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Why Is Coconut Oil Good For You?

Why Is Coconut Oil Good For You?

Let’s understand why we do what we do – you cannot walk in a grocery store these days without seeing a jar of coconut oil – it’s everywhere. In India, many have always used coconut oil in their cooking, probably without stopping to think about...
South Asian Heart Health: Increased Risks Explained

South Asian Heart Health: Increased Risks Explained

Julie Beck tells us that throughout much of history the heart was the essence of what made humans human. We use heart metaphors very often: “he has a heart of stone,” or a “heart of a lion,” or a “heart of gold.”’  She “poured her heart out.”‘“He broke my heart.” We...
The Skinny on a Low-Carb High-Fat Diet

The Skinny on a Low-Carb High-Fat Diet

There is an urban legend that the Indian diet is rich in fat. When you think of desi cuisine it brings up images of deep-fried pooris and sautéed vegetables floating in oil. It is further assumed that this fat-rich diet contributes to the high prevalence of heart...
New Year’s Recipe For “Helper’s High”

New Year’s Recipe For “Helper’s High”

Mahatma Gandhi said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Let’s think about that. People who willingly give their time to help always make a difference in the lives of others, in ways big and small. They help their neighbors,...
A Peanut-Laden Kiss Of Death?

A Peanut-Laden Kiss Of Death?

Whenever I see a report touting possible new peanut allergy treatments, I devour it. I can’t help it. It’s an occupational hazard for any health journalist whose reporting specialty and medical history intertwine. I write about the business of health care, focusing on...
How To Incorporate Music To Heal

How To Incorporate Music To Heal

Greg Kaufman manages the Music Program at Stanford Hospital. He recalls being stopped in the hallway by a patient who was going to be discharged. “Aren’t you the music man?” the patient asked Greg.  “Yes,” Greg replied. “There are a lot of great doctors here who cured...