The Leafy Greens You Should Start Eating Today

Despite, it’s limited nutritional value, <a href=http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1576/>iceberg lettuce remains the highest consumed leafy green vegetable in America with the average person consuming 17 pounds per year. Mostly water, iceberg lettuce is a good starter green, but there are several more leafy green options to incorporate into your diet. The next time you’re at the grocery […]

Phoebe Byers

How to Quit Soda in 5 Easy Steps

Having a hard time quitting the fizzy, sweet stuff? You’re not alone. It’s reported that nearly half of Americans drink soda on a daily basis. That’s right, 150 millions Americans are consuming almost three glasses of highly caloric, sugary drinks every day. While most of us know that soda isn’t good for us, many of […]

Phoebe Byers

These 2 Toxic Chemicals Are Probably In Your Shampoo

Ever wonder what’s really in your shampoo? The list of ingredients in many household beauty products can go on and on, but how many of us actually know where those ingredients come from and what they do to our health? If you’re in the dark, here’s a breakdown of two popular ingredients and also toxic […]

Maria Shikary

What You Need To Know About Autism Spectrum Disorders

What You Need To Know About Autism Spectrum Disorders Today is World Autism Awareness Day. This topic is one of great interest to me as a pediatrician. Everyday in my office, as I observe a child, I am subconsciously on the look out for signs of this dreadful, perplexing condition. For those of you who […]

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The Engaged Patient

If you work in the healthcare industry, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the “consumerization of healthcare.” This refers, of course, to patients not just following the doctor’s orders, but actually shopping for, deciding between, and choosing the care they receive. Physicians and others often recoil at the thought of this: patients, they say, should remain passive; […]

James Wantuck

The Spices of Life

Zanzibar is known as the spice belt of the world. Spices found in the fragrant markets there include vanilla, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. Some of my favorite spices include tumeric, chili powder and cardamom. For me the unique mixtures of these spices and others bring memories of home and my mom’s cooking. Spices […]

Maria Shikary

Health Coverage When You Need It Most

Keep reading if you’ve encountered this scenario: On Monday your life is moving along at a nice clip. You’re gainfully employed, the sun is shining, and your future looks bright. By Tuesday, your job is quickly taken away from you, and with it a sense of security that a steady income provides. In addition to […]

James Wantuck

Survive Spring Allergy Season with These 7 Tips

Springtime means warmer weather, budding flowers, and plenty of time outside. But, for millions of Americans, it also means non-stop sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny noses. Rainy, wet winters, followed by rising temperatures, encourage the release of pollen into the air. Add in some strong winds, and pollen particles are sent flying everywhere, entering our […]

Phoebe Byers

The Bitter Truth Behind Supertasters

Supertasters. The first time I heard about this was through one of PlushCare’s engineers, Sas. He was so excited at the possibility of being one that I had to look it up. Supertasters, it turns out, is a misnomer. Sorry Sas. The term refers to people who specifically taste bitter more strongly than most people. […]

Maria Shikary

Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal Allergies Allergy season has arrived and is the bane of many peoples’ existence this time of year. Seasonal allergies come in two different flavors and the most common form is known as allergic rhinitis which is characterized by the classic symptoms of sinus congestion, runny nose, and post nasal drip. They can also include […]

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UTI

The Dreaded UTI

Urinary Tract Infections Urinary Tract Infections or UTIs are one of the most common reason for doctors visits amongst adults, accounting for over 7 million visits per year. Women are eight times more likely than men to get UTIs and there are a few different reasons for this. We have a shorter distance to our […]

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