Giving a few extra minutes: Listening matters

“I have a list of things I want to cover, but before I start, do you have any concerns you wanted to discuss today?” I usually start out my well visits with a line similar to this. I didn’t always begin this way, eager to tick off things on my personal to-do list: mammogram, check,…

Driving in the car with your kids? Listen to a children’s podcast!

I LOVE PODCASTS.  Podcasts are like pre-recorded radio interviews and they’re free!  On an iPhone, just open the purple “apple podcasts” icon on your home screen, search for the podcast you want, attach your charger into the car USB and boom, you are listening to a podcast as you commute.  For pure entertainment, I think…

Summer Safety Tips from Doctor Mom

Sunscreen Short version: Sun exposure causes cancer.  Sunscreen has chemicals in it.  Chemicals are bad but cancer is worse. Long version: Sunscreen is recommended to cover exposed skin areas on days that sun is unavoidable. Ideally we should avoid sun between 10 and 2, wear a large brimmed hat and cover skin with light weight…

Why you should get Shingrix, the new more effective shingles vaccine

Most people have heard of shingles, a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus.  Some have seen a commercial on tv or more likely know a friend or family member who has had shingles.  After initial chicken pox infection as a child, the virus sits “dormant” or inactive in the spinal cord.  If we all…

How we all should eat for a healthful life

My personal approach to eating, to feeding my kids and advising my patients is a gestalt of the DASH diet, the AAP 5-2-1-0 plan, myplate.gov and pushing whole foods.  Sometimes I feel like a broken record in my office setting, so I would like to share some of the pearls here. We all need to…

Reading books, reading people

There’s nothing like getting lost in a book, the kind that makes you want to ignore the rest of the world because it is that good.  As a kid on report card day, I loved going to the bookstore, stocking my bookshelves with The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High.  To this day, one of…

When Medical Students Multiply (and why you want them to)

Any child of the 80s can recall Gremlins.  When exposed to water, these furballs multiplied.  I have been known to jokingly liken my first year medical students to gremlins.  They just keep multiplying.  Three years ago, I was sipping a lemonade poolside in Las Vegas when a patient emailed to ask if I would be…

2017: The Year of the Podcast

I am probably late to the game but this year, I have gotten really into podcasts. Nowadays, I am always listening to one in my car.   I have a thirty minute commute to work and podcasts allow me to both feel productive and also arrive with a (mostly) positive attitude. What do I love about…