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Dr. Toni Brayer, Medical Advisor for MyLifeStages, discusses the rapid changes in science, medicine, health and healing, addressing issues of interest to everyone who wants a healthy life and increased longevity.
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Pinterest Pin ItIs it a Kidney Stone?

Is it a Kidney Stone?

Posted on 07/15/2014  by  Toni Brayer M.D.

Kidney stones (nephrolithiasis) affects 1 in 11 people in the U.S. Some say its the worst pain they have ever experienced. There are a number of causes for these stones, including diet, hereditary, chronic urinary infections, gastric bypass surgery or inflammatory bowel disease, and other medical conditions. Sometimes we just don't know the cause, although they are more prevalent in men than in women.

Patients with acute flank pan often show up in the emergency department with severe pain. Because other things can cause abdominal or back pain, patients will often undergo lots of tests (cat scans, ultrasounds, etc.) to determine the cause. The British Medical Journal has published a study that shows a clinical prediction rule that proved valid in determining that the patient did, in fact, have a kidney stone. Here is what they found:


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Pinterest Pin ItWhen to Get a Colonoscopy

When to Get a Colonoscopy

Posted on 03/25/2014  by  Toni Brayer M.D.

When you turn 50 years old, you enter the "procedure years". Fifty is the magic age for getting a screening colonoscopy. Why age 50? Most gastrointestinal cancers are more prevalent as a person ages.

So guidelines are set to benefit the largest numbers of patients by recommending "screening" tests to detect cancer while it can still be removed completely and cured. The key word here is screening. That means there are no symptoms and the doctor is just doing surveillance.

If a person has symptoms, family genetic cancers or other conditions that increase the chance of cancer the magic age of 50 doesn't apply and colonoscopy can be done at any time to diagnose a problem.


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Pinterest Pin ItForget Supplements - It's All About Diet

Forget Supplements - It's All About Diet

Posted on 03/25/2014  by  Toni Brayer M.D.

Millions of intelligent Americans are spending money on supplements that have no proven benefit in health or longevity and are ignoring what numerous studies have shown; preventing disease and dementia is all about the food you eat. This is real science with reproduced results in numerous studies.

Here it is, folks. Change your diet and change your life:

  • Avoid high glycemic carbohydrate diets: Carbs with high glycemic index have been shown to increase inflammation and oxidative stress leading to dementia.
  • Eliminate completely high sugar diets : Even intermittent small blood sugar elevations lead to dementia...even in non-diabetics.
  • Eat one ounce of nuts/day: Provides a great source of Vitamin E.
  • Avoid trans fats and fast food: Numerous studies from different countries show a dose/response relationship of increased depression and anxiety, not to mention heart disease and early death.
  • Real fruit is better than fruit juice: Real fruit is loaded with natural sugar but it has equal amounts of fiber that help metabolize. Real fruit is always a good choice, not the juice.
  • Eat more eggs: Don't worry about the cholesterol in eggs. Eggs provide perfect protein in a nutrient-rich, low-calorie, low-fat package.

Diets high in fruits, vegetables, fish, plant oils, nuts and whole grains, with lower intakes of sugar, processed meat, and animal fats, are likely to be the best bet in supporting the health of our brain as well as the rest of our body.


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Pinterest Pin ItHow to Tell if it's the Common Cold or Flu

How to Tell if it's the Common Cold or Flu

Posted on 01/23/2014  by  Toni Brayer M.D.

The "I feel awful" season is upon us. I challenge any reader to say they don't know someone who is out sick with some type of upper respiratory infection. Congestion, cough, body aches and fatigue can hit even if you wash your hands and take precautions. So how can you tell if it is a viral cold or influenza? And does it really matter since they are both viruses?

The symptoms of a cold or the flu can be quite similar and hard to tell the difference but here are some differentiating tips that doctors know and you can use too.


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Pinterest Pin ItThe Microbiome

The Microbiome

Posted on 12/18/2013  by  Toni Brayer M.D.

I am fascinated by the new research and information on the gut microbiome. These microorganisms (germs, bacteria, microbes) live harmoniously in every part of our body and especially in our gastrointestinal system.

It wasn't even really discovered until the late 1990s and we now know that these microbial communities affect our health in ways we never dreamed. The human microbiome may play a role in obesity, immune response, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and maybe even anxiety, depression and autism.


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