Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Christopher Calapai’


Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

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As we enter cold and flu season, there are many things we can do to “flu proof” ourselves. Whether you choose to get the flu vaccine or not, there are a number of preventative strategies which do not require an injection. Dr. Christopher Calapai, a New York based Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine and anti-aging medicine, shares his list of 15 “to do’s” to fight the flu.

  1. Keep Surroundings Clean!   That means wiping down surfaces at work and keeping your cell phone clean. Pay special attention to travel (tray tables are most perilous) and carry some antimicrobial wipes.  According to the CDC viruses can survive on a surface for up to 8 hours.
  2. Wash Hands Frequently!  Also use a hand sanitizer. The workplace and public spaces are a hotbed for germs. This is where hand-washing becomes a game-changer.
  3. Increase Your Vitamin Intake of D, C, E and A  In addition to taking a multivitamin, increase foods such as red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, chicken soup, salmon, and garlic in your diet.  Research shows that keeping vitamin D levels at 80 ng/ml or so decreases the risk of catching the flu and swine flu.
  4. Bring Your Own Lunch  Control food prep during cold and flu season, ensuring that surfaces and handling are clean.
  5. Sleep!  There really is a big difference between 6 and 8 hours of sleep. When you feel run down you become more susceptible to illness.
  6. Work From Home  When feeling sick, work remotely. These days it’s far easier for people to work from home at the slightest signs of cold or flu.
  7. Eat Kimchi  It’s delicious and a great immunity-boosting probiotic. (more…)


Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

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With summer still in full-swing, most of us are enjoying variety of  outside activities. However, as we all know very well, sunburn poses a serious health-risk. While the immediate effects of minor pain and redness are merely temporary, one’s risk of skin cancer increases drastically with each burn, as does the likelihood of getting wrinkles and an uneven complexion. Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board-certified in family and anti-aging medicine, suggests the following natural solutions to relish the sunshine without sacrificing your wellbeing.

Pay attention to the timing of your sun exposure  Peak sunburn hours are around 11:00-2:00 (or more broadly, 10:00-4:00), so if you’re planning on spending a prolonged period of time outdoors, aim to do so earlier or later in the day than this time frame. Additionally, limiting your time in the sun is beneficial, as people of all skin complexions can absorb maximum vitamin D from the sun within an hour, and for fair-skinned people it can take as little as 10 minutes. Smaller segments of time in the sun will decrease risk of burn. Plus, as your skin gets darker over the summer through short increments, your skin will acquire an increased tolerance to the sun’s rays and you will be able to spend more time in the sun sans damage.

Defend your skin from the inside out  Many people do not know that what you eat has a massive impact on your skin’s reaction to sunshine. Build up reserves of powerful antioxidants in your body with a varied, healthy diet in the warm months. Green tea, tomatoes, red wine, fatty fish like salmon, almonds, citrus fruits, and greens all contain vitamins and antioxidant phytochemicals that can support the skin’s response to UV rays and greatly impede skin damage. As a general guideline, focus on colorful, whole foods and avoid refined oils and processed foods to maximize the skin’s response to the sun. (more…)


Sunday, June 17th, 2018

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Now that summer is here, many of us are enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. Excessive perspiration, or hyperhidrosis, is an issue that afflicts a large segment of the population and can stem from a variety of underlying triggers. Though it may seem trivial, it can cause stained clothing, physical discomfort, and social embarrassment. While deodorant might be an obvious fix, but this household staple is primarily filled with toxins such as parabens, propylene glycol, and aluminum compounds. To remedy the burden of hyperhidrosis without the carcinogens, Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician, suggests the following natural solutions to finally enjoy the warm weather in comfort.

Apply a Natural Astringent like Witch Hazel  Witch hazel, a common natural herb, is often found in liquid form as a skin toner. The same potent astringent properties which make it an effective toner also make it a great sweat-reducer. When topically applied, witch hazel acts as an antiperspirant by tightening the pores. Wet a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply to your most problematic areas. Other natural astringents include black tea, tea tree oil, and apple cider vinegar.

Supplement with B-Vitamins and Vitamin D  Excessive perspiration may very well be a sign of an unhealthy endocrine system. To restore hormonal imbalances to optimal levels, B-vitamins will often do the trick. Additionally, Vitamin D is an essential element of hormonal regulation; nearly half of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D!

Transition from Processed Foods to Natural Ones  Though highly processed foods may be practical and cheap, they are packed with toxic substances like artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors, and they are very hard for the body to digest. As your body tries to rid itself of these toxins and break down such unnatural foods, it has to work in overdrive, thus producing more sweat. Instead of going for pre-packaged or fast food, especially those high in fat, opt for fruits, vegetables, nuts, organic poultry or meat, and wild-caught seafood. (more…)