New Year 2018… and healthier!

It is finalizing a year and start a new year. On this occasion, IHC Miami, its medical staff, and its work team, wish to celebrate the end of 2017 and the beginning of the New Year 2018, expressing gratitude for everything received, and most importantly, thanking for having had the opportunity to provide, throughout the year 2017, support to our …

Understanding the Misunderstood Thyroid

What You Should Know The thyroid is that small, unassuming gland in the front of the neck. Despite its tiny presence, this gland packs a punch, secreting hormones into the body that assist in maintaining and regulating every cell in the body. Pretty impressive, huh? When patients go to their health care provider complaining of various, nonspecific symptoms, it can …

The Diabetes Complication You Never Suspected

In some patients, these conditions, primarily characterized by the steady and sometimes rapid cognitive decline they impose on their victims, have been shown to follow an initial diagnosis of diabetes. Doctors aren’t yet certain what exactly causes the relationship between diabetes and mental decline, but it is suspected that insulin resistance or insulin deficiency may be responsible for damaging brain …

Spinach: superpower food

Do you remember “Popeye?”  Many of us grew up watching the cartoon of the sailor who became strong and powerful every time he ate a can of  spinach – capable of overcoming his enemies.  What child did not dream of being like him?  Well it turns out the cartoon was not far from reality.  Spinach is one of the healthiest …

The Wonderful Health Benefits of Broccoli

Do you remember when you were a child and you used to cringe just seeing the “green” color vegetables on your dinner plate?  The most commonly rejected vegetable was broccoli.  We spent our childhood thinking that it was bad when in fact, it is not only rich in nutrients, it is also delicious. According to an article published in the …

Functional Medicine a Movement whose time has come Part 1

It is no surprise to physicians of any discipline or many patients within the current health care paradigm that the way chronic metabolic diseases are both prevented and managed, here in the United States is nowhere near awe-inspiring. As a matter of fact, we have all heard time and time again that out of all modern societies in the world …

Chocolate and Human Health

Dark Chocolate has benefits. A 2013 paper12 in the Netherlands Journal of Medicine also reviews the many health benefits of cacao, noting that many consider it a “complete food,” as it contains: Healthy fats Antioxidants Nitrogenous compounds, including proteins, methylxanthines theobromine, and caffeine (central nervous system stimulants, diuretics, and smooth muscle relaxants. Theobromine is the ingredient that can cause heartburn in …

Patient's Dilemma Part V

“What are possible outcomes of the standard-drug therapy model VS a comprehensive plan?” As we discussed before, unfortunately, the traditionally-trained doctor who utilizes the standard drug-therapy model of care may not really understand the best way to help diabetic patients. In many cases, it’s highly likely they are well meaning, and feel ill-equipped. Many traditional health care providers feel handcuffed …

Patient's Dilemma Part IV

“The truth about diabetes medications” The short truth of medication is this: if the often used drug-based approach worked to fix the underlying problem, there would be no need to escalate treatment. But that is often the path many diabetics find themselves on. Some would argue that the increasing need for medication is just the normal course of the condition. …

Patient's Dilemma Part III

“A better approach to overcoming Diabetes” Yes – Type 2 diabetes is REVERSIBLE!!! As discussed in the last article, I specialize in helping patients with Type II Diabetes understand the source of their disease, and develop a plan to reverse it. For those of you who think you are on the right path with a traditional medication-based approach – keep …