Lady Docs Corner Cafe Blog

Marsha Seidelman, M.D.

A National Focus on Food as Medicine

October 2, 2022

On Wednesday, September 28th, 2022, at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, President Biden introduced a national strategy that recognizes the critical role that nutrition plays in health.  Efforts were spurred by the fact that 80% of our health expenditures go to treat preventable illnesses, and that one in ten households still do…

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Unconscious Bias – in medicine and in life

August 22, 2022

When physicians in Maryland renew our medical licenses, we need at least 50 hours of continuing education.  Previously, in internal medicine, there were no specific topics to cover.  For our next renewal, are required to educate ourselves about unconscious bias as it affects our interactions with our patients, office staff and other medical professionals.  The…

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COVID update for 2022

January 7, 2022

I hope you’re doing well and staying safe during this fourth COVID wave, attributable to the omicron variant.   The virus is not typed on any regular basis, but with random testing omicron accounts for 95-100% of COVID infections in Maryland, and is probably above 90% nationwide. The virus is expected to continue to mutate,…

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Marinated Baked Tempeh

November 16, 2021

ADAPTED FROM LOVE AND LEMONS Adapted from This is a unique way of preparing tempeh, steaming it first, so it absorbs the marinade and is moist and tasty.  And it’s oil-free.  I substituted water for the oil, and it worked perfectly.  I tend to prepare tofu or tempeh in the toaster oven to save…

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Zooming with Chef AJ

November 12, 2021

Chef AJ is a chef and culinary instructor who been strictly plant-based for decades.  She hosts a YouTube channel that has over 200,000 followers.  Several months ago, Dr. Nathan was featured on her show and talked about Indian spices and their role in cooking, healing and culture.  She then introduced me to Chef AJ, who…

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Amazing No-Fail Power Bars

October 27, 2021

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve substituted ingredients in this recipe. No quinoa? No problem – use dry rolled oats right out of your breakfast container, or cooked farro, barley, whatever. Vegan and want to avoid honey? Use a combination of maple syrup, date syrup and/or molasses instead. Care to add coconut…

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Butternut Squash Soup – Afghan Style

October 15, 2021

We had a virtual blast preparing this soup as part of KindSoups efforts to deliver food to those in need.  Each week for the past year, we’ve been cooking together via Zoom, making enough soup for our own family’s dinner, plus enough to freeze and deliver meals for friends who may be hitting a rough patch and…

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Who can have a third dose of a COVID vaccine?

August 13, 2021

I just sat in on a meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting regarding an ADDITIONAL dose for moderately to severely immunocompromised patients.  There was a very broad range of experts, covering the fields of pediatrics, internal medicine, infectious diseases and immunology.  Here are the main takeaways: – Yesterday, 8/12/21, the…

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The Human Microbiome – part three

July 7, 2021

Welcome back! This is part 3 of our series on the human microbiome. In brief, in parts one and two, we learned about prebiotics and probiotics being fiber and fermented foods, respectively. Now we’ll go on to what postbiotics are, and assess our current knowledge base and where this may lead going forward and how…

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The Human Microbiome – part two

June 30, 2021

Last week, we ended by saying that we determine the makeup of our microbiome by what we eat. We’ve been aware of the benefits of fruits and vegetables for a long time.  The microbiome has been the secret helper we never knew. This is the meat of the matter, so to speak. Carnitine is found…

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