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Straight, No Chaser: Cholesterol – What you should know.

Most people know just enough about cholesterol to be able to do something about it should they choose. Still, seventy-one million American adults have abnormally high cholesterol,
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 12, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Early and Delayed Puberty

The onset of puberty is an anxious enough time without it being complicated by being early or late. You may be familiar with the changes related to puberty, but you also should kno
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 30, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Your Guide to Fighting Childhood Obesity (Works for Adults, Too!)

Would you start your child on a fad diet? Of course not. Combating obesity means consistently applying principles that bear fruit (and include fruits over time). So you have an ove
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 2, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Childhood Obesity

Here’s the thing. Adults have control over and choices about how to live their lives. In the overwhelming majority of cases, children do not. Yet, in the overwhelming majorit
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 1, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Prevention and Treatment of Food Allergies

Whether or not you personally have a food allergy, it is likely you will find yourself in a situation with someone who does. Food allergies affect approximately 15 million American
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 20, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Food Allergies

I often say whatever you put in your mouth either helps or harms you. Today, we discuss food allergies, which sounds like a cruel trick or something out of a horror movie, but unfo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 19, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Beeting Back High Blood Pressure and Poor Blood Flow to the Brain

Writing this makes me feel like your mother telling you to eat your spinach, but that’s another conversation. We’ve been talking a lot lately about brain health, and we’re al
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 16, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Understanding the Keto(genic) Diet

  Certainly you’ve heard the saying “before you (perform a certain activity), consult with your physician.” That’s very applicable with many different types of diets.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 10, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Healthy Eating Tips

If you want to eat healthy, you really must learn about and try to eat in accordance with the Healthy Eating Plate. It doesn’t get more complicated that that, and you shouldn’
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 2, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Do You Believe? What You Eat Will Affect You!

We’re all convinced that drinking a gallon of booze will alter something or other in our bodies. We believe that doing daily deep breathing exercises in front of an old bus&
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 1, 2018

Straight No Chaser: Gluten, Wheat and Celiac Disease

One of the reasons I enjoy writing this blog is it brings me closer to understanding you. As you respond to posts or query me, I get to better appreciate the breadth of your conce
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 21, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: When Eating Goes Wrong, Part II – Bulimia

If you read Part I of this conversation on eating disorders (anorexia nervosa), you will recall that eating disorders are a mix of an abnormal body image combined with abnormal b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 20, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: When Eating Goes Wrong, Part I – Anorexia

Simply put, our society doesn’t do the job it should in promoting a normal image of health at either end of the body size spectrum. The typically promoted American ideal of b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 19, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate, aka Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Got Dark Chocolate? As you may know if you’re a regular reader, Straight, No Chaser is big on you enjoying life and making healthy choices while doing so
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 14, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Malnutrition

Do you know someone so poor that eating is a constant concern? Do you have a child who is a finicky eater? Have you ever been concerned that your child might become malnourished? W
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 6, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Healthy, Sustainable Weight Loss – Let’s Get Started

How to Lose Weight, and What is Healthy Weight Loss (AKA, How Much, How Soon and How)? Let’s start with the How. Commercial voice: “You should contact your physician before st
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 5, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Let’s Boost Your Metabolism

It would be improper for me to have dragged you through the mud for three days and depressed you into thinking you can’t improve your situation. Hopefully, you’re not f
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 3, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Moving Toward a Vegetarian Diet

Ok… I’m glad to have finally come across a diet option that has struck a nerve. The post on principles of vegetarianism has raised a lot of questions, and I’ll take this spac
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 21, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: An Introduction to Vegetarian Diets

  If you are on a vegetarian diet, congratulations to you, but if you’re not, you still should be interested in the principles that make a vegetarian diet a healthy choice.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 20, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: How Many Calories Do You Need a Day?

Let’s put this post (at least the end of it) under the category of things you do but really don’t think about. How many calories should you take in per day to function
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 7, 2018
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