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How Pets Improve Health

As a physician, I have always been intrigued by the bond between people and their animals, for I am convinced that pets improve health and that owning a furry—or not so furry—friend can be powerful medicine.

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Hypertension Myths

Hypertension Myths: What Works for High Blood Pressure?

There are a lot of hypertension myths floating around out there. Ask any doctor or patient about hypertension, and you’ll get the same answer: It raises risk of heart attacks, strokes, and premature death, and lowering blood pressure saves …


Back in the Day…Still True Today: Inflammation

Years ago, I wrote an article about inflammation and how it negatively affects several aspects of health. At that time, the concept that inflammation underlies many of our most challenging health problems was neither well known nor widely accepted. Today, …

Naturally Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do not treat disease. They do lower cholesterol levels—but, high cholesterol is not a disease per se. It’s simply one of many risk factors for heart disease. That’s why, when patients taking statins come to the Whitaker …