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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NYC Mobile Flower Truck

Uprooted mobile flower shop seen from the front, at its full

I was walking down the flatiron district of NYC with my family today when I ran into this beauty. I’ve seen many of these trucks around the city, but they usually sell ice cream, gyros, even cupcakes. This was the first one I ran into selling flowers. Yes, flowers! Needless to say, the truck was decorated in beautiful turquoise […]

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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 own 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 […]

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Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills

the beautiful flowers sold at Stone Barns are worthy of anyone's afternoon hours

Been to Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY? If not, go. It’s a must see for both children and adults. The place is where nature meets animals meets upscale grounds meets delicious food. Stone Barns is located in Pocantico Hills, a hamlet of Mount Pleasant, home to Kykuit, the Rocklefeller family estate, and northeast of Sleepy Hollow, NY. The name ‘Pocantico’ […]

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Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

horse with its mouth open

What is a PCP? A primary care doctor, like me, is someone who trains in the entire adult body, and helps in diagnosing and treating medical conditions, as well as referring out to specialists, when needed. But have you ever considered the seemingly endless possibilities that exist in a day in the life of a primary […]

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Over-The-Counter Antibiotics

A black and white image of a drawn stick figure pharmacist, standing behind a counter made of pills, pointing to shelves of jars, with a smile on his face.

I have a proposal to make: over-the-counter antibiotics.  (insert tongue-in-cheek here) Will this help us deal with the falsely popular notion that antibiotics are a cure-all? I don’t know, but here’s something I do. My Experience in Saying No I’ve had patients storm out because I’ve said no, and I take the chance of a […]

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Plan Your Next Medicine-Toss

Coasters in white, in a pile, with gold lettering spelling out, "Hip Hip Hooray"

First, a quick definition. What Is A Polypharmacy? pol·y·phar·ma·cy ˌpälēˈfärməsē/ noun the simultaneous use of multiple drugs to treat a single ailment or condition. Are You Taking Part in a polypharmacy? If so, then listen up. There are, indeed, many patients out there, who can be classified under this term. Is it completely necessary? Or is it […]

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Attending a Tribute to Oliver Sachs

Oliver Sachs, stands in full color photo, holding a small replica of a brain in his right hand.

What was really enjoyable was watching all of the people that came into his life and basically fell in love with him. Also interesting was his not being taken seriously when younger by many of the publishing magazines while all the while a creative genius was standing behind the unrecognized work. Goes to show that perseverance and determination, as […]

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Sensationalism in Medicine

A jar of rock salt sits at the right hand corner of the rectangular picture, against a dark gray background.

I find a new study coming out practically every day. Many times, the studies actually contradict themselves. Take the following two examples. (1) Studies show that postmenopausal women who take calcium reduce their risk of osteoporosis (see this Study). Great. But it elevates your risk of cardiovascular disease (another Study). Ouch. But wait, no, it doesn’t (yet another Study). […]

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