Category Archives: General Health

Next on Jerry Springer: My Daughter is My Mom

The other night, we took our kids to see Ray Davies, former lead singer of The Kinks. Even before the band took to the stage, my daughter Annie was badgering me for earplugs. In fact, it was Annie who reminded … Continue reading

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Deadly Crash Kills Three, Saddens My Community

Tragedy struck our quaint little community of Voorheesville, N.Y. last Wednesday, when an SUV driven by a local resident careened out of control and killed three women who were waiting outside a church to go on a walk. I first … Continue reading

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Too Much Health Information

When you’re a health writer, every little symptom is cause for concern. Dry skin might signal eczema, a blue mood might mean depression, a mole may be skin cancer. But I knew I’d crossed the line when I got suspicious … Continue reading

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The Tricky World of Thyroid Disease

I never realized how complicated thyroid disorders could be until I co-wrote the book, “The Everything Health Guide to Thyroid Disease” with Dr. Theodore Friedman, an endocrinologist and chief of endocrinology, metabolism and molecular medicine at Charles Drew University in … Continue reading

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Suddenly A Caregiver

Last January, in the dead of winter, I got the phone call that all adult children dread. “They took your dad to the hospital by ambulance,” my mother said, trying to conceal her panic. I dropped everything I was doing. … Continue reading

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Life in the Moment

There I was this morning, in the middle of a downward dog at yoga, and all I could think about was getting to the bank. What was the password to my ATM card? Was it 1234? Or 4321? Or 3241? … Continue reading

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What I Have in Common With Charlie Sheen

Exhausted as I was last night, I got suckered into watching the last half hour of the 20/20 special about Charlie Sheen, Hollywood’s bad boy extraordinaire du jour. He rambled on and on about his Adonis-like exploits, raged about his … Continue reading

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