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Traveling Man: Natural remedies you shouldn’t travel without

Dec 08, 2011  |   Comments Off on Traveling Man: Natural remedies you shouldn’t travel without

My younger brother keeps what you would call an active travel schedule.  In the last few months he’s been to: England, Russia, Italy, Poland, Brazil, South Africa, China, Malaysia, Switzerland, Canada and several points around the U.S.  And I’m probably forgetting a few.  As chief of staff of one of the heads of a major investment bank, the guy is no slouch when it comes to globetrotting.  Luckily, he’s constitutionally equipped to hard travel.  He’s also one of those people who can actually operate on 4 hours of sleep for days at a time, which is a genetic inheritance that we do not share. 

I Can’t Eat Bread? The Conundrum of Kids and Weight Loss

Dec 05, 2011  |   Comments Off on I Can’t Eat Bread? The Conundrum of Kids and Weight Loss

Last month, I saw a handful of pediatric patients brought in by their Orthodox Jewish mothers worried about their children’s weight gain. I have found that the mothers in this community are extraordinarily thoughtful and attentive to needs of their kids. And these women are quite privy to the myriad problems presented by childhood obesity that include pre-diabetes and diabetes, heart disease, hyperlipidemia, sleep apnea, early puberty, and gastrointestinal challenges. Oh, and let’s not forget the long-term psychological problems and self-esteem issues that can result from being targeted as a “fat kid.”

This isn’t just a Jewish problem, needless to say.