As discussed in the first of this series, "milk" from plant sources is so only in spirit. Having said that, almond milk is a popular alternative to cows milk. Essentially, it is produced by blending almonds with water followed by straining it remove the solid bits, creating a creamy, nutty liquid. The popularity of almond … Continue reading The Dairy Aisle Wars: Episode 2, The Almond Account
As a young child, I remember taking walking trips with my mother, from home to the dairy. At the time, raising cows was permitted within city limits. We would take our empty can and hand it to the milkman. Soon enough, the can was handed back to my mom filled with warm, frothy milk that we … Continue reading The Dairy Aisle Wars: Episode 1, The Soy Story
Many parents will identify with this: "My baby used to be hungry all the time before she turned two but now she does not want to eat anything!" It is completely normal for a toddler to be a picky eater. The fastest rate of weight gain occurs in the first 6 months of life (5-7 ounces … Continue reading Kid-proof ideas for Picky Eaters
It is not uncommon for me to get this question from parents in my practice, " Can you order a test to find out what my child is allergic to?" The answer is yes and no. Before we initiate any test for food allergies, we need to ask ourselves if we have a suspicion that the … Continue reading Diagnosing Food Allergies in Kids
I was a third-grader in a strict catholic school - supposedly the best school in town. My parents begged the principal to get me in mid-session. I was thankful. Until I was hit. She preferred a slim stick or a 12-inch wooden scale. Streaks of stinging red left on my palms every day. Sometimes she … Continue reading Never Again. Pledge to Stop Child Abuse Once And For All.
Overheard in my workplace locker-room- "You are not feeling better because you only believe in taking medicines, not prayers. If you have Faith and pray, you will feel better". I am not an atheist, but I realized that I have never resorted to praying to help heal my body. I also realized, that there are … Continue reading Does prayer heal? The answer may surprise you.
As soon as International Women's Day nears, I see a lot of ads that prompt women to "Pamper Yourself" or "Celebrate Womanhood" by spending a day at the spa, getting your nails painted or, perhaps, a new hairstyle. While I have nothing against salons and spas ( I just don't think they have any exclusive … Continue reading 5 ways to be a Well-Woman
Depression causes mental rumination- what feels like a broken record in your head. The same negative thoughts keep playing over and over. This pattern is very hard to break by talking yourself out of, which, as you can imagine, may actually worsen the problem! This overwork taxes your brain and is associated with insomnia, irritability, … Continue reading 6 ways to walk away from depression
I am a trained physician, psychiatrist and a newbie entrepreneur. I've to say, bringing an idea to fruition as an entrepreneur is the hardest thing I've ever dabbled with. Yes, I've delivered babies, resuscitated the dying and dealt with death in the past. And, I help the saddest of souls now on a daily basis. … Continue reading Making Billions- How Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs Inspire Resilience.
I have hypothyroidism- have had it since I was a teenager. I take 125 microgram of Synthroid daily. I get my thyroid function tested every 6 months and the hormone levels have been quite stable for several years. This was easy for me to share and I am sure you read this information without much emotion. … Continue reading Important lessons learnt in the year gone by