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Setting Your New Year’s Intentions

The start of a new year is a perfect time to think about the person you want to be and the life you want to live. Whether 2013 was filled with joy, beauty, and fulfillment of your goals or, alternatively, pain, loss and resolutions left unkept, now is the time to reflect and set intentions. […]

What Every Woman Needs to Know About Anal Cancer

It’s women’s health week and a wonderful opportunity for women to make their health a priority and be proactive in the healthcare they receive from their doctors. I want to bring  our attention to the health of our buttocks and, more specifically, to HPV and its role in anal cancer. Farrah Fawcett’s battle with anal […]

“Optimal Parenting 101″

I am excited to be part of  a carefully selected panel of experts for “Optimal Parenting 101″ an online course offered April 8-12, 2013.  I will be discussing the importance of preconception healthcare in having a healthy and joyful pregnancy, birth and baby. This course is free and offered through En*theous University – an online […]

DHA supplementation in pregnancy

A new study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition lends support to the claim that supplementing with DHA in pregnancy helps with optimal pregnancy outcomes. Earlier research on the benefits of DHA supplementation in pregnancy has shown that it plays a substantial role in fetal and infant brain development, increasing IQ scores, lengthening attention […]

Healthy Gut Flora in Babies

Here’s an interesting article I found yesterday in the NY Times which reports on a recent study published in the CMAJ about healthy gut flora in babies. This report suggests that babies born vaginally and babies who are breast feed may have healthier gut flora than babies born via C-section and fed only formula. Healthy […]

FDA is lowering recommended dose for insomnia drug Ambien

FDA approved the use of Ambien in 1992. Now, with over 20-years of use, the FDA is changing its recommended dosage guidelines for safety reasons.  New research is showing that taking the medication zolpidem (i.e. Ambien) at night can impair morning alertness in women. The data implies that Ambien’s sedative and hypnotic effects linger longer […]

Peak Fertility Days

Women are fertile about 4-5 days a month- assuming ovulation occurs every month. Women are only fertile if they ovulate (this may seem obvious but I have been asked this question many, many times over the years).   During the time of ovulation, an egg is released from the ovaries and is available for fertilization for […]

Carbs can Increase the Risk of Early Alzheimer’s

I just came across this article reporting that carbohydrates can increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease while protein and fat  actually decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. This article was published in the “Star Tribune” and discusses the study that was  recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (I’m working on tracking down the study). […]

Treating Childhood Ear Infections with Antibiotics Increases risk for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A recent article in Pediatrics reports that exposure to antibiotics during childhood is associated with the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is a group of inflammatory conditions that affect the digestive tract. The major forms are Cohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. They are very different diseases but may both present with abdominal pain, […]

A link to our segment on the The Doctors

In case you missed our show, here’s a link: If you want to see more of me or Dr. Spar on the show, send a comment to the link below: Thank you!