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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

Top 10 Reasons Why Everyone Is Doing Yoga

Why are so many people doing yoga these days? There must be more to it than endorphins; there has to be a deeper reason why 20 million plus Americans have fallen in love with this venerable practice. Here is my top ten list -- and if you're a yogi, I'm sure you can think of more. 1. Show More Summary

Please Don't Ask Me For Help, The Game Is On

View image | YES it's finally playoff time, NHL, NBA, sports, sports, SPORTS! We can't get enough of them. Besides the Super Bowl and March Madness, months before April don't even exist in my world or any world for that matter. Show More Summary

8 Foods to Eat If You Want to Live Forever

By: Lee Breslouer Unless you're Keith Richards, you can't actually live forever. But what you eat and drink affects whether you'll be letting your great-grandkids know you can't get no satisfaction when you're 113. So we asked 11 registered...Show More Summary

'Pain Is Part of the Experience of Being Alive'

On April 8, 2015, celebrated singer Krishna Das and Drugs Over Dinner Co-Founder Angel Grant discussed addiction, suffering and compassion. Angel: For the last year, I've been gathering content for our new site In...Show More Summary

Come What May

I remember many years ago attending a World AIDS Day film screening in Pittsburgh that was organized by a friend of mine. The documentary told the story of a young girl in Africa whose mother was dying from AIDS. The young girl gave up attending school in her village to take care of her mother along with her younger siblings. Show More Summary

There Are Now 86 Million People With Pre-Diabetes -- Sadly, Most Will Get It

Latest estimates show there are now 29 million people with diabetes, even though about 8 million of those people do not even know they have it (1). This is twice what the number was 20 years ago when I first became an educator. That sounds like a lot of people, that is until you consider the estimated number of people that have pre-diabetes. Show More Summary

Why You Deserve Better

That's right, you deserve better. We all struggle with insecurities, and because of these insecurities, we start to try to justify situations that aren't right for us - whether it's a job, a relationship or a friendship.  I myself have (and continue to) struggled with the insecurities brought on by my past. Show More Summary

Losing My Mind (And Dream) to Pulsatile Tinnitus: The Less Noisy Road Back

In my final year of college at Rutgers, something happened that would alter the course of my professional life as I had dreamed it. My right ear decided one night to spontaneously erupt into ceaseless, wretched cacophony. To even begin...Show More Summary

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