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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 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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Pinterest Pin ItThings Doctors Do (That Normal People Don't)

Things Doctors Do (That Normal People Don't)

Posted on 12/17/2013  by  Toni Brayer M.D.

I have been too swamped to blog recently on Everything Health, spending lots of time with my physician colleagues (as well as patients). I realized that doctors are really not normal when it comes to a few things. Here is a list of things doctors do that normal people don't. You may have more to add!

  1. Eat standing up, while walking or while charting on patients.
  2. Take expired medication (we know that expiration date is phony).
  3. Work hard-core, even when sick.
  4. Don't get regular check-ups.
  5. Cannot watch doctor TV shows (House is especially intolerable).
  6. Freely discuss body functions at dinner. Nothing is off limits.
  7. Silently diagnose medical conditions on strangers. No lump or rash goes unnoticed.
  8. Combine vacations with work.
  9. When we shake hands, think "Oh, that's a nice vein".
  10. When our child is hemorrhaging, we can fix anything with steri-strips.
  11. Seldom use antibiotics on ourselves or family.
  12. Listen to lectures and medical information while commuting.
  13. Take suitcases full of journals to catch up on when on vacation.
  14. Carry stethoscope, and full medical supplies in our trunk because "you never know".
  15. Seldom take vitamins or supplements.

I'm sure I'll hear from my nurse and doctor readers, or spouses of medical people if I got something wrong.


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