2265 North Clybourn Avenue    Chicago, IL 60614    P: 773.296.6700     F: 773.296.1131

Knowledge Base

Welcome to our extensive library of articles on health concerns and ailments, alternative therapies, nutritional supplements, and much more. Please mouse over the letters to get started. We hope you enjoy browsing.


Click here for the original post.

Regular readers know I’m not a big fan of diets. In a recent Journal of the American Medical Association article, researchers from Stanford University Medical School worked with about 300 overweight women, ages 27-50, who hadn’t gone through menopause to see what diet worked best. They divided the women into four groups, according to diet.

Group 1: Atkins (very low carb, high fat and protein)
Group 2: Zone (low carb)
Group 3: Ornish (very low fat, very high carb)
Group 4: LEARN (low-fat, high-carb, based on governmental guidelines)

Everyone received two months of instruction, followed by ten months of follow-up. The winner was Atkins, with a bit more weight loss and better metabolic changes (including cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure). Everything Atkins predicted occurred. Despite an increased fat intake, cholesterol dropped.

I’m sorry that Dr. Atkins, who was endlessly harassed by fellow physicians, didn’t live to see this. Nevertheless, I’m not a big fan of his diet, especially for the women enrolled in the study. This is because, over time, a low-carbohydrate intake manifests itself as irritability and moodiness, what nutritionists sometimes call Atkins Attitude.

Readers of my book, The Triple Whammy Cure, know that you need carbohydrates (the complex ones, not white-flour/sugar carbs) throughout your day so your brain can manufacture the feel-good, stress-buffering neurotransmitter serotonin.

The carb-free Atkins diet will lead to a drop in your serotonin and, soon, to a snappish, irritable, depressed you.

If you’re going on the Atkins diet, I strongly suggest you take some steps to ramp up your serotonin. These include: daily exercise, sunlight exposure, and daily supplements of fish oil and B Complex. If symptoms worsen, consider adding St. John’s Wort and 5-HTP.

Better yet, follow the carbo-timing eating plan in The Triple Whammy Cure.

Join our Newsletter

Get health recommendations, delicious and time-saving recipes, medical news, supplement reviews, birthday discounts, and more!


Health Tips

Dr. Edelberg’s Health Tips contain concise bits of advice, medical news, nutritional supplement and pharmaceutical updates, and stress relief ideas. With every Health Tip, you’ll also receive an easy, delicious, and healthful recipe.

When you sign up to receive Health Tips, you can look forward to Dr. Edelberg’s smart and very current observations arriving in your in-box weekly. They’re packed with helpful information and are often slightly irreverent. One of the most common responses to the tips is “I wish my doctor talked to me like this!”

Quick Connect

Get One Click Access to our


The Knowledge Base


Patient education is an integral part of our practice. Here you will find a comprehensive collection of staff articles, descriptions of therapies and nutritional supplements, information addressing your health concerns, and the latest research on nutritional supplements and alternative therapies.

Join our Newsletter

Get health recommendations, delicious and time-saving recipes, medical news, supplement reviews, birthday discounts, and more!


Upcoming Workshops

The Next Lyme Academy Begins
Tuesday, October 4, 5:30-7 pm
Here’s a special invitation for patients of Dr. Kelley who are currently being treated for Lyme disease. Dr. Kelley’s new, four-week Lyme Academy starts on October 4, continuing over the following three Tuesdays.


Awakened Body, Quiet Mind
An innovative workshop series for relieving mind/body stress and tapping into your true power and natural health.
4 Group Sessions with Meghan Roekle, PsyD
Four meetings using a unique combination of embodiment meditation and mental inquiry for deep healing.
Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm; beginning October 20th

Recent Health Tips

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers!

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers!

    I’d been reading Ally Hilfiger’s new autobiography Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me, preferring the Lyme parts to those devoted to fashion and her MTV “Rich Girl” series. Her symptoms were typical of chronic Lyme and …Read More »
  • Making It Easier To Say No To Statins

    Making It Easier To Say No To Statins

    Patients and doctors alike are understandably nervous about taking/prescribing any of the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. You as a patient especially don’t want to hear “You’ll be on this pill for the rest of your life.” And if you’ve followed some of the recent …Read More »

October Sale: 20% Off Urban Moonshine Products


All Urban Moonshine products are 20% off for the entire month of October!

Urban Moonshine creates beautiful herbal formulas that focus on prevention, improving quality of life, and empowering people to create home herbal apothecaries.  More>>