What is exactly is Pink Eye?

The medical term for pink eye is conjunctivitis. There are actually three main causes for this condition.

The first is allergic conjunctivitis. This appears in a patient who typically has a history of seasonal allergies and at times when pollen counts are elevated. Usually both eyes will be red and they will itch. The eye will have clear drainage and there can be some matting in the morning where the eyelashes stick together.

The second type is viral conjunctivitis. This is caused by one of several different viruses. Typically one eye will be red but it can easily spread to both eyes. The eye will have clear discharge and may itch. This condition is contagious and the patient should be held ou...

Understanding the Flu

Are you out of commission with body aches, fevers, chills, and fatigue? You may be sick with the flu! The flu (otherwise known as influenza) is a virus that is spread through respiratory droplets such as coughing, sneezing, and blowing your nose. It typically has a seasonal pattern and is seen most often in the winter months but can be seen throughout the entire year in warm or tropical environments. There are many different subtypes or strains of the flu virus but the ones that infect humans most often are Flu A and Flu B.

What are the most common flu symptoms?

Flu most commonly presents with sudden onset of fevers, chills, body aches, fatigue, decreased appetite, sneezing, nasal congestion...

Have a Heart


Bodies are not very complicated as others would like to have you believe. One of the things I point out to patients at times when I want to quickly simplify and get to the point how a body works is the importance of blood and blood flow for the body. I literally start by saying, “ If I poke a hole in one of your blood vessels and let the blood leak out of your body, you will die.” That usually gets their attention. It’s not to be graphic but just to cut to the chase so they get the magnitude of importance of what I’m saying about the importance of blood and blood circulation. Blood is our life source. It carries life to all the cells in the body. The heart is the pu...

Simplifying Diabetes


I want to first say that this is another lengthy but good, simplified explanation of things. After reading this I think you will really get it. Enjoy.

Another very common health issue that plagues our country is
Diabetes Melllitus. In my medical school days in Nashville, I was corrected by some patients that the proper term is “the sugar”. Diabetes comes from the Greek word “diabainein” meaning “to pass through” and mellitus from Latin meaning, “sweetened with honey” which refers to the sweetened urine from excess blood sugar in diabetics. Now I know you’re thinking how did they know the urine of a diabetic was sweet. Hmmmmm...

So le...



Like all Americans, I did my part. During that last quarter of the year I did my best to eat too much food and not enough exercise to gain just enough weight to feel guilty. It started in October. Halloween (I love chocolate), then Thanksgiving and then Christmas,...

So now I am ready to play the weight loss game. I haven’t surveyed anyone but I am willing to bet a lot of money that the number one New Years Resolution is to lose weight.

So let’s just jump right into it. And in honor of David Letterman,...

The Top Ten Guaranteed Weight Loss Actions... starting with number ten are...

Number 10:

Stop Making Excuses. This one might insult a few people. But it’s just a simple fact. W...

Consistency...Wins the Race!

Okay. I’m still on our Biggest Loser kick so bear with me. So this past weekend I ran the Annual Say No to Drugs 5K. It’s a great race for a great cause. But what was really great this time about this race, was the race. Now for those of you who know me well, know that I can be a little competitive. It doesn’t matter who, what, when, where or how. If we are in a competition of some sort I am going to beat you or die trying.

So anyway I am at the starting line of this 5K and I see some kids at the front of the line that I recognize. They were students at a school I recently did a talk for at their event, The Great American Teach In. And they recognized me as well and said hi....

What…Does a Body Good?

So before we embark on this Biggest Loser Health Challenge I figured I would start with the basics. These are simple things a body needs in order to function well or at an ideal level. I call them the rudiments or basics. I briefly mentioned them in the last article on exercise (link). They are (in what I feel is the order of importance) 1) Sleep 2) Water 3) Food 4) Exercise.

Let’s start with the most important thing, SLEEP. By far sleep is the most important thing a body needs to function. If you don’t think so ask anyone who has a newborn baby at home. Not all bodies require the same amount of sleep. This is where it gets a little tricky for some folk...


So it’s been a while. Since we last talked a little bit about dieting, the next logical topic is exercise. I want to preface this by saying I may offend some of you on this one. Sorry in advance. Just keep reading and you’ll understand my viewpoint. I think I need to define exercise for some of you. Exercise is an activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness. To me the key words are “requiring effort”. If what you are doing really doesn’t require much effort then I am sorry, it just isn’t exercise. Walking your dog, playing golf, these are leisurely activities but sorry they are not exercise. I see people every ...

Am I fat? Part Two

As mentioned in the last article, dieting seems like the next logical thing to go over. I promise, read all the way through and you will see what I’m talking about. Let’s just jump right in now rather than weight, I mean wait until January 1, 2020. Diet has two meanings. It means the type of food a person or animal or community typically eats. Or it can mean a special course of food to which one restricts oneself in order to lose weight or handle a certain body condition. The word “diet” comes from Middle English: from Old French “diete” (noun), “dieter” (verb), via Latin from Greek “diatia” a way of life. What I’m going to ma...

Am I fat?

Since we are about to roll into what I call “the season”, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Super Bowl,... I figured we should just start now. Am I fat? That is a question that everyone already knows the answer to and never really needs to ask. It’s something that no one every really talks about yet it is the most common thing in our country. Seriously. Obesity is the number one medical condition in our country affecting about 40% of our population. Obesity is the condition of being grossly fat or overweight. Obesity comes from the Latin word obesus “having eaten until fat”, from ob meaning “away, completely” and esus from edere “t...