Does Folic Acid Help Prevent Autism?

In Blog, Gynecology, Nutrition, Women's Health Topics by Dr. Gary Goldman

Can Vitamins Prevent Autism? In a stunning article published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, researchers found that maternal prenatal vitamin use reduced the incidence of autism. Over 300 women were studied who had previously given birth to a child with autism. The chance of having a second child with autism is about 33%. When women used prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy, that rate was reduced to 14%. Use of prenatal vitamins were also found to decrease the severity of autism. There was a statistically significant decrease in autism severity scores by …

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad For You?

In Blog, Nutrition by Dr. Gary Goldman

Just how bad are artificial sweeteners for your health? Deadly bad. In yesterday’s issue of the journal Stroke, researchers combed through the data from 81,714 women studied for almost 12 years in the Women’s Health Initiative. Higher intake of artificial sweeteners was associated with an increased risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, and all-cause mortality. Women who drank two or more artificially sweetened drinks a day had a 23% higher risk of having any type of stroke, and a 31% increased risk of having a stroke due to clotting in brain blood vessels, compared to women who reported drinking fewer …

Processed Foods Linked To Higher Mortality

In Blog, Gynecology, Nutrition, Women's Health Topics by Dr. Gary Goldman

In an article published today in JAMA Internal Medicine, eating ultra-processed food was significantly associated with a higher mortality rate. A 10% increase in consuming these foods yielded a 14% increase in the all-cause mortality rate, mostly due to chronic illnesses, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. Currently, in the United States, 61% of an adult’s total diet comes from ultra-processed foods!! Eat real food. Live longer and healthier. JAMA Internal Medicine

Should You Take a Daily Vitamin?

In Blog, Functional Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition by Dr. Gary Goldman

Should you take a vitamin? This is a very common question in my office. If you are planning on becoming pregnant, then the answer is a resounding “Yes! You should take folic acid supplements to reduce the risks of fetal open neural tube defects, and possibly autism.” If you have been diagnosed with a vitamin deficiency, such as Scurvy, then you need to replenish your body’s stores – in that case, with Vitamin C, to reverse a potentially serious disease. But what about the average person with a fairly good diet? What does the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force say …

Can We Still Eat Fish?

In Blog, Holistic Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition, Obstetrical Care by Dr. Gary Goldman

Can we still eat fish? Years of polluting the ocean have taken their toll, and the once glorified health benefits of consuming fish have come under scrutiny due to contamination of seafood with mercury. Fish is an excellent source of high quality, lean protein. It’s low in saturated fats and high in omega-3 fatty acids; these lower blood pressure, the risk of abnormal blood clots, and the risk of sudden death from heart disease. Mercury makes its way into the ocean via power plant emissions, chemical manufacturers, cement plants, and landfills. Once in the water, mercury is converted by bacteria …

Organic Food Recall

In Blog, Infections, Nutrition, Obstetrical Care, Women's Health Topics by Dr. Gary Goldman

The FDA announced a voluntary recall of multiple products from the commonly found organic food company, Amy’s Kitchen. The manufacturer has found that some spinach they had used in the production of various foods may contain Listeria, which can make any of us ill, and in particular can be problematic in pregnancy. I have seen these products for sale in Whole Foods as well as elsewhere. Fortunately, no one has reported an illness attributable to ingestion of Amy’s Kitchen products to date; the recall has been issued “out of an abundance of caution.” If you have recently purchased any of …

Do We Need Vitamins?

In Blog, Cancer, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition by Dr. Gary Goldman

Many of my patients ask me if they should take a vitamin or nutritional supplement. 49% of us currently use at least one supplement daily. I answer that it depends who you believe. According to the US Preventative Services Task Force in their 2014 statement, “The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the use of multivitamins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or cancer.” In a word: no. They did carve out a rare exception, such as folic acid in pregnancy, or correcting a known deficiency. Many other groups …

Blues Cure the Blues!

In Blog, Holistic Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition, Obstetrical Care by Dr. Gary Goldman

An article just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown a remarkable nutritional approach to preventing postpartum blues. Women using a supplement of 2 g of tryptophan and 10 g of tyrosine (both simple amino acid proteins), plus blueberry juice with blueberry extract on days three through five after delivery significantly reduced their incidence of postpartum blues. Read more here:

Do You Enjoy Eating Pesticides?

In Blog, Holistic Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition by Dr. Gary Goldman

The Environmental Working Group released its 2017 list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen fruits and vegetables. Thanks to Dr. Josh Axe for publishing this data. In random samples of fruits and veggies, almost 70 percent of 48 non-organic samples tested positive for at least one pesticide. A single strawberry sample harbored 20 different pesticide residues! Not only do these pesticides increase your chance of developing cancers, they also destroy the delicate balance of bacteria that you harbor in your gut. Those bacteria form your microbiome, and are essential in your health. They help you to fight off …

Do You Enjoy Eating Pesticides?

In Blog, Nutrition, Uncategorized by Dr. Gary Goldman

Do you enjoy eating pesticides? Me neither. The Environmental Working Group has just published its 2017 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists of non-organic fruits and vegetables – which are safe, and which are highly toxic. Read more here: