When it comes to helping my patients overcome bad lifestyle habits and adopt healthier ones, I’ve found that one particularly motivating mantra elicits the greatest success and the least amount of resistance: everything in moderation. ‘Yes, of course it’s difficult for you to begin exercising every day…why don’t you start with just two or three times a week?…everything in moderation…certainly, it is quite a challenge to give up alcohol and sugar…feel free to allow yourself a glass of wine …Read more
A skipped appointment, confusion about how to take a prescription, or a forgotten instruction from our last visit sends my older patients into a spin of nervous panic, embarrassment, defensiveness, a string of excuses, and several assurances that such “highly unusual” memory blips “never happen” on a normal basis.
My younger patients, on the other hand, simply shrug – “oops, sorry Doc. …Read more
How old are you?
“A woman never tells…I’m young at heart…I feel older than I am…how old do I look?… I’ve been 25 for over four decades now…” The variety of responses that I get from that simple question never ceases to amaze me – sometimes it feels like I’m in a singles’ bar rather …Read more
As a doctor, I have a duty to take care of my patients when they are ill. Often, this involves prescribing medication to treat or prevent a disease. The more important part of my job, however, is to earn my patients’ trust so that I can help them in their time of need. I find it increasingly difficult to do so when specific drugs that are designed to help people actually wind up doing them more harm than good. When …Read more