The world lost two extraordinary people last week. One a revolutionary fashion designer, the other a talented chef and beloved television personality. In both cases, media outlets exploded with sad and shocked commentary due to the cause of the premature deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain: suicide. And then came the commensurate outpouring of […]
Fat is not a four-letter word; and yet, this single monosyllabic word has the power to devastate people’s lives. In fact, most females can’t think of anything worse than being called fat. Years ago, research studies confirmed that young girls would rather be called stupid than fat, while adolescents would prefer to receive a cancer […]
A heathy approach to life should never consist of a “diet” as eating should be addressed as a lifestyle. Diets don’t work. Period. What does work is a lifestyle consisting of balance, variety and moderation. Sometimes I like to challenge residents to think of a single food that can result in end of life and […]
You are what you eat. Although this statement is not literally true, it is certainly accurate in the figurative sense. What a person routinely consumes will influence their weight, health, longevity and more. Now, thanks to a recent study, there is proof that food also influences the mind, specifically in the area of depression. A […]
The opiate crisis in America has been front page news for a very long time due to its widespread nature and staggering casualties. However, we must never lose sight of the fact that alcohol abuse remains a huge problem throughout our country, which is why April was declared Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987. Each year, […]
Last month, Oprah Winfrey addressed the issue of trauma in our country on a 60 Minutes segment. The report received a great deal of attention, as it should. She introduced the idea of trauma-informed care and called it “a revolutionary approach spreading across the country.” However, this approach to treatment is not necessarily new to […]
The acronym LGBTQ is fairly well understood today. Most people know that it refers to an individual’s sexual orientation. But, it is important to remember that this is only one component of any human being. At the end of the day, those who identify as gay and bisexual are everyday people from all walks of […]
An article appeared in the New York Times this month titled, “Alone with My Husband’s Secret.” The secret was his depression. In a first-hand account, the writer shared the negative impact this confidence had on him, and ultimately, her. There are few absolutes in this world, but one of them is that secrets are simply […]
With nearly two-thirds of adults overweight or obese and nearly 20 percent of children and teenagers also falling into the category of obesity, there is little doubt that weight is a problem in our country. Moreover, there is absolutely no doubt that something needs to be done about young people and obesity, but not this. […]
Many of us think the nervous system and the digestive system are two distinctly different networks. It turns out the nervous system is not purely contained in the brain and spinal cord. Whereas the central nervous system does consist of those two organs, there is a secondary system in the human body called the enteric […]
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