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Saturday, December 07, 2019

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Dara’s Wedding:The Way Celebrations Should Be

Twice a year I embark on a trip to Israel. Generally these trips are planned with speaking events and specific activities, but for the most part they are a time to relax and simply enjoy a country that I consider home.

Having recently returned home from one of these bi-annual trips, I am experiencing the jet-lag, the longing to return, and also I have

What the Heck, Do It Anyway

When doing an educational psychological evaluation, using an “IQ” test, among other instruments, I look for many aspects of the student’s performance. Among them is always consideration of the child’s willingness or unwillingness to take a chance when unsure. How long, if ever, will it take a child to just announce “I don’t know” when s/he doesn’t? And,

Health Consciousness vs. Confidence: Where Do We Draw the Line?

Recently, there has been a wave of body empowerment within mainstream society. I’ve been witness to absolutely wonderful campaigns and ads that promote confidence and self-esteem. There have also been many videos and articles comparing men and women in the fashion industry and the manner in which males and females are portrayed. I’ve seen

21st Century Dentistry: New Materials

Over one hundred years ago, dentistry made its first attempt to help beautify smiles. It was the beginning of the use of ceramics, or porcelain, to help rebuild a broken down tooth. As the years went by, improvements were made in cosmetics, but the strength was still lacking. The restorations were prone to cracking until the 1950’s when a

The Beauty of Exercising with a Partner

We often find any excuse to avoid exercising–an essential factor to a healthy lifestyle. “I don’t have the time” or “I am too tired” are too commonly used, whereas phrases such as “I am super excited to go to the gym today” are rare. A positive mindset is very difficult to achieve and could take years of commitment to make sustainable. Enjoying exercise

21st Century Dentistry: New Materials

Over one hundred years ago, dentistry made its first attempt to help beautify smiles. It was the beginning of the use of ceramics, or porce­lain, to help rebuild a broken down tooth. As the years went by, improvements were made in cosmetics, but the strength was still lacking. The restorations were prone to cracking until the 1950’s when a metal

Americans Not Getting Enough Relaxation Time

StatePoint—Nearly all Americans un­derstand that relaxation time is essential to good health, yet most of us don’t spend nearly enough time unwinding during a typical day or week.

While our society acknowledges that kicking back is indispensable, we don’t seem to be practicing what we preach. Indeed, 99 percent of Americans think relaxation is

The Ice Cream Just Won’t Cut It

There is a phrase we use in the mental health world: it’s “The Whack-A-Mole” phenomenon. This happens when an indi­vidual experiences some type of addiction, works through the addic­tion, and then moves onto another vice. For in­stance, a man battling substance abuse may experience sobriety but then begin gambling. I was working with a client who at

Pediatrics and the Jewish Year

To quote the wise King Solomon: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activi­ty under the heavens.”

Back in my days of residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a wise attending doctor from a private practice told me that to truly appreciate pediatrics, you have to practice for a full year to get a taste of everything. Ten years

How Snow and M&Ms Opened My Eyes

I was on my way to school in the winter when the snow began to fall. I arrived in Washing­ton Heights and trekked the seven blocks to the Wurzweiler Building, though I was barely able to walk; the snow was falling heavily on the ground and the roads were a slippery mess. By the time I entered the building I was huffing and puffing, sweating from the near moun­tain

21st Century Dentistry: Lasers

Imagine going to your dentist and hav­ing a filling, but without drilling. Imagine having gum surgery, but with­out cutting or stitch­es. Imagine having no discomfort after these treatments and being able to resume normal activities right away. All of this could be possible when you have dental treatment with a laser.

Laser is an acronym that stands

High on Sugar

 

Our brains run on glucose. To keep glu­cose constantly available in the blood re­quires an elaborate system of checks and balances. Insulin tells the cells of the liver, muscles and fat to take glucose away from the blood. The liver also makes and releases glucose, so when we have a meal, insulin also tells it to stop production.

Insulin production