Archive for April 2016

Personalized Service from a Doctor Mom

I think what sets our practice apart from other pediatric practices is the holistic approach and personalized service that we give to our families.  I named the practice “FamilyWellnessMD” because our focus is the entire family.  No child exists alone; they all belong in families.  When we see a new client, we are welcoming a new family to our practice.  I think being a Mom has increased my pediatric skills and knowledge a hundred-fold.  I know what it’s like to have a baby with a diaper rash that appeared overnight and now is rapidly spreading.  I also have had experience with a child whose cough seems to get worse at night and keeps them up.  Or a child who one minute is fine and the next is listless with fever and who turns out to have an ear infection seemingly within a matter of hours.

I have been classically trained at some of the best universities in the land.  I’m also a pediatric sub-specialist and spent years taking care of sick kids with cancer and blood disorders in the hospital.  I know what it’s like to have a really sick child and my goal is to prevent our patients from going to the hospital.  If you’re looking for a Doctor Mom that cares, check us out! We serve the Duluth, North Fulton and general Gwinnett area.Dr. Taylor at Work

Fruit, Veggies and Weight!

If you consume a lot of blueberries, strawberries, apples, onions and other flavonoid-rich fruits and veggies—organic, preferably—then your waistline may thank you! At least, that’s what a recent study published in the British Medical Journal, or BMJ indicates. The researchers say that a diet rich in those foods may help with weight management and maintenance.

Flavonoids, which are found naturally in most fruits and veggies, have a strong representation, too, since there are more than 6,000 types of flavonoids, including flavonols, flavones, flavanones and anthocyanins.

Although past studies have associated dietary flavonoids with weight loss, with most of the research focusing on flavan-3-ol, a flavonoid in green tea, this study focused on seven types of flavonoids and their effects on weight. Those seven types are: flavanols, flavones, flavanones, flavan-3-ols, anthocyanins, proanthocyanins and flavonoid polymers.

Here’s how the study went: Every four years between 1986 and 2011, 124,086 men and women aged 27 to 65 were required to complete a dietary questionnaire, from which the researchers assessed the participants’ intake of these dietary flavonoids. Likewise, the study’s participants’ weight, lifestyle habits and any health history were assessed via a questionnaire completed every two years.

The results? Anthocyanins, flavonoid polymers and flavonols were linked to the least weight gain in the participants. In fact, not only were those the flavonoids most associated with weight management, for each additional 10mg of anthocyanins, 138mg of flavonoid polymers and 7mg of flavonols consumed daily, there was an associated .16 to .23 pounds of less weight gained each four years.

And what foods were the primary contributors of these in the study? Well, the main sources of anthocyanins were blueberries and strawberries, and the major suppliers of flavonols were onions and tea. Likewise, apples and tea were the main contributors to flavan-3-ols and their polymers.

The researchers point out that their findings are observational, but are quick to add, “Higher intake of foods rich in flavonols, flavan-3-ols, anthocyanins and flavonoid polymers may contribute to weight maintenance in adulthood.” (and childhood)

This is important in the long run because, as the researchers also point out, preventing just small amounts of weight gain can have a significant, positive impact on public health.

This study is among a growing body of research and studies that indicate a diet filled with fruits and veggies are a part of a healthy diet that can support vibrant health, including a healthy weight.

healthy food with measure tape indicating weight loss


4/6/16-adapted from article by Julie Helm at