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DOs and DON’Ts: A Strong Mother-Daughter Relationship Sets The Stage

DrelogoAs we celebrate our mothers this month, it’s hard to overstate the influence they have on the lives of their daughters. A strong and open relationship can nurture and empower a young girl and serve as a springboard to a healthy adulthood. But this can be tricky road to navigate, (more…)

Doctors Should Preach What They Practice

When it comes to the practice of medicine, the old adage “practice what you preach” should be reversed to “preach what you practice.” Physicians must serve as role models for healthy habits and lifestyle choices. An overweight doctor who smokes is hardly the example a patient should see, much less trust in the advice they give. Doctors should Smiling doctor holding an apple with focus on doctoralso embrace the other tried and true adage which says, “actions speak louder than words.”

I recently attended the TedxManhattan conference, which offered a wealth of information about changing the way we eat and encouraging healthy eating habits both at home and among patients. I have always believed that eating healthy, maintaining a normal body weight, and exercising more are three critical tenets when it comes to preventing cancer and/or its recurrence. In our DOs and DON’Ts blogs over the last two months, we discussed strategies for making healthy choices at the grocery store as well as while eating out. With a little planning and care, good nutrition and healthier living are possible for everyone.

At the conference, the speaker that left me with the most to think about was Dr. Robert Graham, an alternative medicine guru. Dr. Graham is the Director of Resident Research and the Director of Integrative Health in the Department of Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, and has been a leader and innovator in the field of alternative medicine for the past ten years. His presentation focused on the crucial relationship between food and health. Dr. Graham explained that 80% of the chronic diseases in this country are preventable through lifestyle changes, and that “a pill for an ill” is not an effective approach to medicine. He believes that healthcare providers have a responsibility not only to treat illness, but to educate their patients about nutrition and healthy habits.

How Are Our Doctors Doing?

According to a 2012 Gallup poll , doctors are doing better than nurses and other healthcare workers in terms of smoking, eating healthy and exercising. The report states that less than 5% of physicians smoke as compared to 15% of nurses and 20% of other healthcare staff members. Physicians exercise more, but when it comes to eating and health issues related to food, it’s a mixed bag. Physicians are more likely to have high cholesterol and suffer a heart attack compared to other staff, but they are less likely to be overweight, have diabetes or suffer from high blood pressure.

The results of a second Gallup poll conducted in July of 2013 showed that things are moving in the right direction . Specifically, the report states that 71% of Americans say their doctor does commonly discuss the benefits of engaging in regular physical exercise and 66% share the benefits of eating a healthy diet.

What Should We Expect from our Doctors?

Physicians should routinely convey the importance of healthy behaviors to their patients. Further, physicians who practice healthy habits themselves play a key role in helping their patients adopt lifestyles which will aid in the prevention of chronic disease. Erika Frank, Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, said in a 2009 study that, “health promotion counseling by providers is more effective than outsourcing counseling to a specialist or health coach, in part because patients view general practitioners as the most trusted source of health information.”

Physicians have to do more than “talk the talk” by handing out brochures about disease and treatment options. It’s time to “walk the walk” as well, by modeling for patients how to take charge of their health through smart lifestyle choices.

Medical Test Results: When is a Positive a Negative?

LearDepositphotos_45110613_xsn how to decode medical test results in our blog on the Huffington Post! (more…)

A “Family Health Tree” is the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Cherry-treeRead our blog on everydayhealth.com about the importance of providing your children with their family medical history. (more…)

Spotlight On: Bright Pink

My routine visit with a gynecologist in the spring of 2013 turned out to be anything but routine.

I had just moved back to New York from North Carolina (where my husband Johnny was stationed on active duty with the US Marine Corps) and was meeting with my new gynecologist, Dr. Nabil Khoury. After reviewing my personal and family history, (more…)

DOs and DON’Ts—Feed Your Brain by Using Your Head

While yDrelogoou should focus on your diet as a means to keep your body healthy and well-functioning, it’s equally important to feed your brain–because what you eat can definitely affect cognitive function. The human brain accounts for 2% of your body weight and consumes about 20% of your daily calorie intake. While scientists haven’t yet figured out (more…)

When Dealing With Illness, Don’t Go It Alone

We can all agree that going through tough times in life can be made easier when you have the moral support of a significant other, friend, or family member. Not surprisinIn the Waiting Roomgly, this is especially true when facing illness. This applies not only to visiting a friend with the flu—it also comes into play when the stakes are much higher. (more…)

Spotlight On: The Silver Lining

The Silver Lining coverHow many times have we heard the old adage: “In every cloud, there is a silver lining”? It’s hardly the thing to say when someone has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. But after Hollye Jacobs received this news at age thirty-nine, she decided to use her knowledge of the “practical” matters associated with the disease to help others. (more…)

DOs and DON’Ts: Healthy Eating Out

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For some of us, eating out is a luxury that we indulge in only occasionally. For others, it’s a way of life born of busy days and conflicting family schedules. Wherever you fall on that continuum, (more…)

Indoor Tanning is Dangerous: True or False?

In a few months, prom season will be upon us. Unfortunately, along with it comes a heightened interest on the part of young girls to have “color” for thNeon Tanning Signe big event. And by “color” they mean tanned skin. Some of the more aware teens might opt for the much safer spray-on version, but not nearly enough of them. The fact of the matter is: Indoor tanning leads to skin cancer and, unfortunately, a startling 40% of teenage girls in this country do it. (more…)

Spotlight On: One Medical Group

I started BFFL Co in 2011 with a view toward improving the patient experience by offering information, support, and a wide range of products that helps patients recover from surgery and other medical treatments in comfort and with dignity. Over the past four years, we have had the good fortune of establishing relationships with a wonderful community of healthcare providers who share our vision and support our mission. One such customer is One Medical Group, a primary care practice that offers a unique and outstanding paradigm in medical care. (more…)

Breast Cancer Concern for the African-American Female Population

Young African BusinesswomanBFFL Co is featured in the Huffington Post! Read our blog concerning the troubling statistics regarding breast cancer in this demographic. (Read)

Lymphedema: What Is It?

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Credit: A. Targhian

If you are facing surgery for breast cancer or another condition such as melanoma of the arm or leg, you might be at risk for a condition called lymphedema. When swelling, or edema, involves the body’s lymphatic system, fluid gets trapped and can’t drain. I have seen many patients suffer from this condition which, once it sets in, is something a person has to deal with for life.

What is lymphedema?

The human body contains an intricate roadway of vessels (more…)

DO’s and DON’Ts: Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping

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As grocery stores have become bigger—offering everything from breakfast cereal to printer cartridges– they have also become a bit overwhelming. When shopping for food, simpler is better. And simpler is usually healthier as well. Here are some tips for healthy grocery shopping:

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Stick to the perimeter of the store for the bulk of your purchases. That’s where you’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, dairy and breads. (more…)

Is Abnormal Breast Tissue Something To Worry About?

Doctor showing patient test resultsIf you’ve ever had a breast tissue biopsy and have been told by your doctor that you have “abnormal breast tissue” or you hear the term “atypical hyperplasia”, you might want to consider having another discussion. Atypical hyperplasia (AH) refers to a classification of breast tissue cells which resemble those of a tumor, and which are found in one percent of breast biopsies performed in the U.S. each year. And, while it isn’t necessarily something to worry about, it definitely should not be ignored. Although doctors have long considered women with this type of  breast tissue to face an above-average risk of breast cancer, new findings indicate (more…)

Good News for Coffee Lovers

DrinkingClose up of Large Coffee Mug more than four cups of coffee a day may do more than just make you jittery. It may actually do you good. Research data has shown that high levels of caffeinated coffee consumption is associated with a decreased risk for (more…)

Is a Vaccine Against Breast Cancer Remotely Possible?

Medical ampoules and syringeMaybe. Recent studies have shown that a new breast cancer vaccine is safe to administer to people.

The studied vaccine essentially causes an increase in the body’s immune cells that attack mammaglobin-A (a breast cancer-related toxin also known as MAM-A). A research team (more…)

The Cold, Not-So-Hard Truth about Exercising With Breast Implants

Running athlete in winterAs we soldier through winter days and frigid temperatures, those of us with breast implants know only too well that keeping toasty is no small task. And, if you participate in sports or exercise throughout the season, the challenge can be even greater. The solution (more…)

Can You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions?

champagneIf you’re the kind of person who makes New Year’s resolutions every December 31st, then there’s one you should add to the list: keeping them. Once the holiday parties are over and the year comes to a close, many view the rebooting of the calendar as an opportunity to start anew and take a hard look at habits they should change. This may mean committing to broader, open-ended resolutions such as: “I’ll spend less money”, or “I’ll call my mother more often.” But for a large percentage of people, New Year’s resolutions involve changes to improve health. More often than not, they will focus on losing weight, exercising more, or buying a gym membership. (more…)

Distracted Driving is Dangerous

The other day, I saw a woman driving her car holding a cigarette with one hand and a cell phone to her ear with the other. All while a dog was sitting on her lap. To many, this may sound extreme and trigger the reaction “is she crazy?” but this sort of scenario is becoming much more commonplace than you might think. Or that it should. (more…)

Need a Holiday Gift for a Breast Cancer Patient?

Do you need the perfect holiday gift for a friend or loved one facing cancer surgery? You want to show caring for your friend and sensitivity toward the challenge she faces. A BFFLBag® is a thoughtful, helpful, uplifting and comforting gift!

Watch this video from a patient thrilled with the Breast BFFLBag® she received from the Cancer Spa Day at New York’s Manhattan JCC.