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Why Every Busy Mom Should Make Time for Yoga

When you have kids, especially if you have more than one, it can seem impossible to find time for yourself. But it’s true what they say about taking care of yourself first. If you don’t take care of you, you won’t have anything to give to anyone else. Still, with limited time, you have to choose your me-time activities carefully. You want to choose something that makes you feel good, strengthens your body or enhances your overall health. Yoga does all of the above. It also has many proven benefits that we’ll explore here. What you should know before you step on the yoga mat Before we explore......
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After Birth

For days on end, she looked out of the bedroom window, rocking her baby back and forth on her glider. The maple tree waved at her daily as the breeze came through its branches. Gradually, the leaves made their annual change from green to red and orange and yellow. She watched as the leaves transformed, jealous of their seamless change as she struggled to make her own transition to motherhood.   Eventually, the leaves turned brown and one by one, fell to the ground, allowing the tree to gather energy from within to make it through the cold winter. She wondered whether she would ever have ......
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Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet for Weight Loss

A ketogenic diet is one that is currently becoming more popular as dieters look for different ways to lose weight reliably and to keep it off. The Keto diet isn’t new – it has been around since the early 1920s – but it has scientific findings behind it.    Here are a few benefits of the keto diet. Counting Calories Isn’t Necessary One of the biggest pains with following a diet plan is that you have to count the calories of every ingredient of all the meals that you put together. When eating out in a restaurant, even a plain Caesar’s salad becomes a challenge to know how many calories......
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Stories Beneath the Scars

Scars. We all have scars. Some are visible to all, some are hidden behind our clothes, some are only found in the deepest recesses of our heart. Some people perceive them as an embarrassment or a time of hardship better left in the closet. But I see scars as a badge of honor, representing a battle fought and won, and a moment of strength and resiliency.   When I see patients, especially for the first time, there is only so much information I can garner through forms they fill out and our conversation before their physical exam. The limited time I have with each patient makes these channe......
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10 Truths and Challenges of Being a Doctor Mom

10 Truths and Challenges of Being a Doctor Mom
Being a doctor mom is a beautiful paradox of feeling like a badass one moment and a frazzled I-don’t-know-what-the-heck-I-am-doing mess of a person. Being a female physician, the majority of us feel there is a societal and cultural pressure to be perfect all the time in every sphere of our life: as a professional, parent, and person. Speaking with my friends who are also doctor moms, there are some common themes and challenges. 1. Work often comes first and may not end when you leave the office Unlike other careers, our work as physicians don’t doesn’t end when you leave the office. We are on ......
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How to Help an Addicted Partner Without Enabling Them

Addiction is a difficult subject and circumstance to confront, but it takes on an entirely new level when it happens to someone you love, especially, a significant other. As their partner, you will naturally feel confused, helpless,or frightened at times when your partner isn’t sober. During these vulnerable moments, it is imperative that you remain self-aware of how you treat your partner, do not enable them in any way to continue their addiction, and maintain your composure. Enabling an addict means helping them in a way that prevents them from suffering or understanding the consequence of......
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Women in Medicine Rising (from National Women Physicians Day 2018)

Women in Medicine Rising (from National Women Physicians Day 2018)
2018 is looking to be the year of the woman. In the last few months there have been several groundbreaking movements that have propelled women into the spotlight. The #timesup and #metoo movements have recently harnessed the collective voice of women who have suffered in silence for too long, revealing the frequency of sexual harassment and systemic sexism, and exposing the severity of this widespread issue. Compounding on the tremendous momentum of these social media movements, just two weeks ago the women’s march drew massive crowds nationally one year after the initial protest. Women in me......
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5 Things to Know About Eyelid Surgery

5 Things to Know About Eyelid Surgery
One of the areas that initially exhibit the signs of aging is the region around the eyes. Although sagging upper eyelids, brows and under-eyes come with age, they are physical issues that can still be corrected through a surgery called blepharoplasty. This is a minor cosmetic procedure that can improve one's appearance and achieve a younger looking face.   Blepharoplasty or commonly known as "eye-lift" can drastically enhance the appearance of droopy and tired eyes. This procedure is accomplished by lifting or removing the excess skin and pockets of fat from the lower and upper lids. &n......
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How to Achieve a Work/Life Balance In a Success-Driven World

We’re always told that balance is the key to just about everything, but we’re also told that multi-tasking is required. The reality is that less than one person of people can actually multi-task. Everyone else is just jumping from one task to another and with limited success. Fortunately, there are habits you can employ to increase balance in your life, and it doesn’t always require a major sacrifice. Remember that balance is about ensuring that you don’t spend too much time in a particular aspect of your life—no matter how healthy it may seem. Obsessing over anything, from relationships to ex......
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Physician Entrepreneurship: Access to Reclaiming Our Freedom As Physician Moms

  As physician moms, the time of the 40 year physician career is coming to an end. In the old days, we were taught to get through medical school, complete residency, get a good solid job and work your way to retirement at 60 years old. Then you could take your retirement and live “happily ever after”. Being a doctor used to be their whole identity.  Today, however, times have drastically shifted. Working as a physician for 30 years in the current condition of our medical system is unsustainable. Furthermore, we as younger physicians (and especially physician moms and women in medicin......
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4 Tips For Sticking To Your New Years Resolutions

4 Tips For Sticking To Your New Years Resolutions
New Year’s Resolutions: new year, new you! With most of January behind us, this is an excellent time to recommit to a goal we may have missed last year, or set up a new goal so big that if we achieved it, it would blow our minds! Unfortunately, regardless of whether the goal is related to health, relationships, business or personal development, statistics show that by February 15, 80 percent of New Year’s Resolutions will have already been quit on. How do you avoid this to ensure success and lasting change? A commitment to a goal that will propel you to the very best versio......
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Tips for Maximizing Workout Benefits as a Mom MD

Tips for Maximizing Workout Benefits as a Mom MD
Moving around is one of the best-documented means of having a positive impact on overall health. For moms juggling a hectic lifestyle, keeping in mind that research has shown 15 minutes a day spent walking can help reduce the risk of nearly every major disease. Understanding some of the most basic aspects of how your body recovers and grows stronger from exercise can help you stay fit while juggling the many challenges of motherhood! The Science of Maximizing Workout Impact Working out is simple enough—understanding how to maximize the benefits of working out can be a bit more difficult. Diet......
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Why You Should Go for a Regular Sexual Health Check-up

When it comes to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the unfortunate truth is that there are many individuals who are completely unaware that they have been infected, increasing their risk of experiencing health problems and complications in the future, and raising the possibility of passing the infection on to partners unknowingly. If you have ever been with a sexual partner in your lifetime, then you are at risk of an STI. Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, it’s good to go for regular sexual health check-ups just to be sure, regardless of how careful you are when it comes to......
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Learning to Recognize the Signs of Addiction in Your Own Child

As a woman who works in the medical field as a physician or nurse, it is part of your training, education, and experience to be able to examine a patient and properly diagnosis them. While you may excel at this in a clinical environment, it doesn’t mean you can use that same objective viewpoint when examining your own children. Learning to recognize the signs of addiction in your own child can be a very tough thing to do. Often you don’t see the signs, or maybe you don’t piece them together, which results in your child not getting the help they need.   Here are some tips that may help you......
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Girl shares battle with osteosarcoma

Girl shares battle with osteosarcoma
Lillie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at age 13, in 2010. After a few months she was told her cancer had gone from a 70 percent chance of survival to a 30 percent of survival.  The discomfort was so bad that even moving her leg had her wincing in terrible pain.  It took nine surgeries, extensive chemo that made her very sick and burnt her from the inside out (she still has scars on her hands from the chemo) to recover and has an internal titanium upper leg. New treatments for Osteosarcoma haven’t been made in 40 years. The cancer is fast acting, very painful, and often involves amp......
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What Causes Tooth Cavities Among Children

What Causes Tooth Cavities Among Children
Tooth decay, also known as dental caries or cavities, is not just a problem among adults. Children experience this dental issue as well. Parents, especially first-timers, start to wonder what exactly causes their children's teeth to rot and how they can prevent it.   For toddlers, the most common cause of tooth decay is going to bed with a bottle of juice or milk. This problem is particularly called baby-bottle tooth caries. The liquid contained inside the baby bottle can sit in the child's mouth and create an ideal place for bacteria to breed and multiply.   Tooth decay begins whe......
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Understanding Sugar Addiction in Children

It is official. Sugar is an addictive substance. Actually, it has been official for quite a while. A 2008 study published in Neuroscience &Behavioral Reviews concluded that sugar meets the criteria for a substance of abuse and may be addictive when people binge on this food. This news affects all of us, but it’s most damaging to our children. The problem with sugar Some may argue that there’s nothing wrong with sugar because it’s a natural substance. This is true. The problem is that we’ve extracted this substance from its natural source and saturated our food supply with sugar. In ......
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MD Moms & Small Business Ideas: Taking Your Time Into Your Own Hands

MD Moms & Small Business Ideas: Taking Your Time Into Your Own Hands
Ever wished that there were more hours in a day? That you’d get paid more the more hours you put in away from your own home? That by some miracle you’ll be able to look after your family and live out your passion for healing others without burning yourself out trying to earn money to look after your family? The miracle you’re looking for is passive income. Passive Income MD (surprise, surprise!) defines this as “income that is not proportional to the time you physically put into acquiring it.” That’s not to say forms of passive income are a racket for easy money, or that they don’t require a l......
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A Clinician's Guide To Delivering Bad News

A Clinician's Guide To Delivering Bad News
The result of my patient’s right breast biopsy was sitting on my computer desktop. I felt a knot form in my throat and my heart rate speeding up. I knew clicking the result would confirm the diagnosis I suspected when doing her breast exam earlier in the week.  Invasive moderately differentiated ductal carcinoma, Focal ductal carcinoma in situ, solid type, grade 2, Core biopsy of lymph node showing extensive involvement by metastatic carcinoma. I took my time digesting the words on this extensive report and thoughts filled my mind. It all came down to one thing – My patient had brea......
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How to Get Fit in 8 Weeks

How to Get Fit in 8 Weeks
"You can do anything if you set your mind to it." is an old adage some people use to get motivated for reaching the goals they dream of - this includes losing weight and becoming physically fit.   However, even if you have the best intentions in the world for your health and overall wellbeing, there are often frustrating reasons curtailing your success in achieving your goals.   As adults, there will always be jobs, housework, family and relationship responsibilities that need to be met before anything else can be done. Though these duties can drain us mentally, we should never let ......
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