Prevention Practice Pearls

Helping Patients Heed COVID’s Wake-Up Call

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

We are nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, it’s worth looking into what goes on in the body and how the immune system works in critical situations like COVID-19. The pandemic has certainly put the functioning of the immune system to test, but it has also brought to light the […]

Rethinking Osteoporosis

By Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, Contributing Writer

Osteoporosis is often called “The Silent Killer,” because in and of itself, it has no symptoms and most people who have it are quite unaware that they are losing bone until they experience a fracture. As we all know, a major fracture in advanced age raises the risk for a wide range of sometimes deadly comorbidities. […]

Platelets: How to Keep Them In the “Goldilocks” Zone

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

Platelets may be tiny—on average they’re about 20% of the diameter of red blood cells—but they have huge impact on our health and wellbeing. Beyond their obvious role in blood clotting and wound healing, they are also important players in the immune system. More than we realize, optimal health depends on the platelets doing their […]

Providing Help at the Intersection of Pain Place & Depression Boulevard

By Russell Jaffe, MD

Depression, anxiety, and chronic pain frequently co-occur, though the connection between them is not always apparent at the outset. While most people experience physical pain at some point in their lives, in those with depression or anxiety, pain can become particularly intense and hard to treat. People suffering from depression, for example, tend to experience more severe […]

Remote Patient Monitoring: From Luxury to Necessity

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

Patient self-assessment tools, along with remote consultation technologies, have evolved rapidly over the last decade. Until recently, they’ve been considered luxuries for highly motivated patients and future-forward clinicians. In the post-COVID world, where many physicians have closed their clinics and patients are deferring all but the most essential in-person visits, telemedicine and remote monitoring are […]

Ten Tips for Boosting Immunity & Building Resilience

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

Immune system health, while not the only determinant, is certainly one of the most important factors in determining how someone will fare if exposed to this virus. Here are 10 ways to boost immune defense, support tissue repair systems, and reduce the risk of infection and illness.

Six Essentials for Optimal Wintertime Health

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contrbuting Writer

With shorter days and colder weather, many people have trouble finding the motivation to stay healthy during the winter. The following tips can prepare people for what winter has in store for us, and more.

Choline, Carnitine & the Heart: Is TMAO Really a Risk Factor?

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

Recently, I was asked if I had any concerns about elevated levels of TMAO—trimethylamine N-oxide–with a diet high in eggs. This is a reasonable question given that elevated TMAO levels have been linked to increased cardiovascular disease and stroke. As with most physiologic functions, however, the answer is nuanced and highly individualized. It’s not a simple “good or bad” subject.

Baking Soda is No Ally in Raising Alkaline Levels

By By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

The use of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to quell inflammation and autoimmunity brings more risk than benefit. Dr. Russell Jaffe, developer of The Alkaline Way lifestyle program, says it is actually a harmful choice that one should avoid.

Rhodiola: An Herbal Ally for Balancing Cortisol

By Russell Jaffe, MD, Contributing Writer

The combination of Rhodiola extract with two other adaptogenic herbs–Magnolia and Phellodendron—create a wonderful synergistic effect that addresses the cortisol/DHEA imbalance so rampant in the 21st century world.