Ask the Doctor

  • Ask The Doctor: How Much Is Enough Antioxidants

    I can’t overstate the importance of antioxidants for your health. Every moment, your body churns out potent reactive substances called free radicals, which form as your body “burns” food for energy, detoxifies chemicals, and fights off invading organisms.

    Can I get enough antioxidants from my food or do I need to take a bunch of supplements?
    By Nancy Lonsdorf, MD
  • Ask The Doctor: Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    Vitamin B12 deficiency is a growing health problem, caused in whole or in part by vegetarian diets, antacids, diabetes medications, alcoholism, iron deficiency, aging, and digestive disorders (such as malabsorption, Crohn’s disease, and celiac disease).

    I’ve been a vegan for nearly 25 years and was recently diagnosed with low vitamin B12 levels. I’m being treated with B12 shots, but how can I prevent getting deficient again?
    By Nancy Lonsdorf, MD
  • Ask The Doctor: Lethargy and Diet

    Absolutely. In a nutshell, you want to feed your body, use it, and give it adequate rest. Before tackling the diet question, I want to make sure you’re getting enough exercise, fresh air, and plenty of sleep. On top of that, make time for those you love as well as yourself. Now, back to your diet. Here are several things to consider:

    I’m feeling lethargic and just not very happy. Could my diet be to blame?
    By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
  • Ask The Doctor: Do's and Don'ts for Enhancing Fertility

    Actually there are a number of things you can do—and certain things you shouldn’t do—to increase your chances of conceiving. First, here’s a list of what you should give up:

    I have been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for the last two years. What can my husband and I do?
    By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD