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1606 2024

It’s a Long, Long Shabbos

Now it is summer and the days are longer. There is certainly a great advantage to having longer daylight hours.  There are more hours for outdoor activities and trips.  We even have more time on Friday to prepare for Shabbos without rush.  But when it comes to Shabbos itself, we can run into problems that [...]

1905 2024

The Steps to Success

Pesach (Passover) is now behind us, and Shavuot is on the way. Many of us have been over-eating or were inactive, both before and during the holiday.  Although the incentive might be there to start taking better care of our health and to lose weight (your clothes may be tight), it can be difficult to [...]

3103 2024

The Season of Joy and Happiness

This article was originally published as an op-ed in The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, 20 March 2024: https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-792779 The Talmud in the tractate of Ta’anit tells us that when the month of Adar begins, our happiness increases. Until when?  The Talmud tells us that this lasts until the end of the following Hebrew month, Nissan. It’s a seasonal [...]

1803 2024

Danger Ahead: The harm of processed foods

This article was originally published as an op-ed in The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, 5 March 2024: https://www.jpost.com/food-recipes/article-790323 About 4 months ago, I published an article about the various health problems caused by eating highly processed foods.  I began with the following quote from Michael Pollan, “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made [...]

2902 2024

The Twins Study

This article was originally published as an op-ed in The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, 21 Feb. 2024: https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-787982 There are thousands of good studies that analyze the effect of lifestyle, and especially diet, on our health. These studies run the gambit in terms of types. There are randomized controlled studies, epidemiological studies, laboratory studies, and decades of clinical [...]

1402 2024

The Coach had a Heart Attack – Part 3

This article was originally published as an op-ed in The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, 7 Feb. 2024: https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-785527 In part 1 and part 2, I discussed diet and exercise. These two big lifestyle behaviors have a pronounced effect on heart health for better or for worse.  In this chapter, it’s time to turn to the medical establishment. What [...]

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