My Patients Cannot Survive the Senate “Health Care” Bill

On the heels of the U.S. Senate’s reveal of a bill that would dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), former president Barack Obama wrote, “The Senate Bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.” Those ‘middle-class and poor families’ are my patients.
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Lobster Roll Food Obesity Healthy Version Recipe

Lessons of the Lobster Roll

We were enjoying the view, the sea breeze, and our lobster rolls when next to us sat a family of four, the parents and their two adolescent kids. I did not immediately pay attention, that is, until the son placed his order: home fries, Mac n’ Cheese, a king-size portion of fried chicken fingers with a double dose of ketchup and mayo, and a large Coke. Suddenly, I had a hard time enjoying my lobster roll.
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Confessions of a (Former) Couch Potato

Nothing makes me happier than to be at home, in my favorite chair, reading and writing as I listen to music. I can do this for hours. Uninterrupted. Other than playing with my dogs, I cannot think of anything that brings me such bliss. Yes, I admit it: All my life I have been a couch potato.
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Understanding Men’s Health

June is national Men’s Health Month, which serves as an important reminder for men to take care of themselves physically and mentally.
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Inspiration and Empty Calories in a Land of Plenty

I was home, invited to participate as a guest chef in “Saborea 2017,” the island’s internationally renowned four-day culinary extravaganza. The event is always over the top, even more so this year, in celebration of its tenth anniversary. There are visiting chefs and foodies from all over the world, and I am always inspired by the fresh local ingredients, the bold food choices, the beautiful presentations.
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“No Symptoms, No Asthma” and other Dangerous Myths

Too many patients – not to mention parents of asthmatic children – become complacent and neglect to fill their prescription or take their control medicine. This is a big mistake because the most important goal is to prevent the next asthma attack. All too often, patients end up in an emergency room to treat an attack that could have been avoided to begin with. As Asthma Awareness Month comes to a close, let’s debunk some of the common myths shared by many patients.
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Let’s End the Stigma of Mental Illness Once and For All

May is Mental Health Awareness Month; there is no better time to take it upon ourselves to end the stigmatization of mental illness once and for all.
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The Summer of Zika

Yes, We Still Need to Worry About Zika

The epidemic never stopped being a threat, particularly for New York City Latinas. Given deep-seated cultural patterns, from travel to sexual stigmas, Zika is not a seasonal threat or condition.
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Life Lessons From a 91-Year Old

When it comes to health and health care, the reality for Latinas in the United States is disheartening. I needed a voice of hope. It occurred to me to give Olga a call.
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Mother is (Almost) Always Right

Looking back, I appreciate the access I had to a good life. And now, at this stage of my life, I have the privilege of paying it forward. At Advocate Community Providers, I have the opportunity of collaborating with dedicated Community Health Workers to spread a healthy message, especially in the Latino community.
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