Now is the time to work toward a world without cancer, and other preventable diseases. Americans can be a stronger, more vigorous and productive society. Let's start with a healthy diet, and an active, energetic lifestyle. That's a change that's good for all of us.
Grandparents can explain their concerns for their grandchildren. If they -- like me -- are old enough to have had measles or remember past epidemics, they can recall a person in their community who died or was impaired by this seemingly innocuous disease.
Doctors don't much care for conditions we don't understand well, can't treat effectively, and can't even confirm with a blood test. The frustration that results often translates into one of medicine's more common, and most regrettable missteps: blaming the victim. Patients with syndromes are often overtly, or at least covertly, blamed for their symptoms and engender an "it's all in his/her head" attitude in their doctor.
Regardless of whether you are young or old, healthy or ill, insured or uninsured, every person, in every state, has a stake in King v. Burwell.
By moving fruits and vegetables to the center of the breakfast and lunch lines, these schools -- and many others -- are leading a revolution to improve kids' health, manage rising rates of childhood obesity, and tackle our country's ongoing struggle with an epidemic of chronic disease.
By raising awareness about insomnia, and by letting people know they are not alone and treatment options are available, I hope that people who are suffering will seek help and improve their quality of life. You do not need to let insomnia prevent you from sleeping well.
Every single thing we do, whether physical or mental, takes a toll on our brain. The more we use it, the more it needs to rest. If we go out to a crowded restaurant with a lot of noise and stimulation, we may simply get overloaded and need to go home and rest. Even reading or watching tv causes our brains to fatigue.
Human nature is human nature, and people with firm beliefs will push back defensively if they feel threatened. The heavy-handed approach often doesn't work.
I'll treat my cancer wholeheartedly each time it flares up, and do whatever I can between occurrences to keep the disease at bay for as long as possible. And I'll live my life with joy and gratitude in the meantime. Because peace is less stressful and more sustainable than war, and love is more powerful than hate. Always.
School breakfast is a great starting point for many schools when it comes to improving the health and wellness of kids. And for good reason. By now the facts are well established that breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day.
Like the character Oscar-winner Julianne Moore played to perfection in the film, 'Still Alice,' I was diagnosed at an early age with Alzheimer's disease. It was less than five years ago, at age 46.
Age is just a number. Tell that to my eyes. I can embrace the aging process all I want, but I'm never going to be okay with the way my eyes have been betraying me.
I understood in that moment for the first time the weight of the responsibility I was taking on my shoulders... on my heart... by becoming a doctor. The pain of losing that patient was overwhelming and the sorrow from the failed miracle was so immense it could drown me.
Sleeping more than eight hours has never been proven to be a cause of poor health. A more likely explanation is that excessive sleep could indicate an underlying health problem, like heart disease, diabetes or sleep apnea, which actually do increase your risk of stroke.
According to one study, sighing serves as a mental and physical reset button and may bring some relief. Such relief is sorely needed for those grieving a suicide. The mental and physical toll can be detrimental if we don't find our way onto a path toward healing.
Part of the challenge for many people adopting a vegan diet is that it seems like a gigantic, daunting change. But what if you could make tiny modifications to your daily routine so that going vegan seemed effortless?
Let's do a little math quiz. What does 9 x 365 x 27 mean? Yes, in my diabetes lifetime, I have stuck a needle in my fingertips over 88,000 times -- 88,000! So, to all my doctors and well-meaning friends and family members, I'm trying my very best.
Most of us are not elite athletes. We do, however, have some things in common. We all struggle with motivation at times. We all have to figure out ways to accomplish our goal of living a healthy lifestyle.
A diagnosis will bring out the best and worst of you and your partner. It has the potential to tear your relationship apart or bring you closer together more intimately than you could have imagined. As the saying goes, it's not about what happens to you, it's about how you respond.