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Gluten Sensitivity: Celiac or Fodmaps?

It is no secret that the gluten-free food industry has seen tremendous growth over the past year. Expected to reach $15 billion in sales by 2016, the gluten-free trend is not only found in supermarkets, but restaurant chefs are catering to those who are gluten-free or gluten-sensitive with special dishes as well.

People following the trend are torn: Is this just another health fad hitting its peak, or is it a real issue? Scientists now show that non-celiac gluten sensitivity – or NCGS – is in fact a problem in a growing amount of people. Those with NCGS experience bloating, gas, fatigue, and other IBS-like symptoms after consuming gluten. However, even after going gluten-free, some symptoms usually persist.

Researchers decided to test their findings by putting 37 patients on a diet low in certain carbohydrates. This diet, called Fodmaps, is an acronym for the various types of sugars that have been found to trigger abdominal symptoms in certain people. Including fructans (soluble fiber in bananas), lactose (dairy), fructose (found in many fruits, some vegetables, and products with high-fructose corn syrup), galactans (soybeans and soymilk), and polyols (artificial sweeteners), following the Fodmaps diet is not easy at first. However, using the process of elimination, it is possible to pinpoint exactly which groups (or foods) cause unwanted symptoms. Those that do not bother the individual are simply added back into their diet.

The Fodmaps diet is worth trying if you think you fall into the NCGS category. If you are definitely not celiac – determined using blood tests and biopsies – then an elimination diet will help determine if you are only gluten-intolerant, or if it is something more. Who knows, maybe gluten isn’t the worst abdominal pain “trigger” that it has been made out to be: Some participants of the Fodmaps plan safely added wheat back into their diets.

To Trust or Not to Trust. That is the (Gut-Wrenching) Question.

Is the doctor really always right?  Is it okay to question the expert?  If you have worried that something was wrong even though the doc reassured you that it wasn’t, you are not alone.  Dr. Michelle Yagoda, expert facial plastic surgeon, and voice care specialist, has had thousands of different patients come through her doors over the last twenty years. With these patients come stories! A recurring story line is one that has a very important lesson in it: Trust your gut.

Each of us is a patient, and most of us have learned to trust our doctors because of their expertise and knowledge of medicine. However, this does not mean that your opinion as a patient doesn’t matter.  Here’s an example of when you should trust your intuition:  As a person with sensitive skin, a young man worried that the recurring scabbing on his skin might be cancer. The doctor told him it was “nothing”, but he wasn’t comfortable and chose to get a second opinion. The second doctor prescribed a topical exfoliant.  He used it despite his concerns, but the abrasion did not go away. It was only with the patient’s insistence that it was biopsied, but he never received follow-up results. Rather than believing his friends and family’s suggestion that “no news is good news,” he eventually gave in to the nagging feeling plaguing him and called the doctor’s office. The answer? Skin cancer. Luckily, it was caught early and was successfully removed.

Dr. Yagoda believes that one can never be too cautions. You know your body and skin, and your opinion counts. Skincare and sun protection are of the utmost importance. Check your skin often.  If you believe something is wrong, see a specialist who has the level of knowledge you’d expect, and never underestimate the power of reviews.  Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion! And, as Dr. Yagoda is frequently heard saying,  “No news is no news.  That’s it.  Plain and simple.”  If you don’t get a call about the results of a test or biopsy, call the office to follow-up.  And, most importantly, trust your gut. No one knows you better than you!

10 Surprising Facts About Stress

In today’s hectic, fast-paced world, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by stress and have negative thoughts when things don’t go as planned. The good news is that there are numerous techniques you can use to combat stress. Did you know that smiling is an antidote to stress? Or that bringing your dog to work can boost employee satisfaction and lower stress levels? To honor National Stress Awareness Month, we’d like to explore the impact stress has in our lives by taking a look at these 10 interesting new findings that have been discovered over the past year.

Dr. Yagoda recommends incorporating a variety of stress reduction techniques in your lifestyle to manage your stress, including meditation, yoga, ample and restful sleep, biofeedback, a healthy diet, and moderate exercise. As a facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist, she offers her patients a full spectrum of treatment options for optimal health and wellness. Providing an integrated approach-to beauty, aesthetics, ear, nose, throat, voice, and facial medicine – Dr. Yagoda understands the importance of uniting mind-body connections with traditional medicine and surgery for optimal health, beauty and wellness.

Did you know…a healthy diet likely promotes restful sleep?

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Want to increase your odds of a peaceful slumber? According to a recent study, the food you eat is linked to how well you sleep.

Researchers found that poor sleep affects the hormones that control hunger and appetite, which can lead to unhealthy food choices. Interestingly, the people who slept 7-8 hours each night ate the largest variety of food and nutrients, and the people who slept 6 hours or less consumed the lowest variety of food and nutrients. So the next time you go grocery store, you may want to consider adding “super foods” to your shopping cart.

Dr. Yagoda can diagnosis the causes of restless sleep and sleep disorders. Cure your sleeping troubles and call our NYC office today for a consultation!

Junk Food Linked to Asthma and Eczema in Children

As many of you know, eating processed food can lead to obesity, heart disease and diabetes in adults. But you may be surprised to learn the harmful effects of junk food on children. A recent study revealed that kids who eat junk food three times a week have a higher risk of developing asthma and eczema.

Researchers studied 50 countries and found that teenagers who ate fast food such as burgers three times a week or more were 39 percent more likely to get severe asthma. Younger kids were 27 percent more at risk. It is believed that the high saturated fat levels in food such as burgers lower children’s immune systems.

Want to know what foods can protect against these diseases? Read this article to find out more.

Can Herbal Remedies Be Safely Used During Pregnancy?

MYTH OR MEDICAL MIRACLE?

Medical Miracle! Ginger has been proven to be safe in pregnant women as a natural cure for morning sickness. During pregnancy, many women concerned about side effects of traditional medicines look for alternatives. Women may be surprised to learn that most herbal remedy options provide promised benefits, and even worse, can cause danger. However, a recent study revealed that ginger was the only herbal remedy tested to be consistently effective and safe.

Dr. Yagoda recognizes the healing properties of both traditional medicine and alternative therapies. She understands that holistic and natural therapies can often be as effective as conventional Western options such as surgery or prescription medication, with the added benefit of lowered risk and fewer side effects.

Face the Facts: 5 Healthiest States to Live In

While Americans are dying less from cancer and heart-related conditions, more are now affected by obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and sedentary living. According to a report from the United Health Foundation and American Public Health Association, 26.2% lead sedentary lifestyles, 30.8% have hypertension, 27.8% of Americans are obese and 9.5% have diabetes. These are the 5 healthiest states to live in (with the lowest rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and sedentary living):

1. Hawaii
2. Vermont
3. Massachusetts
4. Connecticut
5. Utah

Click here to see where your state ranked.

3 Last Minute Holiday Beauty Treats You Deserve during Your Lunch Hour!

If you are like most people, your holiday social calendar is filled with parties, fundraisers, work events and family gatherings. While some people have taken the time to prepare ahead to dazzle friends, families and colleagues, many of us find ourselves wondering if there is anything we can to in the eleventh hour to stop the clock and turn back the hands of time?  If you work hard at a paying (or non-paying!) job, and want a quick, easy and affordable way to look better for the holidays, here’s what you deserve during your lunch hour:

1.  If holiday photos always seem to capture that dreaded bump on your nose, then ask Dr. Yagoda to make immediate, natural and noticeable changes with a non-surgical rhinoplasty.  This time and cost efficient fix will give you a straighter, more balanced and refined nose. Dr. Yagoda uses injectable fillers to camouflage depressions, eliminate bumps, and even change the appearance of the tip and nostrils—all in a quick office procedure that doesn’t require general anesthesia, bandages, or recovery time.  In addition to looking great, you get to “try on” the results before committing to a permanent surgical result!

2.  If people tell you that you look angry, tired or worried, when you are content and well-rested, it’s time for a treatment with Dysport. This Botox competitor erases crows’ feet, angry lines and worry lines in as early as 24 hours!  Look refreshed and stress-free faster even before you sip that Margarita, under a palm tree in St. Lucia.

3. Gray may be the new navy or the new black, but it is never the new skin color to covet!  If your skin is looking gray and sallow, restore the radiance, and get glowing, clear and tighter skin with a peel.  With no downtime and no pain, this treatment is a must for anyone who wants to wear winter white!

Love the way you look this holiday season and at the same time take comfort in knowing that annoying aunt Sally and your sister-in-law Karen won’t have anything to criticize.  You’ll see the loving grin in your father ‘s eyes when he is equally smitten by your brains and your beauty.  And, who know?  Maybe this time, your boss will pay closer attention when you ask for the raise you deserve!  Happy Holiday!  Enjoy the power of beauty!

Are you a “less is more” or “more is more” person?

Sugar-sweetened beverages may be the number one cause of adult-onset diabetes. Do you think ‘gallon-sized $1 drinks’ give you more or less for your money? How does a diet that includes sugary drinks affect your overall health? How does a diet that includes sugary drinks affect your overall health?  Read this New York Times article and let us know what you think:  In Fight Against Obesity, Drink Sizes Matter.

 

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