Friday, December 03, 2021

Health Link

Back in Pain

This week’s article is about lower back pain.  Never mind why.

Okay, fine.  Apparently, I’m getting to the age where I occasionally do something to my back.  This was brought to my attention recently at my parents’ house.  It was the Friday night after Simchas Torah, and I was on the couch playing a game with my younger siblings, and at some point, I


The Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is a Sanskrit word which means union. Yoga is the compilation of physical, mental and spiritual practices that originated in ancient India with the goal of attaining a state of permanent peace. Hindu monks brought yoga to the West in the late 19th century. In the 1980s, Hatha yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western


Am I Too Old For Braces?

Mrs. Z presented to my office for an orthodontic consultation. She is a healthy, vibrant, 80+ year old woman who enjoys traveling and taking care of herself. When I met her, she had just completed a rehabilitation of her upper dentition with implants and crowns. She commented that her daughter had asked her why she had not fixed her bottom teeth. Mrs. Z


Now That I’m Getting Older, Why Can’t I See As Well As I Used To?

When asked about their vision, many older adults will respond, “It is definitely not as good as it used to be, but I just assumed this is the new reality now that I’ve crossed that 40-year mark.” However, there is no reason for people not to maintain clear vision throughout life. In order to understand the causes of reduced vision, one must first appreciate the


Blind Women Can “See” Cancer

As of 2005, German gynecologist Dr. Frank Hoffmann was no longer allowed to send women under the age of 50 to get mammograms without first finding a breast abnormality during his routine examination. Since some breast lumps can be very small, Hoffmann wasn’t certain he could discover something during the few minutes he had to spend with each patient. That’s when he


Compulsive Overeating: What Is It Really About?

“You work with eating disorders? I have an eating disorder…I never know when to stop eating!” This is the response I most often receive when individuals hear that I work in the eating disorder field. Though many of these responses are made nonchalantly, I feel that addressing the issue of compulsive overeating would greatly benefit many members of our


No More Excuses – How to Circumvent Your Yetzer Hara

By now, Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot may seem like a distant memory. Alas, however, as you look down, perhaps some added girth may remind you otherwise; perhaps your frame feels weak and unhealthy?  It’s now time to do something about it. Last issue we started thinking about what we’d like to achieve physically. We listed the reasons we’ve been unable to get there


Are Your Hands Numb?

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night with numbness in your hands and arms and feel the overwhelming urge to shake them? Do you ever experience intermittent numbness and tingling in the first three and-a-half fingers of your hands? These are the common presenting features of carpal tunnel syndrome, a common neuromuscular disorder.

Carpal tunnel


What You Need to Know About Binge Eating Disorder

With the chagimunderway everyone seems to be busy with preparations, shopping, and of course cooking the lavish delicacies that will be served at the never-ending meals.

In the last issue, I discussed the challenges of Rosh Hashanah for those experiencing disordered eating or suffering from an eating disorder. When one thinks of an eating disorder,


Just a Spoonful of Sweetener

After 18 “Thanksgiving” type feasts in less than a month, I am sure many people have voiced that their diet starts tomorrow. This may be a good idea for many people looking to shed extra pounds accumulated over yom tov, however, if artificial sweeteners are part of your diet strategy, you may want to rethink your plan.

Whether one is


Dental Implants: Risks and Rewards to Think About

Dental implants can do wonders to improve the appearance of a person, and to improve self-confidence.  An attractive, winning smile boosts a person’s self-esteem while at the same time improving one’s oral health.  But getting implants, like any other medical procedure, is something a patient should research and fully understand before committing.


Getting Back On Track after the Yomim Tovim

So how did you fare? Did you take my suggestions on board over the Yom Tovperiod? Ate fewer starchy carbs and heavy desserts? Went out for a power walk to work off all those heavy meals? If you did, well done; your body and I thank you! If not, don’t fret; what’s done is done. Now it’s time to get back on track; it’s a great time to assess what your

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