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Nutrition in the Time of Covid - and Beyond
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Wednesday, 22nd April, 2020

Here are some simple adaptations regarding food shopping and food prep that are relevant to our stay-at-home situation.  Many of us as health care workers, are still on the job in some ways, but we are home more than we’re used to, out of our routine.  And many have their young children or adult children home with them - a lot - and need to cater to many different dietary ...

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Practical FAQs about COVID
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Sunday, 12th April, 2020

Knowledge is the best antidote to anxiety regarding the unknown. Based on questions from my patients, I composed a FAQs sheet, and a list of reliable resources.  There are many emails and videos out there that can make you more anxious, so try to limit your reading to reliable sources.  Importantly, try not to read about COVID before bedtime.  Please also be aware that ...

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Weekend conferences on COVID19
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Sunday, 15th March, 2020

Here’s some of the very latest information available from reliable sources, including answers to the questions doctors are asking. Yesterday I was in on several long phone conferences with many of my fellow lady docs in addition to other colleagues. One was hosted by our very own Dr. Rebecca Katz, who is the Director of the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and ...

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Intermittent Fasting - Is there any scientific basis for it?
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Sunday, 19th January, 2020

Intermittent fasting has become popular both for weight loss and health improvement.  People have adapted this to be anything from alternate day fasts, drastically restricting calories for 2 days each week(a 5:2 plan), or restricting eating to a certain number of hours per day, usually 8-12 hours.  Is there any  scientific reason to believe it works? A recent review article ...

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BULLETIN: It's NOT Too Late - Get Your Flu Shot NOW!
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Saturday, 11th January, 2020

As you can see by the map, the flu season is up and running all across the United States.  It’s an unusual season, in that influenza B, which is usually more common later in the season, is starting up strong.  It is usually more common in children, but that’s the only one I’ve seen so far in my office in adults.  The high dose flu vaccine that is given to seniors ...

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Diabetes, fiber and the micro biome
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Thursday, 14th November, 2019

One of the talks at the conference was “Beyond Carb Counting: Why Plant-Based Nutrition is Sweet Medicine for Insulin Resistance”. It was delivered by Dr. Michelle McMacken, a board-certified internal medicine physician and an assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine. She is vegan and is deeply involved with encouraging her patients to adopt plant-based ...

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Food as Medicine
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Thursday, 7th November, 2019

I had the pleasure of returning to my alma mater in the Bronx - Montefiore Hospital - where I did some of my clerkships in medical school, and the majority of the clinical work during my pulmonary fellowship.  It’s been renovated so much in the 31 years since I’ve been there that the only building I recognized was the concrete garage across the street. This conference, ...

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A walk in the gardens - just what the doctor ordered
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Sunday, 27th October, 2019

There are always things that need to be done.  But, sometimes peace and quiet in nature is just what the doctor ordered.   Our [LINK: /article/-is-the-key-to-healthy-aging/#sthash.FJGY8uoq.dpbs] last exercise post was about the benefits of exercise - 150 minutes of mild to moderate exercise each week.  Prior posts touted the importance of walking for [LINK: /article/exercises-for-osteopenia-and-osteoporosis-prevention--part-3/#sthash.iAlESQOj.dpbs] osteoporosis ...

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What do heart attacks, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma have in common?
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Wednesday, 18th September, 2019

I had the pleasure of going to the 2019 International Conference of Nutrition in Medicine sponsored by George Washington University and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. This year’s speakers included researchers from Harvard, Yale and Brown, as well as Dr. Ostfeld from my alma mater, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. The initial lecture was ...

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Lady Docs Field trip to OASIS
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Saturday, 24th August, 2019

Always up for a day out in nature, Lady Docs gathered at OASIS farm in Gaithersburg, MD this weekend to plant and harvest over 150 pounds of produce. OASIS (Organization for Advancement of Services for Individuals with Special needs) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with special needs. It is an amazing project of Dr. Chitra ...

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