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A Father's Last Wish Jun 6th, 2019

Mathew was an experienced surgeon. But despite his rank and all supporting diplomas, he could not hold back his tears. Few life events bring to clarity our priorities like the death of a loved one. Before his father died, Matt stepped out of his busy schedule to ask the old...

Sign up for Dr. Emrani's wellness letter... Her's a sample. Mar 29th, 2019

As many of you know, I have fully adopted a plant-based diet to help manage diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure- the major risk factors for coronary artery disease. This no-meat, no-dairy way of life also works well in the treatment and prevention of heart disease, inflammatory diseases and various...

Harvard followed 800 people over the course of multiple decades and found 6 things that make people Sep 21st, 2018

Harvard followed 800 people for their entire lives to see what actually makes people live happier, healthier, and longer. One of the three samples of people — 268 Harvard graduates born around 1920 — was the longest prospective study of physical and mental health in the world. A second sample...

Low Carb Weight Loss Diet Feb 27th, 2018

Often patients ask me for a weight loss plan and suggestions of what to eat and what not to eat.There is an acute phase of weight loss when you want to lose let's say 25 lb.  The below information is in this phase.  Then, there is a chronic phase, where...

Eating to Cure Chronic Disease: Food as Medicine. Aug 18th, 2018

I estimate that at least 50% of the medications I prescribe are to combat food-borne illnesses. This means, if patients would change what they eat, most of my prescriptions would disappear. So much of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, abdominal pains, etc. are directly a result of bad diets. I've taken...

Simple ways to lower your blood pressure. Aug 8th, 2018

1. Lose a few pounds. The most effective means of reducing elevated blood pressure is to lose weight. Even losing as little as 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure. 2. Read labels. Weed out high-sodium foods by reading labels carefully. Limit soidum intake to under 2000 mg. Watch for...

The Best Weight Loss Tips- That Work! Jul 6th, 2018

Tip 1: Don’t let hunger deter you from sticking with your diet. Whatever diet you choose — and many different diets can help you lose weight — don’t give up because you get too hungry. When you have diabetes, a diet with fewer carbs (like bread, pasta, rice, desserts, sugary...

Basic Aspects of Healthy Living Jun 17th, 2018

Basics of Healthy Living: 1. Avoid refined and processed sugars. Always read food labels to look for hidden sugar. Sugars entering your bloodstream attach to proteins, forming harmful molecules called AGEs. The more sugar entering your bloodstream, the more AGEs tend to be produced. Refined and processed sugars are more...

Dance Your Way to Health Jun 13th, 2018

Dancing is Great For Your Health: People who dance frequently have a 75 percent lower chance of dementia In fact, in a decade-long study of nearly 48,400 people over the age of 40, Australian researchers concluded that regularly dancing at “moderate intensity” cut your chances of dying of cardiovascular disease...

OZEMPIC for Weight Loss Jun 11th, 2018

I am increasingly using a once a week simple injection to help patients lose weight. A pharmaceutical drug initially used to treat people with type 2 diabetes is helping obese people without diabetes lose weight. Novo Nordisk’s semaglutide compound, under the brand name Ozempic, is designed to act in the...

This ground-breaking study could change breast cancer treatment forever Jun 1st, 2018

Most women with the most common form of early stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient’s risk. The study is the largest ever done of breast cancer...

Healing the inner child: Pain not transformed is transmitted. Apr 11th, 2018

Growing up my father had us convinced that we were the perfect family. We were the best. We were the standard by which others should measure themselves. It’s a beautiful tale, until you realize it’s not true. Not that it’s not true because my father lied, but because there is...

Choosing a partner based on genetics. Mar 18th, 2018

Tough topic, but let's talk. Routinely I get calls, emails, even office consults about marriage. Typically, at least in the Persian Jewish community, a parent is worried that his or her son or daughter is marrying someone who has a risk of carrying a gene for heart disease, cancer, mental...

What tests should you get as part of your annual exam? Mar 9th, 2018

Physical Exam by Afshine Ash Emrani, MD, FACC Los Angeles CardiologistWhat is the LAHS executive physical?The LAHS physical is a comprehensive exam and assessment of your health conducted in a single weekend day. It's designed to accommodate the busy schedules of executives who may not be able to squeeze in...

Raynaud's disease Mar 8th, 2018

Source: Mayo Clinic. Raynaud's (ray-NOHZ) disease causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud's disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas...

Bicuspid Aortic Valve Mar 6th, 2018

Filipina accountant in her late thirties has been complaining of shortness of breath for months, unable to complete her daily activities. She has been diagnosed with asthma and given steroids and inhalers on multiple occasions. Her infertility doctor has been postponing treatment until her shortness of breath resolves. On examination,...

Common Migraine Triggers and How to Deal with Them Mar 2nd, 2018

The sudden onset of a migraine means a dark room, bed and a cool towel for most of us. While these seem to come out of nowhere, many will find that there are usually some signs that a migraine attack is on its way. These signs can reveal a pattern...

Advil vs. Tylenol Feb 28th, 2018

#Advil vs. #Tylenol. Tylenol is a brand of acetaminophen and Advil is a brand of ibuprofen. Tylenol is only effective at relieving pain and fever, but Advil relieves inflammation in addition to pain and fever. Some research suggests NSAIDs (such as Advil, Motrin, Naprosyn) are more effective than Tylenol at...

Alcohol and coffee can help you live a long life Feb 21st, 2018

A study out of the University of California-Irvine has revealed that consumption of moderate amounts of alcohol and coffee is linked to living a longer life. Moderation is key. The study, called "The 90+ Study," started in 2003 and examined "the oldest-old" age group - about 1,700 nonagenarians - to...

Why Probiotics Matter Feb 19th, 2018

Antibiotics are like chemotherapy- they kill the bad bacteria but also kill the good bacteria that naturally reside in your gut. Many children develop allergies after taking antibiotics. Studies show that children who routinely take probiotics reduce the risk of life-threatening allergies. In adults, probiotics help with 1- Irritable bowel...

Dizziness/ Vertigo/ Anxiety Feb 16th, 2018

I'm seeing a 20-year-old college student brought in by her mom for panic disorder. She was "normal" until 6 months ago when she suddenly stopped going out to social gatherings. She was diagnosed with agoraphobia- and was given psychiatric medication. Her mom wanted a second opinion. In further questioning, I...

Don't Drink Hot Tea Feb 16th, 2018

Persians/ Iranians boast about drinking boiling hot tea served right out of the kettle. But it's dangerous and can lead to esophageal cancer! Drinking hot tea can increase the risk of cancer. Combined with excess alcohol consumption, it also raises the relative risk of developing oesophageal cancer five times. Esophageal...

Osteoporosis: Don't wait to break a bone! Feb 16th, 2018

Today, I saw a patient who had a hard fall and did not break any bones. She had been on over a decade of Fosomax by another physician for osteoporosis. She broke her ankle just walking. When she switched her care to me, I put her on injectible Prolia. It's...

Gluten-free diet may increase risk of arsenic, mercury exposure Feb 15th, 2018

People who eat a gluten-free diet may be at risk for increased exposure to arsenic and mercury – toxic metals that can lead to cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological effects, according to a report in the journal Epidemiology. Gluten-free diets have become popular in the U.S., although less than 1...

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