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Something New Under The Sun: DNA & Exercise

February 10th, 2014 By Steven Knope, MD

“There is nothing new under the sun” is an idiom that dates back to biblical times. In some ways, it still feels true today. This is because much of human nature has not changed over time. If we pick up a newspaper we see that politicians are still lying, poverty is still with us and people are still being murdered every day – usually at the hands of someone they knew. On the positive side, we still see acts of heroism.… Read the rest

Gratification: Mean Doctors and Marshmallows

December 9th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

On some level, I would like to believe that I am a compassionate man. I really do care about people. However, I do not operate under the delusion that I was endowed with a copy of the Mother Theresa gene. When problem solving – especially when dealing with weight loss, smoking cessation, or substance abuse – I take a rather direct approach with my patients. As a result, I have been told on more than one occasion that I am “mean.” Really?!… Read the rest

Can Statin Drugs Impair Your Fitness?

June 6th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins – medications such as Zocor, Crestor, Lipitor, and Pravachol – have been getting their share of bad publicity. Recent press reports have shown possible links between the use of statin drugs and the development of dementia and diabetes. If this were not enough, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has shown that the drug Zocor may actually impair the development of aerobic fitness associated with exercise.… Read the rest

80% of Americans Don’t Get Enough Exercise

May 10th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

According to a recent CDC report, only 1 in 5 Americans get enough exercise! Shocking! And like most of you, I can’t wait to read the next report that documents how many of us fail to eat the number of recommended servings of broccoli each week.

As most of you know, there are few things I enjoy more than exercise. However, I sure don’t do it because the government tells me to do it. I also don’t exercise for my health.… Read the rest

The Importance of Posture

May 3rd, 2012 By Steven Knope, MD

One of the most important aspects of health is having good posture. Though many people exercise their muscles in the gym, most don’t understand the role of a strong and flexible spine. This includes the thoracic spine—that part of the spine surrounded by your ribs.

Good posture, which I’ll define shortly, is necessary for everything we do, from walking to your mailbox to lifting objects. It is important in all sports. Once you become aware of the importance of good posture, you will begin to notice your posture and those around you.… Read the rest

The Twinkie Diet

February 7th, 2012 By Steven Knope, MD

For those of you who have read my book, Concierge Medicine, you will recall that I talk about health as an asset. To be more precise, your health should be viewed as your most precious asset – something that needs constant attention, just like your financial portfolio.

In performing “health valuations,” I focus on two critical areas; a person’s body weight (or body composition) and their level of fitness. These two metrics tell me a lot about how your body is able to perform and how it will serve you in your retirement.… Read the rest

Do I Have a Real Medical Problem, or Am I Just Old?

October 4th, 2011 By Steven Knope, MD

The following blog post originally appeared as Dr. Knope’s October 2011 edition of The Pearl, his monthly email newsletter. To subscribe, click here.


Welcome to our new monthly medical newsletter, The Pearl. Over the past couple of months, I’ve asked many of you to tell me what you want from future newsletters. Several of you said that you wanted a shorter, more frequent letter, preferably sent via e-mail.

In response to this request, I’ve decided that each month I will select one or two medical questions that I believe to be important to you.… Read the rest