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Dr. John La Puma

Internal Medicine
Santa Barbara, CA
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John La Puma MD

Santa Barbara, CA

Address

123 W. Padre Street, Suite B, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. La Puma is also a New York Times best-selling author 2x, a professional trained chef and hosts the nationwide PBS series "ChefMD Shorts" thru 2016. He sees patients in Santa Barbara’s Chef Clinic, has been termed "a secret weapon" in nutrition and culinary medicine by the Wall Street Journal, and publishes a free weekly newsletter with recipes and insights, "Healthy Bites", at http://drjohnlapuma.com.

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Internal Medicine

Doctor Q&A

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5 Agrees
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
No, it's not.: More likely a scale error. The bladder only holds about 300- 400 ml. Read more about a healthy bladder: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/750519_3
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Food Like Substance: Margarine is a food-like substance: it has calories, nutrients and micronutrients, and thus provides provide nutritional support for the body. It is ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Foods that may help: May help and prevent attacks: Citrus (vitamin C content). Water! to dilute the uric acid level. Coffee (lowers risk, even decaf). Low fat dairy (also ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
A funny acronym...: Solid fats and added sugars (SoFAS) : that means saturated and trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils in shortening, some stick margarine, and proces... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Lose waist weight: Selective weight loss is almost impossible, but most men lose weight around the waist first, where it makes hormones and lowers your testosterone. Lo... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Read thru your pee: Yes, it is. The ideal color for urine is clear: you are adequately hydrating. For most adults, that's 2-3 liters daily, depending on your degree of a... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Multiply it out: Calories per serving are listed on each nutrition label. But you really want to know how many calories are in the whole box/bag/can. Multiply th... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Gold Standard Eating: Launched by the Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust in 1993, the pyramid stands in contrast to the Standard American Diet especially. It is based ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
> sweet potato: Yams are unusual in the U.S.: most are huge, pale colored and African in origin. They have about 4 grams of fiber in a 100gram serving, which is high.... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
See her MD promptly: Likely causes: a. infection b. duct blockage c. breast cyst d. hormonal imbalance Unlikely causes: a. tumor b. trauma c. medication side effect She ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Snack on veggies: I advise my own patients to not eat 3 hours before bedtime. Because most people who eat after dinner do so for reasons other than hunger--reward,... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Quality + Quantity: Yes you can, and yes it is difficult. But do-able. Log what you eat, how much, and for how long x3days. Use an app (like Myfitnesspal) or paper (ea... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Fat is still feared: Many docs are impressed by the Mediterr Diet data but, most do not have the time to counsel patients. Combined with the low fat mantra still taugh... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Common causes...: 1. Hardening of the arteries: ED is an early warning sign for heart disease, so you may need a stress test to check. 2. Low T is rarely a cause of ... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Lots...not all bad.: Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (itp). Autoimmune diseases...Like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Bacteria in the blood, and severe infect... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Small fish are good: Yes, sardines daily are great. High in protein and in omega-3 fats, sardines are also delicious. They do not accumulate mercury or toxins like ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Capsaicin: Capsaicin is the chemical that makes chilies hot. It binds to pain receptors in the nose, mouth, and skin called TRPV1 receptors. TRPV1 recepto... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Yes, USDA updated it: This is much more difficult to find than it should be, but if you search here http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/nutrients/index and Identify the aa you are... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Nutrition Source: I think the book that explains well how your body works, and how food is metabolized in the body is You the Owners Manual by Roizen and Oz (disclaimer... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John La Puma
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Veggies: part of it.: My top 5 are 1. Anything cruciferous: Broccoli, brussels sprouts, arugula for their detox effects 2. Tomatoes for their lycopene and vitamin C 3. Any ... Read More

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dec 15, 2014
I'd like to recommend Dr. John La Puma. He's an excellent physician, who's clinical work, and experience working & writing on men's health, integrative medicine & nutrition is outstanding. Feel so hon...Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. La Puma is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. La Puma is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
MD

Awards

NAMC (AMA) Award for Excellence in Broadcast Health Communications
Top Physicians in the U.S., Consumer’s Research Council
Honor Roll--Making a Difference, Chicago Tribune

Affiliations

American College Of Physicians
Foodbank of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
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