Dr. Darby’s Weight Loss Transformation

Six years ago I turned 40. I was feeling sluggish, had gained some extra weight over time and didn’t feel well mentally or physically! I decided to focus on losing the weight and took the first steps to change my life. I became more diligent in taking care of myself! I changed my diet to low carbohydrates and high protein meals, coupled with a fitness regimen, which at times was a struggle.

How to Manage Medical Concerns During Extended Travel

Dealing with medical issues can be a difficult, confusing and time-consuming task in your normal day to day life. Dealing with them during extended travel can add layers of complexity to the equation if you are not properly prepared. Here we will look at dealing with medical concerns during extended travel by breaking them down into two categories: the medical issues you know about, and the surprises that will come up as you travel.

Beating the HEAT

Heat illness is a major concern in the warmer months. Our youth and elderly are especially at risk. Below are a few tips to help prevent heat-related illnesses/injuries as the weather gets warmer.

1. Stay hydrated with water. Drink half your weight in kilograms per day, at least.

5 Causes Of Hair Loss And How To Overcome Them

Hair loss is, unfortunately, a very real part of the day to day life. Whether it’s the standard 50-100 hairs we all lose throughout an average day or a more prominent case of hair loss, everything from your natural growth cycle, to excess styling, even through to genetics can cause us to shed our locks.

Whole Foods Download: Un-Processing and Lifestyle Health

January was a month of whirlwind production for me, keeping premium coaching clients on track, getting group coaching off the ground, and launching the Lifestyle Medicine Online Course for Physicians... WHEW And so I've taken the first few weeks of February as a period of reflection and renewal.

Surviving the Daniel Fast

It seems that Fasting is all the rage nowadays. Intermittent fasting, alternate day fasting, reverse fasting, you name it. Do you often wonder if this is a passing fad, or if it here to stay? Well I’m here to report my personal experience over the last three weeks, when I tried the Daniel Fast along with several members of my family.

Can Your Heart Handle a Pregnancy?

In celebration of American Heart Disease month, let’s talk about the heart as it relates to pregnancy.

The heart is one of the hardest working organs in the body. It functions like a pump to deliver oxygen to all the organs and cells in the body as well as nutrients.

5 Important Things to Know if You Have Blood Pressure

Its heart health month and hypertension is one of the most prevalent medical conditions that can impact your heart. As a primary care physician, I often see people with uncontrolled blood pressure. There are a few trends that I have noticed that contribute to their blood pressure being poorly controlled.

10 surprising things you need to know about the emergency department

Despite the fact that most people will have had the misfortune of visiting the emergency department (ED) at some point in their life, I find that many folks do not really understand what happens in the ED.

1. Emergency medicine is a specialty. Yes, we actually did residency training to learn how to work in the ED. This training lasted three to four years after medical school and is sometimes followed by another one to three years of additional training for subspecialty certifications, like pediatric emergency medicine, toxicology, hyperbaric and undersea medicine to name a few.

What you need to know about the new hypertension guidelines

No doubt you’ve heard that the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology announced new hypertension guidelines this month. Mass media have been quick to point out that 50% of Americans now meet the criteria for hypertension, which is now defined as an average blood pressure of greater than 120/80. This is true and many Americans worry that they are now going to be expected to take more medications, to the benefit of Big Pharma.