Once-in-a-While Cake in a Cone

cake-in-a-cone sits atop a plate, adorned in lots of sugary toppings

I realize it dates me, but the 1989 Warrant song, Heaven Isn’t Too Far Away, plays over and over again in my head as I stare out at the many little bowls of sprinkles, cookie bits, and other cake toppings prepared on my son’s birthday table. Why? Because ‘Heaven’ is the only term that comes […]

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Doctor. Patient. Whose Side Are You On?

Patient Perspective. A patient walks in for his appointment, excited to have finally made it to the doctor. Pushing himself to be seen (after incessant nagging from a parent or a spouse), he finally makes the appointment, and several weeks in advance, to boot. He’s finally here. He’s made it despite all of the excuses in the book. It’s […]

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So Much More Than Meets The Eye

black and white image of Holocaust train tracks

An Exchange to Remember I had a powerful exchange with a patient at the clinic, who came in to be cleared for surgery. He was going in for a procedure, getting his graft replaced for hemodialysis, and needed an internist to give the ‘ok’. The visit may have begun as routine, but ended as anything […]

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Turning Your Peanut Into a Picasso

5 Steps to Turn Your Child's Art Into Masterpieces

A little background first. I had a three year stint as a stay-at-home mother during which some of my inner talents and loves suddenly came to life. After an entire lifetime in hiding, I experienced a powerful explosion of self-discovery. Among those loves was the ability to salvage the old, the vintage, the antique, and […]

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The Elephant in the Room

An experience involving an elephant and a tween took place at the sleep-away camp where I worked this summer. Except that it wasn’t a real elephant, of course. It was an elephant in the room. My story begins with a simple observation I made while working as camp doctor at the sleep-away this past summer. Here’s […]

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Why Navigating Through Jersey Gives Me a Headache

A book of maps is opened, with a set of glasses on top.

Traveling down the New Jersey Turnpike is like completing a puzzle that you just can’t solve, despite full concentration. I don’t think there has been a trip yet where I was able to arrive safely at my destination without any complications, when the New Jersey Turnpike is in any way involved. What is it About Jersey? […]

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What is HPV? (Guest Post)

Some HPV facts, explained by a guest gynecologist.

  HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus. Some things to know about the virus:   HPV is divided into 2 groups-high risk and low risk. High risk HPV is necessary but not the only thing that is needed for the progression to cervical cancer. Most HPV infections come and go and rarely proceed to cancer. Only […]

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What in the World Are Prebiotics

an image of leeks, which are a prebiotic

It’s a term that’s gradually gaining a fan base, especially with the growing trend of alternative and natural-based medicine. Though for most of us, prebiotic is a word that sounds new, it, in fact, is not. Who coined the term? The concept of prebiotics was introduced in 1995, in the Journal of Nutrition by Gibson and […]

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The No-Dog Side of the Fence

the face of a dog is seen through the fence, in black and white

I sit on the no-dog side of our fence. Allow me to explain. My children have been begging us to get a dog. My husband seems to align himself on their side, when it comes to adoption. It comes naturally to him, I say.. He’s owned a dog. But I haven’t. Not in this lifetime, at […]

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Coffee: Friend or Foe?

a coffee mug, seen from the top, with its delicious foam seen at the edge. Below is a review on the health benefits of coffee

The Bad I don’t usually start off with the bad, but I’d like to switch things around and end with a bang. A well caffeinated bang. As for the bad, it’s worth stating that coffee can, among other things, cause: • elevated blood pressure • • heartburn • • agitation • • development of breast cysts •  • incontinence • • insomnia • • physical […]

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