Category Archive: Diet and Health

Jun
25

Culture of Obesity – Part 1 of 2

Carolena Trocchia, MD1

Culture of Obesity – Overeating vs. Undereating. Part I of II Carolena Trocchia, MD1 Student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Carolena Trocchia, MD1, originally from Long Island, NY, is a first-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Carolena received an undergraduate degree in science from Stony Brook University and a Masters degree …

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Jan
29

Mindful Eating : Part 2 of 2

TRY A NEW APPROACH TO WEIGHT LOSS IN 2018…MINDFUL EATING! Part 2 of 2   WHAT IS MINDFUL EATING? Mindful eating, also referred to as intuitive eating, is based on Buddhist teachings which focus on the experience of eating, AND ENJOYING, our food. The concept was presented in a feature column in The New York …

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Jan
22

Mindful Eating: Part 1 of 2

TRY A NEW APPROACH TO WEIGHT LOSS IN 2018…MINDFUL EATING! (Part 1 of 2) There are many reasons why losing weight, the number one resolution for the New Year, is the most elusive goal of all. Not the least of these is the psychology of eating . In the land of plenty, we eat mindlessly! …

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Jan
15

Hypertension: Part 2 of 2

Hypertension: Part 2 According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), Hypertension (HTN), also known as high blood pressure (HBP), affects one in three adults (67 million people) in the USA. Unfortunately, only one-half of those with high blood pressure control the problem and, as a result, are at great risk for heart disease and …

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Jan
01

Simple and Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

New Year’s Resolutions For 2018… Keep it Simple & Healthy! New Year’s Resolutions are very predictable. While most are health oriented, I purport that to be truly healthy, one must have a healthy mind, body and spirit And, to have a healthy mind, body and spirit, one must be open-minded and balanced. Interestingly, the ten …

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Sep
29

Managing cholesterol with education, medication, diet, and exercise

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE LECTURE “TAKING THE DIE OUT OF DIET” Guest Speaker: Kim Williams, MD Chief of Cardiology, Rush University Medical Center Thursday, October 5, 2017 5:30 pm Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 525 Pine Street Scranton, PA For more information: 570-504-9685 tcmc.edu/PreventiveMed According to the American Board of Medical Specialties, “preventative medicine focuses on the …

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Sep
11

What is all the fuss about sugar?

  You have probably noticed a lot of attention being paid to sugar lately. Even television star Ellen DeGeneres recently shared with her audience that she would be going on a “sugar cleanse.” I have had several patients and friends tell me the same thing. For 4-6 weeks these people decide to avoid all refined …

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Oct
17

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Daniel Savaria

TCMC “Health & Exercise Forum” – 3rd Monday of the Month Guest Columnist: Daniel Savaria, TCMC, MD2 Daniel Savaria of Collegeville is a second-year medical student at TCMC. He is a 2012 graduate of Muhlenberg College and received a master of biomedical science degree from TCMC in 2014. It is fair to say that most …

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Jun
27

Hypertension pervasive but manageable

According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), Hypertension (HTN), also known as high blood pressure (HBP), affects one in three adults (67 million people) in the USA. Unfortunately, only one-half of those with high blood pressure control the problem and, as a result, are at great risk for heart disease and stroke. Emergency rooms …

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Mar
21

Prevent Colon Cancer

MARCH IS COLON CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! TCMC “Wisdom of Well-being” Guest Author: Christopher A. Peters, M.D, NROC/TCMC/NRCI Dr. Christopher Peters is a partner of Radiation Medicine Associates of Scranton (RAMAS) and serves as medical director of Northeast Radiation Oncology Centers (NROC). He is the director of clinical research at NROC, and serves as the Principal …

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Mar
16

Control Menopause Symptoms Through Exercise

According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), 1.5 million American women reach menopause each year. The median age is 52, but some women will reach menopause as early as 40 or as late as 58. Recent research revealed that menopausal women who engaged in three hours of exercise per week for one full year …

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Feb
09

Exercise to Enhance your DNA

Born on February 12, 1809, in the small town of Shrewsbury, England, Charles Darwin circumnavigated the globe on the HMS Beagle at the young age of 22 to make keen observations and document findings in unparalleled detail. He spent the next three decades analyzing his data to support a thesis and published his findings inarguably …

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Aug
18

The Truth About Caffeine: Part 2 of 2

Common Misconceptions About Caffeine Caffeine is Not Addictive Caffeine can be habit-forming but it is not addictive. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse states that caffeine is considered to be a mild stimulant but does not have the qualities of addictive stimulants like cocaine and amphetamines. However, sudden abstinence from caffeine can produce …

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Aug
11

The Truth About Caffeine: Part 1 of 2

Most of us are all too familiar with someone in our family or workplace that can be described as a hyperactive or high energy person. I am sure members of my family or coworkers in my office are thinking that this statement is a self-description. Consequently, based on doctor’s advice, it is best to limit …

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Dec
24

Holiday Health Tips for Seniors

According to American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), seniors are considered those 50 years old and older! By this definition, as hard as it is to admit, I am a senior and as one, I offer holiday health tips for seniors. Overindulgence during the holidays causes many seniors make New Year’s resolutions related to diet …

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Oct
29

Physical Activity & Constipation: Exercise Moves You In the Right Way

While I fully expect to be at the “butt end” of many comments for this column, I feel compelled to address this topic at the request of several patients. It seems that many geriatric physical therapists commonly encounter patients that suffer from constipation which limits their participation in rehabilitation. Ironically, research demonstrates that exercise and …

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Aug
06

Dehydration Part 3 of 3 – Prevent Dehydration in Elderly

Part 3 of 3 on Dehydration Because of the possibility of the life-threatening, and at best life-altering, consequences of dehydration, prevention is best defense against dehydration. We must take a proactive approach to ensure and/or encourage adequate fluid intake. Consider some of the following practical tips to promote optimal hydration. Review your medications and note …

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Apr
23

Tips for Sustainable Living: Earth Day Part 2

Part 2 of 2 Last week, Chris Cali, Scranton Prep graduate and junior biology major at Villanova University, shared his experiences living in a sustainable environment this summer while studying in Costa Rica at the Center for Sustainable Development Studies. In recognition of “Earth Day,” I have asked Chris to offer tips for sustainable living …

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Feb
13

Tips for Cancer Prevention

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. While there is no fool-proof method for cancer prevention, scientific research does support the fact that healthy lifestyle choices are essential. We are six weeks into the New Year and this is a good opportunity to assess our progress with our health related resolutions. Important Tips to Reduce Your …

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Dec
26

Healthy Mind, Body, Spirit!

May the faith, hope and love of this season be the foundation for you to enjoy a healthy mind, body and spirit throughout the year! All major religions promote physical and spiritual health, wellness and respect for life. To be completely healthy, one must have a healthy mind, which requires intellectual stimulation. Also, one must have a …

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Dec
05

Top Exercise Gifts for Christmas

Every year, well-intended family members purchase expensive exercise equipment as Christmas gifts for loved ones with the hope of encouraging exercise and fitness for the New Year. I applaud the attempt to encourage wellness because the value of regular exercise is well known. However, a high percentage of these products serve as clothes hangers and …

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Mar
07

The Truth About Managing Cholesterol: Part 3 of 3

This is the third of three parts on managing cholesterol. Part I defined the problem and Part II defined the solution. Today’s column will discuss how stress can affect cholesterol and the importance of making a commitment to a healthy lifestyle that includes daily exercise.

Feb
28

The Truth About Managing Cholesterol: Part 2 of 3

This is the second of three parts on managing cholesterol. I am happy to say that my “research assistant” for this column was David FitzPatrick, MD, and we gathered our data at State Street Grill in Clarks Summit, PA while dining in good health…

Feb
21

The Truth About Managing Cholesterol: Part 1 of 3

February is American Heart Month! This month is dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease across the country. The purpose of the next three columns is to dispel the myths that surround the topic of cholesterol and heart disease and provide accurate information that may help you protect your heart.

Dec
27

New Year’s Reflections by Guest Contributor Rabbi Joe

A few weeks ago, while sitting on an exercise ball, attempting to strengthen his core, I asked “Rabbi Joe” Mendelsohn, of Temple Israel in Scranton, if would like to participate in this column by sharing some reflections for the New Year.

Dec
20

Healthy Holiday Resolutions for Seniors

According to American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), seniors are considered those 50 years old and older. I will never forget how humbled I felt when I received my application to join AARP two years ago. With this in mind, this year I offer healthy holiday resolution for seniors.

Nov
15

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: National Family Caregivers Month. Part I of III

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. It is appropriate that it is also National Family Caregivers Month, considering the fact that many people afflicted with Alzheimer’s are physically fairly well and often rely on caregivers.

Nov
08

Diabetes: 10 Tips to Lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally. Part 2 of 2

While medications are effective in maintaining blood sugar levels, for those who are borderline, there are effective ways to lower your blood sugar naturally. Your physician will determine which treatment is most appropriate for your problem.

Oct
17

Osteoporosis Prevention: Part 1 of 2

One topic that is constantly resurfacing for physical therapists is osteoporosis. This week’s column will review the definition, cause and prevention. Next week, I will present the 10 best exercises to prevent osteoporosis. 


Sep
13

Exercise and Cancer Prevention: Race for the Cure Part 2 of 2

To prevent cancer, doctors recommend that you avoid smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol, and eating preservatives and artificial sweeteners. And there is a growing body of scientific evidence that physical activity and exercise can be used as a primary prevention against cancer.

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