Eating Late is Bad for Some

Noteworthy- If you are of Hispanic or Latinos descent you are predisposed to poor cardiovascular health if you have late dinners.

But strangely it was noted that eating in the evening was not connected with obesity- (study by Nour Makarem, Ph.D., of Columbia University in New York City, and colleagues)

Noted was that if these individuals consume a larger proportion of energy in the evening their glucose and insulin levels rise. This puts them at higher risk for prediabetes and hypertension.

Please realize the population of group studies was in US Hispanics [and] Latinos,” the investigators noted.

If these folks eat at 30% or more of their energy intake after 6 pm they are at increased risk for hypertension (23%). They also they are 19% higher odds of prediabetes



Chewing Medicated Gum

The Numbers:    

– Over 173 million Americans chew gum (calculated by Statista based on the U.S. Census data and Simmons National Consumer Survey )

— Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum sold make a promise as a health-enhancing supplements

– One in 10 Americans over the age of 1 are deficient in vitamins B6 and C (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey).


The Idea:

Why not ‘deliver’ good stuff in gum?

Penn State researchers chose two vitamin-supplemented products to see if chewed vitamins could be absorbed into body.  The Study was published in Journal of Functional Foods.

A placebo identical gum product was infused with a host of vitamins: retinol (A1), thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacinamide (B3), pyridoxine (B6), folic acid, cyanocobalamin (B12), ascorbic acid (C), and alpha-tocopherol (E).

Participants had blood levels measured after chewing and noted an  increase some more so than others.

Not surprisingly the water soluble vitamins were absorbed better than fat soluble ones (vitamin-A derivative retinol and the vitamin-E derivative alpha tocopherol)


The Results:

YES! Gum is an effective delivery means for at least some vitamins. More studies need to be done according to researchers.


Better chewing coming sooner than later


Another Benefit of the Mediterranean Diet

It is widely accepted in the medical community that those who follow the Mediterranean diet have a lower risk heart and overall fewer health issues. Now from recent research published in Ophthalmology, another health condition can be added. The likelihood of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is decreased in those that adhere to that diet.

Bénédicte M. J. Merle, Ph.D., from the Université de Bordeaux and colleagues examined the association of the presence of AMD in those that follow the Mediterranean diet. The study included 4446 participants aged 55 years or older and another group of 550 participants aged 73 years and older. Findings showed that those individuals that with high adherence to the Mediterranean diet had a noteworthy lower risk for advanced AMD versus those with a low adherence to the diet.

Another reason to have a diet rich in foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and fish.

Treadmill Workstation


Obesity is a major public health problem in the US, with roughly two-thirds of adults and one-third of children either overweight BMI (>25) or obese (BMI >30). Calculate your BMI!

Inactivity is a major culprit and many jobs have us sitting wither on a ball or ergonomic chair. Approx. 46% spends most of a workday sitting.

Studies have shown that walking at 1 mph burns over twice as many calories as sitting (191 calories versus 72 calories per hour, respectively).

To lose one pound you must burn or cut 3,500 calories.



A study was conceived to see if treadmill desks were to be widely used in the workplace, could there be an impact on weight loss and performance?



Working memory isn’t as efficient when using a treadmill workstation as when sitting or standing, furthermore memory was slightly negatively impacted when walking,



Form your own! Remember standing it better for health than sitting.

Head Trauma in Children – A Podcast

DocHandal latest podcast lets you in on the important considerations in children of mild head trauma, concussion, and what parents need to know. Warning signs, when to go to the ER, terminology and much more as only Doc can tell you.

Some warning signs of mild versus severe types of brain injury are hard to ID. That’s why check out by a physician early is important. Signs include: when a child is not acting as usual, complaints are getting worse especially a. headache, not walking well or unbalanced walking, a speech change, dizziness, excess sleepiness, blacking out or a seizure.

Whenever a head injury results from a forceful event – ex.  car accident or fall from a height, an immediate medical exam may be warranted be warranted.


Vampire Facial Dangers

Beauty has been on such a pedestal in our country that procedures to achieve this have been created that are extreme and contentious.

The ‘vampire facial’ – made popular by Kim Kardashian and others. Starting with taking blood from you the facial procedure uses micro needles to re-inject all the blood all over your face.

The New Mexico Department of Health says practice at ‘VIP Spa’ in Albuquerque might spread HIV or hepatitis B and C, CBS News reported.

“Vampire facial” clients are being cautioned that they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C through human blood. This controversial procedure and others are not regulated.

As a consumer do not presume since something is offered – it is safe and worthwhile.

Teen Behavior is Dependent on Sleep

Research has shown that adolescents should sleep 8-10 hours for optimal judgment, learning, and development.

Reality is 70%of high school students average less than 8 hours per night. Is this important?

JAMA Pediatrics published the results of a study (over 8 years) evaluating high school students sleep duration and behavior. It was a self-reported data gathering study.

Findings noted dramatic difference among those who slept 8 or more hours versus those who slept fewer 6 hours.

Those who slept fewer 6 hours exhibited unsafe behavior included drinking, drug use, aggressive and self-harm behavior. They also were 3 x more likely to consider suicide, attempt suicide, drive aggressively,

smoke, engage in the risky sexual activity. Furthermore, they were more likely to carry a weapon.

Now that you are informed help a teen gets sufficient sleep.


Medical Selfie

Ever wonder if you have a urinary tract infection? Mystery a photo away! FDA just approved a Class II (on its way to market but not there yet) a Smartphone app ‘ for urine testing. Not in App store yet.

Urine sample test strip

This app works with a dedicated app, a dipstick, and your Smartphone camera. Between AI & image recognition transmission to your doc gets you a reading!

So dip, take a photo in front of a color board send to a physician immediately -all in the app. Yes, the same ten parameters are interpreted. They are:
Protein pH
Specific Gravity

Watch out for more self-diagnostic Apps.

Unused Prescriptions

Once you decide to toss them, what is environmentally and socially responsible?

There may be times when you find yourself with some prescribed pills you want to get rid of, so what should you do?

Although you are told to finish all medications when you pick up a prescription thing happen!  At times expiration occurs, allergic reactions or the medication is ineffective or you ‘play’ doctor and feel better so you stop the medication – no comment!

My adice is drop it off at the pharmacy but first check which ones in your area have a ‘take back program’ but first go to  . Check at fire stations, this may be the place to unload them.

Afraid wrong hands will get them and time is of the essence, check at to find out which you can flush.

Remember to always remove personal data, by peeling your identifying information to avoid identity theft, if unable scratch out before recycling!

Check if you can donate to church or missions in your area.