Boyce Natural Health Blog
Health tips and news from the desk of Dr. Yuel
BMI vs Body Fat %
Just the other day, a colleague, during an annual health check-up received an obesity diagnosis due to his high Body Mass Index (BMI). What exactly is the BMI? The BMI is an attempt to quantify the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat, and bone) in an individual, and...read more
Tech Neck? Posture Please!
The other day, a 30-year-old man accompanied his elderly mother to her follow-up visit. At the end of the visit, the son mentioned to me in passing that he had experienced mild chronic neck pain for the past couple of months. He was not formally my patient, but I...read more
Cannabis and Neuropathy
Neuropathy refers to a broad grouping of conditions which involve nerve damage, however for the purpose of this article I will focus solely on nerve pain. Pharmaceutical interventions for nerve pain range from gabapentin to antidepressants, which often have...read more
Keep your knees strong and healthy (and avoid or postpone surgery) Months of improper leg squatting in the gym have led to my first real bout with knee pain. A few months ago, I was diagnosed with chondromalacia. In laymen's terms, it is known as runner's knee which...read more
Weight Loss, It’s more than exercise!
My gym is more crowded than ever as many work towards beach-ready bodies. While in the gym, I saw a poster which said, "You can't out-exercise a bad diet.” This started me thinking of some concrete recommendations that I could share with you to assist in reaching...read more
If I were paid $100 every time someone asked me to place them on a detox, I would be a millionaire. It is as if "detoxing" has become the latest fad. But do we have an accurate understanding of what it means to "detox"? In fact yesterday, two female patients confessed...read more
“Alive with Pleasure” more like the leading cause of avoidable DEATH
Cigarette smoking is the leading avoidable cause of death worldwide. Also, it raises a person’s risk of many common chronic diseases and conditions. For example. Smokers are five times more likely to die from pneumonia Smokers have a 48% increased colon cancer risk...read more
Are our personal care products making us sick?
One day while sitting in my barber’s chair, I happened to read the ingredients of an anti-inflammatory cream that he would apply to my face after shaving my beard. Needless to say, I was shocked at what I read especially since it’s a product that I had been using...read more
Engage your health care providers! When it comes to ordering and interpreting lab tests, context matters!
Although increased direct access to results can be a good thing, we must not forget that there is a big difference between raw results and those interpreted by the person who ordered the test. There are thousands of laboratory tests, but we as physicians order...read more
I had a male patient, in his 60s who refused to undergo laboratory blood testing. His exact words were that “if you go looking for problems, you will find them.” He was very dogmatic in his belief that prayer, intermittent fasting, and an organic vegetarian diet were...read more