What grizzlies at the Chicago zoo can teach us about weight loss

When she was head of a cardiac imaging center at UCLA, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz was asked one day to perform echocardiography on the failing heart of the Los Angeles Zoo’s python. As the cardiologist gazed on an image of the snake’s one-ventricle heart, it occurred to her that snakes might offer clues for treating children born without a septum between their ventricles.Continue Reading

A Recipe for Passover

Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2008

Our ancestors had better eating habits than we do — that seems to be the current thinking. But anyone who is sitting down to a Passover meal — a major holiday feast that begins this evening — might wonder whether traditional European Jewish cooking is an exception to the rule.Continue Reading

Take a hike and call me in the morning

Reprint of “A Trained Eye: Doctors send patients outdoors for physical, mental benefits,” November 17, 2009 “I have a StairMaster right in my own basement, but honestly it’s been there for years gathering dust and making me feel guilty,” said Miriam, one of my patients. “It wasn’t until I started walking the three-mile trail inContinue Reading

Prescribing Food

Reprinted from The Washington Post, May 26, 2009

Rare are the moments when a specific pill promises a quick fix. To the contrary, medications often produce a buckshot-like effect, hitting organs far beyond their intended target.Continue Reading

Locavorism vs. Salmonella: A Physician’s Perspective

Reprinted from Civil Eats, January 27, 2009

It is surprising how few in the health field are interested in food, much less the system that produces that food. Recently, thanks to the strength of the sustainable agriculture movement, there have been some promising signs that this is changing.Continue Reading