Why viruses make us sick

Why Do Viruses Make Us Sick? It surprises many of my students when I tell them that viruses aren’t living. They always follow this epiphany with the question, then how do viruses make us sick? Bacteria vs Virus Unlike bacteria, viruses cannot make you sick without getting into the cells of your body. Since bacteria Read More →

Healthy Eating

There are many ways in which you can adopt healthier eating habits and doing so doesn’t have to be difficult. The all or nothing approach can set you up for failure. If your goal is to eat better and improve your health, then I have 5 essential tips for transitioning to healthier eating and for Read More →

the human genome

Welcome to the second edition of my new series…Biology Basics! These short tutorials will give you insights into the basic biology of processes fundamental to human health.  Last month in part one I reviewed genetics. This month, in part two, I’m introducing epigenetics. Part two – Epigenetics  Epigenetics simply refers to the mechanisms within your body Read More →

the human genome

Welcome to the first edition of my new series…Biology Basics! These short tutorials will give you insights into the basic biology of processes fundamental to human health.   Part one – Genetics  You are born with your genes and there is no changing them, at least not yet! You receive half of all your genes Read More →

Be Healthier at Any Weight

There’s a common misconception that you can’t be “healthy” until you’ve reached some idealized weight. This is unfortunate because as 20 years of studying human disease has taught me, many small choices influence our health for the good, no matter your weight. When you believe that you can’t achieve a healthier body until reaching your idealized Read More →

hunger and appetite

At first glance, hunger and appetite may appear to be the same thing. But upon closer examination, we can see that some types of appetite may not be so good for our health. Hunger vs Appetite Here’s a way to think about the difference between hunger and appetite: Hunger is when you eat a green Read More →


I often get asked about inflammation. Specifically, what can be done to reduce it? So this month I’m giving you my top tips for reducing chronic inflammation. It is important to appreciate that “inflammation” is an umbrella term used to describe a process that is essential for good health. When inflammation becomes chronic, however, it Read More →

Staying healthy while traveling

Summer and summer vacations are coming to an end but many still have travel plans in the near future.  October is one of the best months for traveling and of course, there’s the holidays, and that means travel for many. Unfortunately, with travel often comes illness. What is it about traveling that sends our bodies Read More →

HEALTH: The Four Pillars

The four pillars of health include life quality, nutrition, sleep, and exercise. Before you roll your eyes and say, “Oh, I know that, it’s nothing new,” you may want to continue reading. Most of what you’ve heard about the four health pillars has come from mainstream media, fed by commercial interests, and it’s likely that Read More →