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Life

Shaul vs. Esther: Learning to Live a Committed Life

March 11, 2019, by

As we approach Purim, the focus of the days immediately preceding the holiday becomes the long history of the relationship between Amalek and the Jewish people. Beginning with the few pesukim comprising Parshas Zachor, we remember Amalek’s original attack on the Jewish people shortly after the Jews left Egypt. Then, we read the less famous

The New Medicine is Here: Part II

March 6, 2019, by

In part one of this article, we discussed how research is showing the healing effects of a healthy diet.  A healthy diet based on today’s research involved eating more plant based foods, greatly reducing any processed foods and keeping our animal proteins to a minimum.    As a result many doctors, in spite of their

The New Medicine

February 28, 2019, by

Have you ever heard one of those stories?  I’m sure you have.  The doctors gave up—they sent her home to rest as comfortably as possible until her demise.  “There is nothing more we can do” they said.  Confined to a wheelchair and suffering from constant and severe chest pain, she already had a bypass operation

Please — No Bumpers

They’re pretty and they surely enhance the look of your baby’s room. Yet I respectfully request that you refrain from indulging in crib bumpers, also known as “bumper pads” used in infants’ cribs. True confession: All seven Lightman children luxuriated in cribs festooned with bumpers. The youngest Lightman was born in 2003, two years before

Taking Care of Our Brains

February 19, 2019, by

We all know by now the profound impact food consumption has on our health.  But when we think about food and health, we usually are thinking about our heart and circulatory system.  We all know that high consumption of healthy options and the reduction of poor quality processed foods can prevent heart disease and even

What a Pleasant Surprise

February 12, 2019, by

While many clients come to me in order to lose weight, there are usually health issues involved that are more important to address than just losing the extra weight. There are the typical problems of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and muscular-skeletal problems including lower back pain. Some have auto-immune issues such as inflammatory

You’ve Got to “Hand” It to Your Kids

You have read the title and must be thinking, “What in the world is Dr. Lightman writing about now?” Hands?  Is this about our handing over the reins of leadership from one generation to the next? Eventually, yes.  But that’s not what this is about.  I am bringing to your attention something basic and fundamental

Combating Adolescent Obesity

February 5, 2019, by

It’s happening all too often.  The phone rings in my office and another mother is calling about her teenage daughter or son who is, at this early age, struggling with being overweight or obese.  Some of them already have high blood sugar, high cholesterol or even high blood pressure. This is, unfortunately, becoming commonplace. Adolescent

Our Shuls: A Call for Access

February 1, 2019, by

Stairs. A simple, structurally unextraordinary albeit useful form of craftsmanship. They’re not really given much thought: If the choice exists between a walk-up and an elevator, the latter’s winning every time. And if not, perhaps a quiet, frustrated, It’s-really-about-time-I-start-dieting sigh accompanies the undesired yet quickly disregarded ascension. But for millions of people, stairs are quite