Francisco Contreras, M.D. Articles

Cancer Prevention

It is not difficult to understand that the easiest and best way to beat cancer in your own body is through prevention....

Cancer Prevention

It is not difficult to understand that the easiest and best way to beat cancer in your own body is through prevention. This offensive strategy against disease requires a lifestyle that should be pursued by everyone living in today's polluted environment. If you have...

Don’t Ignore Eating Your Vegetables

Don’t Ignore Eating Your Vegetables

Question: I seem healthier since I became a vegan. Do you believe God made us to be vegetarians?J.P., Boise, IdahoAnswer: The book of Genesis says God gave us every "seed-bearing plant" and "tree that has fruit with seed in it" as our food (see 1:29). From that verse...

How Bad Is the Bite?

How Bad Is the Bite?

Question: What can I do to protect my family from the West Nile virus? I have heard that the fall is when the worst cases appear. K.T., Memphis, TennesseeAnswer: West Nile virus is, in people, a mild disease caused by a flavivirus—one of a family of viruses...

Smallpox Could Make Comeback

Smallpox Could Make Comeback

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in 2003.Question If the smallpox vaccine is made available again in the United States, should I take it? J.E., Portland, OregonAnswer: If you were to ask that question of someone involved with the federal government, the...

Stress: The Silent Killer

Stress: The Silent Killer

Q. I work in newspapers, and everyone I interact with is always stressed. Is all stress bad? How can I manage it? --J.S., Atlanta, GeorgiaA. When we feel stress, a chemical reaction occurs, and the adrenal glands release hormones. Normally you will feel a boost of...

Before You Start a Diet

Before You Start a Diet

Q. I want to lose weight and keep it off. A lot of people are trying high protein, low carbohydrate diets--eating meat but skipping bread, potatoes and pasta. Do these diets really work?D.M., San Diego, CaliforniaA.It's great that you want to lose weight. Being...

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