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  • Bits & Pieces October 30, 2020

    To my Patients and Friends,

    For this installment, I’ve decided to go (mostly) COVID-free because… well… those who have been paying attention to the science already know what must be done until we achieve herd immunity through vaccination (which won’t be for at least a year).  Instead, I chose to focus primarily on longevity.  ...

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  • A Little Something Extra October 17, 2020

    To my Patients and Friends,

    You may recall that I’m a huge admirer of the work of Dr. Mike Osterholm as related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In his most recent podcast, he touches upon a number of topics including vaccines, the FDA, herd immunity, holiday plans, pandemic fatigue, the flu, the current third wave, risk ...

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  • Cold, Hard Facts October 15, 2020

    To my Patients and Friends,

    Here’s some of the latest on COVID-19…  I hope you find this informative.

    What hasn’t been discussed

    very interesting article recently popped up in The Atlantic.  It proposes a sensible explanation for the wide range of regional variations in terms of case counts and death rates we’ve witnessed in association with ...

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  • Can We Co-Exist with COVID-19? October 12, 2020

    An Epidemiologist Separates Fact from Fiction and Offers Hope for the Future

    Epidemiologists seek to learn why, how and when some people contract diseases when others don’t. Their findings are used to help monitor public health status, develop new medical treatments and disease prevention ...

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  • Let It Go: The Ancient Art of Meditation October 12, 2020

    Finding Peace Through Mindfulness and Meditation

    Mindful, compassionate, serene, happy: emotions that have been in short supply during the pandemic but can be beautifully restored to those who embrace the chance to learn the time- honored practice and art of meditation. For many, ...

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  • How Red Meat Went from Taboo to Acceptable and Back Again October 12, 2020

    What’s the Beef With Red Meat?

    It’s long been the case that provocative headlines, unexpected findings and misinformation travel far faster than conventional wisdom, especially in the internet age. Even respected medical journals like the Annals of Internal Medicine can become caught ...

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  • Life Goes On September 27, 2020

    To my Patients and Friends,

    For this installment, I’ve chosen to step outside the COVID-19 box just a bit… I think we could all use a break.  I hope you find this helpful (and perhaps refreshing).

    Can dementia be prevented?

    An international commission of experts recently revised its list of 12 modifiable risk factors for dementia ...

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