He had been a tremendously successful and brilliant internist and gastroenterologist. Now he does not remember the name of his oldest son, calling him "a friend, a very good friend." This man is my father, now nearly 91 years old, who is stricken with Alzheimer's.
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It’s a familiar feeling. That bloated moment after a large, delicious meal when you turn to your friends or family and say, “I’m so full, I’ll never eat again.” Inevitably though, you do eat again. But for some, that notion that they’ve had too much and they should just stop eating becomes a fixation.
Most of our physical ills are caused by things we are doing, particularly the foods we are eating. While it can be difficult and even painful to acknowledge that we may be the cause of our own suffering, this is good news because it means we aren't victims! There is so much we can do to make a dramatic impact on our health.
If our body needs food that provides nutrients to live, how can it sometimes reject food? And if it doesn't outright reject food, why does it sometimes set up a reaction or sensitivity to good food, making a wholesome, normally nutritious food harmful to the body?
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Spring is in the air, with lovely flowers and trees blossoming around us. For some of us, the spring fragrances are invigorating. But for others, springtime triggers an unwanted cascade of stuffy noses, scratchy throats, infected sinuses. Why do some of us experience these symptoms and what can we do about them?