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Getting Through Pesach

March 22, 2017, by

It’s that time of the year again… the holiday season. Perhaps nothing is more challenging than getting through Pesach with your health and weight intact. As daunting and challenging as this may seem, a few little tricks and just a little self-discipline can get you through virtually unscathed.   There are essentially three areas where

No Way around It – It Takes Work

February 13, 2017, by

There was very significant health news a few weeks ago.  When news about health makes it to the headlines, it usually means we have to pay attention.  For over 100 years, the average life expectancy of people who live in the United States has increased, with the exception of 1993 and that aberration occurred because

Is it Worth the Counting?

January 30, 2017, by

The number of people who consciously watch what they eat and plan and do serious exercise is relatively small compared to the population at large.  We have watched as obesity and overweight have become epidemics and the amount of people with diabetes and high blood pressure and other disease has grown proportionately with the growth

Exercise: The Secret Weapon in Fighting Anxiety

July 11, 2016, by

Today, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it affects 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. And anxiety cost the

Immunization: The Best Weapon Against the Resurgent Threat of Whooping Cough

February 17, 2016, by

Many Americans, in the Jewish and other communities, are skeptical of medical scientific recommendations, particularly when they involve mandates. The reasons are complex but include a concern about profit motives creating bias, scientific fraud, a sense that “natural” interventions are better and a skepticism about science especially when it contradicts religious belief. While all these

Is Being a Vegetarian Healthier?

December 23, 2015, by

Helen was a 40-year-old with multiple health issues at a relatively young age. Her problems mostly stemmed from her obesity and sedentary life style. When we began discussing her eating habits, she disclosed to me that she is a vegetarian. Most of us identify vegetarianism with a healthier lifestyle, but here was Helen, a vegetarian

Are You Eating Enough?

November 24, 2015, by

It makes sense—just eat less and you will lose weight. That is what Davida and Gittel, thought. Both in their mid-to-late 40’s they came to me for consultations on weight loss several years ago. Both were on calorie-restricted programs and were exercising to some extent and both were very frustrated as all of their efforts

Working Out in a Skirt: I (Kind of) Disagree

November 3, 2015, by

Last month, there was a news story in which an Orthodox Jewish woman sued her gym for refusing to allow her to work out in a skirt. Yosefa Jalal of Crown Heights sued Lucille Roberts (a women’s-only gym franchise) for violating federal, state and city religious discrimination statutes. I saw this posted and re-posted on Facebook

Running for Spite

October 28, 2015, by

A number of people have been, and will be, writing about why they are running for Team Yachad in the Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon. Many of these pieces will speak of the good work that Yachad does. As you may be aware, Yachad—the National Jewish Council for Disabilities—is an agency of the Orthodox Union whose

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