Let’s talk allergies — and some of the common misconceptions that I’ve seen for years as an ER and family doctor during allergy season.
Following a Thanksgiving Day meal, three people have died with 14 others seriously sick from a mysterious food borne illness. The cause of the deaths and illnesses has yet to be identified by state health officials. 835 people ate the same Thanksgiving meal put on by the Golden Hills Community Church at the local American Legion Hall in Antioch, CA, … Read More
In the last couple of years, the conversation about gut health and probiotics has reached a fever pitch. Dietitian and nutrition expert Allison Evanson says that this is just the beginning. Although understanding gut health and its effect on our whole-body health is still in the early stages, Allison asserts that it’s important to take stock of what we know … Read More
Burnout: we’ve all felt it at one point or another, and it can leave a serious impact on your mood and your health. But if you think burnout is just an inevitable part of life, think again. By taking the right steps, you can make sure you’re happy and healthy enough to ward off the burnout blues. I recently spoke … Read More
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued new recommendations for the prevention of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. As an ER doctor and a father of a 6-year-old girl, here’s what I think you should know about these new guidelines. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), or crib death, is when an infant dies suddenly for an unknown reason. That … Read More
In July, there is virtually no flu. But by the end of January on a bad year, it can seem like every other person coming into the emergency room is saying the same thing: “I feel like I’m going to die.” No — you just have the flu. Yes, it is horrible. I got the swine flu years ago, and … Read More
There are two pieces of facts from former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s doctor, Dr. Lisa Bardack, that you should know exist before we dive in: “Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow-up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her … Read More
The American Assocation of Pedatrics today released a statement recommending against the intranasal flu shot (FluMist) because it has been less effective that the traditional flu shot. I commented on this for KTVU San Francisco’s Fox station (9/6) and want to write about what I found. First, the CDC had an advisory committe investigate the efficacy of the intranasal flu … Read More