Heart Disease is a Lifestyle Disease
Broken Heart Syndrome – Can stress really break your heart?
Stress is a well known, major risk factor for heart disease. There are two types of stress - chronic and acute stress. Chronic stress, our response to day to day “stressors” can have profound effects on blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol levels, blood clotting...
What is Functional Medicine?
What is Functional Medicine? Functional medicine is an evolutionary approach to caring for patients. It is simply a new way of THINKING, particularly about chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical...
WORD OF THE YEAR …….. TRANSITION
WORD OF THE YEAR …….. TRANSITION Noun: 1. passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another, 2. a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another Verb: To undergo a process or period of transition The month of January is...
Covid-19 And The Heart
The world continues to face the challenges of the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. Most people are familiar with the virus’s effects on the respiratory system, but what can COVID-19 do to your heart? There is considerable emerging evidence that...
Yoga In The Fight Against Breast Cancer
October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month but why stop the Awareness there. The fight continues. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and likely has touched the lives of someone in your life. Personally, I have both friends and family who have been affected by breast cancer. In my family alone, it […]
A Holistic Approach to Diabetes
This month I have been busy with more yoga teacher training, concentrating on Yoga in Healthcare. We have delved into the evidence behind the benefits and mechanisms of Yoga in many populations and disease states. Now, I would love to share some of that information with my readers. I was assigned the topic of Diabetes […]
Cold and Flu Season
Are you ready for cold and flu season? I’m finally getting over some viral illness that attacked my voice (laryngitis), throat, sinuses, and chest. Watch out because this bug is out there and hitting healthy people like me. I pride myself on not getting sick very often. I have attributed this to my generally healthy […]
Yummy, Nutritious Salad You Can Eat All Year Round
Summer is just about over (Boohoo) but the days are still long and hot (yay). So who wants to cook a hot meal? Not me. Filling salads are my go-to for hot days. I made this NY Times inspired Farro, Beets, and Feta Salad over the Labor Day weekend and got rave reviews and requests […]
September is National Yoga Month
September is official National Yoga Month, an awareness campaign and national observance designated by the Department of Health & Human Services for the purpose of educating Americans about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. September is a great time to do this. Summer is just past and with it, for many of […]
Lightness of Being
I’ve had the most amazing “lightness of being” experiences recently. I was doing my daily yoga routine in the morning, and just as I was finishing, I organically flowed into the sweetest backbend of my life. Not only did I go further than I’ve ever gone before, but my body felt light as air and I […]
Zen in the City
Most people would say that “Zen in the City” is somewhat of an oxymoron, especially New York City. But Zen is a state of mind. Zen is a way of self-discovery by merging with the universe. It is the experience of living from moment to moment, in the here and now. While Zen can easily […]
Hot Summer Days
Summer is finally here and boy is it heating up outside. This is my favorite season for it is a time of long, sunny days, time out in nature, strolls on the beach, park picnics, outdoor concerts, and cute summer clothes. Unfortunately, it also is a time for some scorching temperatures. High temperatures can wreak […]
International Yoga Day and Summer Solstice
It is no coincidence that the International Yoga Day falls on the same day as the Summer Solstice. June 21st is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere when the sun appears to stand still, a perfect opportunity to find “stillness” in our lives through the practice of Yoga. The […]
Stress and Heart Disease
What is Stress? “Stress” is an undeniable part of our busy everyday modern lives. But can “stress” predispose you to heart disease? “Stress” or a better word “Stressor”, in and of itself does not “cause” disease. However, how we respond to stress plays a significant role in our health. Stress is often referred to as either Acute or Chronic. Acute stress is generally considered […]
Eating for a Healthy Heart
February is American Heart Health Month so nothing is more important than to discuss nutrition…what to eat and what not to eat for a healthy heart. This is often a confusing subject for many people, complicated by a plethora of contradicting diet books/plans, all claiming to be heart healthy. I personally don’t like the word “diet” […]
Time To Detox
“When the body is cleansed, the mind purified and the senses controlled, the joyful awareness needed to realize the inner self also comes.” – Yoga Sutra Why do a Cleanse or Detox? Why stop eating the things you “love” or “need” like coffee, dairy, carbs, and alcohol? Our bodies have an amazing capacity to neutralize […]
The True Meaning of Yoga
What does “Yoga” mean to you? Do you consider Yoga to be a form of exercise, stretching, complex twists and poses for only the ultra-flexible, meditation, a religion or religious cult? The idea of Yoga is different for many people. “Yoga” has become widespread in our modern culture. This is definitely a wonderful thing. […]
NEW YEAR, NEW ME – FOR REAL
I know what you’re thinking… more of that New Year, New Me bullshit. This year, however, brings a whole new meaning to Happy New Year for me. I officially retired as a cardiologist on January 1st! No more pagers!… No more rude awakenings in the middle of the night…No more hospital administration telling […]
A Time & A Perfect Season For Change
Autumn is a time of natural transformation. It is a season of change where the leaves on the trees change their colors from warm green to fiery red and vibrant orange, then float away slowly to the ground. Like the leaves, we are in a season of transformation where we can find the courage […]
Holy Hip Pain – Healing Journey
That’s right .. “Holy” hip pain because pain is often our most divine teacher. This is what I’ve learned. “Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional” – Buddha Needless to say, I was shocked to find that I was having hip pain after my recent pilgrimage to India. I was feeling incredible mentally and emotionally and felt […]
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