Monday, November 28, 2022

Health Link

How to Survive the Pesach Carb Overload

For those of us trying to reduce the amount of carbohydrates (“carbs”) we’re consuming with the intention of losing some weight, without doubt, Pesach is one of the most difficult eight days of the year. Take the sedarim, for instance, epitomized by the simple equation “matzo + wine + large meal + late at night = perfect storm for weight


High-Heel Hangover

If you would neversubject yourself to balancing on a small pair of stilts at a 30° angle in the name of vanity, this ain’t about you. To all my masochistic friends out there, you KNOW what I’m talking about: You walked to shul, stood through the amida, and graciously hosted an 18- course Shabbat meal in your best three-inch heels, or


Culturally Sensitive Treatment

When people hear that I’m starting a non-profit targeting the Jewish community (with regard to eating disorders) they often ask – is having such an organization really that important?

There are countless websites and books that provide phenomenal eating disorder information. Additionally there are many treatment centers that provide Kosher food or


My Hands Hurt!

A woman once walked into my office and told me that her hands hurt. At first I did not think much of it, after all I am a hand surgeon and many of my patients come in with that very complaint. I asked her the usual questions that a complaint such as hers triggers. Have you had an injury? Do they wake you up at night? Do they feel stiff when you wake up in the


“Why Not All Carbs Are Created Equal”

In my previous two articles I discussed the six nutrients that we all need to consume as part of a healthy balanced diet, i.e., proteins, fats, carbohydrates (“carbs”), vitamins, minerals, and water—with the last article focusing specifically on carbs, and how, contrary to popular belief, they are not the “source of all evil” when it comes


Is JOFEE the New Acronym for the Jewish Future?

More than five months after the Pew Research Center’s “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” survey drew widespread pessimism over rising intermarriage and assimilation, as well as declining connection with synagogues and other institutions, proponents of a newly released study believe they may have the antidote for what ails the


Wheelchairs of Hope, From Israel with Love

This wheelchair is meant to look like a cool toy.

Virtually every household in Israel has a few Keter brand plastic chairs, so why not use a similar seat as a base for lightweight, inexpensive, but sturdy kid-friendly wheelchairs? After 30 years as a Keter executive, Pablo Kaplan decided to do just that. With his life partner and former coworker, Chava


Mammography’s Undeserved Tarnished Image

As a breast imaging specialist who has been reading mammograms for almost 20 years, I am bombarded with questions by patients and friends about the Canadian National Breast Cancer Study, published on February 4 and now widely disseminated in the U.S. media. The study concludes that mammography and its goal of early detection has no benefit. However, this conclusion has


New Blood Test to Confirm Negative Mammogram Results on Pathway for FDA Approval

“You’re fine” is what every woman wants to hear after her mammogram. But in 20 percent of those cases, they aren’t fine at all – cancer is there, but undetected by the exam. Octava Pink, a new blood test that confirms true negative results, will give women more certainty about their results. The test, approved in Europe, is about to undergo a second major


Are Carbs Bad For You? The Truth Behind The Hype

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few decades, you must have heard about the “evil” that is carbohydrates (aka “carbs”). Made popular by, among others, Dr. Robert Atkins in the 1960’s, and the “South Beach Diet” in the early 2000’s, the basic premise of this “nutritional truth” is that the consumption of carbs promotes


Eating Breakfast and Creating a Happier and Healthier Work Environment

Starting the day with good breakfast is really a good idea. When you start your car every morning, you make sure that the car has gas. I propose that your breakfast is like putting gas into your car’s engine. You may have heard the old saying, “Eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch, and a pauper at supper.”

Your body and brain need good


The Neurochemistry of Power Has Implications for Political Change

Senior Associate Member at University of Oxford

Power, especially absolute and unchecked power, is intoxicating. Its effects occur at the cellular and neurochemical level. They are manifested behaviorally in a variety of ways, ranging from heightened cognitive functions to lack of inhibition, poor judgment, extreme narcissism, perverted behavior, and

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