Using Weight Loss to Give the Gift of Hearing

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This past week I had the opportunity to meet with an inspiring pair of people. If you didn’t have time to catch the show, I was visited by Chef Kelle Elliott and her boss, Al Gabianelli. Kelle has been deaf since age 6 when a meningitis infection damaged her hearing and led to almost complete deafness. In spite of that, Kelle has learned to thrive. Her exceptional ability to read lips allows her to communicate with the rest of the world where she might otherwise be isolated. She works at a busy restaurant and has two wonderful sons. Read more  »

Clarifying This Year’s Flu Vaccine

sick woman with cough in bedFlu season has arrived, with many regions of the country already seeing a significant uptick in flu cases. I make sure to get vaccinated every year before flu cases appear to protect the vulnerable and sick patients I deal with on a constant basis. I’m sure you’re well aware of the yearly calls to get the flu shot, and I hope you’re one of the many who have already bared their shoulders to get vaccinated.

But I know there are holdouts every year, and I hope to address some common concerns I hear from viewers and patients alike who ask for my advice every year. I think this is especially important in light of recent news that the flu vaccine may not be as effective as in previous years. Read more  »

Tips for Dealing With the Inevitable Holiday Stress

stressed woman phone kidsCongratulations on making it through your first dose of holiday stress. I love Thanksgiving as much as anyone, but the coordination that goes into bringing your entire family together and arranging a huge meal is exhausting, to say the least. I got to the end of the weekend with a sense of relief that it’s all finally finished before remembering I’ll be doing it at least once or twice again in the next month. Are you feeling the same way? This week I wanted to share some of my favorite tips to help get you through the rough patches with minimal stress. Read more  »

Reframing Thanksgiving to Stay on the Weight-Loss Bandwagon

Family at the dinner table at the Thanksgiving day.

Thanksgiving comes with mixed emotions for many of my patients. The ones with cardiac conditions have to constantly be on top of their weight and monitor their diet closely. But for most of them, Thanksgiving is about the opposite. It’s about forgetting that diet for one day and eating a few of the things you’ve been staying away from for the entire year. Feeling accountable to your health while also wanting desperately to participate in the festivities can be a serious challenge. More often than not, Thanksgiving wins out over healthy eating.

I know that my patients aren’t the only ones who struggle with these opposing goals during the holiday season. Tomorrow, many of you will reunite with family and friends who will have put hours into the preparation of a meal for your enjoyment. While you might have been good about your diet all year, you’re going to arrive at that Thanksgiving table wanting nothing more than to throw all restrictions out the window. For many of you, like my patients, Thanksgiving will win over whatever healthy pledges you may have made. Read more  »

It’s Time to Get the Smoke Out of Your Life

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I know you’ve heard me talk a lot about the evils of smoking on my show, and I want to assure you that I’m not trying to nag. I’ve watched many of my patients struggle with smoking even when they know about the horrible health effects. Nicotine is one of the most addictive compounds we know about, and quitting cigarettes is extremely hard.

With that said, thousands of Americans kick the habit for good every year, often after several attempts. In honor of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, I wanted to go through a few recent medical findings that might help push you to kick the habit for good. Read more  »

Learning to Swallow Even the Most Troublesome Pills

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I remember when my kids were getting older and my wife and I started to switch them from tasty syrups to tasteless pills. While swallowing pills is a skill many of us take for granted, a large cold and flu capsule can remind us just how hard and unpleasant it can be to get medications down. As a doctor, most of the medications I prescribe come in pill form and I often forget that many adults struggle with swallowing their meds. Read more  »

Movember: How to Keep the Reluctant Man in Your Life Healthy

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movemberIt’s finally November, the time of year when I start thinking about turkey and spending Thanksgiving with my extended family. It’s also a time when we start to see mustaches on friends and family who normally don’t grow one, participating in the latest health-awareness trend: Movember. This annual event raises awareness for men’s health by having men grow mustaches in order to change the face of men’s health. While you might not be a fan of your husband’s newest facial feature, the hair growth provides us with a reminder that all men are at risk for a variety of devastating illnesses, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental illness. Read more  »

How the Fall Can Spice Up Your Mundane Meals

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As fall moves into full swing, I always love to break out a variety of spices to get my meals into the spirit of the season. The holiday season brings with it a number of tastes and aromas, from allspice to cinnamon and cloves, that transform even the most mundane foods. While many think of fall food as full of temptation, the spices of the season can be used to make healthy food tasty as well. Here are few tips you can use to transform your health while also doing your taste buds a favor. Read more  »

Getting Older? Be Careful Where You Decide to Live

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My wife and I love life in the suburbs. There’s a certain peace and tranquility in escaping from the hustle and bustle of New York City, not to mention the bonus of cheaper square footage. I know we’re not alone in our love for these areas. Today more than 50% of Americans live in the suburbs, and a new study out this week has found that number may be surging thanks to movement of those over 65.   Read more  »