So Much More Than Meets The Eye

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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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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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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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Would You Like a Burger With Your Bypass?

A burger lays on a plate, with 6 patties and 6 slices of cheese (NOT a plant based choice!)

I often hear some version of the above from friends and acquaintances: during a hospital stay, they or their loved ones are served the types of foods that may have caused their problem in the first place. The disconnect between cause and effect just kills me. A Missed Teaching Opportunity A hospital stay can be […]

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Pretty-Please Roasted Chickpeas

roasted chickpeas lay in a white bowl, against a simple, white background

Our good friend, Eliran Arazi, not only treats us to amazing vegetarian meals in his home, but is now also wowing all of NYC with his new vegan eatery in Manhattan’s Union Square, called V-Burger, where he serves up ‘burgers’ fast-food style. Only these burgers are 100% vegan and 100% delicious. We were over at […]

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Screen Time and Kids

a child stands, watching TV. Topic discussed is screen time and kids

Only it’s exhausting. I don’t know if it’s because adults have less energy than children or if it’s because our minds are running through our list of to-do every time more than an hour passes of their playtime. I just don’t have their level of energy. So sometimes I find myself asking my kids to […]

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Take Things With a Migraine Of Salt

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I have a unique perspective in that I not only treat patients in the office who suffer from migraines but also happen to suffer from them too. In fact, I’ve had migraines since I was 12. I still remember the first day I ever had one. It left quite an impression in my memory bank because the […]

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Have You Hugged Your Doctor Today?

The value of hugs from your MD

Research seems to cover every random topic these days. Why, they’ve even studied hugs.   What The Studies Show Findings prove that hugs work to elevate both mood and physical health, even when it comes from the arms of a professional in an office, clad in white coat, aka me, your primary care doctor. There is so much personal […]

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My Main Squeezes: The Tools in My Life

Black and white tools, displayed all over the screen

Every profession has its tools. Now it’s true that good old fashioned history-taking can lead a clever physician to the root of an ailment. But often, along the way, we need our tools. In primary care, before I send patients out for imaging (one of the greatest tools invented), and after I use the best […]

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Your Body is a Wonderland

a vintage image of four men, and a woman, sitting around a cadaver, dissecting it, in black and white.

I remember working on cadavers in my anatomy class, back in the first year of medical school. It was in the basement of the building, locked tightly away. The students would huddle around an exam table, and look on, amazed gazes fixed on their faces, eyes as wide as can be. There would be buzzing of […]

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