Blogsite Under Construction & Be Smart During This Cold Spell

Please pardon the appearance of my blogsite….it’s under construction and as you can see, it’s a visual mess for the moment.  I have big plans for the blogsite this year, so stay tuned – it’s going to be great!  Guest writers, fabulous lifestyle tips (food, travel, health and more) will all be featured here with easy to connect links!

Today In New York:  waking up at 6am and it’s 16 degrees Farenheit.  This is not my idea of fun.  Here are some healthy tips on how to manage life during these frosty, icy and gloomy days of winter here in New York City:

Eat a hot breakfast.  A bowl of oatmeal or hot quinoa or rice soup is a great way to kickstart your morning and fill your bellies with warm and nutritious eats.  Add cinnamon and raisins to your oatmeal or quinoa and some fresh fruit and you’ll be set for the icy cold morning commute.  If you prefer a more traditional asian fare, add fresh ginger and scallions to your ‘jook’ or rice soup to warm you up.  It’s all yummy, low fat and high energy to start your day.  A nice organic hot egg on multigrain toast with a cup of fruit will add extra ‘umph’ to your morning if you’ve got the extra 5 minutes for prep.  Eggs are loaded with protein and vitamins, while the fresh fruit and toast add fibre and goodness.

Keep your feet, face and back warm.  Waiting for a bus or train in the cold weather can lead to what we call a ‘cold invasion’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine’.  Wearing warm wool socks prevents the cold from creeping up your legs and into your knees, low back and neck – thus preventing arthritic pain and chills.  Wearing a hat will retain your body heat, and the additional accessories of scarves and shawls will keep your neck and chest nice and toasty.

Exercise.  Winter is a time when I’d rather say ‘sayonara’ to the world and stay indoors until May.  Unfortunately, we cannot stay inside for the winter months.  Bundling up and going for a brisk walk or biting the bullet and commiting to the gym improves blood circulation and will keep you warmer and healthier (as it will improve your immune system).  Mix it up and make it fun – take different classes at the gym than you would normally participate in.  You’ll meet new people, expand your horizons, and you might actually discover a new activity that you really enjoy!

These are just a few healthy tips for staying warm, happy and healthy during this winter freeze.  Stay safe and warm and stay tuned for more healthy tips!  And….if anyone out there is a wiz at wordpress and can give ME some tips on how to fix this blog’s appearance, please email me at k@kmondesire.com.  That would really make my day!

How To Make Your Colonoscopy Prep Less Nauseating

The preparation for a colonoscopy is never pleasant.  The solution one must constantly drink is quite nauseating and between the multiple trips to the toilet seat and the hunger….well, it’s not a fun 24 hours.

Here is a tip to make the process a less nauseating experience and this is what I tell all my patients to do during their preps.  If you follow my instructions, you most likely not become nauseous,  nor will you become hungry during the 24 hour period prior to your colonoscopy.  Here’s the golden caveat:

Purchase 2 boxes of Pacific brand low sodium vegetable broth.  Make sure the prep solution you are required to drink is as cold as you can get it.  Prior to drinking the prep solution, heat a mug of the clear vegetable broth in the microwave so that it is warm enough to guzzle down.  HOLD YOUR NOSE AND GUZZLE DOWN THE PREP SOLUTION.  KEEP YOUR NOSE HELD AND IMMEDIATELY START DRINKING THE VEGETABLE BROTH.  After a few swallows, you can stop holding your nose and sip the vegetable broth.  This will keep you from tasting the despicable prep solution, while filling your stomach with vitamin – enriching clear vegetable broth (which is allowed during this 24 hour prep period).  It will also keep you from fainting (as you will have lower blood sugar and blood pressure from the lack of food and constant defecation and dehydration).  Immediately proceeding the mug of broth, drink an 8oz glass of water at room temperature to ensure proper hydration.

If you follow my instructions, your miserable 24 hours will be less miserable, less nauseous and a bit tastier….been there, done it myself, and all my patients do the same….because it works!

My initial intake form is extremely detailed.  I want to know everything about my patients.  Favorite foods, color and frequency of urine and bowel movements, last prostate exam and PSA score, history of medical history, copy of most recent blood work, and last but not least – sleep.  How much sleep, how one sleeps, how many times one wakes up and what time/s does one wake up, does one dream; all this information is crucial to a complete medical intake. Why?  Because, poor sleep is often overlooked, therefore never pursued at a doctor’s office and not diagnosed as perhaps sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea, according to the Mayo Clinic is ” a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.

There are two main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax
  • Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing

It has been determined that lack of sleep due to sleep apnea can cause a myriad of secondary symptoms.  Here’s a SHORT list:  anxiety, depression, ADHD in children, headaches – particularly in the morning, poor memory, lack of focus, fibromyalgic pain, poor quality of the turgor of the skin, glaucoma (caused by lack of oxygen to the eyes via rest), hearing loss due to lack of oxygen to the ears, erectile dysfunction and nocturia due to the hypertension associated with the lack of sleep, lower birth weight in babies born to women who don’t get good sleep, acid reflux, broken bones due to trips, slips and falls from overtired individuals – accidents occur more often, heart palpitations arrhythmia, stroke and diabetes due to poor circulation from lack of oxygen.

….and that was the short list.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU COMPLETED AN INTAKE FORM AT YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE AND WAS ASKED IN DETAIL ABOUT YOUR SLEEP?  ALL my patients are asked about their sleep on every visit whether they are in for knee pain, M.S. or allergies.  Sometimes, they are sent out to a sleep center and sometimes they are diagnosed with the root cause of affliction – sleep apnea and are treated properly…..because I took the time to ask!

Call or email the office today and receive the care you deserve.  917-701-7582  k@kmondesire.com

Drug-Free Adult Acne Treatment & More

Laser Treatment For Adult Acne
If you suffer from adult acne and your usual ‘go to’ formula isn’t working as well as it used to, or you are now experiencing side effects from the chemical ingredients – there is a solution for you.  Low level laser treatments performed in succession on most patients can produce dramatic results within weeks (in addition to  some dietary and lifestyle changes).  Why be embarrassed to show your face in public?  Call or email the office today.  It is painless and needle-free.  917-701-7582  k@kmondesire.com
Holiday Office Hours
Seasons Greetings are almost upon us and as some of you know, I will be away on holiday from December 17th until January 10th.  I am presently scheduling appointments for slots in December and January.  For my patients who are being treated under insurance plans, and would like to schedule appointments for the week of January 12th, please contact my office so your benefits schedule can be cleared while I am away; thereby you can continue having treatments without any gaps.
Gift Certificates Available
Holiday stress can add pounds to a normally thin person, so imagine what it can do to the rest of us out there!  A gift certificate makes a great stocking stuffer or a fantastic house gift for that person who has almost everything, or for someone who could use some pampering – especially after the maniacal holiday season.  10 packs are available as gift certificates for that very special someone in your life as well.  Be generous to your staff this year. Give them something they can really use – an hour away from the office to relax.  They will appreciate you much more for it!

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The Incredible Egg

Eggs are good for you.  They contain all 9 essential amino acids ( isoleucine, threonine, valine, histidine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, methionine, lysine, leucine).  Eggs contain zero carbs…yes, ladies…ZERO CARBS and are chock full of protein – up to 6 grams.  Eggs are gluten-free and they are cheap eats…approximately 15 cents per egg.  You can bake ’em, boil ’em, broil ’em, fry ’em, dye ’em, poach ’em, eat them raw in a shake, crumble ’em, chop ’em, dice ’em,  slice ’em, toss ’em, and turn ’em.

The Incredible Egg…try them, you’ll like them!  Buy organic, range free, cage free.  Simply incredible, edible, nutritious and delicious!

Beets – You Just Can't Beat 'Em!

Beets are not only tasty and fun to eat, but they are really good for you.  When well-prepared, you wouldn’t believe how amazing these treasures can spruce up a salad or any meal.  The nutritional value of beets just can’t be beat!  Just one cup is a super dosage of vitamins – more than a third of your daily requirement of folate (which is a B vitamin vital for heart health), a good dosage of manganese that is used in making free-radical-fighting enzymes and is power-packed in nitrates (also heart helpers because they relax and dilate blood vessels; reduce blood pressure and improve exercise performance).

So, as you grimace at the thought of those nasty canned pickled beets your grandmother or mother served when you were growing up, here’s how you can really enjoy these jewels of the earth:

Pick your color and type.  Beets come in all sizes, varieties and shapes.  They also come in golden and red tones.  My favorite way to eat beets is this:  buy fresh beets at your farmer’s market.  Scrub them and just poke a few holes in them with a fork.  Put them in a pot of water and boil until soft to the fork’s touch.  Set aside to cool.  The beet water is fabulous for your blood and is wonderful in a protein smoothie or just straight up with ice, so don’t waste it!  When the beets have cooled, the skins will just peel right off in your hands.  Cut them up into half inch cubes and store in the refrigerator.  Toss in a salad with arugula, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, raisins or craisins, balsamic vinegar, and a little olive oil….scrumptious!!  Simple, easy and really good for you!

Beets, you just can’t beat ’em!

Burning The Candle on Three Ends

This weekend, I’m taking an extra day off and I’m going fishing.  The autumn brings shorter and cooler days and before the trout leave for warmer waters, I’d like to practice my not so great fly fishing skills and see if I can get a big fish to bite on my hook.  If that big fish thinks he’s got a grand opportunity for a fat fly, he’ll bite big time.

We are much like fish.  When opportunity knocks, we bite – and we bite big!  But sometimes, the big bite of opportunity can mean longer work hours, less time for physical exercise and almost no down time for relaxation and rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit.  All work and no play/rest leads to a compromised immune system.  This means more colds, fatigue, exhaustion and susceptibility to other pathologies.

It’s a fine thing to be busy, achieve greatness, glory and gold, but it’s also very important to set a chunk of time aside for the fun, relaxation and playtime that is so important to our nervous system and overall homeostasis.  Your immune system is important.  If you had a high performance car, you would ensure it had high-octane gas, best quality oil, was parked in a garage, well polished and underwent regular checkups at the mechanic.  YOU are a high performance vehicle and expected by many to perform as such.  So, make sure YOU treat yourself as you would a Lamborghini.  Take time this weekend and every weekend to rest, relax, play and eat well.

On another note:  weekly acupuncture treatments help boost the immune system and help dissolve stress.  It’s an hour of your life dedicated to your overall well-being – body, mind and soul.  Power players in very high places come into my clinic on a weekly basis for their regular session and a chance to have one hour of the work week where they can relax, sleep, recharge and boost their immune systems.  Power players know how important their weekly acupuncture session is…they take good care of themselves so they can perform to their utmost.  You work hard…you deserve to have the same necessary protocol in your life.   Call or email the office today and invest in your well-being!

New Office Hours and Big News For All Of You!

To My Valued Patients,

It is with great pleasure to announce that  I have been named Director of  Integrative Medicine at Seaport Orthopaedic Associates, one of Manhattan’s most prestigious group of orthopaedic medical professionals (http://www.seaportortho.com/).  I will be developing the brand new Integrative Medical division from ‘ground – up’ for their clientele,  and look forward to working with such a fine team of surgeons and medical professionals.  I truly have been blessed with this honor and  the challenges and adventures this  amazing and exciting opportunity presents.

What does this mean for my patients? This does not change anything for you at all.  I will be maintaining my private practice both at the 15 Broad St and 57th St. offices as usual. There will only be minor changes to the clinic hours as follows:

15 Broad St Office  hours:  Monday:  8am to 6pm (last appointment time)

Wednesday:  5pm and 6pm appointments only

Thursday:      5pm and 6pm appointments only

Friday:           8am to 3pm (last appointment time)

57th St Office hours:      Tuesday:        8am to 6pm (last appointment time)

I look forward to servicing  your medical needs as always and yours in good health!

Rabbit…The Other White Meat

See this photo?  What was  really going on here?  My dog knew that man way down yonder on the beach had a wonderful sandwich in his hand and she was just itching to go full rocket speed after him to steal it and slurp it down in one gulp.  That dog could run faster than the speed of a bullet and no kidding….she used to catch jackrabbits with little effort.  In my dog’s mind the Easter Bunny tasted just like chicken.

Speaking of rabbit, it is a wonderful protein choice and quite commonly found in stews, roasted with fabulous sauces and makes for tasty pate’s.  Rabbit is all white meat and is recommended for special diets (heart disease patients, diets for the elderly, low sodium diets, and weight reduction diets). It is easy to digest and contains only 795 calories per pound (compared to chicken at 810, veal at 840, turkey at 1190, lamb at 1420, beef at 1440 and pork at 2050).  Rabbit contains a high percentage of protein and a lower percentage of fat and cholesterol than chicken, turkey, beef, or pork.  Rabbit…if you don’t know how to prepare or cook it, just go to the food network online and check out some amazing recipes.

Oh yes….eventually I did have to let go of Sooki’s paw…..she made a beeline for that man’s sandwich, but he was on to her and ran for his life while downing his sub as fast as his jaws could chew!