Friday, October 18, 2019

Health Link

A Matter of Life and Death

From the files of a PUAH rabbinic counselor:
Because your fertility journey is so much more than a medical experience.

(Courtesy of PUAH) To abort, or not to abort? As a PUAH rabbinic counselor, this is one of the most difficult questions I’m faced with.


Touro College of Dental Medicine Partners With Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program

(Courtesy of Touro College) Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM), the nation’s newest dental school, established in 2016, recently launched a partnership with The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program, a public-private partnership that seeks to increase underserved Holocaust survivors’ access

Fat Shaming Is Not One Size Fits All

Recently, I’ve heard the phrase “fat-shaming” outside my place of work. This idea is one that arises with my clients, discussing their experiences of being shamed or fears of being shamed for how they look. I lead a group regularly, and offer presentations to the public, on the subjects of health at every size and body

Sukkot: The Essence of Vulnerability

Vulnerability has often been perceived by professionals and the public as a negative trait, non-adaptive quality and unhealthy state of being. In the minds of people it signifies weakness and a lack of strength and moral fortitude. One prominent researcher and noted personality, Dr. Brene Brown, in numerous of her publications has

‘Doc, My Elbow Hurts’

I hear this multiple times per week.

A patient comes into the office with pain along the outer aspect of the elbow where they don’t know what injury caused the pain and only have a vague recollection of when it started. Usually they will say that the pain is made worse with such things as

What People With OCD Wish You Knew

It’s on the news, portrayed in TV and movies, the subject of countless reality TV shows and even discussed in our Jewish publications (including this one). It is those 3 letters that have gotten into our vernacular at a young age: OCD. You’ve probably heard of it before—OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder, a mental illness

Making Time for Priorities

It has been nearly a year since I started Jump Into Shape (www.jumpintoshape.fun) , a men’s fitness program in a tzanua atmosphere, and my experience has taught me that the main reason people don’t exercise is that they “don’t have time.” Many people stop me on the street to

UrgentOrthoCare Offers Emergency Orthopedic Solutions

UrgentOrthoCare, a new orthopedic urgent care center located in Englewood that specializes in emergency orthopedic treatment, has officially opened, ready to provide emergency medical services to those in need within the tri-state area. Whether a patient sustains a sprain, dislocation or complex fracture, UrgentOrthoCare offers

Clearing the Haze: Some Straight Answers About Cannabis

Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit substance in the United States and also the most controversial. For some, cannabis is a dangerous substance, whose health risks include brain damage and a gateway to serious addiction problems, while others hail it as a wonder drug with countless health benefits! Even its legal status

Out of the Ashes Comes a Legacy of Kindness

I am the grandchild of Holocaust survivors. This defines me.

Growing up in Toronto, I heard firsthand stories from my Bubie and Zaida of the horrors and atrocities they experienced during the Holocaust. The stories of the many family members who were murdered at the hand of the Nazis and the

Uvacharta Vachayim: And You Shall Choose Life

I was admittedly caught off guard recently when a friend pointed out that I am probably the first—and, likely, only—rabbinic organ donation professional. Approximately a year ago, after a very rewarding 20+ years as a synagogue rabbi, I accepted a position as vice president for Jewish Community Engagement at LiveOnNY

Cooking Oils: What to Know and How to Choose

(Courtesy of De La Rosa) Have you ever made a quick trip to your local grocer in need of cooking oil only to find yourself completely intimidated by all the varieties on store shelves? When it comes to choosing the right culinary oil, it might be hard to decide where to start. The internet is flooded with