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Exercise is Medicine: Part II

March 4, 2015, by

My last column examined the role that exercise can play in reducing and possibly eliminating the need for statins and blood pressure medication. We also discussed the positive effects of exercise for diabetics. This week, we will discuss the benefits of exercise vis-à-vis high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer. High Blood Pressure High blood pressure, or hypertension,

Is that L’Chaim Worthwhile?

February 25, 2015, by

Isn’t it a wonderful custom that we have? We take a small shot of whisky, say “L’Chaim” and swig it down. According to Rabbi Shraga Simmons of Aish HaTorah, the custom of saying “L’Chaim” when drinking wine is first mentioned in “Machzor Vitri” 80, s.v. “Shnayim.”  At one time, they used to give wine to the condemned

Exercise is Medicine!

January 29, 2015, by

The American College of Sports Medicine launched the initiative Exercise is Medicine, calling for physical activity and exercise to be standard parts of disease prevention and medical treatment. The initiative urges healthcare providers to assess and review patients’ physical activity programs at every visit, with office visits that conclude exercise clearance and a prescription or referral to a qualified

That Winter Weight Gain

January 21, 2015, by

It’s winter! It’s cold and dark and your body just can’t seem to get warm. Aside from that, due to the cold and inclement weather, you are outside much less than the rest of the year. You feel warmer when you eat and since you’re stuck inside, you eat to keep yourself occupied. And even when you are

Food for Thought

January 14, 2015, by

A recent study caught my attention. The study evaluated how people in the United States are doing in regard to making improvements in their dietary habits. And improvements there are, however we still have a ways to go. Scientists looked at data over an 11-year period starting in 1999. They evaluated the quality of the American diet. I

The Maintaining is the Hardest Part

December 31, 2014, by

Someone recently asked me if it is really so terrible to be overweight. She added that her grandmother, who lived to the ripe old age of 91, was always pudgy. I got to thinking about her question, and although her grandmother may indeed have experienced longevity despite an above-normal weight, the bottom line is that

From an Unlikely Source

December 24, 2014, by

Over the past week, I received two interesting emails. One from a longtime client of mine and the other from someone with whom I worked with to lose substantial weight. Both of these emails were “eye openers” and they didn’t come from the usual places one would find information about health and fitness news. Let’s

When Less is More: A Special Chanukah Message

December 18, 2014, by

With the arrival of Chanukah a strange feeling has overcome me. With all but one of our children married and out of our home, and our youngest son now serving in Nachal Chareidi, when we light our menorah on the first night of Chanukah, it will stand there all alone. I remember times when we

It’s Also How You Eat!

December 10, 2014, by

Quite often, people call me to inquire about my weight loss programs and insist that they eat healthy—they just can’t figure out why they can’t lose weight. Much of the time, people who eat “healthy” don’t really know what healthy eating entails and likely need to make corrections to their overall diet. Other times, they

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