing, clarity, and health.

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Intermittent Fasting- Intro (Part 1 of 3)

Intermittent Fasting- Intro (Part 1 of 3)

by Dr. Rob

In this 3 part blog, I introduce the concept and rationale for intermittent fasting (Part 1), the reasons why intermittent fasting is so beneficial (Part 2), and a template for accomplishing intermittent fasting (Part 3).

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There is nothing fancy about Intermittent Fasting and that is one of the reasons why it is so great! The best solutions are always the simplest ones, and I have seen Intermittent Fasting solve a variety of difficult problems in my patients, such as weight gain, gut issues (bloating, SIBO, candida, pain, reflux), chronic fatigue, anxiety, sleep problems, joint aches, and inflammation. Anything that can potentially achieve so much must be producing benefits on a fundamental level. This is the case with intermittent fasting.

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Intravenous Infusions – Why, When, How

Intravenous Infusions – Why, When, How

by Dr. Rob

I am a big believer in the power of food as medicine. It is the beginning, middle, and end to any healing plan I promote. Why then intravenous nutrients? We all need a boost sometimes, and a nutrient infusion provides an elegant modern twist to the ancient truth of the power of nutrition. When cellular, mitochondrial, and overall energy systems are rundown, nothing compares to the right IV formula to provide a quick but authentic recharge. Allowing nutrients to flow directly into the bloodstream allows them to reach the cellular machinery that need them the most, and in sufficient quantities to make a significant impact.

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For you, Dr. Chocolate

For you, Dr. Chocolate

by Dr. Rob

This entry, my first since 2013, is in honor of another doctor- my uncle, Dr. Paul Krochmal, who just passed unexpectedly last week. The only other doctor in my family, my grandfather Dr. Henry Krochmal, passed when I was just beginning medical school. Paul talked a lot about him, particularly what a good, kind, and caring man and doctor he was. So perhaps it is not surprising that the knowledge Paul is gone has hit me most deeply during some simple moments I have had with my patients since then, knowing that Paul too carried on my grandfather’s doctoring spirit, in his own lighthearted, yet solemn encounters with his patients in the Emergency Room. Paul had an active and inquisitive mind, and was a great teacher- I remember many medical stories as well as enlightenments in medical history- for example the heartbreaking yet inspiring story of a Viennese trained physician (like my grandfather), Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, who’s story is well worth looking up.

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