I always have, even back when I taught college composition, but I like a challenge. That's what I told myself when I submitted to Expressing Motherhood, a stage show in which about a dozen performers deliver their own stories about being and having mothers.
In cities like New York with dense populations and a prevalence of multi-family unit housing, it's no wonder that people are exposed to secondhand smoke right in their own living rooms. We must increase the availability of smokefree housing.
Were it not for Fran Lebowitz, celebrated author, humorist and social commentator, the art of pontification might be lost. Lebowitz hails from the by-gone era when people sat around in cafes all day, observing life around them and going on about it.
If we want to reverse the obesity epidemic -- as we must -- then the policies we choose must be more nuanced and more positive. Copying the heavy-handed war on tobacco, as Mayor Bloomberg is doing with his war on soda, will fail.
The idea that a food that contains 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, antioxidants, and brain-supporting choline should have almost as bad an effect on the heart as a pack of Salems just doesn't pass the smell test, even if your nose is clogged.
I've always believed that regret is a central component of adulthood. But many of our regrets are really longings, so we wouldn't want to erase them, because they define who we are.
Watch this video as I reveal the smoking gun -- er, cigarette -- in the conclusion of a recent study that demonizes eating eggs, by comparing it with smoking! Should you eat eggs, or are you truly putting your life at risk?
The study most recently in the headlines -- just published in the journal Atherosclerosis -- suggests not only that egg ingestion increases the risk of heart disease, but also that the association is as strong as that for cigarettes. I don't believe either is true.
Cigarettes aren't going anywhere unless they're made completely illegal. Today's smokers aren't wide-eyed innocents who have been bamboozled by the tobacco companies or the victims of any conspiracy or government malfeasance.
Our progress has driven tobacco out of sight and out of mind for many Americans. But it remains an insidious killer that claims too many lives, addicts too many children, costs too many health care dollars and devastates too many families
While some progress has been made to reduce tobacco use and alcohol consumption and to promote healthier eating habits, the lack of regular physical activity has not yet been widely recognized as a standalone health threat.
Oscar Wilde was in good company as a smoker. In fact, amongst the great writers of the last 150 years it's well-nigh impossible to find anyone who didn't rely on tobacco to see them through long hours scratching away with a pen or tapping at a typewriter.
It's crucial for our individual health and the health of our society to step away from easy labels and to dig into accurate, factual, scientific data derived from careful, logical research and to see what it means for public policy.
I often see patients who want to quit smoking. Many of these people fear what life will be like without the cigarettes. "Will I put on weight? Will I sleep at night? If I can't smoke, then how will I handle stress?"
The problem is that many college students believe mistakenly that smoking from a hookah is safer than cigarettes.
I've never seen an attractive tattoo. Not one. Every tattoo I've ever seen manages to detract from the person's appearance. In truth, body art makes me think of graffiti.