Addiction: How will I know?

Is it a phase? How much is more than “normal”? Is it an addiction? How can I tell? To help you answer some of those questions, the American Psychiatric Association defines substance use disorders as a problematic pattern of use leading to significant impairment or distress. This is generally identifiable when at least two of […]

Sugar: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

You wake up. You’re in a hurry to get out the door so you decide to microwave one of those Quaker Instant Oatmeal Maple and Brown Sugar packets (with water) for breakfast. \You’ve checked the Nutrition Facts on the box…12 grams of sugar. You’re willing to live with starting your day off with that amount […]

Putting Your Best Foot Forward With One of The Region’s Most Respected Podiatrists

How often do you think of your feet? Unless you have ugly toenails or acute pain, you probably don’t pay them much mind. They just get you around, right? But they’re not just for walking – if you think about it, your feet are your body’s foundation. When you experience pain in your lower back, […]

Precision Focused Biopsies. A New Way to See If You Have Prostate Cancer

I’ve been a practicing urologist for just over 30 years. I have always stressed the importance of annual prostate screening because early diagnosis saves lives.  While some feel that delaying the diagnosis or treatment of prostate cancer is justified, rising death rates from prostate cancer show that this approach is ill advised.  Prostate cancer is […]

Myths vs. Facts: Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

At OC Pharmacy we are often asked questions about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). It presents a solution to hundreds of patients in our community for which manufactured synthetic hormones either don’t work or aren’t made in a dose that you may need to feel better. To help provide some guidance, below is a list […]

Five quality-of-life reasons it makes sense to exercise and eat healthily

“You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.” Ask anyone worth their salt who works in fitness and/or nutrition and they’ll tell you it’s the truth. This begs the question: If your goal is to lose weight, can you do so by focusing on your diet only? Yes, you can, but you’ll risk being what’s called “skinny-fat.” […]

Concierge Podiatry for Kids

A simple solution for life-changing results If your child has flat feet, feet that turn in or turn out or complains of foot, knee, leg or back pain, the solution could be as simple as custom orthotics inserted into their shoes. Ivar Roth, DPM of the Beach-based Concierge Podiatry is the only podiatrist in Orange […]

Little to Lose & A Lot to Gain: Why Everyone Should Weight Train

Growing older brings about numerous physiological changes including less-flexible muscles, sagging skin, slower metabolic processes and weight gain. Other changes might include bone deterioration and less efficiency of the heart; so finding the motivation to get in shape and stay healthy is crucial to help alleviate or prevent some of these issues. Though we believe […]

Incontinence Under-reported in Younger Women

Many people don’t know that bladder control problems are one of the most common health problems that women face every day. A mistaken belief is that urinary incontinence is more prevalent in middle-aged to older women, especially those who’ve had a baby. Many believe the bladder problems are a part of getting older. However, according […]

Teaching More Than Just Sport

Summer camps in Orange County seem to be in every city up and down the 405 freeway—whether it’s art, music, science, or sports, Southern California keeps their kids busy when school is not in session! Vanguard University’s annual athletics camps for kids of all ages feature basketball, soccer and volleyball, and offer more than learning skills to use on the court or field. There […]