Friday, February 03, 2023

Health Link

Tisha B’Av, Negative Emotions, and Coping

Over the past month we have been confront­ed by tremendous sad­ness. It feels as if pain and sorrow have blanket­ed our nation; we have come together to support one another, to dry one another’s tears and hope to provide some comfort and joy. This has been a month of fear and unease, a month that I hope ends swiftly.

It seems that when we experience pain,



According to the Centers for Disease Con­trol, 20% of Americans suffer from one or more allergies including environmental, food, med­icine, and insect-related allergies. Addition­al data show that allergies limit activities for more than 40% of children and account for more than 17 million outpatient office vis­its annually, and that food allergies cause 30,000


Tips for Managing Stress in Your Life

StatePoint—Stress is not only unpleasant; it can be overwhelming, ultimately preventing you from solving the problems that caused the stress in the first place. But getting focused can help you feel happier and be more successful professionally, financially and in your relationships, say experts.

“Rather than living with fear or regret, you can turn your


The Spice Is Right

As the Food and Drug Administration attempts to lower salt (which is about 40% sodium) intake for the population, consumers will be splashed with a wake-up call about the amount of salt we reallyingest. The average American takes in about 3,400 mg, or 1 ½ teaspoons, of sodium per day, a big jump from the maximal intake of 2,300 mg per day we really


Tips to Keep Kids Eating Healthy this Summer

StatePoint—A change of routine can be an excuse for bad eating habits. But don`t let your family’s well-balanced meals take a vacation this summer.

“Summer break is an opportunity to spend time with your kids and help them understand the importance of healthful eating,” says Vandana Sheth, registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the


Back to Basics: What Is a Binge Really?

“What do you guys think of when I say eating disorders?” is a question I generally raise when I speak in schools and various institutions. The response? Anorexia. Thin. Skeletons.

More often than not the answers I receive relate in some way to anorexia, the “better known” eating disorder. When I ask the audience about the other eating disorders, their


Behind the Scenes of an Exercise DVD

The workout routines were set and practiced. Now we were ready to record. What follows is Part II of an article (following Part I last week) about the adventures of making an exercise DVD; this one in particular, designed exclusively for frum Jewish men.

Those who know me are always surprised to learn that, despite my big mouth, I’m not really an extrovert,


Breastfeeding Challenges and Solutions

The birth of a child is always a great event and life-changing for most. Most often new parents are unprepared to face the challenges of parenthood. New mothers are often fatigued and have anxiety about doing things “right.” One of the first tasks as a new mother is to feed the child. Pediatricians are all in agreement that breast milk is best for the child and


Rashes/Poison Ivy

One of the most fre­quent complaints of chil­dren brought to an emer­gency room or urgent care facility is rashes. While most rashes are benign and need mini­mal intervention there are some that are very dangerous and need immediate medical care.

The first rule of thumb that I use when a parent calls to say that a child has a rash is that rashes


Behind the Scenes of an Exercise DVD—Part I

It was September last year when, out of the blue, I was called by a Brook­lyn-based DVD production company and asked to de­sign and present an exercise DVD made ex­clusively for frum Jewish men. How could I say no? After all, how many times in one’s life does one get invited to make an exer­cise DVD?

I was tasked to prepare two of four DVD


Avoid Fad Diets: Healthy Weight Loss Tips that Work

(StatePoint) Losing weight to look good may be a great motivator. An even better motivator is to get healthier, as excess fat tissue breeds inflammation, which can contribute to many debili­tating and deadly diseases. And accord­ing to many doctors, even just a modest amount of extra weight can be damag­ing to your health.

When it comes to diets, if


Tips to Get Fit this Summer

(StatePoint) Everybody wants to be in shape for bathing suit season, but all those fun seasonal activities—from barbecues to va­cations to baseball games—can derail a diet.

Here are some tips to help you get fit, so you can look and feel your best all summer:


It’s tempting to leave healthy habits be­hind when heading out of

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