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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Lead, Mercury and Other Metals That Can Affect Us and Our Children

In the past months there have been many different reports of products that affect us and our children, like fidget spinners, jelly shoes and lead paint. If a house was built before 1978, then that house most likely has lead. Although when buying or renting you will get written disclosures, this does not tell you exactly

The Annual Physical: A Lifesaver or a Pointless Waste of Time?

Annual physicals have been enshrined in American culture for over 70 years. However, a debate rages on as to whether they are really necessary or not. Famous bioethicist Ezekiel Emmanuel created a firestorm in January 2015 when he declared that annual physicals are pointless and a waste of time and money. Emmanuel’s argument is

Meet Rachel: An Orthodox Physician’s Journey to Cord Blood Banking

(Courtesy of Maze Cord Blood) As a spiritual and religious person, and as a physician, it was clear to me that even as I hope and pray that our children will never need to use them, cord blood and tissue banking provides an incredible opportunity to do as much as we can as parents to protect our children from future

Take Precautions in the Heat: Lifesaving Tips

More than comfort, heat safety tips can save your life.

(BPT) From tornadoes and floods to hail and lightning storms, the United States experiences a broad array of extreme weather. Fatalities do occur, but many people are surprised to learn that the weather

SYNERGY HomeCare Provides Seniors With Help and Companionship

Ethan Keiser saw the difficulty his wife’s grandparents faced when they couldn’t function at home safely or manage the tasks of daily living by themselves anymore. The family was at a loss when it became clear that it was time to find trustworthy, 

reliable caregivers and establish

Defining Our Act

This past week I had the privilege of being in a full-day workshop that the Jewish Home Family sponsored. We brought in a man named Alex Kerten, author of the book “Goodbye Parkinson’s, Hello Life.” Alex has been working with individuals with Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years and he shared both his powerful tools

Financial Stress No More

Whether we were brought up to avoid the topic of money in social situations or had parents who talked openly about their finances with anyone who would listen, I think it’s fair to say that most of us have been exposed to the stress that finances can have on our lives. According to the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts,

OSFED and Why Labels Don’t Matter

This summer, I started teaching a graduate-level course titled “The Treatment of Eating Disorders.” Teaching runs in my blood, and while I didn’t choose to go down this path as my sole career choice, having the opportunity to dip my toes into academia has proven to be more of a dive—and an incredible one at that.

The Bamba Effect: Early Exposure May Help Prevent Peanut Allergies

For years, the widespread recommendation for preventing food allergies was to completely avoid feeding children any types of allergenic foods. New parents were staunchly advised to keep their kids far away from dairy, peanuts, shellfish and any other foods typically associated with allergies. This theory was reflected in medical blogs, parenting

Why Provide Sensory Stimulation to Your Baby?

Babies come into this world with the job of making sense of it. Lights; people; sounds; movement; and the feel of the diaper, clothing and hands touching their skin: Their brains need time to process all this new information and respond to it in a calm way. A new baby will generally cry when diapered, changed, bathed or moved. Most

Health, Fitness, Exercise and Diet: A Torah Perspective

As a grandfather of 10, bli ayin hara, who is a few years beyond over the hill, I am particularly aware and grateful that I was blessed a number of years ago to realize the importance of exercising regularly while also being conscience of my diet. For many years I was slim and trim and my metabolism was such that I just

How Narcissistic Are We in Modern Society and How Does This Affect Us?

Narcissism, otherwise known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), is a personality disorder that affects many people yet is not easily diagnosed since many people visit mental health care providers for other areas in their life, such as depression, impulsivity (i.e., overspending, obsessions), irrational maladaptive coping