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Sharing Faith: How I Found Healing at a Funeral

On the four-year anniversary of my father's passing, I attended a funeral. Well, I woke up that morning thinking I was going to a funeral. Instead, it was a celebration of life and a celebration of which I had never experienced before. To put it in context, I am Jewish. Show More Summary

Sure You're Ready for That Obstacle Race? When Under-Preparation Meets Fatigue, Bad Things Happen

As fitness enthusiasts continue to search for activities and sports that keep their interest and avoid boredom, new exercise fads emerge. The mini-triathlon boomed in popularity 10 years ago, as very few people could (or should) compete in the original two-mile ocean swim, 110-mile bike ride and full 26-mile marathon. Show More Summary

The Challenge to Truly Live

Each of our lives is a unique masterpiece, made up of individual moments and events that reflect the beauty that surrounds us. We are shaped, molded, and fashioned by each of those moments we encounter: Every single one impacting the...Show More Summary

I Can't Get Out of My Sweat Pants: An Essay on Depression

I have clinical depression. Despite all social stigmas to the contrary or people accusing me of being "crazy," I'm not ashamed to admit that I have depression. Just like I'm not ashamed to admit that I have asthma. The first time I experienced depression I was in seventh grade. Show More Summary

Stop Counting Calories and Start Feeling Them

In a blog post in February, I posed the question: Should you eat pizza and drink beer today, or should you eat kale and drink green juice today? I used the question to showcase how everyone has a unique and ever-changing Personal Balance Equation. Show More Summary

Mental Illness and Identity: Would I Shed My Bipolar Disorder Skin?

Lately I have been asking myself: What would I do if I could shed myself of my bipolar disorder? Is it part of the core of my identity, even if it is controlled by medication, or is it something to be cured, tolerated and maybe evenShow More Summary

How You Can Help Someone With Mental Illness: What to Do First

The buzzed-about about Church of Scientology documentary, "Going Clear," reminds us that Scientologists believe psychologists are promoting lies and consider any practice associated with them as false. This belief led Tom Cruise, a known...Show More Summary

Sonny Miller's Lesson for Us All: 'Nature Dictates'

The white of Sonny Miller's right eye was red. Fire engine red. He cocked his head to the side all the time, in fact, his shoulders leaned also to the right, I think. Maybe it was from carrying that box around. That box that made my movie. Six years ago, I called him. Show More Summary

How Chronic Illness Prepared Me For Motherhood

Math and I aren't really the best of friends. In fact, we're barely on speaking terms. There is one thing that Math and I have in common, though: a love of Venn Diagrams. A light bulb went off for me recently when I was thinking about how my chronic illness interacts with my new-found motherhood. Show More Summary

Trying to Control Uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension Without Meds Is a Bad idea

A lot of the topics I write about are inspired by something that has come up in one of my classes. This blog is no different. Avoiding taking diabetes and blood pressure medicine Several weeks ago a patient was referred to our 10-hour comprehensive diabetes class. Show More Summary

U.S. Pharma Industry Getting Ready for a Shake Up

In the coming weeks, a single drug will revolutionize the U.S. pharmaceutical industry. Zarxio, a drug that reduces infections caused by chemotherapy, is about to become the very first biosimilar drug sold in the United States. Biosimilars...Show More Summary

The Ultimate Clutter Bust

Last weekend, I spoke at a Donate Life event designed to encourage and support transplant recipients and organ donor families. I was nervous about talking because my being an organ recipient is such a private part of my life. I am grateful that someone donated lungs to me almost two years ago. Show More Summary

How to Tell Illness From 'Oldness' in Your Senior Pet

It's often difficult for owners of older pets to know whether changes they see in their dog or cat are signs of normal aging, or signs of a more serious health issue. Your pet is considered a senior if he's in the final 25 percent of the expected lifespan for his species and breed. Show More Summary

#IWILLLISTEN: NAMI-NYC Metro's Mental Illness Stigma Fight Goes to the Midwest

Wedged in a corner of northwest Missouri, flanked by Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas, lies a small college town called Maryville. On Monday, April 20, 2015, this hamlet of approximately 10,000 residents and 6,000 college students overcameShow More Summary

The Impact of Stress While Living With Cancer

For many people living with cancer, they learn it packs a mighty emotional punch of distress, anxiety and social isolation. Often times, living a full life is derailed and impedes the success of a person's cancer treatment. According...Show More Summary

Americans Deserve Open-Minded Discourse on Medical Options

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), half of America suffers from at least one chronic illness; chronic illness causes 70 percent of deaths in the United States each year; and the percentage of children and adolescents with chronic illness has quadrupled since the 1960s. Show More Summary

Free Your Neck and Shoulders With Yoga

We're all familiar with the effects of a stressful day on our neck and shoulders. Scenario #1 It's 4 p.m. and you've been sitting at your computer for more than half the day. You notice that your shoulders have been creeping up to your ears for the past few hours and your neck is slowly disappearing. Show More Summary

Minority Health Month Puts a Focus on Health Disparities

Despite notable improvements in health care delivery and technology, racial and ethnic minorities still face significant health disparities, including higher rates of preventable chronic disease. African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, for example, are twice as likely as Caucasians to develop diabetes. Show More Summary

The Role of Imagination in Dream-Building

There are definite, concrete steps we must take to achieve goals. This is an absolute truth and fits in with the Laws of the Universe. For example, the Law of Specificity states, "We must clearly identify what we want to achieve." Sometimes we forget that there are intangible qualities that play a role in dream-building as well. Show More Summary

Emotional vs. Physical Hunger: 4 Ways to Tell the Difference

It's not easy to know the difference between physical and emotional hunger. When you have a craving for something sweet and gooey like a chocolate chip cookie or a cinnamon roll, it could be: A) Your stomach's way of gently reminding...Show More Summary

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