Mercy’s Dr. Dana Simpler Discusses Unhealthy Foods

April 1, 2016
Primary Care Physicians - Mercy Medical Center - Baltimore

What foods do some doctors think are so unhealthy, they wouldn’t keep them in their own homes? We asked Mercy’s Dr. Dana Simpler, a board certified internist with a special interest in diet/nutrition issues:

Dairy! Despite years of government promotion of the dairy industry, the public needs to know that he health consequences of a dairy filled diet are overwhelming bad. Many Americans suffer with bowel complaints such as constipation, Irritable bowel syndrome, and the more serious bowel condition - Inflammatory bowel disease. The first diet change I ask patients to do is stop all dairy, and many people become well from this simple diet intervention. Not all, though. My next recommendation for irritable bowel/ inflammatory bowel disease is to stop gluten, which helps many more with bowel complaints. If both of those don't work, then it is time to see a specialist for further management. But, before taking invasive tests or strong medications, people should first eliminate dairy, followed by gluten.

I also recommend eliminating dairy for anyone with asthma, allergies, or chronic sinus congestion. Dairy increases mucus, which aggravates asthma and sinus congestion. Again, this doesn't work for everyone, but, can be remarkably effective for many, and very simple without the risk of medication side effects or expense. 

--Dr. Dana Simpler, Internal Medicine, Mercy Medical Center

A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1984, Dr. Simpler earned her master's in physiology from Georgetown University and her bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Maryland.


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Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on FacebookTwitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.

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