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Let’s All Get the Flu Shot in 2020!

This year the new coronavirus that causes what can be a serious illness which is described as a “flu like” has greatly affected all of us.  In a similar way, the original “flu”, influenza, has the potential to cause 20,000 preventable deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations this year. What is a flu like illness?  Common symptoms…

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COLON CANCER SCREENING DURING A PANDEMIC (AKA Why is March Blue?)

By Julia Korenman, M.D. Every March, I blog about colon cancer screening for colon cancer awareness month. This year, the state shut down. Our endoscopy centers shut down except for emergencies and my blog stayed in reserve while we all hunkered down.  Now that we have adjusted to the “new normal” and are performing screening examinations…

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Oasis Farms and the Cycle of Giving: a Productive Summer on Dr. Rajagopal’s Farm

What have you done to relax during this COVID-19 crisis? After all, there’s only so much walking or exercising we can do daily outside of work which, for most people, has been confined to home.  Many activities have been frozen until a “safer” time.  When will that safer time come, nobody knows. So far, this…

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Diet, Our Microbiome, and Our Risk For Heart and Kidney Disease

Last week, I attended – virtually, of course, the annual International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine cosponsored by the GW University School of Medicine and the Physician’s Committee for responsible medicine. Dr. Tang’s talk about how our bodies differ from each other based on the composition of the gut micro biome was fascinating. He is…

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On Independence Day: Civil Liberty and the Wearing of Masks

So here we are, facing another big wave of Coronavirus in 36 states, with Texas and Florida leading the pack, having the highest case reports.  Am I shocked?  Not unless I have been away on another planet and did not get to follow the news for a month or so, about how this surge will…

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Eating Right During Stressful Times … and For Life – Macronutrient Balance

Let’s start with a quick review!   The foods that we eat are made up of macronutrients, micronutrients, and phytochemicals. Macronutrients include carbohydrates and dietary fiber, proteins, and fats. Almost ALL foods are a combination of these macronutrients. It is important that we do NOT categorize foods by their dominant macronutrient. Foods are foods…. each…

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Coronavirus Resource Page

HOW TO PROPERLY WEAR A MASK: Masks are very important to protect others from droplets that you might produce while speaking, coughing, sneezing or breathing. Please wear them in any public place, especially indoors to stop the spread of COVID 19. Below are the proper ways to wear a mask and to take it off….

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Covid-19 and the New Normal: Are We Doing Our Part?

Tomorrow afternoon, my husband and I will attend a “ Zoom funeral” for one of his close friends who died of COVID-19 at Georgetown hospital last weekend.  He caught the virus from his wife, a healthcare provider who caught it herself from an asymptomatic patient at the hospital where she worked.  We also joined a…

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Easily Adaptable Indian Cooking

A healthy diet is so important for your longterm health.  Below and in future posts, I will share some healthy recipes that you can adapt easily to the ingredients you have on hand. Here’s a video with personal attestations of the importance of a wholesome plant-based diet. Some basic ingredients for Indian food are: Cumin seeds Mustard seeds…

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Cooking during a Pandemic—Recipes using shelf stable ingredients: black bean and tortilla pie, lentil soup with sweet potatoes

During this time of Covid-19 when I am cooking a lot and trying not to go to the grocery store too frequently, I really appreciate my recipes that contain shelf-stable ingredients. I stock up on what I need and pull it all out when it’s time to cook!  The black bean and corn tortilla pie…

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