ZIRA BLOG

October 6, 2016 - For those of you who know me, or anything about what I represent, I have neverbeen one to promote intense, vigorous exercise for prolonged periods of time. Why? It is because most of my life has been spent in “fight or flight” mode as I have run from the proverbial bear in every aspect of my existence. From escaping Africa at the tender age of 9 months to surviving medical school while suffering with chronic insomnia, I have always lived in a frenetic st [...]

October 6, 2016 - There is a strong link between the brain and the gut and the key to healing the body is by working on digestion. John Hopkins Medicine has explained the link between bowel problems and anxiety and depression. Within your stomach there is a second brain, the enteric nervous system (ENS)- it’s actually two thin layers that are lining the gastrointestinal tract from the rectum to the oesophagus, those layers are made up of more than 100 million nerve cells. It contr [...]

October 6, 2016 - Stress is one of the biggest threats to good health. We often think of stress in its more obvious manifestations – during busy times at work, large life transitions, relationship troubles or illness, to name a few. However, stress is a complex and constant factor, and it plays into our daily lives more than we realize. If not properly managed, stress can wreak havoc on the body and mind.  In fact, mismanaged stress can lead to a common condition called adrenal [...]

October 6, 2016 - As a neurologist who specializes in chronic migraines, some of my patients struggle for decades before they come to see me. They’re often surprised when I zero in on their diet. I personally didn’t give food allergies much thought, until a fateful run-in with a former patient and her mother. It sparked my curiosity when they told me that eliminating gluten was the missing link in her treatment plan. I decided to experiment a little myself, and the results we [...]

October 6, 2016 - Why do we suffer? After treating patients with migraines for over a decade, I have concluded that pain has a purpose. Those who experience pain, especially from migraine headaches, are actually being given a lesson. If this lesson can be mastered, then the purpose of living will become all the more clear, leading to greater happiness and wisdom. Migraine headaches, as classified by the World Health Organization, have been determined to be one of the most disabling cond [...]

July 20, 2016 - “I have tried everything from going gluten-free to exercising 7 days a week and I just can’t seem to lose weight.” Hearing those words from one of my long-time patients was troubling. A lovely woman in her 40s, Jennifer* shared a story that many others have revealed to me over the years. Whether she modified her diet, juiced her vegetables, or added more cardio, nothing seemed to work to help her consistently keep weight off. At times, she would lose a [...]

August 3, 2015 - No offense to your personality, but have you ever thought that you it may have a personality that may be leading you towards disease? Is it possible that your reactions to stress, the nature of your moods, and your general mannerisms may be the cause of your headaches?  This concept has perplexed me for years. I’ve often wondered if there is a very specific quality or trait that each of us has which that allows us to become more prone to developing certain co [...]

May 28, 2015 - I’ve spent the last decade as a neurologist studying migraines. I am in disbelief myself when I admit that my quest to understand the inner workings of the brain have often left me helpless in the face of a chronic migraineur. ‘Migraineur’ is the sweet sounding word used to describe an individual afflicted with this disabling disease. Over the years, I have become convinced that attacks of migraine may be more linked to your body that your brain. How hu [...]

February 23, 2015 - "I have a headache." We have all been there. Our lives often seem so over-scheduled with working, carpools, kids activities, running to the grocery store, prepping dinner, and then realizing we barely have enough energy to greet our significant other with a smile. It's hard to imagine that we could manage to muster up some romance amid this scenario. We owe it to ourselves to understand if it's really a headache we're fighting or there is another reason to not partake i [...]

February 17, 2015 - To say that the quality of food that we eat today is poor is an understatement. It is a scary thought to know that unless you are growing and butchering your food you have no idea what is actually in it. There are things from hormones, genetic modifications, additives, sugars and much more. After all of the processing and additives, it is scarcely food at all. The health crises in the United States should be alarming us that a change is needed, but it seems that it is th [...]