For you ladies, is your waistline more than 35 inches around at your navel? And, for you gentlemen, is your waistline more than 40 inches around at the same location? If so, you could be carrying excess fat in your abdominal cavity even if you are not overweight. This fat is known as belly fat, visceral fat, central obesity or abdominal fat. What is the big deal about belly fat? Well, this deposited fat is an outward sign of activation of the metabolic syndrome. As you have learned from my second and third books as well as other posts on this website, metabolic syndrome can manifest itself a bit differently in each of us but can include; elevated serum triglycerides, elevated LDL cholesterol, depressed HDL cholesterol, [more]
Vitamin B-12 Deficiency Are you or do you know of anyone who is vitamin B-12 deficient? And, why does it matter? I can tell you that when I was a young doctor, I had a patient who was hospitalized because he could not feel his feet when he walked. I was on a Neurology rotation at the time and it was my job to find out what was causing his neuropathy. It turns out that he was profoundly vitamin B-12 deficient and with treatment, much of the neuropathy reversed itself. He was left with some residual numbness but he could feel his feet again. This is a profound case of vitamin B-12 deficiency but more and more of us are developing this deficiency annually; over a million [more]
In the late 1970’s I was attending a radiology class during medical school. The esteemed Radiology Professor was the author of many textbooks of his profession and he was a proverbial “walking textbook” of knowledge about his field. He told us that 25% of the U.S. population suffered from the presence of a hiatal hernia. Fast forward to today; that number has exploded to approximately 60% of the middle-aged adult population in America. If you venture into the textbooks, not much is written about the causes of this dramatic explosion of an anatomic abnormality that predisposes many of us to all kinds of symptoms related to gastroesophageal reflux disease. This question has plagued my mind for several decades as I watched more and more of my [more]
How often do we suffer from gas, bloat, nausea, cramping and diarrhea or know of someone with similar symptoms? At least one in every eight people suffer from these symptoms on a rather regular frequency. While the causes of these symptoms can be caused by a number of reasons such as celiac disease (gluten allergy), giardia, pancreatic insufficiency, inflammatory bowel disease, H. pylori gastritis, lactose intolerance and the like, many of us suffer from an intolerance/malabsorption to fructose. We cannot absorb this sugar in the small intestine so it passes into the colon where our bacteria ferment it and generate the symptoms. It is unclear how many of us suffer from fructose malabsorption but it is more common than one might think. I see many patients [more]
For any of you who have followed my writings for the past decade or more, I have tried to emphasize the importance of balancing omega-3 and omega-6 fats in our diet. The problem with the Western Diet is that we consume far too many omega-6 fats and almost no omega-3 fats. Does this matter? Emphatically, yes! Omega-3 fats reduce inflammation and nourish our nervous system. Omega-6 fats activate in the inflammatory process; this is important for processes such as fighting an infection, tissue repair after trauma or surgery. I have explored these issues in depth in my first and third books and would encourage all of you to read them if you want to better understand these essential fats. The problem with the Western Diet is that [more]
Back in the early 1990’s when I first started investigating the Western Diet and its implications concerning nutritional health, information outside of the National Library of Medicine was sparse. Few books existed at that time that gave us insight into the menace this diet was creating in our bodies. With the advent of the internet and social media, information began to spread much more quickly but finding and interpreting medical information still remained a challenge. As I researched information from the National Library of Medicine for my first book about Trans fats, omega-3 and omega-6 fats, I soon realized that much of the nutritional knowledge I gleaned from that homework was not in the textbooks, let alone being taught to the health care providers [more]
Frank Lyons II, M.D.
M. Frank Lyons II, M.D., a practicing gastroenterologist in Tacoma, Washington, has been a clinical researcher, writer, and teacher for over a quarter of a century. A Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American College of Physicians, he has answered many clinical questions through his scientific investigations. His medical research has included hepatitis C, esophageal diseases, Helicobacter pylori infections, and intestinal cancer prevention. He has received several teaching, research and clinical awards, and has authored chapters of textbooks, scientific papers and abstracts. Read more »
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