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
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
Someone we love dearly recently underwent cardiac angiography which revealed a significant blockage to a major coronary artery. The cardiologist explained to him that the blockage was due to calcium deposits which likely happened due to the fact that he was taking OTC calcium supplementation. This prompted me to do a literature search on the … Continue reading Dietary supplements: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Earlier this week, I traveled to Manhattan from Long Island on public transport after a long time. Since I was by myself, with no driving to do, I got a chance to indulge in some people watching. I noticed a lot of this: People spend a lot of times on their phones. Now with extended … Continue reading What you need to know about Cell Phone Radiation and Health: 10 tips
India has long been called the "Spice Bowl of the World". Did you know India, also gave us the technology to extract sugar from sugarcane? As early as 350CE, during the Gupta dynasty, Indians learnt how to crystallize sugar. From India, it spread to China, Persia and the Middle East. Sugar was brought to Europe by the Crusaders. When … Continue reading The Bitter Truth About Sugar: 7 Things to Consider