This disease is rare, but it can potentially take an otherwise-healthy child's life within 24 hours. It is important to know that this disease can be prevented. So I am sure you are reading this and wondering why isn't it prevented?
With kids busy running to class, staring endlessly at computer screens studying or training hard for their school's athletics program, thinking about maintaining good eye health and safety may not be a top priority in their minds.
Public health and nutrition dialogues need clear, explicit messages. Naturally-occurring sugars and added sugars are very different animals. The same goes for processed foods. How is it that a national nutrition organization can simply choose not to recognize that cooking a pot of oatmeal is vastly different from making a Three Musketeers bar in a processing plant?
The timing and blatant nature of the pecuniary partnership between America's leading academic child psychiatrist and a Fortune 500 mega-corporation left me feeling sad, angry and alone. Where were other doctors, patients, the public and the press? Why weren't they speaking out about this obvious conflict of interest?
Kudos to Texas. Finally, a state has said enough, and with its bold investment in mental health, help usher in a new era of science based rational mental health care policy in America.
It didn't happen overnight but gradually changing my brain led to changing my body. Over the next year, I was exercising less and eating healthy. I didn't obsess, and the weight slowly came off.
What happens to our bodies as we age is no fun to think about. Depending on your lifestyle, things can really start falling apart physically after only 30 or 35 years on this planet. Next thing you know you're staring down the barrel of the big Five 'Oh No.'
I got hooked on fitness for vanity reasons many years ago. But now that I'm a working mom, I do it because of the energy, focus and confidence it gives me. Exercise allows me to focus on something positive and forget the rest of my life for even 20 minutes, and that's so therapeutic!
Once you begin to train with your focus on getting stronger and not stressing over the way you look, your training becomes more productive and efficient. You place that energy on learning how to move and perform better and in the process break mental barriers.
As we put my father into the ground, something deep inside of me exploded and changed me in ways that I still don't understand. You will never have to worry about me ever again, I thought to my father. You will never have to worry about me again.
If you are genuinely interested in making real changes, make it your mission to be fully commit to your beliefs and personal philosophies. Often times you will realize that what you were initially doing was right all along, yet you abandoned it for the latest fad because you lacked the confidence.
I strongly support the FDA's proposal to revise the serving size for certain foods and beverages to reflect the way Americans eat today. Labels that list the nutrition information for outdated serving sizes may be deceptive to consumers, and I commend FDA for its recognition of the need to revise the RACCs for specific foods.
The lessons and experiences that I witnessed in the 38 miles I had the privilege of running next to these two athletes this past weekend are remarkable. I'm not sure I even have the words to describe it.
I recently attended the annual meeting of the School Nutrition Association, the trade group that represents the 55,000 food service workers who have the thankless job of feeding millions of schoolchildren every day.
When you can acknowledge your desire it will take you throughout the year regardless of the month or events and holidays. Where you are and who you're with will become irrelevant, and your desire will stay strong. Eating smart and exercising is the pathway to achieving your desire.
Four months ago, with the help of my wife and therapy team, I did something I never imagined I could do -- I walked into the police station and made a video deposition against one of the men who sexually abused me when I was a trusting child.
The idea that every doctor I see, no matter how frequently, would need to memorize my name, face, and life history in order to qualify as an excellent, caring physician feels like a distorted sentimentality, an invented fiction.
I wouldn't be where I am today without taking chances and following my dreams -- then being open to changing my mind to chase another dream. We shouldn't get stuck on a path that makes us unhappy or unfulfilled -- and that goes for fitness and health too.
It should be possible to say that, as a first step toward ending this shameful chapter in our country's history, we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of marijuana. And we should also be able to say that as we decriminalize, we should take every step possible to minimize the harm, since there is scientific evidence of the dangers of pot on adolescents and young adults.