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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 September 6, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: The Adverse Health Effects of Obesity and Why You Gain Weight

Earlier, we identified the differences between a ‘normal’ weight and being overweight and/or obese. Today’s goal is to help you understand specific risks of carrying extr
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 5, 2013

Straight No Chaser: The United States of Obesity – The Crossroads Between The Pursuit of Health and Happiness

Straight No Chaser: The United States of Obesity – The Crossroads Between The Pursuit of Health and Happiness.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 4, 2013

Straight No Chaser: The United States of Obesity – The Crossroads Between The Pursuit of Health and Happiness

Obesity in the United States places many at a crossroad between self-esteem and health.  Often, larger frames are celebrated as more desirable.  Other times, they are celebrated
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 4, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Here's How You Stop Smoking – Quick Tips to START Smoking Cessation

Don’t pick your birthday or NYE to stop. Do it now. Can’t do it now? Do it Monday. In fact, do it every Monday. It’s a fight. If you fall down, start it back up again. It’s
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 3, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Smoking Cessation

You’ve all been asked what things you’d take with you on a desert island.  I’ll pose and answer the opposite question, but not on an island but regarding your life.  Gettin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 3, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is called the silent killer. It’s common for me to see someone who thought they were ‘fine’ drop dead from its effects, never knowing it was about to happ
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 2, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Breaking News You Can Use – Sarin Nerve Gas Poisoning in Syria

Just when I thought I was done with toxins for a while…  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has announced that autopsies of victims in Syria are testing positive for the pre
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 1, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: The Week In Review

Based on the response to this week’s posts, I’d say it was an informative week for you.  Remember to click the underlined topics to go to the mentioned post.  LetR
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 1, 2013

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 August 31, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: How I Know If Your Ankle is Broken Without X-Rays – The Ottawa Ankle Rules

There are medical secrets, and there are tips.  Then there are initiatives that help the public better understand what’s going on, like the big initiatives on heart attacks
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 31, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Your Rebuttals and Questions about Insomnia

You are certainly an entertaining group behind the scenes. Here are some of your questions on insomnia. Be reminded that should you want to leave me a private question, just go to
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 30, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Insomnia – You are Not Getting Sleepy…

Talking about insomnia makes me well, tired. You know what the problem is. You either can’t fall asleep, or you can’t stay asleep. You’re tired when you wake and all thro
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 30, 2013

Straight No Chaser: Top Seven Facts You Should Know About the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)



In general, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) attempts a nifty set of tricks: it aims to add over 30 million currently uncovered Americans to insurance rolls whi
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 26, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: A Dream of Equal Access to Health Care

This weekend marked the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the famous March on Washington. During this weekend’s remembrances, I couldn’t help but reflect back on Dr. Mart
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 26, 2013

Straight, No Chaser – The Week In Review

I hope this was another week of good health for you.  Let’s review how Straight, No Chaser tried to contribute to your health and wellness.  Don’t forget to click on any of t
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 25, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Quick Tips – You Snore Too Much

You snore too much.  What this means is your breathing is intermittently partially obstructed while you’re sleeping.  Snoring is the sound of air moving past that obstruction.
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 24, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Can You Hear Me Now? Checking Hearing Loss

We live in a loud world. Take a listen around. You’re likely in the midst of multiple simultaneous noises, many of which (if you actually think about it) sound harsh and annoying
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 23, 2013

Straight, No Chaser: Circumcision – To Do or Not to Do?

As a medical professional, circumcision has long been one of those things that’s made me go hmmm…. If your religious beliefs include this as a ritual or ceremony, fine.  I get
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 23, 2013
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