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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
One of the nicest milestones in a baby’s life, and in a parents’ life, is when a child starts to walk. This is of course accomplished in small increments that lead to walking. At first a child sits unsupported; this is followed by crawling, then standing. Most of the time, this act is repeated many times. The child will eventually stand and cruise around by
While working at Bellevue Hospital during my training in pediatrics, I was exposed to many different cultures. I treated babies with parents from all around the globe and learned how different we all are and how similar we are. I heard many old wives’ tales, some founded on reason and later proven by science; some never worked and sounded absurd to my Western
Over the past month we have been confronted by tremendous sadness. It feels as if pain and sorrow have blanketed our nation; we have come together to support one another, to dry one another’s tears and hope to provide some comfort and joy. This has been a month of fear and unease, a month that I hope ends swiftly.
It seems that when we experience pain,
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 20% of Americans suffer from one or more allergies including environmental, food, medicine, and insect-related allergies. Additional data show that allergies limit activities for more than 40% of children and account for more than 17 million outpatient office visits annually, and that food allergies cause 30,000
StatePoint—Stress is not only unpleasant; it can be overwhelming, ultimately preventing you from solving the problems that caused the stress in the first place. But getting focused can help you feel happier and be more successful professionally, financially and in your relationships, say experts.
“Rather than living with fear or regret, you can turn your