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When the Disorder Walks Into the Room Before I Do

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“What exactly do you do?”

- I’m an eating disorder therapist.

“Oh, wow. What made you choose that field?”

-Well I’ve wanted to go into counseling since I was young, but it was actually my own struggle with anorexia that pushed me in that direction.

Silence. Sometimes there’s an awkward stare, a cough. A...

Is Your Mouth ‘Stressed Out’?

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Over the past two decades, I have tracked a pattern throughout my patient population that I feel has directly impacted their oral health. This has been noted by comprehensive examination of patients of all ages, from toddlers to the elderly. It is nature for some, and nurture for others. It can be harnessed and controlled by few, but is destructive for most.

That pattern is called «stress.”

Why have I asked my patients about this through the years? What are the signs and symptoms that manifest themselves in the mouth that tip us off? Yes, we know coming to the dentist is stressful enough for some, but that’s episodic and can be handled by comforts that we have discussed in our...

High-Intensity Statins Are No More Effective Than Regular Statin Therapy

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New York—Patients who were on lower-dose statins did just as well at lowering their cholesterol as those who were on moderate- to high-intensity statin medications, according to a new study presented here at Touro College Research Day. The results call into question newer recommendations that advocated for more aggressive treatment of cholesterol.

Organized by the Touro Research Collaborative, Touro College Research Day was held on Tuesday, May 3, at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Touro College of Pharmacy campus at 230 West 125th Street in Harlem.

In 2013, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association issued controversial new guidelines...

Toothbrushes: How Do I Choose?

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From the time we’re young, we’re taught that using a toothbrush regularly is one of the best ways to keep our teeth and gums healthy. We hear that echoing of our parents, and now many of us as parents to our children, “Don’t forget to brush your teeth.” Seems simple enough. But have you gone to the toothbrush aisle recently? I have. And I see people spending time staring at the wall of brushes, and don’t know which to chose. So, a common question I am asked in my office is “Which toothbrush is the best?”

So I will start off with, it depends... But before we jump into the details, you know I like a little history (always good to know where it all began).

Toothbrushing...

Do I Really Need to Floss?

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Since we are now in the season of spring cleaning, “turning over” and scrubbing our tiles with old toothbrushes, I figured it’s time to take another look at how we clean our mouths. Brush, floss, rinse...you’ve heard it many times leaving the dental office, but the question is: what do you do with that priceless advice?

Yes, brushing is the easy part for most, even though the average individual spends about 17 seconds and not the recommended two minutes. Rinsing is refreshing and gives you that sterile, clean feel. But what about dental floss?

Let’s face it: for whatever reason, floss gets a bad rap. No one likes to do it. We tell our patients every visit, “Don’t forget to...

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