Megan Ramos

Humans have practiced fasting for centuries as part of religious rituals, but the medical community has shunned it as risky and dangerous. Megan Ramos, along with her co-founder Dr. Jason Fung, have embarked on a mission to change all that. At IDMProgram.com, Megan and Jason counsel patients how to use fasting safely to help with…

Does Eating Fat Make Us Fat?

Does eating fat make us fat? According to a new article in The New York Times, it just might. With a heavy emphasis on “might.” The New York Times: Which kinds of foods make us fat? (Paywall) The article is based on a trial published in Cell Metabolism over the summer, which concluded that feeding mice up to 80% calories from fat…

Who Should Take Probiotic Supplements? The Surprising Answer

Who should take probiotic supplements?  It’s an excellent question.  The answer is becoming clear – and disappointing. I get a lot of questions about probiotics: Q: “If I eat probiotic supplements, can I eat more carbs?“  A: Yes, but you will get fatter. Q: “Will probiotics help my diet?”  A: No. Dieting will help your…

Low Carb and Intermittent Fasting Make Traveling a Breeze!

It’s challenging enough to stick to your health, fitness, and dieting goals when you’re at home. When you’re traveling, it can be even harder. Nothing’s worse than going on vacation only to be frustrated that you’ve gained back weight you worked so hard to lose. Let’s be honest. When you travel, it’s harder to pay attention to what…

How Fake Research Creates Fake Health News

Fake health news.  Why is it so common?  Considering all the acidic lies currently eructing from Washington, health-conscious people expect something better.  We deserve honest, useful research; instead, we get poorly designed, haphazardly run studies with meaningless results.  Wonderful studies announcing wonder-filled conclusions about not-so-wonderful products turn out to have been funded by an unwonderful…

A Guide to Keto-Friendly Meal Prep

Let’s be honest. Changing our eating habits is hard. No matter how inspired and gung-ho we may feel when we first decide to go keto, inevitably, we will face temptations and frustrations. Whether you’re brand new to the low carb or ketogenic diet or you’ve been following it for ages, adopting a meal prep habit can help…

Food Appreciation through Fasting on Yom Kippur

I still remember Yom Kippur 2013. The year I had to fast. I know I am “supposed” to fast every year, but in my mind that ship had sailed long ago. I am not the best rule follower, especially when I don’t see the purpose of the rule. What does not eating have to do…

Is Aspirin Dangerous? New Evidence Sheds New Light

Is Aspirin Dangerous? No medication is sacred. Doctors have long regarded Aspirin as an easy “no brainer” for potential benefit with minimal downside. Many of us don’t even notice when Aspirin is on a patient’s medication list. It hardly warrants our attention. Now that needs to change. Aspirin had a bad week earlier last month.…

8 Glasses of Water Every Day: Truth, Myth, or Scam?

Should you drink 8 glasses of water every day?  It’s great advice, but only if you’re a flounder. If you’re human, it’s a silly health myth that refuses to die. Regardless, dieters obey it like an eleventh commandment: “Thou must drinketh water until thou waketh three times nightly to pee.” Not long ago, I watched Dr. Sanjay Gupta interview…