Vegan Stir-Fry Puts a Rainbow on Your Plate

A recipe with fruit and vegetables in a variety of colors not only makes a visually appealing dish, but also ensures a plateful of many important nutrients, according to the Produce for Better Health Foundation. What’s more, getting most of your nutrition from plant sources helps to achieve and maintain healthy weight and reduces the… Read more »

Heartburn, Hot Sauce and Cinco de Mayo

If fear of heartburn stops you from enjoying your favorite fajitas, you’re not alone. Lovers of spicy food often wonder how to indulge in five-alarm chili without “paying the price” afterward. Many gastroenterology patients who have heartburn (also called reflux and acid indigestion) ask me if they can avoid unpleasant symptoms by removing certain things… Read more »

Sexuality in the Breast Cancer Survivor: Free Event

Sexuality is an integral part of life. Yet cancer diagnosis and treatment can alter this facet of health and well-being. Every breast cancer survivor experiences some kind of sexual dysfunction, yet “the discussion” is often limited, awkward–or nonexistent. Please join us for “Lets Discuss Sexuality in the Breast Cancer Survivor” next Tuesday from 6:30 to… Read more »

A Vegetarian Curry Your Tastebuds and Wallet Will Love

This vegetarian curry recipe features chickpeas and sweet potatoes. That means the entree delivers a lot of good-for-you flavor at a very affordable price. Like other beans and legumes, chickpeas are a cost-effective protein source, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Also called garbanzo beans, chickpeas are high in folate and provide potassium… Read more »

New Autism Drug Study: A Cautious Approach

Low doses of an anti-anxiety medication improved social interaction and decreased repetitive behaviors in mice, according to research recently published in the journal Neuron. The new autism drug study involved mice bred to have autism-like symptoms. Mice that received low doses of the drug clonazepam showed notable behavioral shifts, like enhanced social interaction, decreased repetitive… Read more »

Visit a Drug Take-Back Site on Saturday

This Earth Week, consider the irony that something that helps the human body can harm the planet. How? Until the recent past, pharmacists, clinicians and local municipalities commonly recommended throwing unused/expired medicine in the trash or flushing it away. That’s no longer suggested, because studies have shown that the discarded medicine taints our environment. Birth-control… Read more »

Earth Day Comes to the Table

Many of us know what food is best for our health, but how about what food is best for of our planet, too? For Earth Day this year, let’s consider the big picture for buying and eating food. Easy eco-friendly habits include bringing reusable totes to the grocery store, using “real” coffee mugs and water… Read more »

Vegetarian Sushi–
No Phone Needed!

There’s no need to make a restaurant reservation for this sushi. Most of the ingredients for this Meatless Monday vegetarian sushi recipe are probably in your pantry already. Anything else may you need is easy to find at a regular supermarket. Find seitan in the refrigerated “health food” section. Seitan is made from wheat gluten,… posted in: Nutritiontags:


New Hepatitis C Treatments on the Horizon

Very high cure rates are possible with new Hepatitis C treatments, according to clinical trial results recently revealed at the International Liver Conference in London. The research–some of which the North Shore-LIJ Center for Liver Disease conducted and that I cowrote for the New England Journal of Medicine–evaluated promising new Hepatitis C treatments. For instance,… Read more »

Shedding Light on Sarcoidosis

Normally, the immune system defends the body against foreign or harmful substances, sending special cells to protect organs. These cells release chemicals that recruit other cells to isolate and destroy the harmful substance. Inflammation occurs during this process. Once the harmful substance is gone, the cells and the inflammation go away…but not always. Consider sarcoidosis,… Read more »