Sunday, March 07, 2021

Health Link

Obesity and the Jews

In Parshat Hazinu, we read in the song of Moses, “He fed him honey…and oil,cheese of cattle and milk of flocks; with the best of lambs, and rams… and he-goats; with the very finest wheat; and foaming grape-blood was your drink. So Jeshurun grew fat and kicked: you are waxen fat, you are grown thick, you are covered with fatness.”



Figuring Out Food Labels

Over the last 20 years the Food and Drug Administration has made food labels mandatory by law in an effort to improve the transparency of the ingredients in the foods we eat, including the nutrition values they contain. Sometimes food labels work in favor of the public’s health and nutrition, but sometimes they are a manufacturer’s marketing tool. Labels are a



Los Angeles—Actress, film and television director Zane Buzby had a promising career. She appeared in a series of films and then went on to direct hundreds of televisions episodes for such featured shows as DadsMarried... with ChildrenNewhartMy Sister SamHead of the ClassMy Two


A Hot Dog A Day…

“Can a hot dog really kill you?”

“Is it true that having more than one hot dog a year is considered unsafe?”

“How many hot dogs can I eat without feeling guilty?”

The nine days are over and many have already run to turn on their grill. In fact, some camps even celebrate with a “ chatzos” BBQ. Therefore, I thought


Eating Disorder Treatment Options

People often ask me why I feel compelled to write about eating disorders. The main purpose behind my writing is to provide awareness. It is extremely important in our culture and society to have a clear, truthful understanding as to the nature of eating disorders. There is another goal, though, that I hope to foster through my writing—to promote change.


Keeping Kids Hydrated in the Heat

We all know how hard it is getting ourselves to drink enough water, let alone getting our kids to do it. Very often asking a child to take a moment out of playing their favorite outdoor game and drink some water will garner a reaction like you are from another planet (or you will just be plainly ignored). But it is necessary to keep an eye on kids’ hydration


Common Food Supplement Fights Degenerative Brain Disorders

Israel21c—Many older people already take the compound phosphatidylserine to improve cognition and slow memory loss. There is more good news about this natural food supplement, coming out of an Israeli university: phosphatidylserine appears to improve the functioning of genes involved in degenerative brain disorders, including Parkinson’s disease


A “Jewish Medical Home”

While much is made of the new Medicare initiative for patients to have a “medical home” responsible for all aspects of their care, I realized that the Jewish community already has this potential. The regular synagogue attending population receives regular information in bulletins, announcements, and speeches on a wide array of issues. What could be more important


New Website Launched to Educate the Jewish Community about Genetic Health Issues

NEW YORK– Jewish individuals seeking to learn about the many genetic health conditions they may be at risk for can self-educate at GeneSights (www.GeneSights.com), a new online education resource conceived by the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. GeneSights is designed to provide effective and


BounceU of Paramus Offers Occupational Therapy

Paramus—Miriam Skydell & Associates and BounceU of Paramus announce that they have partnered to provide Occupational Therapy services at BounceU of Paramus. This goal directed sensory-motor therapeutic experience is suitable for a wide range of children, including, but not limited to children  with Autism, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing


Israeli Medicinal Mushroom Effective as Pancreatic Cancer Drug

(Israel 21c)—Some good news for patients with pancreatic cancer is now coming out of a laboratory in northern Israel. Prof. Solomon Wasser of Haifa University, who runs a mushroom research lab, recently patented a medicinal product derived from the cyathus striatus, a fungus found in Israeli forests.

Prof. Wasser , the founder and editor-in-chief of


Religion, Recovery, and Anorexia

It is always important to counter the negative stereotypes and misconceptions that are raised by people who do not understand eating disorders,  especially when a rabbi writes an article that says that anorexia is a punishment for sinning.  The  article by Rabbi Ben-Zion Spitz, chief rabbi of Uruguay did open the door to the very important topic of religion and