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Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Disordered Eating and the Gap Year: Difficulties in Seminary

I am writing this piece from Café Aroma in Israel, where I am working and vacationing. Part of the work I will be doing here includes visiting Agam Hospital where I volunteered, and speaking in colleges and seminaries. I will be presenting my program to a number of schools, and rather than focusing on my eating disorder psycho-educational program, I will be delivering

The Pregnant Girl’s Guide to Back Pain

In anticipation of bringing new life into the world, pregnancy can be a time of excitement and joy. Often, it also brings new aches and pains previously unknown to a woman’s pre-pregnancy body with back pain being one of the most common. Fortunately, back pain may be well managed with proper treatment, allowing a woman to more fully enjoy this special time in her

New Israeli Patents for MS and Pain

Only three years after going into business in Ness Ziona, Israel, Mapi Pharma has won U.S. patents for two promising drugs in its pipeline: a slow-release form of glatiramer acetate for treating multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms just once a month; and a new pill, Tapentadol, for relief of moderate-to-severe acute

What a Pain in the Back!!

Have you ever experienced pain in your back? Maybe a sharp twinge after bending down to lift a pen off the floor? Or perhaps a coughing spell that left you with a back ache? Unfortunately, back injuries are very common. Nearly 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some time in their lives and 25% just within the past three months. Because it affects so

The Power of Speech

When we meet up with someone whom we haven’t seen in a while, one of the first things we generally say is “You look great!” or maybe, “Have you lost weight?” We are culturally accustomed to commenting on appearance and weight, thinking that this is what we should do. Sometimes, though, this sends out a negative message that we may be unaware of. When someone

Fighting Obesity by Design

I recently spent a couple of days at Disneyworld with my sister and brother and their families, who were visiting from Israel. As we walked through the parks, a few of my nephews and nieces independently shared the same observation: “Why are people in America so fat?” While their comment may not be politically correct or sensitively articulated, it is

Unconsummated

Planning a wedding involves endless preparations. A hall is booked, the perfect floral arrangements are chosen, table linens are ordered and a delectable menu is designed. The best band in town is booked. Elegant clothing is chosen for the bride and groom, as well as for each and every family member. But, what has been done to prepare our beautiful new chattan

No More Excuses – Part III: “But I Hate Exercising…”

I’m going to let you in on a little secret, one that you might find surprising given the fact that I’m a personal trainer: I don’t like exercising. In fact, I’d much rather curl up on the couch with a good book and a hot cup of tea. So how do I find the will to get up at 4:30 every morning to work out? How do I make exercising fun and enjoyable, something for

Falls – Am I At Risk?

With the icy winter months upon us, now is the time to address the risk factors of falls affecting us and our loved ones. The topic of falls affects us all. It can happen to you, a family member, neighbor or friend. Statistically, about 33% of people over the age of 65, and 50% of those over the age of 80, will sustain a fall at least once this year. Many

The Man Who Studies Deadly Diseases

Ron Diskin, 37, is a world expert on the structural biology of deadly viruses. His critical contribution to the field points the way to unprecedented treatment approaches. He is also living proof that the supposed “brain drain” from Israel is perhaps better described as a back-and-forth flow of the best and brightest minds.

Born, bred and educated

New In The Neighborhood - Giving Thanks Each Day

As some of you may already know our family experienced a trauma four weeks ago that will certainly take us awhile to recover from.  Our daughter Naama who many of you met on Simchat Torah was admitted to the hospital with the diagnosis of an inflamed gall bladder and unfortunately a procedure done to improve her condition accidentally clipped something in her body and

Muscle Tone: What Does it Mean?

As a physical therapist, I often come across people, whether they are parents, teachers, physicians, or therapists, talking about muscle tone.  I am very often asked what that means.  Muscle tone is the continuous, passive contraction and resistance to stretch of muscles at rest.  Normally, even when relaxed, muscles have a very small amount of contraction