16 of My Favorite Health Stories of The Year

Retha R. Newbold – The New York Times
1) Warnings From a Flabby Mouse! The only difference between these 2 mice is that the top one was exposed at birth to just one part per billion of an endocrine-disrupting chemical. The brief exposure programmed the mouse to put on fat, and although there were no differences in caloric intake or expenditure, it continued to put on flab long after the chemical was gone. Important piece by Nicholas Kristof.  http://goo.gl/8KRXsR

2) 12 of the worst hormone disrupters, how they do their dirty deeds, and some tips on how to avoid them. The Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors from the fine peeps at Environmental Working Group. http://goo.gl/70j0qs

3) What we can Learn from the 100 Trillion Bacteria That Make Up Your Microbiome. Michael Pollan explains in an excellent (though long) piece on the importance of those bacteria in your gut. http://goo.gl/SIHrH

4) Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach! The right combination of stomach microbes could be crucial for a healthy mind. http://goo.gl/Sc9RDK

5) Study Finds Autism May Start in The Gut. http://goo.gl/QAT30T

6) More and more research is confirming that there is a link between the bacterial population in our intestines and our health. http://goo.gl/1Qmgaa

7) The latest Scoop on Poop…..Poop in a Pill…..to cure serious gut infections! Something I have been predicting for awhile….had to happen. First fecal transplants and now in pill form, coming to a Pharmacy near you. http://goo.gl/QXBz5t

8) The Bad Seed: The Health Risks of Genetically Modified Corn. http://goo.gl/MsZqmi

9) Research Shows that Monsanto’s Big Claims for GMO Food Are Probably Wrong.  http://goo.gl/b2hR1l

10) Factory farmed animals are pumped full of antibiotics to make them gain weight. Avoid them otherwise so will you! http://goo.gl/QKm73

11) Food really is addictive: Study finds brain activity similar to heroin users after eating certain processed foods. http://goo.gl/ZKFSnz

12) How Food Companies exploit Americans with ingredients banned in other countries!! http://goo.gl/x0if8

13) Meet the Doctor Big Pharma Can’t Shut Up! The pharmaceutical industry has compromised the Western medical establishment and hooked America on drugs. One psychiatrist is fighting back. http://goo.gl/B2U4Nt

14) We usually assume that new medical procedures and drugs are adopted because they are better. But a new analysis has found that more than 40% of established practices studied were found to be ineffective or harmful. Moreover, many doctors persist in using practices that have been shown to be useless or harmful. http://goo.gl/TbZ0Mo

15) Meditation affects a person’s brain function long after the act of meditation is over, according to new research. http://goo.gl/qYT8yQ

16) Relax! You’ll Be More Productive.  A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health. http://goo.gl/6BU5S


For Dr. Frank Lipman, health is more than just the absence of disease: it is a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing. Dr. Lipman is a widely recognized trailblazer and leader in functional and integrative medicine, and he is a New York Times best-selling author of five books, How To Be Well, The New Health Rules, 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat, Revive and Total Renewal.

After his initial medical training in his native South Africa, Dr. Lipman spent 18 months working at clinics in the bush. He became familiar with the local traditional healers, called sangomas, which kindled his interest in non-Western healing modalities.

In 1984, Dr. Lipman immigrated to the United States, where he became the chief medical resident at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY. While there, he became fascinated by the hospital’s addiction clinic, which used acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat people suffering from heroin and crack addiction. Seeing the way these patients responded so positively to acupuncture made him even more aware of the potential of implementing non- Western medicine to promote holistic wellbeing. As a medical student, he was taught to focus on the disease rather than the patient, and now as a doctor he found himself treating symptoms rather than the root causes of illness. Frustrated by the constraints of his training, and the limitations in helping his patients regain true health, he began a journey of discovery to search for the path to meaningful long-term health and wellness.

He began studying nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, functional medicine, biofeedback, meditation, and yoga. Dr. Lipman founded the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in 1992, where he combines the best of Western medicine and cutting edge nutritional science with age-old healing techniques from the East. As his patient chef Seamus Mullen told The New York Times, "If antibiotics are right, he'll try it. If it's an anti-inflammatory diet, he’ll do that. He’s looking at the body as a system rather than looking at isolated things."

In addition to his practice, Dr. Lipman is the creator of Be Well, an expanding lifestyle wellness brand he founded in 2010 to help people create, sustain and lead healthier lives.