Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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Common Myths and Misconceptions About Chemical Abuse/Dependency

Note from Eta Levenson: This is the second of three articles written by guest writer Lew Abrams, a well-known social worker in the field of chemical dependency who works with Jewish youth with chemical dependency issues. Last month’s column focused on understanding the basics of chemical dependency. In this month’s article, Abrams


Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: A Functional Food

Part I

(Courtesy of De La Rosa Foods) Put a little in a wine glass. Swirl it around. Cup the glass in one hand. Use the other hand to cover the glass to trap the aromas. Hold it, swirl it, warm it for a minute or two. Then stick your nose into the glass and take a good whiff of the


How to Prevent and Relieve Dry Hands

Everyone needs to wash their hands thoroughly to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. However, many people have been experiencing dry, cracked, irritated skin as a result of the increased handwashing and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It is important to continue with the thorough handwashing; however, there


OHEL Creates ‘My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule’

(Courtesy of OHEL) OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services has made a special “My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule,” available to students in the Jewish community. This time capsule project was created by Natalie Long of LONG Creations. It has been modified by OHEL’s team to meet the needs of the Jewish community, and


St. Mary’s General Remains Open for All Medical Emergencies—Not Just COVID-19

(Courtesy of St. Mary’s General Hospital) While COVID-19 is still primary in the minds of most people, we at St. Mary’s General Hospital want to caution people not to delay care and to visit the emergency room if you are experiencing emergencies such as heart attacks or strokes, where early diagnosis and treatment can be


Cannabis, Ketoret and COVID-19

“Behold, I have given you every herb, yielding seed…”

-Bereishit 1:29

Perhaps it should be no surprise that Ichilov Hospital in holy Tel Aviv is attempting to use the re-emerging herbal medicine, cannabis, to treat the deadly scourge of COVID-19. We



Dear Patient,

I wish I did not have to meet you in the hospital, let alone during this indescribable pandemic that we are facing. I wish that the recovery from your surgery progressed the way it should have and the complications did not arise. You needed to be in the hospital for several weeks


Depression Amid Corona

With this raging COVID-19 pandemic, distress is widespread. It is okay to feel sad, it is okay to be scared or confused, it is okay to feel “cooped up.” But I caution you to be wary of worsening symptoms, as a noticeable decline in mental health can be a slippery slope.

Depression is characterized by


Revitalize Yourself

It is always a great time to improve your energy and vitality. One of the harbingers of aging for both men and women is a decline of hormones. With aging, there is a decline in energy and a general slowing down. The decline in energy is linked to the decline in hormones. My clinical experience is that by replacing one’s hormones, energy


Who and What Is Essential?

“Essential services” has become one of the new phrases of 2020. It has good company—“social distancing,” “six feet away,” “stay home orders” and “flattening the curve.” We are all using the same phrases and meaning the same thing—these phrases have entered our vocabulary and changed us.


Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders: Battling the Bulging Disc and the Bulging Belly

We wish everyone health and well-being during this challenging time. One of the obvious consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is that we are all spending more time at home.

The probable result of the greater time spent at home is increased weight gain. This can be viewed in


Thank You to the Passaic-Clifton Kehila from St. Mary's

(Courtesy of St. Mary’s General Hospital) “On behalf of the staff at St. Mary’s General Hospital we want to thank the frum community for that beautiful Salute to St. Mary’s General Hospital Health Care Workers that Rochie Sommer organized,” said Vanessa Warner, director of